ScanSnap ScannerI've finally made up my mind to actually do something about the amount of personal and business paper I deal with.

Here's my new ScanSnap scanner. It's just a little larger than about two books but it is definitely a powerful scanner for personal and small business use.

On the business side I've scanned about two filing drawers of client files onto my PC and than back it up to a thumb drive and an online storage site. Every piece of paper and email associated with a transaction is scanned and stored digitally. The only paper files I'll be keeping in 2009 are the ones that are active. Once closed, scan and store.

The speed of this machine is just incredible compared to other scanners I've used in the past. It scans at about thirty pages a minute, both sides at the same time. Files are automatically converted to PDF.

ScanSnap ScannerThe scanner comes with the full version of Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Standard, as well as OCR software to convert directly to Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

Four different quality scanning modes. The one I've been using is the second best quality and it's more than I need.

I've scanned about four thousand pages so far and have had about three misfeeds. All the misfeeds were because I didn't remove the staples.

You can load the scanner with different size paper and so far...not a problem. When it scans it automatically recognizes color and black and white documents and doesn't slow down a bit.

One button scanning. Put the paper in the hopper, hit the green Scan button and watch the computer screen. Couldn't be any easier.

Thumb Drive2009 is my year to go paperless.

The thumb drive contains two full file cabinet drawers of paper and is only about half full. More to go as I find the time, but I'm committed to making it work next year.

If you're looking for a downside to the ScanSnap it's the fact that it doesn't have a TWAIN driver. You can't use it with other scanning software or over a local area network. It has to be attached via a USB cable to a computer.

Other than that, so far its been bullet proof.






Richard Iarossi, REALTOR®
Long and Foster® Real Estate, Inc.
Crofton, MD 21114
410-451-6255 Office
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Comment balloon 25 commentsRichard Iarossi • December 29 2008 07:05AM


This sounds like a real powerhouse piece of equipment that every office needs.  Especially home offices that are short on space.  How much does this beauty cost?  Oh I suppose I could google it and find out.  Thanks so much for the recommendation about the Scan Snap.

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 10 years ago

thanks for sharing - those of us that need to spend some of out profits before the end of year should think about this as a great tool.

Posted by Richard Shuman, Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals (The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts) over 10 years ago

HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY FOR THAT BEAUTY!  I think that will be on my wishlist for my 2009 write-offs (business expenses)...

Posted by Mike Klijanowicz, Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 10 years ago

Great post, thanks, you saved me a lot of research time. Hopefully I can go buy this and save some trees

Happy new year




Posted by Anne Hensel, Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island (South Beaches Real Estate Professionals) over 10 years ago

Great Idea, Richard...and just in time to take advantage of all the year end sales.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Shawn Davis, Homes For Sale, Genesee County, Michigan (Home Crossings, P.C.) over 10 years ago

I have been wanting to buy a sheet feed scanner and this looks like a very good one.  I will have to check it out.  I also want to be paperless and will be once a get a good scanner.  I already have all my broker documents accessible on the Internet.  Thank you for the information.

Posted by Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate over 10 years ago

Richard thanks for the review of the scanner. I think your on target for going paperless.

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 10 years ago

Interesting post and like one comment above, You saved me some time and some resaerch as I move forward in this area

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 10 years ago

Spectacular little gadget.  I handn't heard of it but will definitely be looking into it.  Get more organized while saving a few trees, I like it.  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - over 10 years ago

Richard, sounds like a real work horse for its size. Going paperless is a great idea for storing year end files. Thanks for the review.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 10 years ago

Gail, I should have mentioned the price. Just under $400 on

Richard, Another deduction can't hurt.

Mike, $400.

Anne, Check it out. It gets very good ratings.

Shawn, There has to be a lot of year end sales this year.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Mark, I'm drowning in paper records for retention purposes. This is going to help a lot.

Frank, When its done than it should be pretty easy to keep up.

Charlie, Lots of data available on the internet about this scanner.

Kristin, I need to get more organized.

Mike, For the price, it is a workhorse.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

I love the ScanSnap. We bought four of them for the office in 2008 and the agents love them to.

Note that often Fujitsu has a $50.00 rebate so make sure and check their website to check for the form.

One other note: They have a special model "M" for the Macintosh.

The models for PC and Mac are not compatible because they come with a full version of Acrobat. (Worth about $350 by itself.)

Posted by Jon Boyd, Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent (Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor) over 10 years ago



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Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Jon, I'm very impressed with this machine.

Richard, Thanks! And in the midst of all your PC problems.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Looks like someone I know will be stopping by Best Buy on the way home today!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Pat, It's going to have to be an online purchase. I've never seen it in any store around here.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Richard, Interesting...this year I too, plan to scan all files upon closing to a pdf and store electronically. My paper files are just getting too large and bulky to continue keeping them...

Posted by Mary Strang over 10 years ago

I saw it for the first time last year at my Tax guys office.  Thanks for the reminder.  I think it might be my first equipment purchase in 2009.

Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) over 10 years ago

Good for you to organize! It is a great idea! I have recently bought a hopper type scanner and it is extremely useful!!

Happy New Year!!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) over 10 years ago

Mary, I'm choking in paper. I had to do something.

Scott, And your accountant will let you deduct it as a business expense too.

Caren, I've had other scanners in the past but this one beats them all, hands down.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

It sounds great.  Keep us posted on how it holds up.

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) over 10 years ago

"Once closed, scan and store" has been my motto for about five years now when I decided to go paperless. My office is 95% paperless at this point, and the other 5% probably will stay until certain laws change.

Along with online storage, one terabyte external hard drives are very fast and very affordable now. I back up my data to one of them once a week, and then store it in my off-site storage facility.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life -- make it a good start.

Posted by Not a real person over 10 years ago

Excellent suggestion.  I've been "paperless" for years - I put it in quotes because in this business, heck, in this world, you can only get but so paperless.  Once scanned, it all goes right in the shredder, then into the recycle bin.  I feel so green. 

One caution though, although duplex scanners are wonderful gadgets, they don't do well with staples.  A forgotten staple can leave a small scratch in the lense that translates to a streak down all pages scanned.  I just don't want anyone to break their new toy before they get a chance to really enjoy it. :)

Posted by Drick Ward, "RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation (NEPTUNE REALTY) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the info - I researched this a year ago, but was unable to purchase - BUT I have been pinning away for a REAL document scanner - and reinvestigating my interest in the snap scan.  I am ordereing it now  - should have done it a year ago.

Posted by Jo Baldridge (Cindy Gerke & Associates) over 10 years ago

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