Make Scanning a Snap with Fujitsu ScanSnap


A lot of consumers take scanning for granted. Most believe that the scanner on their all-in-one printer can handle anything, and a lot of them can handle a great many diverse tasks. But real document imaging comes in many diverse forms, and sometimes requires specialized equipment. Are you scanning files? Books? Photos? One scanner does not rule them all.

Fujitsu has been in the scanning business for decades, and the company manufactures equipment based on your specific tasks. The line of ScanSnap scanners showcases just what a scanner can do, and how it can do this correctly.

Starting with mobile and portable solutions first, we have the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Wireless Mobile Scanner. This handheld device is battery powered and includes Wi-Fi connectivity for true mobility. It comes with a Lithium-ion battery that is capable of up to 260 A4 scans (8.27 x 11.69 inches) on a full charge. It can scan directly to your networked attached devices, including tablets and smartphones, via the ScanSnap Connect app.

Most documents can be scanned in less than five seconds, and it’s perfect for small receipts, business cards, and photos—it can even scan multiple small documents in a single pass. It scans A3 documents (11.69 x 16.53 inches) and folded A3 documents (like brochures). If it detects that an image has an adjoining pattern, it will even copy the pattern as a single image. The scanner automatically detects if an image is black-and-white or color.

How versatile is the iX100? For its small size, it’s packed with features found on a much larger scanner, including continuous document feeding for multi-page scanning—you simply feed the pages one at a time, and the scanner makes scanning front-and-back scanning a snap. Feed a page, press the scan button, then turn the paper over and scan the back without pressing the scan button and you have a double-sided scan.

With the patented ScanSnap software, Quick Menu productivity lets you open up the playing field by scanning directly to a folder, scan to email, scan business cards, or even scan directly to your printer to make multiple copies of a single scan. You can also scan directly to an editable Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document, scan to your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Kindle device, or even scan to your favorite cloud service like DropBox or Evernote.

The next uptick of scanner is the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100i Portable Scanner. It’s not as portable as the iX100, since it’s tethered by its dependence on USB power, but it’s still a featherweight, coming in at only 0.8 lb. You can scan most 8.5 x 11 sheets at roughly 7.5 seconds per page, and it includes wireless support so you can scan to iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle devices via their apps. Scan at up to 600 dpi with a maximum sheet intake of 8.5 x 40" (300 dpi or less) and even scan to cloud services like SugarSync and SalesForce. The ScanSnap software is identical to the previous model.

The compact size of the unit makes it perfect to bring along to the library or documents room without being noticed, and it easily fits into a laptop bag, briefcase or shoulder bag. Visiting a relative you haven’t seen in years? Bring the S1100i along to scan in precious or rare photographs and documents, as well.

If you need a compact scanner with a few more features, the next in line for Fujitsu is the ScanSnap S1300i Document Scanner. This color image scanner can still be used on the road, but is better suited for desktop placement. It can scan up to 12 double-sided pages per minute, and holds up to 10 pages in the automatic document feeder. It can scan to editable and searchable PDF, Word, and Excel files and creates searchable keywords from highlighted text in the document. So class notes can now be searched when scanning—no more flipping through the original documents looking for your highlighter notes.

As expected from a more feature-rich scanner, the S1300i utilizes correction applications like auto-color detection, auto rotation, and blank page removal. It will even correct for misaligned and badly cropped pages. It’s Mac and PC compatible, and can be used on USB power when AC power is not available (an AC power cord is included). It also includes CardMinder Software for Mac and PC, and can scan to mobile devices and the cloud.

Moving on to the next level of scanning prowess is the ScanSnap iX500 Wireless Desktop Scanner, a more substantial (and less mobile) desktop scanner. With 600 x 600 dpi capability and a color scan speed of 25 pages per minute, the iX500 is built for heavy-duty work. It can handle up to 50 sheets in its automatic document feeder, and includes automatic corrections to documents and photographs and the ability to automatically scan both sides of the page at the same time (it even eliminates blank pages), thanks to a built-in GI processor. The integrated Wi-Fi also allows wireless scanning to a PC or Mac, and now to Android and iOS devices, as well.

It scans everything from business cards and photos to A3-sized documents, and also features a unique advanced paper-feeding system using separation roller technology, which minimizes jams and misfeeds by using rubberized rollers to ensure that only one sheet or document goes through before another is fed. The rubber grips “clamp” on to each sheet.

Another handy feature that will definitely improve your productivity is the ability to create PDFs with one button press—no more converting the file through software on your PC or Mac. You can even create searchable PDFs in about the same time. Sweet.

A deluxe version of this model also includes the Rack2-Filer Smart scanning and content-viewing application. Using a GUI that incorporates a bookcase and binder interface for more intuitive filing and storage, the Rack2-Filer system makes keeping your scans organized and easily identifiable a snap. It incorporates scans from ScanSnap, as well as memos and images from mobile devices, and even allows you to upload your information to Facebook.

The last in Fujitsu’s new lineup of ScanSnap scanners is the ScanSnap SV600 Overhead Scanner. This professional-model scanner works and looks differently than the others in the line. For one, it never physically touches the document, so you can breathe easier when scanning precious and fragile documents. It’s also ideal when scanning books that would not necessarily fit on a traditional flatbed scanner. It still includes the ease of one-button scanning, and can scan an A3 area size in less than three seconds. Think about that. Copying a multi-page brochure or pages from a text book could be achieved at 3 seconds per page.

