Fujitsu Scansnap ix1600 Review | Upgraded scanner in 2021

  • The main thing we love about the scanner is the increase in scannin speed. Now it can reach 40 ppm in simplex mode and 80ipm in duplex mode. 

  • The ADF is still 50 pages, but I guess you can expect this with such a small scanner. 

  • Connectivity on this scanner is impressive. A 5Ghz wireless connection means instant data transmission. Also, when using it as a desktop scanner, a USB 3.2 is as fast as you can get. 

  • The streaks correction feature is a big improvement for any small document scanner, no only for the Fujitsu Scansnap range. 

Fujitsu Scansnap ix1600 Review | Upgraded scanner in 2021

ProductFormatScanning areaConnectivitySheets per minuteImages per minuteADF SizeDaily Duty CyclePrice

Fujitsu ScanSnap IX1600

Fujitsu ScanSnap IX1600
A48.5 x 14.2Wi-fi 5Ghz / 2.4 Ghz + USB 3.2 / USB 2.0 / USB 1.1408050 sheets6000 sheetsClick for more info

Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500

Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500
A48.27 in x 11.69 inUSB 3.1, WiFi306050 sheets400 sheetsClick for more info

Fujitsu ScanSnap IX1600 Specifications

Optical Resolution600 dpi
Scanning area8.5 x 14.2
Sensor typeCIS
Long Document scanning mode118 in (300 cm)
ConnectivityWi-fi 5Ghz / 2.4 Ghz + USB 3.2 / USB 2.0 / USB 1.1
Sheets per minute40
Images per minute80
ADF Size50 sheets
Document Thickness40 to 209g / m2 (11 to 56 lb)
Daily Duty Cycle6000 sheets
Multifeed DetectionOverlap detection (Ultrasonic Sensor), Length Detection
Feed Roller Replacement200,000 sheets
InterfaceScanSnap Home (ScanSnap Specific Driver)
Dimensions11.5 x 6.3 x 6.0 in. (292 x 161 x 152 mm)
Weight7.5 lb (3.4 kg)
Bundled SoftwareScanSnap Home, ScanSnap Manager, Kofax Power PDF, ABBYY Finereader for ScanSnap
FeaturesAutomatic color detection, Automatic rotation, Blank Page Detection, MultiStream, Automatic Cropping, Edge Correction, Streaks Correction, Background Cleaning, Deskew, Hole Punch Removal, Manual Feed Mode, Document Separation, Barcode Recognition, OCR, Zonal OCR

Fujitsu ScanSnap IX1600 Datasheet Explained

This scanner comes in an A4 scanning size. At 8.5 and 14.2 inches, it can scan documents that are slightly larger than your standard A4. This is good to know, especially when you are scanning narrow but longer documents.

The optics of the Fujitsu scansnap ix1600 document scanner are nothing spectacular. A CIS sensor will not provide the best quality, as a CCD is definitely an improvement on that side. But I guess for such a small scanner, this will do. The resolution is 600dpi, so what more can you require from such a small document scanner.

As mentioned previously, connectivity is what we love in this scanner. The 5 GHZ wi-fi connection makes this device the perfect digital sender. Just pop up, insert a document, hit scan and send just about wherever you want.

A new feature is the USB 3.2, which in the scanning world is something relatively new. There aren’t many manufacturers that have already introduced it.

The scanning speed has been increased over the IX1500. It’s now at 40 pages per minute in simplex mode. What I love about this scanner is that it also has an excellent scanning mode. While this is slow, this is no issue, as you won’t be having to use it that often. .

Specs for paper handling

Paper handling in an ADF document scanner is critical. Luckily the Fujitsu Scansnap ix1600 does not dissapoint. It offers an ADF which can hold 50 sheets. In this price range, I would say that this is not bad.

The range of thickness is also good. From 40 gsm to 209 gsm is at least expected, even with an entry level document scanner. I guess you can go a bit higher than that, with the document carrier, but don’t do it that often.

The Scansnap ix1600 also offers multifeed detection. This means that when a double feed is detected, the scanner will stop immediately. Also, you can set it to notice you about the multifeed, but continue with the scanning process.

