I used to be one of those people with file cabinets full of “documents” and “records” at home. But I have always harbored a few ounces of doubt as to whether I should actually be keeping all these files. Would I ever need to consult an old brokerage statement or credit card bill?
More concerning was that I definitely wanted to keep some of the files, like old tax returns, but if anything ever happened to them (fire, flood, or most likely – a misplaced box), I wouldn't have them when I needed them. The last thing I wanted to do was make extra copies.
After a little shopping research, I found the answer. And it lives up to every rave review on Amazon. It is Fujitsu’s Scansnap FI-5110EOX2 scanner.
I can put stacks of 50 pages in the feeder at once, and in a couple of minutes, I have a digital document.
- it scans double- or single-sided pages in one pass (and accurately auto-detects)
- it never jams
- it can do color or black and white images
- it comes with Adobe Acrobat and outputs PDF files
- it allows you to trade off quality/resolution vs. file size using 4 distinct settings. The lowest is fine for most business documents and requires about 50kb per page side scanned; the highest produces near-photo quality JPEGs
- it comes with a USB 2.0 (or 1.x) connector
- it takes up hardly any space (it’s about 10” tall with a 6” x 13” footprint)
- it retails for less than $450.
I have since emptied and scanned several drawers of files. These documents, and the file cabinets that used to store them, are now teed up for a trip to the garbage.
Can anyone recommend a good shredder?