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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 Review

The fastest, most fully-featured, easy to use, and highest quality scanner we've tested
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600
Credit: Fujitsu
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $495 List | $399.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Fast, high-quality scans, easy to use, touch screen interface, 50 page feed tray
Cons:  Expensive, Optical Character Recognition not perfect
Manufacturer:   Fujitsu
By Michelle Powell and Benjamin Hickok  ⋅  Jun 18, 2021
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  • Software - 20% 7
  • User Friendliness - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 produces some of the cleanest, clearest-looking scans faster than any scanner we've tested. In addition to incredible speed and exceptional performance, the intuitive touchscreen interface and a well-designed software package make the ScanSnap a very user-friendly scanner. If you're looking to digitize a few receipts here and there, have a stack of old photos that you want to preserve digitally, or have mountains of 50-page documents to scan, the ScanSnap iX1600 is a great choice, and our top recommendation.

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Pros Fast, 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 softwareNow available for free, high quality scans, great text recognitionExcellent photo scan quality, easy setup, relatively inexpensive
Cons Expensive, Optical Character Recognition not perfectSlowRelatively slow, 10-page document feeder feels limitingSlow and laborious for multi-page documentsSoftware 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 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 documentsA perfect free option for those that occasionally scan shorter documents and receiptsAn 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%)
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Speed (30%)
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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
Simplex/Duplex Duplex Simplex Duplex Simplex Simplex
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
PC Compatible Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Mac Compatible Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Measured Pages Per Minute 67 4 13 3 N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 offers some of the fastest speeds and highest quality scans of all the scanners we tested. Its ease of use, size, incredible speed, and scanning performance easily earn it our Editors' Choice Award.

It outperformed the competition and scored at the top of the field in our scanning performance, speed, software, and user-friendliness tests.

Performance Comparison


Incredible speed, high quality performance, and ease of use are all...
Incredible speed, high quality performance, and ease of use are all hallmarks of the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600.
Credit: Jason Peters

Scanning Performance


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 ScanSnap iX1600 renders very clear typed and hand written text.
The ScanSnap iX1600 renders very clear typed and hand written text.
Credit: Michelle Powell

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.

Color documents scanned with the Fujistu ScanSnap iX1600 are true to...
Color documents scanned with the Fujistu ScanSnap iX1600 are true to color.
Credit: Michelle Powell

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.

Photos scanned with the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 are true to the...
Photos scanned with the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 are true to the original.
Credit: Michelle Powell

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.

Speed


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 Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is the fastest scanner we tested.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is the fastest scanner we tested.
Credit: Jason Peters

Software


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.

User Friendliness


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 large and intuitive interface of the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is...
The large and intuitive interface of the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is easy to use.
Credit: Jason Peters

Value


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.

Conclusion


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