Contex IQ FLEX A2 (17 inch) Large Format Scanner



The Contex IQ FLEX large format flatbed scanner is a WIFI enabled, 1200 dpi scanning solution for A2/C-size originals of any size or shape or documents up to A1/D-size. Specifically designed for flexibility, the Contex IQ FLEX large format flatbed scanner scans books, magazines, journals, bulky legal binders, textiles, wood, original artwork and materials, and even historical artefacts to convert them into digital content. Combine materials like never before, from scanning original artwork, creating product catalogues or making digital archives.

The Contex FLEX large format flatbed scanner delivers fast scanning speeds with an ultra-flexible design, perfect for the demanding user, ideal for Artists, Archivists, Libraries, Universities and Education.

Design Supply, a Contex Accredited Partner, works closely with Contex to provide the best solutions available to get the job done for your business and maximise your opportunities. With more than 28 years of experience in the large format market, Design Supply offers expertise and knowledge in tailoring the exact solution for your specific application.


IQ FLEX book scanning

IQ FLEX oversize scanning

Contex Large Format Scanners and Software


The Contex IQ FLEX Large Format Scanner delivers great flexibility and fast scanning speeds. Protect fragile originals by placing them gently on the large flatbed surface, or utilise the flexibility to scan books, textiles, and /or artwork to transform into digital content. The Contex IQ FLEX has an unrestricted design, so the lid can be closed, lifted, open or removed. Documents or materials up to A1 size can be scanned in parts and then stitched together afterwards, using the oversize wizard. Scan papers, Mylar, polyester, canvas, card, water colours, acrylics, oil-based artwork, textile and many other substrates. Scanning books is made easy with automatic page split and spine area removal.

The Contex IQ FLEX Large Format Flatbed Scanner operates from a built-in controller and smart touchscreen, enabling you to operate, edit, annotate, and mark-up right from the screen with no need for an extra PC. Or install Nextimage5 software and run the IQ FLEX from a PC or simply use the rainforest365 app, Scan to PC via Ethernet or WIFI via dongle. The Contex IQ FLEX is the only WIFI enabled large format scanner and performs at a speed up to 150 MB/sec.


Featuring advanced Contex Colour Imaging Sensor technology (CIS) features fourth generation CleanScan CIS technology to ensure the highest quality CIS scanning, including true 64-bit colour and 16-bit monochrome workflow. The Contex IQ FLEX A2 flatbed scanner delivers superior image quality with an optical resolution of up to 1200 dpi, and a maximum resolution of 9600 dpi. The Contex IQ FLEX Large Format Flatbed Scanner features an optical resolution of 600 dpi and maximum resolution of 9600 dpi and scan speeds as follows:

Contex IQ Flex Scan Speed A2 200 dpi (in seconds)
RGB colour 6
Grayscale/Monochrome 6

The Contex IQ FLEX Large Format Flatbed Scanner has a scan area of 18 x 24 inches/457 x 610 mm and has a maximum image size of 24 x 36 inches/610 x 914 mm via software stitching. The Contex IQ FLEX A2 Large Format Flatbed Scanner has unlimited media thickness support, as the scanner lid can be removed. For professional colour results, the Contex IQ FLEX scanner uses X-Rite i1 profiles and generates Adobe RGB, Device RGB, RAW RGB and sRGB colour space.

The Contex IQ FLEX Large Format Flatbed Scanner includes Nextimage5 SCAN+ARCHIVE software, designed to optimise results by bringing out unseen details and restoring even the faintest originals. Scan in vibrant colour in sRGB, Adobe RBG or even full 48 bit with selected scanners. Capture and improve maps using advanced colour reduction options. Digitise and restore monochrome originals with unique adaptive filters and advanced back suppression. Long originals are no problem with full 64 bit OS. No original is too big for the software. Should PDF or TIF file format limits are reached, Nextimage5 SCAN+ARCHIVE will automatically create multipage images file.

Nextimage5 SCAN+ARCHIVE features easy creation of TIF, JPG, PDF and PDF/A files, integration with cloud destinations including Google Drive,, DropBox, email, HP ePrint, Microsoft Sky Drive and batch scanning. Other file formats supported include DWF, CALS, BMP, JPEG2000 (JP2), JPEG2000 Extended (JPX), TIF-G3, TIF-G4 and others. Nextimage5 SCAN+ARCHIVE is a standard Windows application that can be installed on as many PC’s as you like, and is designed for 64-bit Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista. Scan, enhance and save originals in a single flow, with the SnapScan feature, eliminating the need for rescanning. Nextimage5 SCAN+ARCHIVE is the perfect link between your scanner, digital storage, existing applications and your printer. A Scan-to-Net feature is ideal for sharing the scanner over the network and sending files to remote PCs. Nextimage5 features full scan functions including Automatic Image Quality for instant clean-up and alignment and comes with an integrated image viewer and an enable automatic file naming. Programmable One-Touch buttons permit common tasks to be assigned to three simple buttons. Customise and edit index colour palettes and accounting features are also included. Even full image adjustment controls are included. The software is available in multiple languages, including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Contex applications create industry standard raster file formats that can be used with any CAD or GIS application. AutoCAD, Microstation, ArcGIS, and all other CAD, GIS and 64-bit TWAIN application driver is included for use with EDM and other image software.

