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Fujitsu fi-8170 Scanner: Speedy, High Quality with Control: Page 2 of 2

If your customers need a personal or workgroup desktop scanner that even an intern can use and get great results, check out the Fujitsu fi-8170. By James E. Gaskin

The ClickScan application’s commonly used settings are right up front and easily configurable. Each option opens a pick list to set image mode, resolution (150–600 dpi), paper size, front, back, two-sided scan, continuous scan, and file format (PDF, TIFF, BMP, JPEG).

The Advanced button opens seven areas of granular controls, including Basic, Image, Page, Paper Feeding, Batch, Endorser, and Output. Handy tools like Hole Punch Removal and Automatic Cropping are easy to find and set. Split Image will automatically split two images on a page to separate scans.

PaperStream Capture (left), the second major application, lets you select the scanner to use when connected over Ethernet, and handles batch jobs with more details than ClickScan. I configured a batch job to send scanned pages immediately to the included ABBYY FineReader optical character recognition software using the ScanToWord.exe app. It was as easy as converting to standard PDF, except a .docx file appeared in the destination folder. The optional PaperStream Capture Pro upgrade adds bar code reading and writing, but 90% of the functionality is in the supplied Capture app.

For larger company use, multiple fi-8170s on the network can scan straight to the cloud without attaching to a PC, routing through a Windows server running PaperStream NX Manager.

Nearly Idiot-Proof

In normal operation, the fi-8170 made fast, accurate, and high-quality scans without exception. Trying to make it fail, I put in 8½ x 11 paper interspersed with bank checks leaning right and left. Each page fed cleanly, and the deskewing utility automatically corrected each mistake. Fujitsu says this model has 32 new patents, including all-wheel paper drives to handle skewing. It also has a manual feed for thick documents, including open passports and plastic cards.

One feature I appreciate is the ability to put in 20 invoices and name each file separately before saving the entire batch. No more feed, type, feed, type struggles. If you scan something you didn’t mean to, you can delete that page in the preview before saving. Want to save only half the page you scanned? Crop it.

If you need output quality, speedy scanning of 100 pages at once, and easy control of the results, the Fujitsu fi-8170 checks every box.

Images: Courtesy of Fujitsu

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JAMES E. GASKIN is a ChannelPro contributing editor and former reseller based in Dallas.

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