Re: Fujitsu ScanSnap ix100: Portable Scanning In A Backpack
The specs and list of features here are nothing to sneeze at. I've never used a handheld scanner - in fact, I've only use desktop ones very sparingly - but two seconds seems awfully fast... and I don't have to take your word for the accuracy, Curt, since you've provided pictures. They look perfect. Accolades are definitely in order for Fujitsu on this front. All the app integration, the handling of images and columns and the small size, all sell the idea of this thing really expediting your workflow. After all, if it doesn't 'just work', and fast, that completely eliminates the usefulness of it being portable. If non-techy users could get through without seeing an error message, that's the greatest selling point they could ask for.
Nevertheless, the price is a little steep, and I am left wondering who exactly the target audience is here and how big a market Fujitsu intends to reach. You said you've found extra uses for it since having it but I wonder how many would appreciate that before having one in their hands. As regards the extreme high performance (2-4 second scanning times), it does make the price more swallowable, but is it really necessary? I picture most on-the-go employees scanning handfuls of documents every day or so, not dozens. It's worth noting that Fujitsu is a Japanese company - I've heard that in asian business culture, paper documents (often via fax machines!) are still very common. Maybe there's a larger asian demographic they're intending to reach. On that note, maybe the ix100 makes more sense as a business requisition, and not a personal purchase. It's definitely cool either way.