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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Mobile Document Scanner

September 16th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

5 Stars

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

The ScanSnap iX100 is Fujitsu’s latest mobile document scanner. Like the iX500––Fujitsu’s full-sized desktop scanner––the iX100 has wireless capabilities that give it added convenience, especially when on the go. Its portability, strong performance, and support for Android and iOS make the iX100 an ideal road warrior companion.

PROS

  • Easy to carry and pack for travel
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Charges over USB
  • Good performance
  • Supports Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire

CONS

  • Limited editing tools in mobile apps
  • Protective case not included

DESIGN & FEATURES
The iX100 weighs just 14 ounces and is barely wider than a sheet of letter-sized paper. The slim profile and small size make it easy to carry and travel with. The overall build quality is solid for such a lightweight device, but I’m not confident it’d survive a fall from a desk. Protective cases are available for the iX100, but none come in the box.

ScanSnap iX100 box

Operating the scanner is a one button affair, like other ScanSnaps. Under the silver Scan/Stop button are two LEDs: one for power and the other for Wi-Fi status.

ScanSnap iX100 scan button

A switch in the back of the iX100 enables and disables Wi-Fi. Next to the switch is a button to use WPS to connect the iX100 to your wireless router. The left side of the iX100 has the USB port and a Kensington lock port. The iX100 is charged through its USB port by plugging it into a free USB port on a computer or a USB wall charger. A USB cable is included, but a wall charger isn’t. The 720mAh battery doesn’t take too long to charge, however.

ScanSnap iX100 Wi-Fi

ScanSnap iX100 USB

Opening the feed guide will automatically turn the scanner on. If you have it plugged in via USB, you can press the Scan button to start scanning right away. Wireless use requires just a few extra moments for the iX100 to connect before it’s ready for use. Documents are fed through the front of the scanner, one sheet at a time. When you start to feed a document in, the iX100 pulls it in slightly to let you know it’s ready. For multi-page documents, starting with the second sheet, it just pulls all the pages in without pausing. Once you’re done, you just tell the ScanSnap software to finish. A new dual-scan option lets you scan two smaller documents side-by-side to save time. For example, you can scan two business cards at the same time. Just make sure that the output guide is closed when you scan cards.

ScanSnap iX100 open

For ultimate control and more powerful editing tools, you’ll want to scan documents to a computer. Fujitsu’s Android and iOS apps, though, work very well when you’d rather leave the laptop in the bag and scan directly to your phone or tablet. During my tests, the Android and iOS apps worked smoothly each and every time. The apps don’t have any editing features, however, except for page rotation. You can, though, access the scanner’s settings, including file format, image quality, and compression. You can also check the iX100’s battery level through the app. In my estimate, you can scan about 150 letter sheets before the battery dies, probably a lot less if you let it idle between scans.

ScanSnap iX100 front top

CONCLUSION: The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 mobile document scanner has many of the great qualities of its older siblings, but in a much smaller package. The iX100 definitely isn’t suitable for large jobs––leave that to the iX500––but for traveling and the occasional scan at home or the office, the iX100 is a terrific little scanner.

* Review unit provided by Fujitsu

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