Document scanner showdown: NeatDesk versus ScanSnap iX500
21 January 2013
Conclusion: The ScanSnap iX500 is the clear winner in this face off, outdistancing Neat in hardware, software and wireless features. If you’re in the market for a desktop scanner, look no further. Updated 3:25 PT 1/21/13 to correct misspellings of model name. Macworld is your best source for all things Apple. We give you the scoop on what's new, what's best and how to make the most out of the products you love.
Pros: Super-fast scanner, Software settings offer complete control over scan quality and format, Customizable Quick Menu makes it easy to select a desired scanning task, Scanner-to-mobile-device scanning “cuts the cord” to the Mac, Combines all scan management into a single app, Offers unique features, such as Expense Reports, Can take photos with mobile devices and transfer them as PDFs to Mac
Cons: Quick Menu only accessible immediately after a scan, Third-party software needed to effectively store and manage scans, Scanner slower and more likely to jam than ScanSnap, Software can be confusing, especially for basic tasks, NeatCloud requires a monthly fee