WE’VE LONG BEEN promised a paperless office, however maximum folks are nonetheless buried below piles of published contracts, proposals, receipts, and commercial enterprise playing cards. To live sane, we need to report and prepare those docs, however who is were given time to experiment and prepare all that pulp?

For years now, The Neat Company has promised time-saving simplicity courtesy of its NeatReceipts and NeatDesk scanners — however they basically traded one set of hassles for another. You needed to stir up your PC, run the software, and technique every experiment, all the usage of hardware tethered to a USB port.

The NeatConnect solves the ones troubles with remarkable efficiency. It connects to the cloud thru Wi-Fi, so the simplest cable you want is the only that plugs into an AC outlet. You do not even want a PC. Your scans get added quick and routinely on your NeatCloud account, in which you may evaluation and get them organized at your convenience. And way to cloud-primarily based totally optical man or woman recognition, a number of the submitting is completed by the point you get there. This is in reality a virtual submitting machine for the twenty first century.

The sleek, white NeatConnect has the sleek shine of an Apple device, and at eleven inches (27.nine cm) huge via way of means of 8.7 inches (22.1 cm) deep via way of means of 7.five inches (19.1 cm) high, it may not hog a good deal area in your desk. Three slots alongside the pinnacle absorb as many as 15 files, receipts, and/or commercial enterprise playing cards at a time, zipping via every sheet in some seconds. The manipulate panel resembles a phone touchscreen, and the interface gives the identical app-fashion simplicity. Just select a vacation spot to your scans, then faucet the orange Scan button.

Wireless connectivity offers the NeatConnect a big side over different scanners and the conventional two-step technique of scanning on your PC, then importing to a cloud provider. You can ship your scans to NeatCloud, an e-mail address, an FTP server, or your cloud provider of choice: Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or SkyDrive.

In practice, however, the tiny onscreen keyboard makes for sluggish going while you want to go into your credentials for such a offerings, and there has been a hassle syncing with Evernote after I examined the device. I requested the enterprise approximately this Evernote hassle, and it tells me new firmware will arrive in early 2014 that have to repair the issue.

Sending a file to Google Drive outcomes in a PDF it is prepared for viewing, sharing, or printing. The scanner also can generate pretty much any form of picture report, from BMP to JPEG to TIFF, in color, grayscale, or monochrome. It even helps duplex scanning in that unmarried pass. The NeatConnect makes a speciality of file scanning — now no longer photos — so in case you want to digitize snapshots, appearance elsewhere.

Neat’s cell apps assist you to view, share, and edit your scanned files at the go, or maybe upload new scans via way of means of snapping photos. However, the apps are simplest to be had to subscribers to Neat’s Home & Office and Business plans ($15 and $25 a month, respectively). The $6 month-to-month Personal plan gives no app love.

Be organized to kick down for NeatCloud each month so long as you very own the scanner (Correction, Jan thirteen 2014: You can keep to experiment to different cloud offerings even with out a NeatCloud sub). If you may manage to pay for both, however, you have what’s possibly the coolest, maximum sensible scanner I’ve examined, and an unbeatable weapon withinside the conflict in opposition to paper.

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