***Important News – Fujitsu has replaced the
S1500M with the new Fujitsu iX500 Scanner***
Why buy the most popular document scanner for
By +Dax Radder
Here is the review…
What? You really want to know all the specs and features about
this scanner before reading the review?
Okay, here you go…
- Image Sensor: CCD
- Scan Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi Hardware / 600 dpi Optical
- Maximum Scan Speed: 20ppm (Color) / 20ppm (Grayscale) / 20ppm (Monochrome)
- Media Type: Plain Paper, Business Card
- Media Size: 8.50″ x 14.17″, 2″ x 2″, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Letter, Legal, Custom Size
- Brand Name: Fujitsu
- Model: PA03586-B105
- Hardware Platform: Mac
- Scanner Type: Document scanner
- Form Factor: Desktop
- Scanner Interface: USB
- Color Support: Color
- Media Size Maximum: 8.5 in x 14.17 in
- Maximum horizontal resolution: 600
- Maximum Vertical Resolution: 600
- Media Load Type: Autoload
- Minimum system requirements: Apple MacOS X 10.4, Apple MacOS X 10.5
- Width: 11.5 inches
- Depth: 6.3 inches
- Height: 6.2 inches
- Weight: 6.6 pounds
The ScanSnap S1500M provides Mac users an effective way to greatly reduce paper clutter, storage space, and security risk associated with unmanaged paperwork at home or office. Even better, documents scanned by ScanSnap take on a higher level of accessibility and usefulness once liberated into the digital realm.
- One button searchable PDF creation
- Intelligent paper feed detection
- Blazing 20ppm color scanning
- 50-page Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
- Comes with Adobe® Acrobat® 8 Professional
Much like its close cousin…
…the Fujitsu S1500 for PC’s, the Fujitsu S1500M Document Scanner for Mac users offers a lifeboat to those of us who are drowning in a sea of paperwork at home or in the office.
In these present times, a paperless office seems to be at the top of everyone’s list of goals for either their home office or business office. One way to achieve that goal, if you’re a Mac user, is to acquire one of these scanners.
The S1500M is silver and white, ostensibly, to tell it apart from the S1500 for PC model and, when it is folded up, takes little space on your desk. Connection to your Mac is with a 2.0 USB and the unit itself is really quite solid and well built.
The S1500M is very user-friendly, it’s adf (automatic document feeder) can hold up to 50 sheets of different sized documents, can scan both sides of the document simultaneously (duplex scanning) with a resolution of 600 dpi (dots per inch). To initiate scanning, just one push of the blue button is all you need to do.
As far as speed is concerned, the S1500M isn’t the fastest kid on the block in terms of document feeding (the difference was measured in seconds by the way), but the real measurement of speed is what the scanner does with the document after it has been scanned. Compared with other scanners, the processing of the document into the format you desire, the folder you desire, to the printer or to email is positively lightning quick because of the presets built within the software.
One interesting note is that the S1500M is supplied with two versions of ScanSnap Manager, one for Mac and one for Windows, which greatly aids those Mac users who use both operating systems on their Mac.
Do you want to be positive that all your documents were scanned? Another upgrade to the S1500M is the ultrasonic multi-feed detection sensor. This greatly reduces the number of lost images due to two or more pages being fed through the scanner at the same time. If this error occurs, the scanner will warn you. A great feature!
Another feature that some of the S1500M’s competitors do not have is security protection. The S1500M is loaded with Acrobat 9 Standard and one of the features of this software will provide you with the ability to utilize password protection and create digital IDs that will keep your confidential documents confidential. Protection from prying eyeballs is essential these days.
This powerful machine really can boost the efficiency of your office. Quickly and cheaply produce Microsoft® Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Editable PDF files. Instead of using a fax machine (people still use them?), scan your document, save it as a PDF and send it by email. That shaves several minutes of faxing off of your work day, doesn’t it? Scan all your business cards and add the pertinent information into your address book seamlessly. Scan and save your documents as a Word file, which is perfect for editing or send it to the cloud and be able to access it from any mobile device.
One important caveat must be brought up. In researching document scanners, I have come across many reports of gung ho people who scan all of their documents and then toss all them out like yesterday’s news. Inevitably, they are hit with a request for an original document and they don’t have it. You need to keep your most important documents no matter what. At some point in time, an original hard-copy will be needed and nothing else will do. Going green is commendable, but not at the expense of going in the red! There’s a reason NASA has redundant systems for back up, savvy?
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M Document Scanner
for Mac Users receives 4 and 1/2 stars out of 5
While I make every effort to keep these price comparisons up-to-date, retailers do change their pricing frequently. Please use this comparison as a guide only!
