Your decision to purchase a new scanner maybe driven by the need to upgrade your current scanner, have an additional scanner in your office or probably a realization that you need to have your very own scanner at your disposal. However, the decision of which scanner to buy turns this into a tricky bit of business. With the numerous scanners on the market, it is very easy to get confused and end up making a choice that will not necessarily leave you satisfied.
The case with a lot of scanners on the market is that they can do the basic job of printing at the very least. You need to consider what exactly you need the scanner for and the amount of work involved to ensure that you select a scanner with the necessary features to help make your life easier.
NeatReceipts is a mobile scanner and digital filing system that gives you the capability to scan receipts, business cards and documents which makes it easy for you to organize, store and secure your most important information. This scanner comes with the Neat software suite that makes your life easier by identifying and extracting the important information and then automatically organizing it for you. What this scanner does is that it helps you to transform receipts into expense reports, business cards into address book contacts and helps you create searchable PDF files from any document. Export information to PDF, Excel, Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax and more.
This scanner weighs less than a pound and powered by USB and can be used at work or on the go depending on where your needs arise. This scanner gives you the ability to create searchable PDF files, editing text using copy/paste, and organize and store in a digital filing cabinet within the Neat software.
The Neatreceipts mobile scanner comes at a price starting from $128.
- Lightweight and compact
- Equipped with Optical Character Recognition and Intelligent Text Recognition
- Image capture supports scanning into other imaging applications
- You have to pay for Neatcloud service
- Lack internal storage capability
This portable scanner is designed with the scanning of small sized documents in mind and can scan up to 4 receipts per minutes comfortably. Its biggest advantage is its small size but you might be disappointed with the fact that you need to be connected to a computer to have any work done. However, it is a good device which you can consider if you do not want the better known brands.
The NeatDesk Desktop document scanner combines the scanner and digital filing system which lets you scan and organize receipts, business cards and documents. Courtesy of Neat’s patented Text Recognition, technology is able to identify and extract important information and automatically organizes it for you.
This scanner comes with the Neat software suite that makes your life easier by identifying and extracting the important information and then automatically organizing it for you. What this scanner does is that it helps you to transform receipts into expense reports, business cards into address book contacts and helps you create searchable PDF files from any document. Export information to PDF, Excel, Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax and more.
This scanner comes at a price starting from $352.44.
- Quite compact with small footprint
- Scans quickly and quietly
- Good character recognition and easy editing
- Its relatively pricey
- Software is a bit buggy
This scanner is unique in its very own way in terms of good design and is a pleasant change from the mainstream brands known to many. If you are looking for something different, you will appreciate this scanner as it works quite well and the client support is quite decent, so any challenges are sorted out in good time. It is a good buy.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Wireless Desktop Scanner is the machine for you if you run a fast moving operation which sees you constantly requiring scanning of tons of documents on a daily basis. The iX500 is capable of scanning 25 pages per minute and can scan 1 and 2 sided documents as a single task and courtesy of its 50-sheet automatic document feeder, it can process large documents in a single step. A3 size is also included.
The scan button enables you to export a document directly to word, excel, searchable PDF or JPEG file formats and save them on cloud or directly to your smartphone or PC.
Courtesy of the ScanSnap organizer, you can make PDF files searchable at the point of scanning for instant access. Coupled with the CardMinder business card software, you can quickly scan business cards, extract information and place it into editable fields that enables you to export them to the address book.
This scanner comes at a price starting from $403.00.
- Fast two sided scanning ability
- Easy to set up
- Good resolution and accurate color
- Does not support Twain/ISIS® on windows and does not support Twain on Mac
The price might be quite intimidating at first which is quite understandable. However, after evaluating what this scanner has to offer, you will be able to appreciate its value. This scanner offers speed accuracy and reliability for your numerous scanning needs and delivers on its promise. This is a definite buy.
The Brother DS-620 Mobile Document Scanner is a compact and fast portable scanner with the ability to scan 8 pages per minute in either color or black and white. This scanner can handle documents up to 8.5″ x 32″ with its 600×600 dpi sensor at good speeds.
It is also able to handle receipts, business cards, laminated identification cards, invoices, photographs, and more.
Courtesy of its PaperPort for windows and PageManager for mac, you are able to organize your files with the capability to convert your documents into editable text. Its capability to import contact details from business cards and save them on outlook or other contact software is courtesy of Presto Bizcard which comes as part of the package.
This scanner comes at a price starting from $89.99.
- Compact and lightweight
- Gives you the ability to merge multiple files of differing formats from various folders into one multi-page PDF
- Helps you organize by scanning to a number of different destinations
- No internal memory
This scanner is a solid piece of equipment that scans fast and gives quality output. Comparing its price and performance, you can be sure that you will be making a good choice and will enjoy quality scans.
The NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner is a good piece of equipment that you would enjoy using and benefit from, however, you may want to consider the Brother DS-620 mobile scanner which is cheaper and offers an equally good performance and user experience.
The NeatDesk Desktop document scanner offers a breath of fresh air when it comes to scanners with its compact and cool design as well as good performance but somehow does not manage to convince that it is the best scanner for that price range. The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner would be a better choice, though it is a bit expensive compared to the NeatDesk Scanner. However, if the extra cost is inhibitive to you, the NeatDesk is worth giving a shot.