What is the best document scanner?
Looking for a recommendation.
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I'm testing both of the Neat scanners now, the desktop and the portable and they are both pretty amazing. The desktop handles a lot of different size papers really well. I've been working with years worth of back tax receipts for owner operators and I've loaded it up with some pretty ugly receipts, faded, wrinkled, torn, long, short you name it and it handles them all well. If you are going to be scanning on a regular basis, like a couple of times a week in the truck, the portable is nice, it's small and doesn't need any ac power, but you have to feed it one receipt at a time. You can see the portable mounted underneath.
I have 3 portable scanners Neat, Ambir and Xerox and the best one of the 3 is the Xerox. I needed to have a scanner that would do 200dpi black and white and I needed it to do tagged imagine file format as well as auto straightening and Xerox is the only portable scanner that had these options so its going to depend on your requirements.
I have a trip-pak in cab scanner made by xerox. I scan bills for loads and get paid right away, I scan receipts and any other documents I want to save. it's powered off the USB. I talked to neat they said I had to get their scanner to use their software and they said their probably would not work with trip-pak and may or may not work with other applications.
I use the Visioneer and like it. It's perfect for the truck and also for toting around if you wanted to scan in a hotel room or home. It's a page feed and saves to PDF as a default, but you can designate the files to be saved elsewhere. It's powered by USB and wall socket. You can pick this unit up at any Office Depot or Staples for about $120. It's spendy, but the lack of bulk of a flatbed scanner makes up for the price. All in all, it's perfect for scanning receipts, logs, tripsheets or whatever else you want to store. Hope that helps.
Brother makes a compact 4 in 1...
The Model I have is the Brother - MFC490CW
It has a document feeder and a flat bed as well.
Color print is also pretty good, though I always use Black Only.
The unit is inexpensive and has worked in my truck for 4 years with no problems.
There is an app now by Drive that allows you to take a picture and then it turns that pic into a .pdf file. You can also fax that document to a land line fax machine or email directly from your smart phone. No need in using up room in the truck for a scanner with this app.
I have the 'Neat: desktop, with desktop scanner and with the release of V5 of the software its fantastic. Kevin has even posted a step by step guide to use it with Profit Gauges. I have done my February accounting on Profit Gauges, but have not set up the Neat application to do the receipts, but will be doing it hopefully today.
I also have the Neat Desktop scanner.
Just a quick note on the Neat Scanner and Kevin's Guide:
If you are running an Apple Mac, the software for Mac is only up to V3 and is different from V5 that Kevin based his step by step guide on. The V5 software will only run on Windows based systems.
The only option to run V5 on a Mac is to run an application like Parallels Desktop and a Virtual Windows machine.
Try the canon scan tini (p150) its a little pricey about 250.00 but will scan multiple docs about 15 pages at a time and its twain compatible. Its also small enough to carry in a laptop bag. I have had mine for about two years with no problems.
I have been using the Neat Receipts mobile scanner since 2009. It still works great. If your planning to scan receipts and not just documents then the software really is the difference. It captures the info from the receipt and organizes it the way you would need it to run all your reports. Any field corrections needed takes seconds. And with the recent new software version you can set up a virtual file cabinet any way you like!
I use a Brother DS 600, it's portable like the portable Neat receipt, it comes with a leather holder, and it power up from the USB. It has a twain driver,you can choose the dpi resolution, I paid 129$ with free shipping, and I'm happy with it.Try it.
I use the fujitsu scanap s1100. It works great, bought the travel case for it so it doesn't get dirty/broken when not in use.
It works very well with my Neat software, but also has lots of other scanning options. I have even used it to scan some old photos-it's photo scans are almost as good as my flatbed scanner though many times faster.
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