Optional software available for the IQ FLEX include Nextimage REPRO, ideal for multifunction capabilities plus touch-screen compatibility and unlimited USB and Network printer support. Nextimage REPRO has an extensive list of optimized drivers for large format printers. The Application Printer Drivers are automatically used instead of the normal driver. Printers not on the list are supported through standard windows driver.

As you would expect from Contex, reliable performance is a given. For added peace of mind, the Contex IQ FLEX A2 flatbed scanner features a 2-year warranty and fast, easy parts replacement. Count on dependable support to create the best image possible from Contex and Design Supply. Ask us at Design Supply, and we can tailor the best solution possible for your needs.



IQ FLEX large format flatbed scanner

2m Ethernet cable

External power supply

Installation guide

Calibration poster

Calibration sheet

Cleaning cloth

2 year warranty, easy parts replacement

Software included:


AutoCAD, Microstation, ArcGIS and all other CAD, GIS and 64-bit TWAIN application driver included for use with EDM and other imaging software

Warranty upgrade options (annual price for Year 2 onwards):

Diamond – on-site first 2 years PLUS installation and training

Platinum – on-site first 2 years OR additional years annual cost

Platinum – on-site first 3 years

Gold – swap-out first 2 years OR additional years annual cost

Gold – swap-out first 3 years

Annual on-site supplement for Ireland (£150 plus transport from airport)


Contex IQ FLEX Large Format Flatbed Scanner Data Sheet

Contex Nextimage software Data Sheet

Nextimage 5 Printer Compatiblity list




Contex is one of Denmark’s fastest growing IT companies and the world’s largest developer and producer of large format scanning and large format imaging solutions. Originally founded in 1923, the company designed and manufactured inventive, time-saving business machines, including printing machines, mechanical and electronic calculators, and electrostatic copiers, which were distributed and sold worldwide under the Rex-Rotary and Gestetner brand names. By the early 1980s, the foundation for Contex Scanning Technology began and Contex evolved into the leader of the global imaging industry in large format scanning, copying and image enhancement. The development of modular scanning technology began in 1986 and in 1988, Contex introduced its first monochrome large format scanner. Contex released a complete line of monochrome scanners in 1990 and launched its first large format colour scanners in 1996. Today, Contex offers 18″, 25″, 36″, 42″, 44″, and 54″ all-in-one, colour and monochrome scanners with CIS (colour image sensors) and CCD (charged-couple device) imaging technology. Over the years, Contex scanners have received numerous awards from leading trade publications and analyst firms including Cadalyst, Wide-Format Imaging, and BERTL (Business Equipment Research and Test Laboratories). Contex provides scanning solutions in over 90 countries and is recognised by a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high-performance and superb image quality.

The Contex HD range of CCD large format scanners (HD Ultra, HD 5400, and HD iFLEX) is recommended for high productivity and top quality. The Contex HD range of large format scanners feature advanced Charge Couple Device technology with true 48-bit colour and 16-bit grayscale workflow, 5 x 4, 4 x 4, or 1 x 4 linear colour CCD’s (Red, Green, Blue and Gray), high quality lenses from Fujifilm, and an advanced image processing algorithm, achieving superior image quality and an optical resolution of 600 to 1200 dpi and a maximum resolution of 9600 dpi. The Contex HD range of large format scanners have the ability to process the entire range of 48-bit colour data ensuring the most accurate images with Accuracy Lens Enhancement (ALE) ensures precision of 0.1% accuracy. Contex Natural Light ensures the highest possible image quality. Contex CCD Scanners (except the iFLEX flatbed) feature Automatic Thickness Adjustment Control (ATAC) and All Wheel Drive (AWD) technologies. ATAC is for scanning thick originals and monitoring pressure on the surface of the document. AWD is a precision paper feed tracking system which ensures a perfectly straight scanning path and distortion-free scans. Gigabit Ethernet, xDTR2 and xDTR improves overall productivity by increasing the data transfer speed, so more image data can be sent to the PC faster.

Contex CIS range of large format scanners (IQ Flex, SD ONE+, SD 3600, IQ Quattro 2400, and IQ Quattro 4400) feature a number of advanced Contex proprietary technologies to achieve superb image quality and reliability. The Contex Colour Imaging Sensor technology feature fourth generation CleanScan CIS technology combined with CFR, SIGMA and xDTR to ensure the highest quality CIS scanners in the market. Contex CleanScan CIS technology is based on custom CIS modules with dual-sided LED light and Dual Diffusion, which suppress shadows and unwanted backgrounds. The patented Contex Colour Fringe Removal (CFR) technology is an advanced filtering technology, producing superior image quality with excellent lines. Signal Intensity Matching (SIGMA) is a Contex patented technology that minimises sensor differences live during a scan, to adjust for differences in sensor heating. xDTR improves overall productivity by increasing the data transfer speed of the USB interface, so more image data can be sent to the PC faster. This means a larger document (and more documents) can be scanned at higher resolutions without waiting for data transfer to complete.


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