Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 Review
Pros: Fast, high-quality scans, easy to use, touch screen interface, 50 page feed tray
Cons: Expensive, Optical Character Recognition not perfect
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|Pros||Fast, high-quality scans, easy to use, touch screen interface, 50 page feed tray||Great scan quality, small and portable, simple operation, good OCR||High quality scans, easy to use software||Now available for free, high quality scans, great text recognition||Excellent photo scan quality, easy setup, relatively inexpensive|
|Cons||Expensive, Optical Character Recognition not perfect||Slow||Relatively slow, 10-page document feeder feels limiting||Slow and laborious for multi-page documents||Software can be a bit clunky, very slow for long text documents|
|Bottom Line||The fastest, most fully-featured, easy to use, and highest quality scanner we've tested||A great balance between performance, quality, and portability, all at a reasonable price||This model produces high-quality scans, is easy to use, and is good at scanning lots of short documents||A perfect free option for those that occasionally scan shorter documents and receipts||An excellent and reasonably inexpensive flatbed option for digitizing documents and photos|
|Rating Categories||Fujitsu ScanSnap iX...||Brother DS-640||Fujitsu ScanSnap S1...||Scanner Pro App||Epson Perfection V39|
|Scanning Performance (35%)|
|User Friendliness (15%)|
|Specs||Fujitsu ScanSnap iX...||Brother DS-640||Fujitsu ScanSnap S1...||Scanner Pro App||Epson Perfection V39|
|Paper Sizes||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||Any size||Max: 8.5" x 11.7"|
|Weight (pounds)||7.5 lbs||1.0 lbs||3.1 lbs||N/A||3.4 lbs|
|Resolution (dpi)||600 x 600||600 x 600||600 x 600||N/A||4800 x 4800|
|Scanning Modes||Color, Grayscale, Auto||24-bit color, 8-bit (256 levels) gray scale, 1 bit monochrome||Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection||Color Document, Black and White, Color Photo, Grayscale Photo||Color, Grayscale, Black and White, Automatic Detection|
|Automatic Document Feeder||50-page||No||10-page||No||No|
|Measured Pages Per Minute||67||4||13||3||N/A|
Our Analysis and Test Results
It outperformed the competition and scored at the top of the field in our scanning performance, speed, software, and user-friendliness tests.
The iX1600's scanning performance is impressive and earned it the highest scores in scan quality tests.
The text documents scanned with the iX1600 look at least as good as the originals. Scanning both ink signatures and receipts resulted in crisp clear digital copies, with no smudges. If for any reason the iX1600 were to have any issue producing crisp definition, the scan settings can be adjusted to change text document scanning contrast. However, the stock scanning settings worked perfectly in our tests and required no adjustment.
The iX1600 scanned and duplicated color documents accurately, producing true-to-color, high-definition renders. All color graphics and solid regions of color resulted in crisp renderings, with no smudging, fading, gradation, or unevenness.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is a replacement for the previous model, the already exceptional iX1500. The iX1500 outperformed all the other scanners when we tested it in the past, performing more like a photo-oriented flatbed scanner than a compact scanner with a document feeder. The iX1600 takes the previous model to the next level, digitizing photos exceptionally well, faithfully representing the colors of the original, and even increasing the vibrancy of colors.
Digitized photos looked almost exactly like the originals, except that the colors in the digital versions were actually a little bit brighter than the colors in the original photographs. The quality of digitized photos produced by the iX1600 is more similar to what you could expect from a high-end flatbed scanner and not a compact scanner.
The iX1600 was a clear winner in our speed testing, processing an impressive 67 pages per minute.
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The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 features a collapsible paper output tray and a 50-page automatic document feeder, so that you can keep scanning documents at the incredible rate of 67 pages per minute. That's about 50% faster than the previous model, and about 250% faster than the competition. Yes, it's fast.
Our only technical criticism about the speed of this model is the document feeder. At a rate of 67 pages per minute, it would be practical to increase the document feeder capacity to accommodate more than 50 pages. Additional feeder capacity would allow the user to scan longer documents with less frequent reloadings of the feed tray.
The intuitive and well-designed interface, as well as a practical software package, make the iX1600 easy to set up, and simple to use. However, we did run into one minor issue trying to enable a specific feature.
We found the iX1600's software to be intuitive and user-friendly. It was also easy to install on both Mac and PC operating systems. Our setup of the software actually took 10 minutes, but only because of a necessary firmware update. Other than the firmware update, getting a Mac or PC to communicate with the scanner was a simple and completely painless process.
The iX1600 is able to automatically sort documents based on file types, and can even automatically name documents based on their content. Those features didn't always work perfectly but worked well enough to add convenience to scanning. One feature that our testers had some issues enabling, was the preservation of blank pages when duplex scanning. Sometimes it desirable to preserve blank page breaks in a PDF. Enabling the feature wasn't intuitive, but once enabled, it worked without issues.
While no scanner we've ever tested has been able to perfectly perform optical character recognition, some scanners have been close. The iX1600 is not one of them. It is not as accurate as other scanners we tested and missed a significant amount of words. Optical character recognition is the only test metric where this model didn't excel, and unlike every other test metric where it outperformed the other scanners we tested, it was just average in this regard.
The OCR was a pain point for the previous model that the iX1600 replaced, and while we had hoped the software would improve between the old model and the new one, it doesn't seem to be the case. That doesn't mean that Fujistu won't eventually improve its optical character recognition in future software updates, but we test and rate all of the scanners strictly on their performance, and not on bias or hopefulness about future updates.
The large and intuitive touchscreen interface of the iX1600 made it the easiest scanner to use of all the models we tested, earning it the highest score for this test metric.
The iX1600's touchscreen is an impressive 4.3-inch liquid crystal display and is easily one of the most intuitive interfaces we've interacted with. The user-friendly interface makes it easy to sort through its many features, allows users to create custom shortcuts to their favorite features, and even allows users to color-code shortcuts.
The automatic document feeder folds away when not in use, reducing the iX1600's overall footprint into an incredibly compact size, making it easy to stow out of the way when not in use.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is a premium scanner, that offers incredible speed and performance, and if you work in an office or your business requires the digitization of lots of paper documents, then its easy to justify the premium price. If your weekly scanning tasks don't regularly require scanning lots of long paper documents, then this model may be more scanner than you need.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is the best option on the market for a busy office or workplace that requires the regular scanning of large documents. However, it is an expensive option for those who do not need to regularly scan large documents.
— Michelle Powell and Benjamin Hickok