I've been a big fan of I jumped at the chance to review their latest model, the ScanSnap ix500 Desktop Scanner (
The ix500 is a solidly built scanner about the size of a shoebox. It connects to your Mac or PC with a USB cable. It can scan wirelessly to your computer, and you can scan wirelessly directly to your smartphone or tablet with
To scan, you "unfold" the scanner by extending the document feeder and output tray, load up your documents and press the scan button.
The ix500 can hold up to 50 pages in its document feeder. It scans both sides of the page as it feeds each sheet through. It takes about 2 seconds to scan a page. The continuous feeder can scan 25 pages per minute, which could be as many as 50 color scans per minute.
I put through a 36-page two-sided color instruction manual, and the ix500 had it perfectly scanned in about 90 seconds.
The feeder can scan documents from 81/2 inches wide down to business cards. There also is an included sheet carrier to make it easier to scan newspaper articles or other delicate materials you might not want to send through moving rollers.
The ix500 is a quick way to scan boxes full of photos. It has a maximum scan resolution of 600 dots per inch for color or black and white photos. It can feed stacks of photos, but it also works well if you feed them in one at a time. I like that it scans both sides at once, so if you have writing on the back of your old photos, it can be saved.
Scans can be saved as either PDF or JPG files. The PDFs can be sent through optical character recognition and come out as editable documents if you like. The scanner includes the Windows version of Adobe Acrobat X Standard. Macintosh users can just default to using their Mac's Preview program to open and view PDFs.
Before a scanning session, you should check the scanner settings and make any changes to type of scan or file destination.
There is a lot to like about the ix500. It's fast, small, quiet, very good at scanning everything I tried to throw at it and during my testing it never failed.
I've been a big fan of
I jumped at the chance to review their latest model, the ScanSnap ix500 Desktop Scanner (