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The Neat Company NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System, Home Office Edition, 2005410
- Eliminate the paper mess - scan receipts, business cards, and documents all in one batch
- Access and add your neat files from anywhere with your mobile device or Computer
- Keep all your information in one secure, organized place
- Streamline your workflows by sending data to Excel, turbotax, h&r block tax software, outlook, and more
- Easily create expense reports and export information
- Desktop ADF scanner with unique paper input tray
- Faster scanning
- Proprietary industrial design
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Neatdesk is a high-speed desktop Scanner that enables you to scan receipts, business cards, and documents all in one batch. Neat's home office Edition will transform your document management workflow into a Seamless, efficient digital system. The combination of a neatdesk Scanner and our essential software service is the perfect way to get organized and be more productive. Imagine all of your important files, always accessible -- from anywhere. Whether it's a contract you scanned at the office, an e-receipt you forwarded, or a restaurant bill you snapped with your mobile device - it's all together, always in sync, and always available with neat. When your documents are in neat, they're not only synchronized between your various devices, they're also securely backed up on our servers. That means that a lost phone or broken computer no longer means lost files. Neat uses encryption technology known as secure socket layer (ssl) to ensure that your personal information stays private. We also employ bank-level 256-bit encryption technology to protect your important documents. When it comes to your documents' security, there's no safer place than in neat. Note: this bundle includes 1 year of neat essential software service. A paid subscription is not necessary to use your Scanner or the features of neat basic. For more information see the neat website.
From the Manufacturer
NeatDesk is a high-speed desktop scanner and digital filing system that enables you to scan receipts, business cards and documents all in one batch. The patented technology identifies and extracts the important information and automatically organizes it for you. Transform receipts into expense reports, business cards into address book contacts and create searchable PDF files from any document. Export information to PDF, Excel, Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax and more. Scan three paper types on both sides with one push of a button.
Transform Paper into Information that Works
At work or at home, NeatDesk de-clutters your workspace, providing a central "inbox" for all your papers--ready to scan when you are.
Store, Organize, and Secure
With NeatDesk, you get a digital filing cabinet that intelligently organizes and secures all your important information.
The removable input tray can scan both sides of up to 15 receipts, 15 business cards, and 15 documents at a time--or even a single, 50-page document.
Powered by Neat Software
NeatDesk is powered by the Neat software suite for scanning receipts, business cards, documents, and creating tax reports. Think of it as a digital filing cabinet for your documents, business cards and receipts. Except unlike the old paper monster in the corner, you can search for any item in this system simply by entering a keyword or date, place, project or any other information you choose.
The Neat digital filing system is a better way to organize your paper. Rather than cluttering up your desk and file drawers, simply scan in any document and you'll get a digital copy back that you can file in the system electronically.
Scan in Receipts
With NeatDesk you can save digital copies of receipts and records of vendors, dates and totals, create expense reports and manage business and personal expenses. The software also allows users to keep track of expenses for tax time (records accepted by the IRS) and easily export data to Excel, Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax.
Scan in Business Cards
Organize your Rolodex digitally by creating digital images of cards and contact information with NeatDesk. The software captures name, address, company, title, and more, creating your own searchable contact database and allows for export to Outlook and and other contact software.
Scan in Documents
NeatDesk also allows you to create searchable PDF files, editing text using copy/paste, and organize and store in a digital filing cabinet within the Neat software.
What's in the Box?
NeatDesk ADF scanner, USB cable, Neat software installation CD, protective pouch, scanner calibration paper, scanner cleaning cloth, Quick Start Guide, and power supply.
- Microsoft Windows XP , Vista or Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit)
- Pentium IV 2.0+ GHz or faster (Dual Core recommended)
- 1 GB RAM; 2 GB highly recommended
- 1 GB hard disk space to install
- CD-ROM drive or DVD drive required for installation
- Available USB port
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I purchased a NeatDesk scanner awhile ago to answer a growing need at home for more robust scanning. I'm one of those people that needs to have everything neatly filed away even though I will probably never see it again. I also religiously enter all my personal receipts and track my personal finances in detail. This seemed the perfect product to answer both needs.
I was used to the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 that I have at work, but in addition to an arm they also wanted a leg. The price of the NeatDesk is substantially less (about 40% for what I paid), and the promotional material for the scanning software was really sexy. So I clicked buy.
After a few days, my conclusion is that although it could be an outstanding product with a couple of tweaks, it's just not ready for primetime. This may be the case of a small company working on tight margins with a product that got too big too fast. It remains to be seen whether or not they can keep up with their new-found popularity.
Here's the dirt:
- Attractive design.
- You can click the hardware "Scan" button all day, but you don't have to file your scans until you want to.
- No adjustable paper guide. Unless you hold it as it's sucked in, every single document is crooked.
- Not enough paper support. Creased documents (like a bill) flop back and aren't grabbed properly.
