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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100

Fujitsu's first ScanSnap scanner was launched in 2003, and the range has grown to include personal scanners of various sizes and capabilities. It has now gained an ultra-mobile family member in the S1100, a device Fujitsu reckons is one of the world's smallest A4 colour scanners.

Fujitsu's first ScanSnap scanner was launched in 2003, and the range has grown to include personal scanners of various sizes and capabilities. It has now gained an ultra-mobile family member in the S1100, a device Fujitsu reckons is one of the world's smallest A4 colour scanners.

Measuring 34mm by 273mm by 47.5mm and weighing just 350g, the CIS-based (contact image sensor) S1100 could be the ideal companion for anyone needing a simple one-button document scanner for use on the road. It's USB-powered, so you just need your notebook and the supplied ScanSnap software — as with all the ScanSnap models, there are no TWAIN drivers.

Fujitsu's USB-powered ScanSnap S1100 weighs 350g and costs £135

A small flap drops down at the front to reveal the feed guide, and although there's no room for centring guides for small documents the software can automatically realign, crop and de-skew scans. The Scan/Stop button is configured via the software, and allows documents to be scanned using a variety of profiles.

The S1100 can scan documents from A8 up to A4 in size

Either PDF or JPEG files can be created with a range of compression and quality options, and these can be saved locally or sent to Excel, Word or PowerPoint using the supplied ABBYY OCR plugin. Searchable PDFs can be created, and there are also Scan to Google Docs, Scan to Email, Scan to Print and Scan to Evernote options. Scans can also be sent direct to Microsoft SharePoint. For business card management, the Card Minder application is included.

You can scan to a variety of destinations, including cloud-based apps such as Google Docs and Evernote

The S1100 can scan from A8 up to A4 in size, with weights from 42.3 to 209gsm. A3 documents can be folded and scanned using a special plastic carrier wallet (not supplied). The scanner is simplex, but has an auto-duplex feature that combines sequential scans of both sides of a document into a single file.

Scanning is surprisingly quick at around 30 seconds for an A4 sheet at the maximum 600dpi resolution, and the feed mechanism coped well with a variety of paper types and weights in our informal tests. The continuous scanning feature makes it easy to scan a sheaf of pages without fuss. The documentation doesn't make it clear how to insert business cards, however, so a bit of trial and error was needed.

The ScanSnap S1100 an impressive little scanner that could prove popular with mobile professionals needing to scan receipts, invoices and so on while on the road. It's a shame that no protective case is supplied as standard, though. Drivers and software are supplied for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS X, but for OS X the ScanSnap Manager application is replaced by Cardiris and there's no Scan to SharePoint feature. The ScanSnap S1100 costs £135 and is available now.

Kelvyn Taylor