NeatConnect is a scanner, but would be more correctly labeled a digital personal organizer - an entire ecosystem designed to help organize the paper jungle. Yes, it scans documents, receipts, business cards and more, but it’s more about what happens after you scan. Where do all those scans go and how are they organized? That’s where the long established Neat platform steps into place, because scans are worthless if you can’t find them.
NeatConnect takes everything you thought you knew about scanners and throws it out the window. For starters, the scanner comes with a USB port, but it’s taped over so you won’t use it and probably won’t even see it. NeatConnect is all about “the cloud” and by that I mean online storage on Neat’s servers. To get connected you’ll need a Neat account combined with a five-minute setup process that gets the scanner onto your home Wi-Fi network. All you do is plug-in the power cord, and follow the touch-screen menu. The whole setup is very intuitive, but you will need to have your home Wi-Fi password handy.
During scanner setup, you will create a Neat online account, which is where all of your personal documents will be stored. From here on you can simply start scanning. There are three slots, sized for different sized documents, receipts, or business cards, respectively. You can put as much as will fit into the slots and wait for it to finish scanning. Its sucks them through pretty fast, at about a page every 2 seconds. Everything is instantly stored, but more importantly organized in your NeatCloud online account, known as your “Inbox”. Nothing gets scanned to your PC or Mac, it’s all in the cloud. Of course you can download from the cloud, but you probably won’t and don’t want to. Each item type is labeled and its contents are converted into exportable/readable numbers and text. Now your mess of papers instantly becomes searchable.
The OCR (optical character recognition) capability was "good" in decoding what was scanned, but not "great". Most problematic were dark background business cards with light type. We couldn't quite get those to work, however in general, it worked very well. Full page, white paper documents were handled the best, followed by receipts, and finally business cards.
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