Amazon.com ……………………………………..$419.99 (free shipping with no tax)*
Walmart.com……………………………………..$439.98 (plus shipping plus tax)
OfficeDepot.com………………………………….$440.95 (free shipping plus tax)
TigerDirect.com……………………………..……$439.99 (plus shipping with no tax)*
Newegg.com……………………………………….$429.99 (plus shipping with no tax)*
*no tax is dependent upon your state of residency.
|Product name||ScanSnap S1500M|
|Scanner type||ADF (Automatic Document Feeder), Duplex scanning|
|Scanning modes||Color, grayscale, monochrome, automatic (color / grayscale / monochrome detection)|
|Image sensor||Color CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) x 2 (front x 1, back x 1)|
|Light source||White cold cathode discharge lamp|
|Scanning speed (Note1)
|Auto mode (Note2)||Simplex / duplex 20ppm|
|Normal mode||Color / grayscale 150dpi, monochrome 300dpi, simplex / duplex 20ppm|
|Better mode||Color / grayscale 200dpi, monochrome 400dpi, simplex / duplex 20ppm|
|Best mode||Color / grayscale 300dpi, monochrome 600dpi, simplex / duplex 20ppm|
|Excellent mode||Color / grayscale 600dpi, monochrome 1, 200dpi, simplex / duplex 5ppm|
|Document size||Normal mode without Carrier Sheet||A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Business card, Post card, Letter, Legal and Custom sizes (Max: 216mm x 360mm (8.5in. x 14.17in.), Min: 50.8mm x 50.8mm (2in. x 2in.)) / Automatically recognizes document size|
|Normal mode with Carrier Sheet||Use of a carrier sheet permits the scanning of A3, B4, double letter and photographs as well as the document sizes that are listed above|
|Long paper scanning (Note3)||863mm (34in.)|
|Paper weight (Thickness)||52g/m² to 127g/m² (14lb to 34lb)|
|Paper chute capacity (Note4)||Maximum 50 sheets (A4, 80g/m² or 20lb)|
|Interface||USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 Compatible)|
|Power requirement||AC 100V to 240V, 50 / 60 Hz|
|Power consumption||During operation : 35W or less
During standby : 4.5W or less
|Operation Environment||Temperature||5ºC to 35ºC (41ºF to 95ºF)|
|Relative humidity||20% to 80% (Non-condensing)|
|Dimensions (W x D x H) (Note5)||292mm (Width) x 159mm (Depth) x 158mm (Height)
(11.5in. x 6.3in. x 6.2in.)
|Device weight||3.0kg (6.62lb)|
|Environmental compliance (Note6)||ENERGY STAR® compliant / RoHS|
|Multi-feed detection||Supported (Standard) ultrasonic multi-feed defection sensor|
- Scanning speeds may vary due to the system environment used.
- Documents measuring approximately 148mm in length or less are scanned in “Best mode”, while other documents are scanned in “Better mode”.
- ScanSnap S1500M is capable of scanning documents that exceed A4 size in length. It supports the scanning of longer documents in all modes, except for “Excellent mode”.
- Maximum capacity varies, depending upon paper weight.
- Excluding the stacker and other external attachments.
- PFU Limited, a Fujitsu company, has determined that this product meets RoHS requirements (2005/95/EC).
|Requirements||Mac OS X v10.4||Mac OS X v10.5|
|Compatible operating systems (Note1)||ScanSnap Manager V3.0 (Note2)||Supported||Supported|
|Cardiris™3.6 for ScanSnap||Supported||Supported|
|Adobe® Acrobat® 8 Professional||Supported
|ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap™ 4.0 Mac Edition||Supported||Supported|
|Hardware Requirements||CPU (Note3)||- PowerPC® G5 1.6GHz or higher
– Intel® Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or higher
(recommended: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.4GHz or higher)
|Memory Capacity (Note3)||512MB or more (recommended: 1GB or more)|
|Disk Capacity||2,440MB free hard disc space for installation|
|DVD-ROM Drive||Required for installation|
|USB Port (Note3)||USB2.0 / USB1.1|
- This product supports Mac operating systems.
- It is asked that Windows® computer users use Windows® ScanSnap Manager V5.0, which is bundled with this scanner. Please see the ScanSnap S1500 System Requirements.
- Scanning speeds may drop if recommended CPU, memory capacity and USB requirements are not met.
- Requires Mac OS X v10.4.3 or higher.
- It is recommended that this scanner be used with Mac OS X v10.5, which has been uploaded with the latest updates.
|ScanSnap Carrier Sheets
|PA03360-0013||5 Carrier Sheets
Intended for ScanSnap S1500M, S1500, S510M, S510, S500M, S500 and ScanSnap fi-5110EOX series scanners
|ScanSnap Bag||PA03951-0651||Intended for ScanSnap S1500M, S1500, S510M, S510, S500M, S500 and ScanSnap fi-5110EOX series scanners and included items|
- Although ScanSnap Carrier Sheets have a listed lifespan of 500 scans, the lifespan may vary with usage. ScanSnap Carrier sheets are intended to scan paper documents with weights of 127g/m² or less. They also support the scanning of folded documents that are as large as 216mm x 297mm.
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