*Note* The S1500 is a top-down-face-down scanner, so the documents
in these promotional pictures are backward and downside up
It has come to my attention that Fujitsu released a new ScanSnap scanner at Comdex this year. The new scanned is named the ScanSnap iX500. The differences between S1500 and iX500 are (see Frauenfelder’s Boing Boing review):
- Speed: S1500 is 20 ppm vs iX500’s 25 ppm.
- PPM (page per minute) means physical sheets of paper, if you have double-sided originals this means 40 and 50 logical pages per minute.
- Connectivity: S1500 is USB 1.1 and 2 only; iX500 is Usb 2 and 3 and wireless-to-android-or-iOS scanning.
- Scan a PDF from iX500 directly to your smartphone or tablet
- A more robust paper feed system borrowed from a higher end Fujitsu scanner.
The single most powerful thing you can do to get yourself on the GTD wagon, and keep yourself there, is to get a great scanner and move all your documents from paper into Evernote. Once you have Evernote as your repository for reference filing, it becomes easier to stay organized, than to degrade into disorganization.
Want to get on the GTD wagon as stay there? Then buy the iX500. Why the iX500? Because if you buy the best, you will only cry once. You can see my before/after GTD pictures and story here. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M was a big part of my GTD conversion experience. Once you build momentum getting all the clutter turned into organized searchable reference files, you will have a good organization feeling going for the rest of your GTD restart.
For the last several years I’ve been using a Fujitsu S1500 ScanSnap scanner to digitaly store all my paper documents. As I’ve said before, the ScanSnap truly was a life changer for me. I had no idea that a sheetfed scanner could be so convenient, fast, and reliable.
If you know you need a great scanner, just buy it. You won’t think about the price after you start using it. You will feel the pleasure of increased organization, decreased clutter, and increased focus. Buying a scanner for GTD is not about cost, it is about value. The value awaits…
p.s., I don’t think you can go wrong buying either the S1500 or the iX500 scanner. You may be able to get the S1500 for less than its normal $419 while the iX500 is filling the marketing channel. Either way, you won’t regret the purchase.
p.p.s., I discourage buying the ScanSnap S1300 or S300M scanners because by comparison, the $100 saved comes at the cost of a huge performance hit. Instead of a 50 page input bin, you have 13 page input bins. Scan speed is also slower on the <S1500 scan snaps.