Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner for PC and Mac (PA03656-B005)

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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner for PC and Mac (PA03656-B005)

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner for PC and Mac (PA03656-B005)

  • Blazing 25ppm color scanning
  • Two sided scanning
  • USB or Wi-Fi connection to a computer
  • PC & Mac Compatibility
  • Ships with Adobe Acrobat XI Standard

ScanSnap iX500 The ScanSnap iX500 is the scanner that intuitively guides you through every step of the scanning process, and lets you access your documents anywhere and anytime. Scan to and view across a range of popular cloud services, or wirelessly scan to your PC, Mac, iPad/iPhone, and Android devices. A host of automated settings are designed for effortless scanning. Scan your everyday documents, from business cards to A4 and even A3 paper. Once scanned, you can send the data to Word, Excel, e-mail, and SharePoint amongst others. Wirelessly scan to your PC or Mac as well as iOS or Android mobile devices.
View larger The iX500 scans everyday documents intuitively with ease, no matter the size.
View larger Wi-Fi or USB Connection to a PC or Smart Device The iX500 comes with a built-in, dual-core “GI” image processing engine that takes ScanSnap to the next performance level. It offers the paper feeding performance of expensive high-speed, high-volume devices, enhanced thr

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  1. 847 of 859 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Upgraded my ScanSnap S1500, January 19, 2013
    By 
    EastSide (Midwest) –

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    This review is from: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner for PC and Mac (PA03656-B005) (Office Product)

    *** UPDATED ***
    I’ve been using the previous model, the ScanSnap S1500 for almost 4 years now. I liked it so much that I bought a second one. To me, it completely transformed the concept of going paperless: from painful and time consuming to fun and even cool. If you have used a regular flat-bed scanner trying to go paperless, you probably know what I mean. I feel your pain. And this is coming from a hardcore paperless guy since 2001. Back then there weren’t that many options.

    If you are reading these reviews, you probably already know that the S1500 is currently (January 2013) pretty much the gold standard in the automatic document feeder (ADF) scanner consumer market with excellent user friendly software, pretty fast, reliable, built like a tank, excellent optical quality and on top of that you get the standard version of Adobe Acrobat (worth alone >$100). Not that it is a cheap scanner but compared to other consumer-grade ADF scanners it is a good deal, and like most things in life, you get what you pay for. It is one of those rare pieces of electronics that *just work*. It makes something relatively complicated extremely easy. Also wanted to point out that those all-in-one scanners/copiers/printers, etc. are just Ok in my honest opinion. Their relatively low price is tempting however, from experience they are “jack of all trades, master of none”. They are no competition for this scanner, not at all!

    That said, I bought the iX500 as soon as I learned it was available on Amazon. It was hard to believe the S1500 could be improved but hey, even as a geek myself technology never cease to amaze me. Well, I’ve been playing with the scanner for two days so I will give you my first impressions.
    Not that it matters but the first thing I noticed is that the box is now very plain and vanilla (pun intended) colored without even a handle as opposed to the fancy S1500 box. I can’t care less but I just hope they put the savings in the scanner and not the profit margins because this one costs more. Upon unpacking, the iX500 has a nice sophisticated industrial look with matte/shiny black surfaces and blue LED lights. Unlike the S1500, it does not look like an old cheap plasticky silver colored ink-jet printer from the 90’s. Overall the materials and quality of construction seem as good as the S1500. The paper rollers seem improved. Also new is a physical switch to turn on/off the WiFi radio and WPS button to automatically set up a secure WiFi connection.

    Pros:

    -Faster feeding/scan. I don’t think it makes a huge practical difference compared to the S1500 but it is undeniably faster. The higher the number of pages you are scanning, the more significant it will be to you.

    -Faster processing. Here is where the difference is very noticeable. With the S1500 the processing can take some time and you will always see the processing progress bar. With the iX500 you barely see it or if you see it it goes way faster!

    -USB 3.0 connection. Can’t argue about the advantages of having a theoretically max speed of 5 Gbps (USB 3.0) vs 480 Mbps (USB 2.0). The provided cable is truly 6 feet long which is a plus. With USB 3.0 I wouldn’t recommend using extension cables because the USB 3.0 protocol is very sensitive to increased cable lengths (>2m). If the cable is not long enough for you, get a powered USB 3.0 hub not an extension cable.

    -Improved paper handling mechanism. Regular paper documents rarely jam or misfeed on the S1500. Only if you have stuck, very thin, bended, irregular or wrinkled sheets. I threw in different types of papers and it seems to take them in better! This is a real usability improvement.

    -WiFi capability. Meh.. Honestly, this is not one of the main reasons I got the iX500. For me, for this specific task of scanning documents, speed, security and reliability are more important than going all wireless but that is just me. I have the scanner in my home office next to my desktop and scan a fairly regular amount of documents, some with personal, work and financial information that needs to be encrypted before storing, never online or on mobile devices.
    It also has scan-to-the-cloud capability using DropBox, GDrive, EverNote, Salesforce, SugarSync (some with never heard before silly names) but seriously, would you trust a hardly profitable -except maybe Google- private online cloud company to store all your documents for the long term? Maybe temporarily until you download but that’s it. I wouldn’t trust them even for just a backup. Also, try downloading just 100 300-dpi full color scans online and you will realize how painfully slow it is. I do however, see some situations were this may be useful like online sharing of docs or as temporary storage of trivial stuff but only as an add-on capability and not as a main way of connectivity. I will try it with my Android phone and tablet, though but nothing serious…

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  2. 329 of 336 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing Upgrade From S1300 Scanner, January 14, 2013
    By 
    Alan Montgomery (Durham, NC) –
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    This review is from: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner for PC and Mac (PA03656-B005) (Office Product)

    I’ll start out by saying that I’ve been the proud owner of a Fujitsu S1300 scanner for the past two years. I have gone almost completely paperless at home through a combination of scanning to Evernote and Dropbox and haven’t looked back since. The quality and convenience of my previous scanner was unmatched over the last couple years, but there had always been some items on my wish list.
    Enter the iX500

    I really believe this to be the end-all-be-all as far as scanners is concerned. I’ll try to go through this review in a logical fashion.

