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The scan snap ix500 provides PC and Mac users an effective way to greatly reduce paper clutter, storage space, and security risks associated with unmanaged paperwork at home or the office.
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286 of 292 people found the following review helpful.
Wish I'd had this when I first started digitizing my office!
After fully digitizing my office, I was tired of waiting and waiting for my previous scanner (an all-in-one) to do its job. I finally bought this one after a year of falling asleep while waiting for things to scan. This scanner does not disappoint. I am using a Mac, and I'm using the installed software. To have it completely scan, index, and save over 1500 pages in less than an hour about made me cry I was so happy. I finished everything up so fast I didn't know what to do with myself after that! It didn't eat any pages (of really soft paper, not regular paper), it didn't skip any pages, and the auto-detect for black-and-white versus color and blank-pages is ridiculously helpful. I wish I'd bought this scanner sooner and didn't suffer through a year of agonizingly slow scanning. It even had no problem sucking in very hard paper (like a cover) and then right back to soft paper of a different size! It cropped everything nice and neatly, too. Love this scanner!
UPDATE: NEW COMMENT: THERE *IS* a "catch all that paper tray" on the front. Another reviewer pointed it out to me and I carefully examined the front panel (the one that flips down) and it's the flush with the tray itself so I never would have noticed it. Problem solved! I took a picture of it...gee, I think I should dust that off.... ;)
ORIGINAL COMMENT SAID "The only thing I'd say that needs improvement is the "out" tray. It needs another flip-up lip to catch the paper as it comes out, otherwise it starts to pop off and dump on the desk. I solved that by resting my hand in front of the tray when all the paper came out. The paper bumps up against my fingers and then re-stacks itself. I tried a coffee mug and a box of Kleenex to block it from falling off, but that makes it slide up so it's just as bad."
123 of 128 people found the following review helpful.
We have 7 of these scanners, with one on all of each of the desks for my Team in my law practice, and one at my home office. They cut down on paper considerably, as we scan documents brought in by clients and hand them back to the clients. I use it at home for both two rental businesses and a construction company we run out of the house. All of the businesses formerly generated a mountain of paperwork to organize and file. These scanners save on filing time, which saves money and tedium for my employees, and they save money on file cabinets and floor space. These scanners are very fast and easy to setup and use. You can scan a document faster than you could shred it. The documents scan to pdf and are then easily stored in electronic files (backed up in a dual core hard drive onsite and in cloud storage offsite). They auto scan in duplex and color. The first ones were purchased in November 2013, and are still going strong 3 years later. The two later ones were purchased in January, 2016, and this one in October, 2016.
Update, Sept, 2017. One purchased in November, 2013, just died. Buying another one. I think that was a good run time for the money, ease of use and convenience.
207 of 221 people found the following review helpful.
Absolute best in class product
By James McClure
Unreal speed and accuracy. I have used at least 5 different scanners trying to find one that would handle years of old paperwork. I have thousands of tiny fuel receipts on crumpled carbon paper that no scanner would scan without jamming. This thing scans them so fast and hasn't missed a single one. It had literally saved me over 24 hours of work. Never thought a scanner would add days to my life but this one has. Can't recommend enough. And no I was not asked to leave a review. I rely on other reviews when making purchases and take writing mine seriously. Thanks for the awesome product worth every penny.