Review: Powerful Wireless Scanner Lets You Share Documents to Your iPhone

Review: Powerful Wireless Scanner Lets You Share Documents to Your iPhone

It's that time of year again. With April approaching, thoughts, at least in my case, turn to taxes. And to me, taxes mean receipts. If your accountant doesn't like a shoebox of receipts, do them, and yourself, a favor. Get a ScanScap iX500 Color Duplex Scanner ($495) from Fujitsu. This compact scanner can scan large and small documents with ease. It works as a duplex scanner which means it can scan both sides of a document. Plus, it scans in full color.

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The device can be connected to a Mac or PC, using the included USB 3.0 cable, but it will also connect wirelessly. In fact, it will scan to an iOS or Android device using its free companion app. Documents can be scanned into services like Evernote, Google Docs, and more.

The ScanScap iX500 is not cheap, and it's not a printer, so you might be tempted to use a multifunction device instead. In fact, I have an HP combination scan/fax/print device, but it does a poor job of scanning. There's a lot to be said for a dedicated, single-purpose device like the ScanSnap. Some of those advantages include one button searchable PDF creation, 25ppm color scanning, a 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder, the ability to create searchable PDFs thanks to Nuance PDF software, and scanning wirelessly to PC, Mac, iOS, or Android devices. Note that for mobile scanning, the iX500 does require a PC or Mac running its software.


  • Compact footprint
  • Duplex scanner
  • Handles small receipts to full-size documents
  • Color scanning
  • Wireless app support


  • Expensive
  • Not a printer
  • Requires a PC or Mac on the network, running its software

Final Verdict

If you scan a lot of documents for work, especially in different sizes (like receipts) then the ScanScap iX500 could pay for itself this year. 

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