Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Wireless Mobile Scanner Review

Wireless mobile scanners have their place in a world where everything seems to get smaller and smaller but more powerful. One of them is the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner, a smart version of the traditional portable scanner.

Let’s see how this compact device serves the purposes of a busy professional with receipts, images, or documents to scan at home, in the office, or even on the road.

Features

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Wireless Mobile Scanner:

  • Scans photos, receipts, documents, and plastic cards
  • Can scan a colored A4 document at 300 dpi in 5.2 seconds
  • Can scan two small-sized documents at the same time
  • Has a quick menu for scan mode selection and a two-way paper output system
  • Features an automatic stitching capability for a two-page spread
  • Has a receipt data extraction feature to export data into a CSV file, with English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian language support. It recognizes US, Canadian, and Australian dollar, as well as Great Britain pound, Euro, and Russian ruble.
  • Automatically detects WiFi networks in range
  • Wirelessly sends an electronic copy of the document to an iOS or Android mobile device, as well as PC or Mac
  • Comes with a ScanSnap specific driver—for Windows, it does not support Twain/ISIS, and for MAC OS, it doesn’t support Twain.
  • Has a fast-charging built-in lithium battery
  • On a full charge, can take on around 260 documents
  • Measures 12.4in x 5.5in x 2.9in
  • Weighs 1.8 pounds.

Pros 

  • It has a solid feel to it.
  • The scan quality is way better than camera-shot documents. The scanning speed is also good.
  • Because it is lightweight and runs on a built-in lithium battery, you can perform some scanning while you’re on the go. It is also easy to store.
  • Switching between mobile devices you wish to connect the scanner to is easy because it supports multiple tablets or phone devices. ScanSnap Sync also allows seamless management of scanned documents between your ScanSnap Organizer in your computer and ScanSnap Connect app on your mobile device through Google Drive and Dropbox.
  • It is very convenient. You can scan and send the file to a folder, your email, printer, an Excel file, and a cloud storage, among others.
  • When there are no routers nearby, the scanner can work as a WiFi source.
  • The document can go straight through if you are working in a spacious area, or it can come back at your direction assisted by the U-turn output feed. 

Cons           

  • You can only scan thin materials.
  • Double-sided scanning is not supported. It definitely could have been a timesaver if you didn’t have to feed the document twice—one for the front and another for the back page.
  • Switching between computers you wish to connect the scanner to can be tedious when using WiFi connectivity. You have to follow a lengthy process of unpairing the first device and then pairing the other device even if you had previously worked with this “other device.” It would be quicker just to use the USB cord when switching between computers.
  • The scanner refuses to operate despite being connected to a computer when the scanner is running low on battery.
  • The scanner doesn’t come with an internal memory storage.
  • A case would have been a nice inclusion instead of having to buy it separately. Operating instructions would have also reduced guesswork. 

Summary

Design:

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner is a nifty gadget with a solid feel to it. The compact scanner fits nicely in a regular bag without weighing you down. It can also work in spacious or tight areas through a dual paper output system.

The best thing about it is the countless ways you can channel your electronic copy to your computer, mobile device, or cloud storage as a PDF, a document, or an image. It can also perform automatic data extraction through the ScanSnap Receipt and CardMinder Business Card software.

What it’s not designed to do though is execute double-sided scanning. And while it can support multiple mobile devices at a time, communicating between multiple computers can be a hassle.

But with some familiarity with this device’s weaknesses and some problem-solving skills, these can be easily overcome.

Performance:

E-copies from the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner come out crisp and clear. Plus, being able to scan a colored document in 5.2 seconds is just phenomenal.

A real challenge for this scanner—which you either have to live with or rather not deal with—is its inefficiency in working with a large number of documents. There’s simply no way around the lack of double-sided scanning feature.

Add to that the fact that its battery doesn’t charge even when the scanner is USB-connected to a plugged computer. So, after 200 or so documents, you need to recharge it.   

Price:

The superior scan quality, seamless wireless communication, and convenience that the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner affords you come at a hefty price. Still, if you have a constant need for a fast and convenient scanner on the go, it’s an investment to make. 

Comparison

If you are happy with the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner but willing to pay a little extra for one that can be powered through a USB connection, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100i mobile scanner is worth looking into. Another wireless portable scanner, the Doxie GO SE, is also a good alternative with its expandable internal memory, longer battery life, and feed tray.

Verdict

If your profession requires a document scanner on the go, the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner is a good buy. It joins the ranks of smart devices that allow you a lot of flexibility as to how to save and where to store your files.

But if you need something fast for a giant pile of documents, you need to consider how well its 5.2 second per document rate, without the duplexing feature, fits your needs.

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