Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

Byline: By Andrew Yew

Quick, think of a scanner – any would do! Odds are, your mental image is the traditional flatbed with a glass surface. That design indeed has been with us for quite some time now and is generally the reliable sort. However, its large footprint does leave most of us wanting as is the fragility of the glass used, which makes transporting it a bit of a challenge. If not done well, the glass will crack and render the hardware useless. However, Fujitsu has a solution that is relatively compact, has no fragile glass, and can produce high quality scans. Meet the ScanSnap iX500.


Black Dwarf
Decked out in black, the ScanSnap adopts an angular design aesthetic with no curves to be found. Appearing like some small sci-fi prop, you set it up by flipping open the top and bottom panel, and voila, it’s assembled. In fact, when in its ‘deployed’ mode, it could fool people into thinking that it’s a small printer. The lack of glass means that this scanner can be easily carried around without encasing it in loads of bubble wrap.

Scan Shop
Once you’ve assembled the scanner, you connect the device to your PC and install the bundled software. You could download the latest system from Fujitsu’s website. Take note that the download size clocks in at over 600MB so you might have to wait for a while, depending on your Internet connection. After the software install, it will ask if you want to hook it up to your wireless network. Yes, the ScanSnap supports wireless scanning.

Seamless Operation
Thanks to its ‘GI’ microprocessor used within, the ScanSnap iX500 supports USB 3.0 connectivity, bringing with it fast transfer speeds to your computer as well as other niceties like Wi-Fi connectivity. Speaking of speed, gone are the times where you need to hear that iconic noise as you wait for the scanner to process your document – you just put your documents on the feeder, press the big, illuminated ‘Scan’ button, and your document will be scanned in an instant.


Straight to Mobile
If you connect the ScanScap iX500 to your wireless network, you can scan documents straight to your smart device through the ‘ScanSnap’ mobile app. If you’re on the go and you refuse to spend time transferring your document scans from PC to mobile, then this function is definitely useful.

Dimensions (W x D x H): 292 x 159 x 168mm
Weight: 3kg
Scanner type: Automatic Document Feeder with Duplex
Paper Chute Capacity: 50 Sheets Max
Image Sensor: Color CIS (Contact Image Sensor) x2
Optical resolution: 600 x 600dpi
Minimum document size: 50.8 x 50.8mm
Maximum document size: 216 x 360mm
Connectivity: USB 3.0, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Communication distance: 50m
Value: 8/10
Features: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Design: 9/10
Usability: 8/10
Verdict: Small on footprint but chock full of features.
Total Score: 8.6/10


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