This scanner also includes a few amenities that users who rely on scanners (archivists, librarians, medical professionals) will appreciate, like the ability to flatten book curves in the scan and minimize the “wave” you sometimes get when scanning bound books. It also has finger-erase technology that gets rid of unwanted and accidental images of your finger (how many of us have accidentally taken a selfie of our fingers when scanning documents in undergraduate days?). With Versatile Imaging (VI) technology, the ScanSnap SV600 combines advanced CCD optics and some lighting tricks via LED illumination to maximize the field of depth for each scan, resulting in fewer errors and cleaner final scans.

Also featured in this full-out, one-stop scanner is auto crop, de-skew, and rotation correction, an auto-page-turn detection feature (which stops scanning until the page is turned), timed intervals (scanning every ten seconds, for instance), and searchable PDF and JPEG creation. Additionally, this also includes the Rack2-Filer Smart scanning and content viewing application.

So when you need a scanning solution, whether on the go or at your home or office, eschew the traditional flatbed scanners (which take up a lot of desktop real estate) and look into a more mobile solution. When you’re ready to go for something more feature-rich, consider the desktop or upright scanners. Either way, Fujitsu makes scanning a snap with its new lineup.

Features S1100i S1300i iX100 iX500 SV600
One Button Scanning

Fast, efficient, and with total ease of use, that is the essence of ScanSnap productivity. 
Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes 
Scanner Type
Fujitsu manufacturers a variety of document scanners for personal, professional, or collaborative use. 
Mobile Compact Mobile Desktop Desktop
ScanSnap comes in models that connect specifically to a computer via USB or connect to network via RJ45 10/100 base T.
Connect to Computer Connect to Computer Connect to Computer Connect to Computer / Wi-Fi Connect to Computer
Duplex or Simplex
Duplex scanning captures both sides of a document at the same time while Simplex captures just the front in a single pass. ScanSnap support either requirement. 
Simplex Duplex Simplex Duplex Simplex
Feed speed is a factor of ease of use, since waiting on the paper to be scanned can affect productivity. The quality of the image also impacts speed performance. Consider the benefit of higher 300 dpi image resolution for improved OCR accuracy and search performance.

Color (24bit) @ 150 dpi / 300 dpi 
(1 Sheet)
7.5 Seconds N/A 5.2 Seconds N/A A3 in 3 Seconds
AC: Color (24bit) @ 150 dpi, 
A4 size
N/A 12 ppm / 
24 ipm
N/A 25 ppm / 50 ipm A3 in 3 Seconds
AC: Color (24bit) @ 300 dpi, 
A4 size
N/A 6 ppm / 
12 ipm
N/A 25 ppm / 50 ipm A3 in 3 Seconds
USB: Color (24bit) @ 150 dpi, 
A4 size
N/A 4 ppm /
8 ipm
USB: Color (24bit) @ 300 dpi, 
A4 size
N/A 2 ppm /
4 ipm
Multi-Page Scanning
An Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) allows operators to stack multiple pages into the feeder for fast batch-style scanning.
1 page Up to10 pages 1 page Up to 50 pages 1 page
EZ Cleanability
A device that can be opened by the end user to expose the glass and roller surfaces allows operators to clean it periodically to help ensure optimal feeding performance. 
Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Fujitsu provides a wide array of scanner choices to fit the lifestyle of the operator. 
273 mm x 47,5 mm x 34 mm
(W x D x H)
284 mm x 99 mm x 77 mm
(W x D x H)
273 mm x 47,5 mm x 36 mm
(W x D x H)
292 mm x 159 mm x 168 mm
(W x D x H)
210 mm x 156 mm x 383 mm
(W x D x H)
Weight (1)
Fujitsu provides a wide array of scanner choices to fit the lifestyle of the operator. 
350 g 1.4 kg 400 g 3 kg 3 kg
Degree of Cross-Platform Support
The Desktop models come with software specific for PC or Mac but not both; however, the ScanSnap Manager (Driver) operates on both platforms. 
PC and Mac PC and Mac PC and Mac PC and Mac PC and Mac
Paper Feed Detection
ScanSnap offers models that provide double-feed detection by length or by Ultra-sonic sensor. Ultra-sonic sensor detects double-feeds using sound waves to detect the air space between documents for added security in detection. 
N/A Length N/A Ultra-sonic
Scan to Office (Word and Excel)
Converting paperwork with machine print back into editable .doc or .xls files provides exceptional productivity advantages for office workers, students, and personal users. 
Yes  Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes  
Plastic Card Scanning
Scanning hard cards and embossed cards (up to 0.76mm thick) for preserving important personal information for fast digital recovery later is a great way to remain connected with your various ID cards, credit cards, etc. 
Yes  Yes   Yes  Yes  Yes  
Scan to Cloud Services
Integrated into Quick Menu. Scanning to Dropbox, Evernote, SalesForce, SugarSync, and Google Docs provides users that have open accounts to scan to the cloud (virtual storage). 
Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes 
Scan to iPad®/Scan to iPhone®/Scan to Android™/Scan to Kindle™
View documents on screen via the downloadable ScanSnap connect application, which is available for free from application distributors. 
Yes  Yes   Yes  Yes  Yes 
Carrier Sheet Compatibility
Carrier sheets are protective sleeves that help to preserve delicate documents or photos passing through the feeder, as well as allow operators to scan double-letter or A3 size documents through the feeder and digitally stitch them back together. 
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