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Try Neat not so Neat Review


From the Lawyerist.com

The NeatDesk desktop scanner is the main competitor to our favorite document scanner, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, is probably the NeatDesk Desktop Scanner (NeatDesk is also available for Mac). Last week, Joel Johnson of BoingBoing Gadgets got his hands on one, and spent a few hours putting it through its paces.
His verdict: the NeatDesk desktop scanner is not worth it. Consider the ScanSnap
s1500 instead.

Update: Neat is sending us a a NeatDesk scanner to try. We’ll try Neat and let you know what we think in a separate review post.
That being the case, I found this observation about the NeatDesk odd: “its first problem is that it’s simply a scanner, and a sheet-fed one at that . . . .” Er, yes, that is kind of the point. In a world of ubiquitous multi-function-printers, we think document scanners still play an important role.
Joel’s point about the odd NeatDesk document slots limiting the number of documents, however, is well-taken, even if that assembly can be removed. He also pans the software and optical character recognition (OCR) included with the scanner.
Consider this. The ScanSnap comes with licensed copy of Acrobat At, a $300-$460 product. It also includes various utilities (that some will find more useful than others). But the NeatDesk comes with only a license code for a copy of Neat Library, which is not included in the box. The equivalent Fujitsu software (and more) is free and included in the box.
The NeatDesk OCR apparently needs a lot of work, as well. Joel had trouble getting it to recognize basic text like “.com” in a website address on a business card.
I am not likely to give up my ScanSnap s1500 anytime soon. I already know it provides excellent value, quality, and utility. Based on Joel’s review and the spec sheet, I think I would be paying more and getting less with the NeatDesk.
A couple of hours with the NeatDesk scanner (Verdict: not worth the time or trouble)


This is one of the few negative reviews I have heard about the NeatDesk.  I have heard both sides of the story however, but it seems like most people like it when it does what Neat Co Says it can do.  I have seen the Try Neat slogan for the Neat Company everywhere lately.  It seems like they are pumping a lot ad dollars into this campaign.  I think Neat Works is a good program.  But there has been a few negative reviews.












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