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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 scanner review
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Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $495 List | $449.99 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  ⋅  Mar 21, 2022
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  • Scanning Performance - 35% 9.0
  • Speed - 30% 10.0
  • Software - 20% 7.0
  • User Friendliness - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 produces some of the cleanest, clearest-looking scans faster than any of the models we've tested in our review of the best scanners. 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 in your office waiting to be scanned, the ScanSnap iX1600 is an excellent choice. It is our top overall recommendation.

Editor's Note: The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 review was updated on March 20, 2022, with additional product comparisons and helpful advice on which scanners we would buy.

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Pros Fast, high-quality scans, easy to use, touch screen interface, 50 page feed trayUser-friendly app, large queue capacity, fast, great images, awesome OCRGreat portability, up to 1200 dpi, wirelessGreat scan quality, small and portable, simple operation, good OCRNow available for free, high quality scans, great text recognition
Cons Expensive, Optical Character Recognition not perfectRequires plug-inSlow, no auto-feed or output traySlowSlow and laborious for multi-page documents
Bottom Line The fastest, most fully-featured, easy to use, and highest quality scanner we've testedA great tabletop scanner, providing really good image quality with a small footprint that we are quick to recommendA great, lightweight, and portable scanner that is sure to fit into your budgetA great balance between performance, quality, and portability, all at a reasonable priceA perfect free option for those that occasionally scan shorter documents and receipts
Rating Categories Fujitsu ScanSnap iX... Canon ImageFORMULA R40 Epson WorkForce ES-60W Brother DS-640 Scanner Pro App
Scanning Performance (35%)
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Speed (30%)
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Specs Fujitsu ScanSnap iX... Canon ImageFORMULA R40 Epson WorkForce ES-60W Brother DS-640 Scanner Pro App
Paper Sizes Max: 11" x 17"
Min: 2" x 2"
Max: 8.5" x 14"
Min: 2" x 2.1"
Max: 8.5" x 72" Max: 8.5" x 32" Any size
Weight 7.5 lbs 6.17 lbs .7 lbs 1.0 lbs N/A
Resolution 600 x 600 dpi 600 dpi 1200 dpi 600 x 600 dpi N/A
Simplex/Duplex Duplex Duplex Simplex Simplex Simplex
Scanning Modes Color, Grayscale, Auto Color, Grayscale, Black and White Color, Grayscale, Black and White 24-bit color, 8-bit (256 levels) gray scale, 1 bit monochrome Color Document, Black and White, Color Photo, Grayscale Photo
Automatic Document Feeder 50-page 60-page No No No
PC Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Mac Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Measured Pages Per Minute 67 40 15 4 3

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 earns our Editors' Choice Award.

It outperformed the competition and scored at the top of the field in nearly every test we put it through.

Performance Comparison


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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 one of the highest scores in scan quality tests.


The text documents scanned with the iX1600 look as good as the originals. Scanning both ink signatures and receipts gave us crisp, clear digital copies with no smudges. If, for any reason, the iX1600 were to have any issue producing crisp definition, you can adjust the scan settings to change text document scanning contrast. However, the stock scanning settings worked perfectly in our tests and required no adjustment, but we appreciate that the option is there.

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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.

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

The iX1600 builds on the tech of its predecessor and takes it to the next level, digitizing photos exceptionally well, faithfully representing the original colors, and even increasing the vibrancy of colors.

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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. The next closest model was only able to tackle a third of that in the same amount of time.


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 an incredible rate of 67 pages per minute. That's about 50% faster than the previous model and 250% faster than the competition. Yes, it's fast.

Our only technical criticism about the speed of this model is the document feeder. At 67 pages per minute, increasing the document feeder capacity to accommodate more than 50 pages would be practical. Additional feeder capacity would allow the user to scan longer documents with less frequent reloadings of the feed tray.

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

Software


The intuitive and well-designed interface and 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 took 10 minutes, but only because of a necessary firmware update. Aside from the firmware update, getting a Mac or PC to communicate with the scanner was a simple and completely painless process.

The iX1600 can automatically sort documents based on file types and automatically name documents based on their content. Those features didn't always work perfectly but worked well enough to simplify scanning. One feature that our testers had some issues enabling was the preservation of blank pages when duplex scanning. Sometimes it is desirable to preserve empty page breaks in a PDF. Enabling the feature wasn't intuitive, but it worked without issues once started.

While no scanner we've ever tested has been able to perform optical character recognition perfectly, 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. 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. We still hope Fujistu will eventually strengthen its optical character recognition in future software updates.

User Friendliness


The large and intuitive touchscreen interface of the iX1600 made it the most straightforward scanner to use of all the tested models, earning it one of the highest scores 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 used. 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.

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

Should You Buy the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600?


The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is a premium scanner that offers incredible speed and performance. It scored above and beyond in almost every metric, and we prefer this scanner to practically any other. If you work in an office or your business requires the digitization of many paper documents, then it's easy to justify the premium price. We recommend this top-tier scanner to anyone who values speed, efficiency, and quality results above all else.

What Other Scanners Should You Consider?


The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1600 is a great option 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 scan large documents regularly. If you only scan documents occasionally and want something small that will fit into a drawer when you are finished, the Brother DS-640 has comparable results to other top-scorers.

Michelle Powell and Benjamin Hickok
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