Long document scanning mode is standard. It works up to 300cm, but for A4 scanners, you don’t often get that narrow very long documents. .

Fujitsu ScanSnap IX1600 accesories unboxing

Let’s get to the unboxing part. First of all you’ll have to take out a decent sized scanner. It’s a bit on the low end in terms of size, which I really appreciate. You don’t really want a bulky scanner, unless you are running very large projects.

Then it’s the weight of the scanner. I love it that it’s only 7.5 lbs. This means just about anyone can move it around. You don’t have to always call the your muscular colleague to do the moving for you.

Regarding the bundled software, I immediately check for the OCR. Abbyy Finereader for Scansnap is bundled with the scanner. This is really a great piece of software, especially considering the low price of this device.

Also, with the new model, they have included Kofax Power PDF. This let’s you manipulate PDF’s easier and much faster, and it’s a new addition to the Scansnap series. .

Features for Productivity

Let’s get to the productivity features. Autocrop and automatic rotation is included as standard. I guess this is expected with even the cheapest scanners on the market.

What it does have and we really love is the automatic color detection. In terms of overall scanning productivity this is one of the best features. You don’t always want to be compressing and manually adding colored pages in your batch. This option does it automatically and you always get the lowest size of the files, without compromising on color.

Another feature which I really recommend using is the blank page detection. This means that during scanning, the software will automatically detect which page is blank and mark it. You can either delete them automatically during scanning or do it manually after the scanning process.

Multistream has not been included with this scanner, but I guess it doesn’t really make sense with this kind of scanners..

Quality of images

Scanning quality is not bad but it’s not a CCD scanner either. Expect to have good scans, but don’t use it for scanning artwork either. It’s been designed to scan documents and it actually works quite well for this.

So you can be sure that it offers quite some interesting features in this sense. For example, background cleaning is included. People forget the times scanners would just output images with a background. Some models still do. But not this one, as long as you keep the option active.

Then we get to the Edge correction. To be realistic, I think this feature has only recently been introduced as standard on most scanners. It’s a nice one to have, and combined with the deskew, also included with the scanner, you scans will look really well.

Hole punch removal is not present though. I don’t know what to say really, I know this is standard on most scanners. But at the same time, those scanners cost 5 times more.

A nice update to this scanner, has been the introduction of the streaks correction feature. Really nice one, and this was totally unexpected. It will reduce the cleaning frequency significantly, letting you focus on scanning more and doing maintenance less. .

Extra Features

Now, regarding the extra features. First of all I will mention the OCR. As I’ve told you, Abbyy Finereader is standard, even though the version has been developed specifically for the Scansnap. It’s a lite version, a bit like the express, but again, this is a really cheap scanner.

What it doesn’t have though is smart document separation and barcode recognition. This feature is not common on small scanners and is not available with this scanner as well.

What the scanner does have is the manual feed mode. This is standard with most scanners on the market, but it’s a very useful feature. In the case of the IX1600, especially when scanning a folded in two A3, this will be of real help..

Fujitsu ScanSnap IX1600 driver, manual & brochure

If you are looking for the driver of the Fujitsu Scansnap, you can follow this link and download all the software you need for this device. 

Also, if you need more data about the scanner, follow this link and check the datasheet for both the IX1400 and the IX1600. 


Fujitsu ScanSnap IX1600 vs Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500

Here are the key differences between these two scanners:

The main difference between these scanners, lie in scanning speed and connectivity. The scanning speed on the IX1600 has been increased when compared to the Scansnap IX1500. It’s great to see that you can scan around 80 pages per minute in duplex mode. In terms of connectivity, this should be even more impressive. With the speed of the 5Ghz wifi, the transfer should be done on the fly. It’s great really to know that once the paper has come out of the scanner it’s already gone. Another addon to the IX1600 is the streaks correction feature. This is really good to have, but you still have to clean the scanner from time to time. Not so often to be more precise though.

Read the full review of the Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500

Fujitsu ScanSnap IX1600
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