Paperless. The paperless office. Going sans paper is a popular topic in the legal world.
It's no surprise. With the amount of paper that most attorneys have at their offices, there is a lot to be gained by going digital. Whether the motivations are professional, environmental or otherwise, there is a tool available that attorneys have been raving about for years: the Fujitsu ScanSnap.
With the Fujitsu ScanSnap s1500, you can take a pile of papers, drop it into the tray and walk away. The ScanSnap will scan both sides of all the papers, and you don't have to stand there feeding them in one-by-one. It's extremely fast (20 pages per minute), comes with OCR software and even reads business cards.
"What makes the S1500 so appealing is that it's not only compact (about the size of a loaf of bread), but also very fast," CNET.com says in its review. "This 600x600 dpi color scanner is designed to do one main thing and do it well. It scans documents--both color and black-and white--and instantly turns them into searchable PDF files."
The ways in which you can put the ScanSnap to use are limitless. Imagine coming home from court, dropping in a handful of business cards and case files and letting the ScanSnap take it from there. I've heard of attorneys even bringing their ScanSnap with them to court. I know of another that has set up a mobile office in an AirStream trailer and says that besides his computer, the ScanSnap is the most important piece of equipment he owns.
The price tag isn't cheap. Retail is $430. But I've yet to know a single attorney that didn't think it was worth it once they took the plunge. When it comes to recommendations among attorneys for hardware, the ScanSnap is the only slam dunk I've ever seen.
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