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Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100, a wireless ultra-compact portable scanner

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Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100, a wireless ultra-compact portable scanner

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Moving to a paperless life three years in the past was an immensely liberating expertise. Not solely did I unlock area by eliminating a submitting cupboard, however I had quick, quick access to all my paperwork regardless of the place I occurred to be. Documents I want entry to on the transfer are saved on my iPhone and iPad. Virtually all that's left in paper type is my passport and driving license.

One key facet of dwelling paperlessly is scanning any paper paperwork as quickly as they arrive, which is completed utilizing a Fujitsu ScanSnap moveable scanner. Portability wasn’t the driving force for me – I simply beloved the tiny footprint, permitting me to maintain it on my desk completely whereas dropping subsequent to no desk-area.

Fujitsu has as we speak launched an up to date mannequin, this one providing wifi in addition to wired scanning, together with direct to iPhone and iPad. I’ve been making an attempt it out for the previous couple of weeks in order that I might share my ideas the identical day it goes on sale … 

First impressions

For me, as an present consumer of its non-wi-fi predecessor, it appeared virtually similar to my present mannequin. To anybody else, your first impression is more likely to be a lot the identical because it was when I took supply of that mannequin: extraordinarily compact, a bit plasticky in look however strong-feeling within the hand.

It’s just a little wider than an A4 or US letter sheet of paper, round 5cm deep and 4cm excessive. It comes with a microUSB cable – used for wired connection to a Mac and for charging the constructed-in battery – and a DVD with the Mac app, ScanSnap Manager. A DVD felt a bit quaint nowadays, when most Macs not have an optical drive, however you can too obtain the app on-line.

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Quality

It’s value making the purpose that whereas the iX100 will scan something you feed into it, it’s not designed for pictures. It’s a 300dpi scanner, which is greater than ok for correct, readable scans of colour paperwork, however completely not ok for photograph modifying. The iX100 is all about scanning paperwork.

Wired use with a Mac

Once the software program is put in, change on the scanner by urgent the only button on it, or by opening the flap able to insert a sheet of paper. Your Mac acknowledges the scanner with a quick message, and also you’re then able to go.

ScanSnap Manager has a lot of totally different choices when it comes to what occurs once you scan a doc, together with scanning to e-mail, to Word, to iPhoto and to Google Docs. I set Scan to Folder because the default motion.

To scan a single sheet of paper, merely hit the button on the scanner as soon as to start and once more afterwards. For multipage paperwork, the app retains scanning pages right into a single doc till you hit the button once more. It’s very fast and straightforward.

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If you've gotten room in your desk, as I do, scanned sheets take a straight path and exit the again of the scanner. If you’re pushed for area, you'll be able to as an alternative flip up a flap on the prime and pages feed again on themselves.

The software program exhibits you previews of every web page because it scans, and you may press the Finish Scanning button within the app as an alternative of urgent the button on the scanner if you want. Here I’m being just a little meta by scanning a web page concerning the scanner.

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Once full, the default filename is the date and time of the scan. Click the filename to edit it.

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The course of couldn’t be simpler, the packing containers popping up mechanically when the scanner is used.

You can browse to the place you need every doc scanner, however personally I’ve discovered it to be faster and simpler to scan to an ordinary folder after which transfer paperwork to wherever they're wanted. I sometimes scan two or three paperwork when the submit arrives, and it’s simpler to only open the folder and drag them to their locations.

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Wireless scanning to an iOS system

Scanning to an iPhone or iPad is completed by way of wifi, with a selection of going by way of a router or making a direct connection to the scanner, which generates its personal wi-fi community.

Switch on the scanner by urgent the button or opening the flap, and ensure the wifi change on the rear of the scanner is on. I simply left this on completely.

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When you open the free ScanSnap app, you go into Settings and hit Connect to. The identify of the scanner seems, faucet that to attach.

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You’ll be prompted for a password, which could be discovered on the underside of the scanner. This is to make sure that another person inside wifi vary can’t direct scans to their system.

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Password entered, you’ll then get affirmation that you simply’re able to scan.

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Again, you'll be able to both hit the bodily button on the scanner or faucet the Scan button within the app to start scanning, and once more you get previews as you go.

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Scanned information seem in an inventory within the app.

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Opening them provides you three choices: print (if in case you have an AirPrint-suitable printer), Send by e mail (which opens a brand new e-mail with the doc as an attachment) or Open in an app.

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The apps it may be opened in depend upon the format during which you scan and which iOS apps you've got put in. I scan to PDF, and maintain my saved PDFs in GoodReader, however you possibly can see right here it presents me a couple of different choices.

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Conclusions

I was already an enormous fan of the iX100’s wired predecessor, the $199 S1100, offering respectable-high quality doc scanning in an extremely neat type issue.

Personally, I don’t have an enormous want for on-the-transfer scanning. I do are likely to scan paperwork on the earliest attainable alternative, however for any paper I purchase whereas out-and-about, I’m comfortable sufficient to make use of my iPhone digital camera with a scanning app.

However, at $229, including battery energy and the power to scan to iOS units solely carries a $30 premium. You are giving up a bit high quality – 300dpi vs 600dpi of the wired mannequin – however in actual-life use, I might see no sensible distinction. As I stated on the outset, this can be a scanner for paperwork, not pictures (the place you’d need approach larger than 600dpi anyway). For the $30 worth distinction, I’d say it’s a no brainer to have the extra flexibility of the brand new mannequin.

If you’re not already living a paperless life, you’ll need to borrow a sheet-fed scanner to deal with the preliminary mass of papers. But as soon as that job is completed, a sheet-fed scanner is very large overkill for maintaining with day-to-day paperwork. The iX100, then again, is tailored for the job of digitising the paper that enters your life each day.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 goes on sale as we speak, priced at $229. The wired-solely S1100 is available for $199.


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