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Anyone worried about support ending for Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500?

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My beautiful Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 was discontinued some time ago.



The next generation is the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500.


The iX1500 might have a few new features or improvements; but if you look at the reviews, not everyone likes it as much as they did the ix500. Personally, the iX500 does everything I need it to do. These scanners are not cheap to replace; and don't even get me started on how the iX500 (and its sexy blue light) looks so much better and more expensive looking than the iX1500, which could pass for a child's toy.

Needless to say, I had no intentions of replacing my iX500 with it's ugly new descendant, the iX1500; therefore, since I 've had my iX500 for around 7 years, I thought I should start perusing craigslist for a gently used backup iX500.

Then I saw this: support ending for the iX500 after January 31, 2024

Specifically, the top of the page states, "The following table shows the ScanSnap discontinued scanners and their support end dates. After the support end dates, hardware repairs and software updates including driver updates are no longer provided".

It really sucks that so many nice iX500 scanners could conceivably become a brick in the near future.

I'm curious, of what this actually means and how long after 1/31/24 I might expect my scanner to become useless (or my scanner software to pose a security threat)?



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