Sep 30 2022

Review: Fujitsu fi-8170 Is a Simple Yet Powerful Scanner for Higher Education Applications

This versatile device combines ease of use on the front end with powerful administrative tools for managing an entire fleet.

Document scanning is a critical activity for many colleges and universities. Employees may be tasked with capturing and digitizing many kinds of documents — transcripts, payment records, driver’s licenses and everything in between. Some scanners are even used in classrooms to record test results or submit papers. But the people working those scanners typically are not trained technicians, so introducing errors is too common an occurrence.

The Fujitsu fi-8170 is designed to help users scan multiple documents quickly and accurately, even when combining various paper sizes or substantially different document types, such as a driver’s license or student ID combined with an oversized transcript and a small check.

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Scanner Adjusts Pressure and Monitors for Errors

With the fi-8170, users don’t need to be especially careful when loading up the scanner. That’s because the rollers inside the device are motorized and roll independently, including the drive rollers and brake wheel. Even the tension wheel operates independently, applying adequate pressure depending on how much paper is loaded and the thickness of the stack. This allows the all-wheel-drive scanner to make minor paper-handling corrections as needed to produce perfect scans.

It’s also loaded up with optical sensors that constantly monitor for potential errors. An audio sensor can detect when someone loads papers with staples, and halts the scan to prevent the device from damaging the document.

Accuracy and Color Precision Are Priorities

A dedicated hardware chip that automatically corrects common errors, such as blurred or uneven lines, rounds out the document protection suite. The Fujitsu fi-8170 can even scan passports, which are often used as IDs by international students, without taking any precautions first.

Portable scanners typically aren’t known for their extreme color accuracy, but the fi-8170 — with 4,913 color settings, instead of the usual 30 — can capture very fine details from documents and even photographs.

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Fujitsu-fi 8170 Scans Up to 70 Pages Per Minute

The Fujitsu fi-8170 does all of this very quickly. In tests, it easily sustained more than 60 pages per minute with mixed document types, and nearly reached its maximum speed of 70 ppm during scans of more common and unified document types.

There is no need to be a scanning expert to use the Fujitsu fi-8170 like a pro. It’s a perfect tool for higher education settings, ready to accurately scan and digitize whatever students, professors or administrators can toss into its input tray.


Maximum scan resolution: 1200 dpi
Maximum document scan size: 8.5x14 inches
Connectivity: USB or network cable
Dimensions: 11.8x6.7x6.4 inches
Weight: 8.8 pounds


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