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Fujitsu ScanSnap S500

Fujitsu ScanSnap S500
alaScore 79

87 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 reviews of Fujitsu ScanSnap S500. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Fujitsu ScanSnap S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Richard Jantz (

Fujitsu ScanSnap s500


Fujitsu's compact, easy-to-use ScanSnap s500 delivers sharp, colorful scans quickly.

Very high image quality, Includes document management application

OCR software is basic

Feb, 2007

Expert review by (

Fujitsu Scansnap S500


Measuring 6.2 by 11.2 by 9.2 inches (HWD) including the output tray, the S500 offers a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) and optical resolution of 600 pixels per inch. Installation is straightforward. Basically, you install the software, plug in...

Document and business-card scanner. Rated at 18 pages per minute, or 36 images per minute for scanning both sides

No standard drivers, so you can't scan from within most programs

Like earlier ScanSnaps, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S500 is a top-quality personal document and business-card scanner.

Expert review by (

Fujitsu - ScanSnap S500


When Fujitsu told us the ScanSnap S500 could scan 18 pages of A4 per minute, and convert them into PDF format at the push of a single button, we just had to try it for ourselves. ...

If you're thinking of buying Adobe Acrobat and a scanner to convert office documents into electronic formats, don't. Buy ScanSnap instead. Given the value of the bundled software the scanner is virtually free, and it's an absolute joy to use.

Sep, 2006

Consumer review (

Just Wow


Before I begin, I'll start with the fact that I'm a bigger geek than you ever will be.

The first page in a stack will occasionally double feed, solved by holding the rest of the pages till the first one feeds in a bit.

Dec, 2007

Consumer review (

Vista Drivers Soon...


I work for an auto dealership as a warranty claims administrator.

If you plan to use Vista, be aware Acrobat 7 will not run on Vista and you will have to upgrade to version 8.

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

Wouldn't recommend


Small and nice looking, not too slow for the price.

has to be watched CONSTANTLY for jams and machine gun noises.

Aug, 2007

Consumer review (

Great Find


Very capable scanner.

Document feeder does not do 50 pages at a time (as advertised) with jamming.

Jul, 2007

Consumer review (

fujitsu scan snap s500


Nice when it works.

But it doesn't work a lot of the time.

May, 2007

Consumer review (

Review after 100,000 pages scanned


Don't let the lightweight plastic case and small footprint fool you -- I've used this daily for almost 5 months, scanned 100,000 pages, and it's flawlessly efficient.

Not really a con unless you're not in the mood for it: Make sure you keep the rollers and feeder clean with a *frequent* light wiping with F1 cleaner or isopropal alcohol.

May, 2007

Consumer review (

No support for Vista x64


As other reviews have noted, this is fast and easy to use.

Fujitsu will not provide a Vista x64 driver - I was waiting to move from XP to Vista x64 and this is blocking my move, it looks like I will have to ditch this scanner as much as I like it.

May, 2007

Product Specifications

Operated via a unique device driver the ScanSnap S500 is a professional PDF scanner enabling on-demand scanning without any additional work. The ScanSnap S500 can convert up to 18 pages per minute into a PDF file at the click of a button. It provides the user with two unique methods of optionally creating searchable PDF files - on-the-fly per document, or by setting the included ScanSnap Organizer to initiate an OCR process when the PC is not in use. The Organizer can display PDF content and let the user zoom in and scroll through the document without having to launch the file, and key word searches can be initiated on any PDF files containing text. ScanSnap S500 can transform paper into Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint 2003 presentations or business card contacts for Outlook, Act! and Goldmine. Making use of the ScanSnap S500's high compression settings will allow for efficient email transmission of "paper" documents.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Fujitsu ScanSnap




Automatic Duplexing: Yes
Document Feeder Type:Autoload
Form Factor:Desktop
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:600dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 14.17 in/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 14.17 in/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max V-Optical Resolution:600dpi
Media Feeder Type:Autoload
Supported Document Type:Plain paper
Supported Media Type:Plain paper
Type:Document scanner

Service & Support

Type:90 days warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP