Bringing Dead-Tree Misfits Into the Digital World

A new Fujitsu scanner merges business cards, receipts, and other important pieces of paper with the rest of your data.

Monday, April 27, 2009
Epson Workforce 600 Printer, Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Scanner
Joshua Scott

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Scanner
Even with all the digital technology in the world, paper is still the medium of choice for items like receipts, business cards, contracts, and other records. But paper is bulky to store, a pain to organize, and difficult to search. Scanning paper documents into a digital archive can help, but this process is often time-consuming. The $500 Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 attacks that problem by being able to accept a stack of assorted papers of different sizes and set the correct resolution and scan size for each item. Pages are automatically converted into the PDF image format, and bundled text-recognition software for your computer makes it possible to search the scanned pages.

Epson WorkForce 600 Printer
This is a convenient option for the home office, combining print, scan, and fax functions in one machine. Using an inkjet system, the $200 WorkForce 600 can print up to 38 pages per minute and can print directly from a digital camera.

Logitech G9x Laser Mouse
The $100 Logitech G9x Laser mouse can be programmed with up to five profiles. This lets you assign different functions to the same button, depending on the task. For instance, in word processing a button could be used to zoom in on a document; in a Web browser it could act as a “back” button. Logitech also sells a $20 grip that can be customized with any image.

Logitech G9x Laser Mouse, Kensington Slimblade Trackball
Joshua Scott

Kensington Slimblade Trackball
Most people use a mouse with their desktop computer, but trackballs have a devoted following. The $130 SlimBlade from Kensington features an ultra­smooth ball motion and can toggle between controlling the pointer and zooming around large documents.

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