The Bottom Line
- Efficient conversion to multiple file types
- Can export to popular software and smart phones
- Fast scans
- No support for international business cards
- Uneven OCR on business cards
- NeatDesk Scanner
- Built-in document, receipt, and business-card scanning feeders
- Optical character recognition (OCR) software
- USB connection (included)
Guide Review - NeatDesk Scanner
Document scanning was fast and efficient. I scanned 28 pages of insurance paperwork which took a mere 1:45; converting the images to searchable PDFs took another five minutes. The results were excellent and there were no difficulties in being able to find looked-for fields on the PDFs.
Once a document, card, or receipt is scanned, it appears in an Inbox where you can alter any of the fields and choose a folder to file the data. Scanning a bunch of different-size receipts from a recent trip overseas went smoothly, with the optical character recognition (OCR) software recognizing dates, totals, and when a credit card was used, though business names were typically not identified (these I added manually before filing).
Business cards provided the only problems I encountered. The software did a poor job at breaking down the cards into correct fields, and I had to manually update almost all of them, even when the cards themselves were fairly clear and uncluttered. One glitch was that international phone numbers were not recognized; after 10 digits, the remaining numbers were automatically given as an extension. The Fujitsu ScanSnap allows changing the recognition language so that these kinds of problems are avoided.