The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is heavily promoted on U.S. television these days. I found in my recent conversations at two different genealogy societies in Florida, the same scanner is generating a lot of interest amongst genealogists.
The $295 (retail) scanner is the smaller version of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 that sells for about $400, depending upon where you purchase it. The cheaper scanner is smaller, lighter, but also significantly slower. Both scanners have document feeders; you can place a stack of papers into the input stacker, push a button, and walk away as both sides of each piece of paper are being scanned.
These scanners can only scan loose pieces of paper, however. You can find better solutions for bound books. Since the paper moves through a series of rollers, I also wouldn't recommend either of these scanners for use with old or delicate documents or for photographs of any age.
You can read M. David Stone's review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 in PC Magazine at http://goo.gl/HstWB.
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