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5/26/2015
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Fujitsu ScanSnap ix100: Portable Scanning In A Backpack

Fujitsu's ScanSnap ix100 brings the "paperless office" one step closer to mobile professionals. Here's InformationWeek's review.
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Receipts And Small Forms
One of the primary purposes of a small, portable scanner is transferring receipts and other small forms from paper to database. The ix100 is quite fast scanning receipts: Line the paper up against a small guide, press the 'scan' button on either the scanner or the scanning app, and two seconds later the scan is complete.
Once the paper has run through the scanner, the 'smart' portion of the Scan Snap series description kicks in with the apps that come with the unit or that can be downloaded from an app store.
We'll continue the scanning process on the next page.
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Receipts And Small Forms

One of the primary purposes of a small, portable scanner is transferring receipts and other small forms from paper to database. The ix100 is quite fast scanning receipts: Line the paper up against a small guide, press the "scan" button on either the scanner or the scanning app, and two seconds later the scan is complete.

Once the paper has run through the scanner, the "smart" portion of the Scan Snap series description kicks in with the apps that come with the unit or that can be downloaded from an app store.

We'll continue the scanning process on the next page.

(Image: Curtis Franklin, Jr., for InformationWeek)

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6/4/2015 | 2:05:01 PM
Re: Is this the Scan Tipping Point?
@mak63, I was a bit flip in my answer. It would be more accurate to say that, if you're an occasional receipt scanner, then an app on your smartphone should be fine. If scanning is a regular part of your job, then a scanner like the iX100 will be a much better tool.
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Curt Franklin,
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5/27/2015 | 1:05:19 PM
Re: Fujitsu ScanSnap ix100: Portable Scanning In A Backpack
@zerox203, the price is a bit steeper than the competition: The ScanSnap is close to $200 on sites like Amazon while other products in the category tend to come in around $150. (Fujitsu makes a scanner that comes with less software and no WiFi that falls into that price range). I found the combination of WiFi and software worth the additional money but that's going to be a case-by-case call for most individuals and IT departments.

As far as those use cases, I see tremendous application in markets like field service, insurance, law, and on-site healthcare: tasks that involve paper forms and signatures that need to be collected and transferred to a central electronic repository.

Since I live in a college town, I can also imagine a lot of field researchers using something like this: At the end of a day in the field, scan the notes and get them into a cloud. That way, if something happens to the physical notes you've still got the information. I've seen PhD students and post-docs brought to utter dispair when something happened to physical notebooks for which there was no backup. A scanner like this could be the difference between inconvenience and disaster.
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5/26/2015 | 11:04:39 AM
Re: Is this the Scan Tipping Point?
@jastroff, I think that we've hit the point at which there's no excuse for someone who could benefit from a scanner to work without one. It all depends on how much you need to scan.

If you need to scan one receipt a month, then you already have the best tool: A smart phone with scanner software will work perfectly. If your job requires a lot of scanning, though, then we've got a number of choices available -- I just like the combination of size, functionality, and software that Fujitsu presents in the ScanSnap.

I have to say that the ScanSnap made all the traveling I've been doing this year much more productive -- and I'm now finding new ways to use it. For example, I like making notes on 3 x 5 index cards. With the ScanSnap, I can scan images of those into Evernote at the end of the day and capture the information while getting the cards out of my pocket. It's a win-win.

Put it all together and I think that a lot of IT departments should be looking into portable scanners like this for both executives and field professionals. The error rate on remote transactions would go down dramatically and companies would be able to capture much, much more of the information they say they need.
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