    Purchase/Install
    I actually received this unit on the first day it was released due to a connection I had (always love to be one of the first to have something). Bringing it home and unpacking it was familiar as this is my 3rd Fujitsu scanner (s1300 and s1300i for my parents) and setup was straight-forward. The install file on my MacBook was large, as usual, but took little time and was up and running. One of the main features/draws for this product was the wireless ability which I’ll go into more detail later, but was easy to get setup. Overall took less than 10 minutes to start scanning. Nothing exciting.

    Initial Impressions
    This thing is FAST. I never had a complaint about the speed of my s1300 or especially the s1300i, but holy cow, this thing scans documents like it’s going out of style. Even at full resolution color on both sides it is hard to keep up with it.
    Secondly, this is by far an improvement over the s1300 in the aesthetics category. It looks like a very high end piece of AV equipment or something. So far my wife has not even attempted to make me move it off the kitchen counter where it currently resides. When folded up it is very unobtrusive and is very unassuming.
    I have to reiterate that I truly enjoy the fact that, now that this is 100% wireless, I don’t have to keep it in my home office or attached to another computer (with 2 USB ports like the s1300s).
    Build quality is similar to the previous generations of Fujitsu scanners – superb.

    Testing
    Speed – I was easily able to get the 25 pages per minute claim and even hit 32 pages while doing my latest mortgage refinance documents.
    Reliability – I put several documents through that either had a business card taped to them or a post-it note to see how it would handle them. All fed through perfectly fine and showed up as desired.
    Wireless – This is honestly the main reason for my upgrade. Having the ability to detach this device from any and all computers and allow for the scanning of incoming mail directly to Evernote is a godsend. The iOS app worked flawlessly to get the scanner to do whichever type of scan I wanted and instantly made available my documents. This means not having to pile up my mail on a weekly basis and batch scan it when I take everything up to the office. It also means I’m far more likely to scan a document before trashing it, ensuring that nothing is overlooked. In the past I’ve shied away from wireless peripherals like printers as I’ve had bad luck with them, but with the rigorous testing I’ve done this far I have yet to break this.
    Quality – As good as the S1300/S1300i as far as quality and OCR accuracy. This is somewhat secondary to main my needs but works well.

    Overall Thoughts
    This isn’t the cheapest scanner you can buy but I honestly believe it to be the most convenient and well equipped. Aside from the cost savings of having to purchase filing cabinets, the psychological benefits of nothing have paper-clutter around the house and being able to find any document you need in an instant are huge. The iX500 has lived up to all my expectations and more so far.

    Future Updates
    I do plan on updating this review in the future with a few items. First, I am trying to get a video of the insane speed of this device uploaded. Secondly, I’d like to give some more insight into the reliability/long-term build quality of it. Perhaps in 3-6 months the latter will come. Please comment with any questions and I’ll respond ASAP.

    Thanks

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  3. 257 of 263 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Absolutely Amazing Product…Just buy it. 250 pounds of paper – and I’m just getting started…, January 20, 2013
    By 
    Carl Melville “^Carl.” (San Diego, CA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    This is the most effusive review I’ve ever written. This product will blow you away.

    I’ve had it only one week. So far I’ve cleaned out over 250 pounds of paper files from my once-clogged office. Everything is now filed in Evernote. It’s backed up locally and in the cloud – and instantly searchable and accessible.

    I’ve had Neat Receipts for years. Gave it up after losing 5 months of receipts (poof – gone). When looking for another solution I stumbled into the Fujitsu S1500 and it’s rabid following (they are like groupies – and now I see why). After a ton of additional research (check out the many YouTube videos and reviews here on Amazon), I was about to order the 1500….then…

    As I was about to buy it, Fujitsu announced this new machine; the iX500. It’s not inexpensive, but based on the strong recommendations for its predecessors, I took the plunge. Amazon did not even have a picture of it up yet – but they took the order and shipped a few days later.

    The product LOOKS great. It’s small – amazingly small – about the same footprint as an old personal fax machine. It’s sleek and it’s almost silent. Most all – it’s FAST. Blazing. 25 page per minute.

    Look at that shelf behind you. The one will all those binders from those conferences you attended. You know you’ll never read those things…but you can’t throw them out, can you? I scanned over 3,000 pages of journals and binders. Throwing them out felt GREAT. I have the space back, and now can search through any of those once-dusty tomes instantly.

    Receipts. What receipts? That huge box of them that was getting bigger by the day…All gone. Scanned into the system. Tagged, sorted, filed and ready for tax season.

    Staples are EVIL. Make sure there are none in your docs. One week in and nearly paperless.

    Look. I’ll make it easy for you. Just buy it. If I’m wrong, Amazon will take it back — but once you have it you won’t let it go.

    Lastly – I believe I’d give up my iPad before I’d let this thing go.

    Enjoy.

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