25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
, 13 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Deluxe A4, Duplex Wi-Fi Scanner (Accessory)
I've become a scanning-addict from about 13:00 13th August 2013. This scanner arrived at 12:40 PM. It took me only a few minutes to install the software and make all the necessary connections. Then bingo - I press a button and the thing sucks in a piece of paper and spits it out gently. I almost couldn't believe my eyes. So I had to do that a few more times. It was soooo good! I mean I saw many videos of how it worked on YouTube and it appeared really good but seeing it in live action is another thing.
Right - I was a bit worried that the delivery by Amazon Logistics might not arrive. Had a bad experience with them a couple weeks ago - and there is a thread collecting all customers bad experiences here on Amazon. Well, I had my ear glued to that door and was stalking the front of my house. Thankfully the parcel arrived in good order. Amazon, please keep up any remedial work on delivery.
Back to the scanner - look, I'm still scanning stuff. I've gone through tons of old documents and have set them aside for shredding or incinerating. My HP 4300J scanner with ADF just cannot compete. I will still need it for the odd bit of crumpled paper that absolutely needs a flatbed. But now this iX500 has taken over. I mean this is like Veyron of home scanners! LOL. All the basic scanning software works well. Setting up WiFi connection is easy - more so if you have WPS on your router. Just press WPS on router and on scanner and you're away!
The part that's shockingly the best is scanning from my phablet - a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - like wow this is really incredible. Get this, it appears to take the scan off the scanner faster than my laptop! Like how good is that!!!!! You know when you buy all singing and dancing stuff, you're kind of waiting for it to cause trouble because you kinda think 'nah.. it can't work that well'. Well, this really works.
The scans are very clear and sharp at the recommended level of around 300dpi. So like a few minutes ago I decided to try out some receipts from Tesco and Asda - the machine is 'unforgiving' of paper bills. It sucks em in, spits them out and produces a scanned and trimmed document on my laptop... wirelessly!!!! Ama jumping for joy!! Gosh I can't contain myself. Supermarket receipts have a habit of fading after a few months. Well this cures that. And get this, the receipts are trimmed automatically for page size in PDFs created.
Colour scanning is just brilliant. I'll say no more. File sizes depend on resolution etc. At 300 dpi in Black and White, file sizes are not large at all.
The rollers need replacing every 200,000 scans (and the machine keeps a count for you). However if like me, you will make say 5000 scans per year, you shouldn't need to replace this for 40 years, by which time you surely will have bought other devices as technology advances, or you've passed on. :)
The footprint on a desk is very small. One thing to be careful with the output tray door remains slightly at an angle by design, to collect paper. You may be tempted to press it flat. Don't as it will break. (no I didn't break it).
I've had some problems with MagicDesktop software. It won't install properly - but that doesn't affect my use of the machine at all because the ScanSnap software does all the work of scanning. I'll sort out that glitch later - I mean MagicDesktop is separate software for document filing, searching etc so no worries if you're thinking of buying the non-deluxe model.
Well, that's all for the moment. I've gotta get back to me scanning - it's such a joy. I'll update this review as I learn more or if I encounter any problems.
01/09/2013 18:27PM (Addendum)
I've been using the iX500 now quite regularly. I thought I should share a few more things.
To start of, it remains lovely!! And liken (by analogy) to a 'good wife', it gets better as you get to know each other. :) LOL. As I've been using the Deluxe package, I have tried Rackfiler2 and gotten MagicDesktop working. Still trying to work them to my advantage - takes time to learn as always.
Today alone, I've scanned over 1500 pages. In all that the following were very good:
1. Scan quality strangely seemed to have improved - without tweaking - as I use it more. I can't explain that.
2. The ScanSnap Organizer software beats back Nuance PaperPort 14 pro. I've used the latter for a long time. It makes PPpro look slow and clumsy. No turning back. I've now decommissioned PPpro.
3. The wireless scanning is a doddle to set up especially if have WPS on your router. I've been loving the distance from the scanner 4 metres away. I can do things with my computer whilst on the settee surfing the net while stuff is scanning away.
4. Paper jams occasionally happen by that's so easy to recover from. I just take out what's stuck and put it back in the place it should have been. Then press the scan button on the iX500 and we're back in business.
5. It's remarkably sensitive in picking up when two pages are stuck together and gone through, when it would pause and ask for options. Restarting from where you need to is easy.
6. It's difficult to separate the total scanning experience of the 'scanner' from the 'software'. They work together so well.
I've had tons of old paper files taking up storage space on book shelves. Now they're all disappearing. Electronic file sizes are amazingly good too - 370 pages down into 50MB. Me likeee!!!! LOL. Readability is excellent. I've only tried OCR software once..seems to work but no need to rely on it for my purposes, which is archiving.
Actually, I've been discovering that my biggest problem now is ...wait for it.. staples!! Yes! Stapled documents are slowing me down! I've been using the usual jaw type staple remover which is fine. But when I get fed up, I just use a pair of shears to slice of the corners on pages containing the staples.
I have an ADF HP scanner/printer, and I was painfully and slowly using PPpro to get through the large set of documents. The whole thing, was very very slow over several months. I mean it's fine if you just have 100 pages to scan using PPpro and an ADF scanner. But when you have thousands of pages, it becomes a pain.
I was recommending iX500 to a colleague last night, and he said "it's a bit pricey". Well, I can't argue with that. But to be honest I just couldn't get through the lot that I have to scan a more cost efficient way. So for me - it's just brill.
Oh - one last thing - the ultrasonic sensors to an amazing job on things like supermarket receipts, that are not standard size of paper. It senses the edges of the receipts very well and crops the PDF paper down to the exact size. These receipts come out crystal clear. Stick in a long document like a CRB certificate - no problem, it'll make the PDF that size. It can scan papers up to 34 inches in length (according to booklet).
For anyone with loads of documents to scan, I'd say close your eyes and buy this. It's more than worth the money (for me at least).
Back to report on our relationship. ;)
It's going good. She's still doing the job - no nags, no fussing. No love but once there's no nagging, I'm cool LOL.
Must have scanned now some 10000 sides since I last checked in. It's working well.
Fujisu have updated their software, so everything works fine.
My mate from the Midlands bought an iX500, probably infected by my exicitment about it. Well he's happy with the machine too.
A note for those who use traditional scanners: this machine is not TWAIN compatible. I'm not missing TWAIN though - not at all. Hopefully one day Nuance (Omnipage) can be compatible with the iX500.
Wireless scanning on my network still works well. The only slight problem - and it's nothing to do with the machine. It's about me finding time and organising myself to scan tons of stuff from over they years. The amazing thing about paper is the way it just sits there out of sight and piles up.
Now cutting into the 'mountain' is not as easy as letting it rest there. But hey ho.. after spending all that money for this machine.. that's motivation to get on with it.
Best regards to all.
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