Fujitsu claims 1ppm for a 600ppi colour scan from the ScanSnap S1300i, though this is a top spec scan. For most general day-to-day and archival work you can expect higher scan rates than this. A black-and-white scan at 300ppi took just 8s, and that includes conversion to PDF format.
A greyscale scan at the same resolution took 13s, which is again good. Running a scan of our five-page document using the same settings took 47s, so you would expect around 7ppm in this mode. If you add-in the processing time to OCR a single page and feed it into Word, you get a total of 28s, which is very acceptable.
Scanning a duplex page, still using the greyscale and PDF conversion settings, took 13s, the same as for a single-sided document, so there’s no appreciable overhead for scanning both sides. A 600ppi colour scan, the top setting for photos, produced a 15 x 10cm photo in a reasonable 22s.
The scan quality we saw was good throughout. The ABBYY OCR did an excellent job on our test page, with no mistakes we could spot, though it did embolden all the text. Our test colour photo also came through very well, though slightly pale in comparison with the original.
An unusual test we tried was to load three dissimilar documents: an A4 sheet, a 15 x 10 print and a till invoice and scan them as one document. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i coped valiantly, scanning each at size and de-skewing any crookedness in the feed. Ideal, if you need to present various expenses electronically.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i is an excellent portable scanner. While it might not be the smallest device you can buy, the duplex scan facility is very useful and the software is now so well integrated with the device that it really is close to foolproof. It’s quick and produces document and photo scans that are easily good enough for day-to-day uses.