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NEATConnect: Cloud Scanner + Digital Filing System (review)

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Need an ultimate organizer? Alan Wallace reviews NEATConnect, a handy portable scanner that knows the difference between business cards, receipts and docs.

Photo credit: Alan Wallace -Some companies introduce great products yet they never find a way to make the products better or to keep them up-to-date. Others get better in ways that you never imagined. That’s what I see from tech innovator The NEAT Company in its NEATConnect cloud scanner and digital filing system.

The NEAT Company first caught my eye in airport kiosks years ago. The company started with a handy portable NEAT Receipts scanner that you could take with you on the road. It got better when the company released its desktop scanner, a nice-looking, powerful compact scanner on my desk that knew the difference between business cards, receipts and docs. And it could extract and map the data where it needed to go. In fact, I have never been so organized on my expense reports since I started using this.

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With NEATConnect, NEAT takes it up one notch since it can be completely wireless and also looks great right next to the pile of mail stacked in my living room. Being able to take the scanner to the work instead of the work to the scanner is a really nice feature.

This compact ADF scanner lets you scan in color, grayscale or black and white. You can also scan two-sided documents in one pass. Options include selecting to separate or combine pages, scanning 15 business cards, 15 receipts and 15 documents before exceeding capacity. Need to scan up to 50 pages at one time? Remove the top separator from the front of the scanner and you are good to go.

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Scanning on NEATConnect sends data straight to the cloud, or your computer via USB, or directly to its SD card slot. You can store data directly and access it anywhere with NEAT Cloud as well as Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, email or FTP.

When scanning documents, you will see images displayed on the front of the scanner as images are processed. Wrinkled and misaligned documents process cleanly. Reports are easy to use and customize. The NEAT software will also import other NEAT cabinets, PDFs, images, VCards and Quicken accounts.

Additional support comes from the NEAT Mobile App (available in the Google Play and iOS App Stores). The software has intelligent text recognition and will separ