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Document scanner showdown: NeatDesk versus ScanSnap iX500

Where to buy
Price when rated: $495
Lowest price: $483.00 via Dell Small Business

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

Cons

  • Quick Menu only accessible immediately after a scan
  • Third-party software needed to effectively store and manage scans
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Where to buy
Price when rated: $400
Lowest price: $350.00 via QVC

Pros

  • 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

  • Scanner slower and more likely to jam than ScanSnap
  • Software can be confusing, especially for basic tasks
  • NeatCloud requires a monthly fee
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