- I found the slot for receipts and documents to not match any receipt or document I had... Nice slot for business cards though.
- The output tray is not attached to the scanner body. Huh?
- It came with the grim spectre of having to clean and calibrate your scanner. You don't have to clean or calibrate the ScanSnap, although the ScanSnap does include "consumables", so maybe it's a tie.
- Recognizes dates, subtotal, sales tax, and credit card used. This alone almost makes the product an overall winner and definitely put it on top for scanning receipts.
- As mentioned above, you don't have to file away your scans until you want to.
- Extremely fast search.
- It's pretty--yeah, that's important.
- Always takes the scan from the front but from the sheet in the back, which may be more intuitive for the beginner, but also means that a stack of double-sided sheets will go into the software backwards (page 2, 1, 4, 3, etc.) so you'll have to sort your document before and after scanning. Maybe I just haven't figured this one out, but it does seem like they emphasis multiple single-page documents vs. one multiple-page document.
* UPDATE: I figured out that you have to put the document in face up and everything is scanned in from the last page to the front. Your physical document will come out sorted, and the software will reverse the order of the scanned pages for you so the electronic document is correct.
- Does not auto-rotate to fix crooked problem caused by not having adjustable paper guides.
- Does not do auto-color detection--it's either all black-and-white or all color and you must choose. Those "Scan" and "PDF" buttons on the front are great, but you have to go into the Quick Scan application to set up how everything will be scanned first, defeating the convenience.
- Viewing the documents that are in the library is difficult. Should have a simple hand-tool for dragging and allow multiple documents to be open at one time.
- Moving data around the library is laborious.
- Software installs SQL Server Express, which takes up system resources and at least for me causes the program to not want to start up (try again message a couple of times before starting). Sure the search results come back very quickly, but at what cost? As a developer, I actually already had SQL Server Express installed, but it went ahead and installed another instance... Not very nice.
- Lots of opportunities to categorize data, but searching for the categories is difficult. For example, to see what you marked for follow up click "Advanced Search", click "Looking at..." and select "Action Type", click "Selected in the List", click and check box that says "Follow Up". It's more work finding out what's marked "follow up" than to actually follow up.
- The heavy emphasis is on recording receipts for expenses that will be reimbursed by your employer or be tax deductible. So what happens when I have a pay stub for consulting work? I have to file it as a document where I can't tag it's dollar amount, can't tag it as 1099 income, and it can't be exported to Quicken. That's one of the main reasons I got the scanner.
- Categories for receipts are very limited. Need a split? You'll have to do it yourself when you get to Quicken if you can remember what the receipt was for. Sales tax is always exported as an over-generalized "State Tax".
How it Could (Easily) be Made Great
- Package in or sell another paper guide that is adjustable. You can use the same snap-in style that is used for the receipt/business card guide.
- Add one inch to the pull-out paper support.
- Update the software to take scans from the face down position first on double-sided scans. Take the scan from the face down position only in single-sided scans.
* UPDATE: Even though this way seems more intuitive to me, the way the software does it is okay (see update above).
- Add in auto-color detection and auto-rotate so that scans always come out right. If Neat Co can do awesome text-detection, they could do this.
Seems to be an innovative company so I'll keep it in anticipation of at least the software updates.
UPDATE After 2 Years: After having owned this product for a good while I have to say it's worked fairly well for what it is. During this time I made the switch to a Mac and the Mac version of the NeatWorks software was a huge improvement. (From what I understand, the PC software seems to have caught up somewhat.) For the most part it has done what I want it to: scan a few receipts for expense reports but mostly documents of 10 pages or less. I tried to scan my mortgage documents of about 60 pages, but it kept grabbing multiple pages. I had to scan in batches and grab a beer (darn).
It still does weird things though. For example, sometimes it will scan and not fully eject the document and after a moment will display blinking red lights. Other times it will whisk the document through and the document ends up with a large black area at the top.
At the end of the day, for the casual home user who doesn't mind taking a little extra time to scan, this is probably a best buy. For the business user who will frequently be scanning large documents, the Fujitsu products will probably be a better fit, especially since their price is now a lot closer to the NeatDesk.
UPDATE After 5 Years: It's still alive and scanning. I've finally learned the secret to getting great scans from this thing. Always select Color mode and choose Quick scanning so it will only scan the image. If you have a black and white page, open the document and convert to B&W as necessary. You'll actually end up with a much better final image be it color or B&W. It seems like the scan process is a lot more reliable with fewer page eject issues or software hangs.
Recently, I turned the scanner on and my entire library (2 years of documents and receipts) was gone! I went through every back up and could not find it. The only way I could get help was to subscribed to Neat Cloud. I spent hours on the phone with them. I still don't have the library- I unsubscribed from Neat Cloud (another monthly rip-off) and am looking for another scanner. I can't recommend this scanner at all.