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Fujitsu Fi-7160 Sheetfed Review

A high-end scanner that is great for those that need to scan hundreds of pages per day
Fujitsu Fi-7160 Sheetfed
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Price:   $1,200 List | $767.00 at Amazon
Pros:  80-page automatic document feeder, fast, high quality scans
Cons:  Expensive, text recognition not perfect, somewhat complicated installation
Manufacturer:   Fujitsu
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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  • Scanning Performance - 35% 7
  • Speed - 30% 8
  • Software - 20% 6
  • User Friendliness - 15% 7

Our Verdict

If you find yourself scanning lots of documents that are greater than 50 pages in length, the Fujitsu Fi-7160 Sheetfed will vastly improve your quality of life. With its huge, 80-page automatic document feeder, it can turn an 80-page document into a high-quality PDF in just over four minutes, and all the labor required is dropping the document into the feeding tray and pushing a single button. It backs that speed up with high-quality scans, an intuitive interface, and good software.

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Pros 80-page automatic document feeder, fast, high quality scansFast, high-quality scans, easy to use, touch screen interface, 50 page feed trayGreat scan quality, small and portable, simple operation, good OCRHigh quality scans, easy to use softwareExcellent photo scan quality, easy setup, relatively inexpensive
Cons Expensive, text recognition not perfect, somewhat complicated installationExpensive, Optical Character Recognition not perfectSlowRelatively slow, 10-page document feeder feels limitingSoftware can be a bit clunky, very slow for long text documents
Bottom Line A high-end scanner that is great for those that need to scan hundreds of pages per dayThe fastest, most fully-featured, easy to use, and highest quality scanner we've testedA great balance between performance, quality, and portability, all at a reasonable priceThis model produces high-quality scans, is easy to use, and is good at scanning lots of short documentsAn excellent and reasonably inexpensive flatbed option for digitizing documents and photos
Rating Categories Fujitsu Fi-7160 She... Fujitsu ScanSnap iX... Brother DS-640 Fujitsu ScanSnap S1... Epson Perfection V39
Scanning Performance (35%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Speed (30%)
8.0
10.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
Software (20%)
6.0
7.0
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4.0
User Friendliness (15%)
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Specs Fujitsu Fi-7160 She... Fujitsu ScanSnap iX... Brother DS-640 Fujitsu ScanSnap S1... Epson Perfection V39
Paper Sizes A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Business Card, Post Card, Letter, Legal and Custom Size. Max: 11" x 17"
Min: 2" x 2"
Max: 8.5" x 32" A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Business card, Post card, Letter, Legal and Custom size Max: 8.5" x 11.7"
Weight (pounds) 9.3 lbs 7.5 lbs 1.0 lbs 3.1 lbs 3.4 lbs
Resolution (dpi) 600 x 600 600 x 600 600 x 600 600 x 600 4800 x 4800
Simplex/Duplex Duplex Duplex Simplex Duplex Simplex
Scanning Modes Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection Color, Grayscale, Auto 24-bit color, 8-bit (256 levels) gray scale, 1 bit monochrome Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection
Automatic Document Feeder 80-page 50-page No 10-page No
PC Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mac Compatible 3rd party drivers Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Pages Per Minute 21 67 4 13 N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Fujitsu Fi-7160 excels when you need to regularly scan lots of very long documents, with its huge 80-page capacity. As a result, it was one of the top overall scorers in our testing. Its top attribute is its high capacity document feeder, but if you never scan documents that are over 50 pages, then this scanner may not be worth the high price.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Scanning Performance


The Fujitsu Fi-7160 was just behind the top scorers in our scanning performance testing. However, it handled pretty much any text-based scanning very well. Normal text, bold text, and handwritten text all came out looking nearly as good as the originals.


The Fi-7160 even handled receipt ink, which can be problematic for scanners very well. The scanned receipts occasionally came out a little blotchy but never illegible. It only missed out on a top score because it didn't produce true-to-color scans when scanning color documents. Color scans always appeared to be a bit faded. However, this feels like a minor drawback for a document scanner, and we think just about everyone will be more than pleased with this model's scan quality.

The Fi-7160 handeled pretty much any scan job with ease.
The Fi-7160 handeled pretty much any scan job with ease.

Speed


The Fujitsu Fi-7160 was one of the fastest models we tested.


The Fujitsu Fi-7160 tore through our 10-page duplex testing document in 29 seconds, resulting in a speed measurement of 21 pages per minute. Speed, along with its huge 80-page document feeder, allows it to process an 80-page document in just over four minutes. The Fujitsu iX1600 ScanSnap was noticeably faster in our testing, logging an astounding speed of 67 pages per minute. However, its document feeder capacity maxes out at 50 pages, so the Fi-7160 is still better for very long documents.

The Fujitsu Fi-7160 has an 80-page automatic document feeder, the...
The Fujitsu Fi-7160 has an 80-page automatic document feeder, the largest capacity of all the models in this review.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Software


The Fujitsu Fi-7160 was about average in our software testing. Its included software package works well, but it has a bit of a learning curve compared to other models.


First off, it is not compatible with Mac operating systems, so Mac users are mostly out of luck. There are 3rd party Mac drivers available online, but we found that most of them were quite clunky. All the various settings you need to make sure your long document gets scanned the way you want are available, but the interface is a bit short of intuitive. You'll probably find yourself checking the manual or doing a google search the first time you do something. The optical character recognition also works fairly well, well enough to find a document by searching for a keyword at least. However, turning it on requires searching through a bunch of arcane menus before you find it.

In comparison, the ScanSnap software that is sold with the Fujitsu iX1600 ScanSnap was much more user-friendly and is Mac compatible. So if you're not the most tech-savvy, we would suggest learning to live with the slightly smaller automatic document feeder and opting for the iX1600 instead.


User Friendliness


The Fujitsu Fi-7160 earned a fairly high score in our user friendliness testing.


In short, the Fujitsu Fi-7160 is hard to set up, but once you get it going (and get over the software learning hump we described above), it is fairly easy to use. Setup was arduous and ended up taking us 50 minutes, which was triple the average time. Once that was over, the interface is clear and easy to use with a digital readout on the unit itself that lets you know what settings are selected. The automatic document feeder and paper tray keep everything neat, and we never had any issues with jamming.

Most models have very simple and clear interfaces, like the Fujitsu...
Most models have very simple and clear interfaces, like the Fujitsu Fi-7160 Sheetfed pictured here.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


Whether or not you consider the Fujitsu Fi-7160 a good value depends on how much you value your time. It is at the higher end of the price range of tested models, but if your days are filled with large scanning jobs, its 80-page document feeder makes more of that job automated, leaving you to tend to other tasks. However, the Fujitsu iX1600 ScanSnap still has a 50-page document feeder and costs nearly a third of the price. So you are paying a lot more for a little bit of time saved.

Conclusion


The Fujitsu Fi-7160 has a big, 80-page document feeder, making it great for those that have to scan a lot. However, it is also very expensive, and there are other much cheaper models that also have decent-sized document feeders.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata