Why Be Clever When You Can Be Simple

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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I wrote a very clever post about my experiences with the ScanSnap iX500. It was witty and entertaining — there was one part that might have moved you to tears.  It was short enough that people would actually read it, yet just long enough that readers would think, “Ah, yes, here is someone with something substantial to say.”

That post was just magnificent. Until I deleted it.

I tried to use new features to explain why I liked the new scanner more than my old one. And that’s a terrible idea. Nobody cares about features. Nobody clutches a piece of consumer electronics for comfort when they are scared on a cold winter night. They care about what the product can for them. So here’s what the iX500 does for me.

1) It’s fast.

Not only is it just flat-out faster in all departments, scanning a document to my phone is actually faster than scanning it to the late 2008 iMac I have it hooked up to. Every time this happens, I feel like the laws of physics are being bent somewhere, but I assure you it is so.

2) I can feed things into it I couldn’t before.

Wrinkled receipts, ransom notes taped to dossiers an origami crane with a girl’s phone number on it — it’s not like I really had trouble with my old one. I mean every time it had an issue I would say, “Yeah, fair enough, I’m being a jerk, lemme take the duct tape off that invoice.” (It’s a messy life I lead) But now, I mean, I don’t know what would give the thing an issue. A fragment of the Mayflower Compact etched into a piece of bark?

If I were to sum it all up in a line: My old ScanSnap just worked. The iX500? It just works, faster, without a computer.

Patrick McLean (@PatrickEMcLean) is a ScanSnap Squad contributor, as well as the author of five books, including the Parsec Award-Winning How to Succeed in Evil series. When he’s not writing he helps professionals produce better writing with less effort through executive coaching and small group-training at his company.