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Fujitsu ScanSnap S500

Fujitsu ScanSnap S500
alaScore 79

214 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 214 reviews from magazines and websites.

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.

Review analysis

(Based on 214 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Expert review by:

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

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.

Consumer review by:

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.


Consumer review by:

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.

Consumer review by:

Wouldn't recommend


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

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

Consumer review by:

Great Find


Very capable scanner.

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

Consumer review by:

fujitsu scan snap s500


Nice when it works.

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

Consumer review by:

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.

Consumer review by:

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.

Consumer review by:



Ridiculous fast and easy! It knows exactly what you're scanning - duplex, color, orientation, you name it.

Anything you don't like about it would be probably because it's not a flatbed scanner.

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