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Should have stayed with my IX500
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2018
My ScanSnap IX500 is my favorite piece of office equipment which I affectionately refer to as "Darth Vader" due to its glossy, all black appearance. I was excited to hear that Fujitsu was finally updating it and ordered the new IX1500, despite what appeared to be its "vintage" styling. Upon receiving it, I was really disappointed with it. First of all, this thing is really, really ugly and dated looking. You have to wonder if Fujitsu had anyone on the ScanSnap team that has any design experience or good taste. I feel like I have an old piece of discarded office equipment sitting on my desk, not a new sleek scanner. The IX1500 is also inferior in construction to the 500. It feels cheap and plasticy, whereas the 500 felt substantial and sturdy. If it were a car, the 1500 is an early 90s Hyundai while the 500 is a 2018 Mercedes. The new features are also really lame. The only thing that the new touchscreen does is provide another part that can fail and will be expensive to replace. The ScanSnap software works great and the touchscreen does nothing to improve upon or add to it. Also, the output tray on the 1500 is poorly designed garbage. The 500's output tray was sturdy and easy to use. It is only a matter of time before the 1500's flimsy tray breaks off. As for the input tray, yet another design failure. As with the output tray, they took a sturdy, well designed product and replaced it with something cheap and flimsy. I so wanted the 1500 to be an improvement upon the 500, but instead it leaves me scratching my head and wonder what cost cutting, color blind, aesthetically challenged individual is running this business unit now.