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Thoughts on ix500; should I get an ix1500?

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/30

Some of my thoughts on [WayBack] AW: Netzwerkfähiger Dokumentenscanner?:

I use a Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 scanner for this plus a Windows VM that automatically logs on.

It is out of production now, but I think most of the below holds as the successor ix1500 is very similar (ix500 announcement…-20181002.html)

Before the ix500, I used a Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 which had similar capabilities as the ix500 but was a lot slower.

Cool things:

  • included software can do OCR and scan to a path the Windows user has access to
  • the scanner is fast, and does a stack of A4 full duplex automatically at a few seconds per page scanning on the scanner and 5-10 seconds per page OCR on a 1.2 Ghz dual core VM
  • no fiddling from within the scanner to get network stuff working, or to keep it up-to-date on protocol changes


  • the software pops up a dialog after each scan, so I wrote this:….onsoleProject/
  • you need a Windows PC that is logged on (so the software does work), which means I configured a VM to auto-logon
  • WiFi 2.4 Ghz only (no ethernet interface, no 5 Ghz WiFi)
  • you need USB on the same VM connected to the scanner once to configure WiFI
  • like any hardware/software combination, sometimes the scanner or Windows VM need a reboot, for instance when it looses network or USB connection

The ix1500 has a touch screen instead of 2 buttons, so it might be that it has more standalone functionalities than the ix500.

Since I need a second scanner in a second place, I might get an ix1500 after the summer.



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