REVIEW – I’ve been using an old-school flatbed scanner at work for years, but I don’t like using it. Mine was dusty and slow, so I was eager to test out the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500. Did it make me a happy camper?
What is it?
The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 is a compact, top-fed desktop scanner that accepts paper, receipts, cards and photos with one touch of the screen.
What’s in the box?
- Power cord and power supply
- USB cable
- Receipt and card guide (not required)
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 292 x 161 x 152 mm (11.5 x 6.3 x 6.0 in.)
- Device Weight: 3.4 kg (7.50 lb)
- LCD: 4.3 in. color TFT touch screen
Optical Resolution 600 dpi
Scanning Speed (A4 portrait) Auto Mode (Default) Simplex / Duplex: 30 ppm
Normal Mode Simplex / Duplex: 30 ppm (Color/Grayscale: 150 dpi, Monochrome: 300 dpi)
Better Mode Simplex / Duplex: 30 ppm (Color/Grayscale: 200 dpi, Monochrome: 400 dpi)
Best Mode Simplex / Duplex: 30 ppm (Color/Grayscale: 300 dpi, Monochrome: 600 dpi)
Excellent Mode Simplex / Duplex: 8 ppm (Color/Grayscale: 600 dpi, Monochrome: 1,200 dpi)
Design and features
When not in use, the scanner’s feed tray folds up into a cover. It’s about the size of a shoe box.
The lid reveals the touch screen, and the bottom has a pull-out catch tray. You don’t need to pull out the bottom tray for the scanner to work.
Pop the hood and you can see the inner workings of the scanner. It’s just one straight path for the paper.
You get an optional guide for feeding skinny items, such as receipts or business cards. If you scan a lot of these, this might be handy. It’s not required.
Here’s one of the setup screens. This screen lets you decide the startup mode. I’ve opted to have the lid power the scanner on and off since I don’t use it all day long.
I don’t have wifi at work, so I’ve connected it directly to a computer.
You have the option to connect to a smartphone as well. I’ve tested this with my Mac Mini.
Finally, the main screen. There are no physical buttons on the scanner, so all of your controls are via touch screen. Fortunately, they’re pretty easy to understand.
I just received my son’s 8th grade school photos, so what better time to test this scanner out?
I’ve inserted the photo face down, “head first”.
Here’s the result: There’s zero retouching and the scanner was set on fully automatic. I think it turned out pretty good, but then again, I’m not a pixel peeper. Good enough for emailing family! It even got the odd black stripe in the upper right corner from the photo studio.
Of course, I had to try receipts. Here I’ve inserted a grocery receipt and selected the “RECEIPTS” preset. The Scanner is quick and easy to use.
In the ScanSnap software (Mac shown) I was amazed to discover that each item scanned included some automatic character recognition to help me organize my files. I did zero configuration, yet there it was. Very handy!
What I like
- Works out of the box with minimal fooling around
- Software automatically reads text for file naming
What I’d change
- Not a con, but I usually like physical buttons.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 has earned a place in my office. It’s much faster and more convenient than my old flatbed.