Published on November 6th, 2014 | by Greg0
Make Paper More Productive With Fujitsu’s ScanSnap iX100
Efficiency might not be sexy, and discussing productivity tools and utilities can quickly put even the most dedicated office worker to sleep. But if you deal in reams of paper, day in and day out, and you regularly travel for business, then you know how much of a hassle it can be. At your desk, you can have files and folders stay in one place, and the furthest a business card is likely to go is into your drawer. But on the road, whether for conventions or conferences, sales presentations or investor meetings, you won’t have the luxury of convenient storage and instead have to find ways to prevent those important documents from getting coffee-stained, crumpled, or left in the hotel.
Portable scanners have become the solution for the many problems of paper. Digital records are far easier to deal with, and the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 handles it’s duties with aplomb, setting it up among the best portable scanners that we’ve seen. Weighing in at only 400 grams (fourteen ounces) and small enough to carry anywhere, the unit’s rechargeable battery still can capture a couple of hundred pages on a single charge. And thanks to built-in wireless, it’s easy to connect the scanner to your wi-fi network or even use Wi-Fi Direct to skip the cables but still scan to your tablet, smartphone (Android or iPhone), or laptop (OSX or Windows PC). Now you can leave your computer at home and still grab everything you need on the go.
Scanning full pages is impressively fast- they clock it at around five seconds at 300 dpi- and receipts and business cards take a bit less time. We wouldn’t use this guy for scanning photos, but it’s ideal for text and some graphics. Larger pages can be automatically stitched as well, or you can scan a couple of items at a time and have them separated. We’ve seen every shape and size of scanner, from Fujitsu’s excellent flatbed book model and their long-running desktop sister version, the iX500, and many others as well. The older Visioneer RoadWarrior was much slower and lacks wireless capabilities, which are really helpful for those who rely on their smartphones and tablets, and the iX100 offers comparable quality and OCR technology, if slightly less easy-to-use software and some awkward setup when using wireless. We connected directly for the most part from iOS devices, and though the PC applications require some downloading, configuration, and updating, they offer a lot of power including saving to searchable PDF documents, Excel, or Word formats. Business cards in foreign languages still trip up scanners, and receipts still require a fair bit of manual editing, but thankfully it’s fast and simple to do. The software isn’t the best we’ve used, but are straightforward with a bit of practice.
A carrying case would have been a nice inclusion (they are available separately), and the supplied USB cable was a bit too short- it’s one thing to be compact, and another to be annoyingly tiny. But the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 is in a class of it’s own when it comes to size, so small and light that it won’t be a burden, and with wireless so you don’t have to carry cables with you everywhere. Scan those important pieces of paper, check them over, and then recycle- while resting assured that their contents are safe in your cloud storage Dropbox, Google Docs, Evernote, or other options. Available now for around $200, this battery-powered scanner aims to make life a bit easier for doing business on the road, and succeeds in hitting the mark.