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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

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88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

A multifunction printer can take care of your basic scanning needs pretty handily, but if you're looking to organize your loose papers, you'll want something with a bit more speed and features, which is where the iX500 comes into the picture. PC Advisor was able to "comfortably churn through 32.6 pages per minute," while Wired found the speed at which it scanned pages "blazing." The image quality isn't quite up to par with flatbed scanners, but as PC Advisor points out, "that that isn't their priority, and the ix500 is as good as any sheetfed we've seen for colour." The priority is to get you organized, and the iX500 has plenty of features to make that happen, like the virtual ScanSnap folder, which Wired said to "file this under the I Never Knew I Needed This Feature But Now I Do category." It also has wireless connectivity and can scan to your phone, which Boing Boing found handy "if I need to scan something and run out the door with it on my mobile device." If you're looking to get your clutter under control, the ScanSnap is a Must-have device for your desk.
88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

80
TxdoHawk
If you ask someone who has gone paperless "what scanner would you recommend?"...read more
100
BonesSK
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
40
a1nonymous
I work in a law firm that is currently going paperless and has been for over...read more
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Average user Score
 
80
TxdoHawk
10.26.15
If you ask someone who has gone paperless "what scanner would you recommend?" this is the one they will likely suggest to you, and for good reason: The ix500 chews through anything you throw at it with nary a complaint.The hardware is fast, robust and very unlikely to jam unless you really abuse its limits. The software end of things, while being perhaps a bit of a mess due to so many individual components, is flexible enough to accommodate almost any workflow. Want to throw everything you scan directly to Evernote? Easy. Dropbox or Google Docs? Also doable. Want to simply dump everything into a folder of your choice after you scan it? That's an option too. Indecisive on a platform? Scansnap provides their own Organizer software for you to pop everything into. You can even choose from a menu of options every time you scan something, although chances are you will find your preferred settings and make them the default.That is really key, too. Once you do the legwork to figure out your ideal workflow, this scanner shines brightest. Put your papers in, hit one button, and shortly after you are done.At $400 new, it's a bit of a hard pill to swallow, even if you have a ton of paperwork you want to digitize. But people pay the cost for a reason: This scanner is an absolute nuclear weapon in the war on paper. Bottom line: If you are serious about going paperless and seriously in need of help, get this.
 
100
BonesSK
03.30.15
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
40
a1nonymous
01.17.14
I work in a law firm that is currently going paperless and has been for over a year now, and i've inherited the scan snap desktop scanner. and at first i was "wow this is a great little gadget how convenient", but now i'm singing a different tune. So, far i do more of resetting the papers and wasting time trying to rectify the papers that it eats up and tears because i'm assuming the rollers that are supposed to pull the papers in are at their last days. Which is odd since this scanner is LESS than a year old. I'd say this would be perfect for the home and not such high volume scanning DEFINITELY not ideal for the office because if you have to replace it every year at 400$ a pop well then the business management team at Fujitsu scammed. I used to be able to scan the allotted amount of papers shown on the "to here" line, but now it's becoming less and less every day. The machine claims there's a paper jam, but there's no paper in it. The rollers are squeaking and sound like their having a hard time every time i scan something now. Again, as i said before this i can see would be great for at home minimal scanning if you'd like it to last longer than a year, otherwise look for something else.
 
90
Rot
12.27.13
I finally committed to going paperless a few months ago, and this device was the cornerstone of that effort. Paired with Evernote for cloud access, the ScanSnap has literally emptied drawers of files and made the data much more accessible. Basically as long as I have my phone, I can get to all of my important documents.Scans are rapid and accurate, with little to no delay for processing. Setup was relatively painless, thought the wireless features do leave something to be desired (only one wireless client permitted). Bottom line, this is a great scanner for home use.
 
90
evenprimes
10.12.13
Over the last couple of weeks I've been converting to a paperless system. The iX500 was the most recommended scanner and know I see why. It's fast and trouble free. I scanned over 1000 pages in the last couple of weeks and I only had 1 jam in that entire time, that was when I put the pages in crooked.The included software did quick automatic OCR that made filing a snap. (Hint, if you're on a mac, get Hazel.)

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