Fujitsu Scansnap S1500M - Got one? Where can I buy in HK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by albahk
    The price does seem a bit steep for the S1500, I spoke to a local retailer and they are looking for $5,900 and a 2-3 week wait. That's a substantial markup over Amazon and a lot of $ for a scanner.

    The S1300 model is smaller but appears to share many of the same features. Might look for that one.
    I did not pay anything like 5900 for the scanner. Much, much closer to the US price of 4K. Check at the printer place on the second floor of WCC- they quoted a reasonable price. Wait at Foresoon and the WCC place were less than 5 days.
    Last edited by jgl; 04-07-2011 at 02:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    For my scanned documents I keep them on my computer hard disk, on a separate networked storage device and backed up to a cloud. I plan to migrate them between my home computers as I go - hopefully JPGs and PDFs won't be obsolete in 20 years time.
    My 20 year old archives are on 3.5" disc... I think it's the copying it across to new media that's the tricky bit. I didn't realise that the last machine I had with a disk drive was going to be the last one until it failed. Then there's the question of "do I really need this old stuff enough to go and try to find a 3.5" disk drive that would work with my current PC and get those files off". Repeat with a 5.25" drive for the 30 year old stuff...

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    On Saturday I saw USB connected 3.5" FDDs sitting in Foresoon and was wondering why they were still carrying what is effectively technology that belongs in museums I rather suspect you'd be out of luck for 5.25" drives though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM
    My 20 year old archives are on 3.5" disc... I think it's the copying it across to new media that's the tricky bit. I didn't realise that the last machine I had with a disk drive was going to be the last one until it failed. Then there's the question of "do I really need this old stuff enough to go and try to find a 3.5" disk drive that would work with my current PC and get those files off". Repeat with a 5.25" drive for the 30 year old stuff...
    Are floppies even reliable over that timescale? I agree that this is an important consideration and one I have thought about.

    However, with a small amount of effort I am quite confident that I'll be able to preserve my files & family photos by copying them across "as I go" and ensuring they are appropriately backed up at all times. I still have my university research projects from the 90's in electronic copy, and email archives from the early 90's (although I doubt I will ever look at them!)

    I think file type obsolescence could be more of a problem, but standardizing on text, PDF and JPG will hopefully mean any conversions to newer formats should be reasonably painless.

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    No they're not, but then again they were seen as more reliable than hard disks, which were the only other option 20 years ago (and not an option at all 30 years back). I also find I have some Iomega zip disks - remember them? I'm still using the same email program as I was in 1995, so I have immediate access to all my (home) emails since then (apart from a few months where I had a disk crash and hadn't backed up the mail file recently).

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    Quote Originally Posted by albahk
    The price does seem a bit steep for the S1500, I spoke to a local retailer and they are looking for $5,900 and a 2-3 week wait. That's a substantial markup over Amazon and a lot of $ for a scanner.

    The S1300 model is smaller but appears to share many of the same features. Might look for that one.
    You might want to look at this for a speed comparison.

    YouTube - ‪ScanSnap S1300 & S1500 ??????????‬‏

    Another option if you really have thousands of pages is to use a fast scanner at work, generate a huge number of PDFs, and then purchase a separate OCR app to do a bulk conversion.

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    Sony ceased production of 3.5" floppies just this year, apparently they sold 12 Million of them in 2010.

    I remember buying Windows 95 which consisted of ~20 floppy disks

    I also have a 2.88MB (Wow!!) floppy drive back in Blighty, quite a rare beast.


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    Update

    On jgl's suggestion I found a place in Wanchai CC that has the S1500M. Asking $4,120 but got it for $4k cash. They also had the S1100 in stock but not the S1300. Foresoon have not responded to my email enquiry yet.

    Tommy Wong @ R&R Enterprises - shop 240-241 Wanchai Computer Centre


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