Fujitsu Scansnap iX500 vs s1500m

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I set up the new Fujitsu Scansnap iX500 desktop scanner today. Is it faster? Take a look:

I’m not going to review it. There are plenty of those online. Here’s a quick run down:

  • Is it faster? Hells yeah! The s1500 is now officially s   l   o   w.
  • Is the Wifi anything to write home about? Not for me. Scanning to an iPhone or iPad seems like a gimmick.
  • Does the USB3 matter? I thought it would make a huge difference, but I tested the iX500 with a ~2008 era mac mini and USB doesn’t seem to be the bottleneck.
  • Is the built in processor noticeably faster. YES! I ran one test with the “old” s1500m plugged in to the 2008 mac mini and pressing the blue start button at the same time, it took the mini about 5 seconds to start. The video above is with the new iX500 attached to the mac mini and the old s1500 attached to a speedy retina macbook. It looks like the faster chip in the iX500 makes up for slow machine.

A hidden gem is the ability to do background OCR with a new option in the Scansnap Manager software. Here is a video on how to do this:

Caveat: while the iX500 is wireless, it is not a stand alone scanner. It still needs to be “attached” to a computer system either by wifi or the USB3 cable. In practice this means you can have the scanner in your mail room and your computer in another room. However, you cannot use the iX500 without a computer.

Do I like and recommend it? Yes. Yes I do.