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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

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      30.01.2014 06:28
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      A well made printer for large companies.

      This printer is great for large companies that need to scan and print large quantities. It's best placed on a desktop as it is a sheet fed scanner and has to be plugged in to the mains and it has a USB3 port to connect it to a computer. The software supplied with it is quite vast including drivers, document management software, the full Adobe Acrobat X and even software to help design and print business cards. The installation disc installs all of ScanSnap's features but also offers you the opportunity to install various programs to help manage and share scans via clouds.
      The scanner has a built-in Wi-Fi system meaning you can operate it using iOS or Android devices such as smartphones or tablets. You can configure it so that by the press of one button it will automatically scan it to your smartphone or tablet in either JPEG or PDF formats. The Fujitsu scanner has the ability to scan in 600dpi but to be honest you're better off scanning at 300dpi and save the results as PDF for better quality scans. The Organizer uses optical character recognition technology to enable you to search for text within a PDF and also has the ability to convert files into Microsoft Word and send it to Dropbox.

      As you can only scan in JPEG and PDF, other formats aren't available, which means should you want to scan original images for editing and archiving, you should look elsewhere. You can scan photos quite easily and without damaging them but the quality isn't the best out there, with some red tones and some differences in pale colors but for a scanner that's not made for scanning photos it does a pretty decent job.
      It's paper feed can handle paper sizes of up to 216x360mm and a card thickness of 209gsm. The speed is quite impressive with Duplex and Simplex scans taking the same time to complete. To scan one sheet of A4 paper takes around 16 seconds to complete on 600dpi, 7 seconds on 300dpi and an impressive 5 seconds on 150dpi.

      In conclusion this scanner is great for companies who need to scan, upload and manage images by the hundreds every week or archive years of documents and images then it's a natural choice. But for the home user it's a bit too expensive and you would be better off with an MFP.

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