The Neat Desk Will Keep You Neat

Neat Desk

Neat Desk (www.neat.com)

It’s no secret that I’m super disorganized. I have papers everywhere, I go to meetings and appointments on the wrong day (even if I remember to put them in my calendar), and I lose business cards as I’m being given them.

My husband hates it, and my accountant just rolls his eyes. After he sends me a huge bill.

Luckily, I have a Neat Desk now.

From their website:

NeatDesk is a high-speed, duplex desktop scanner and Digital Filing System. Scan receipts, business cards and documents in one batch while the software identifies, extracts and organizes key information.

Neat brings scanned documents to life, using Intelligent Text Recognition technology to read and understand key information, then automatically organizing what it sees. The resulting digital files are useful and usable – easy to find, easy to access, and easy to share.

What it does:

  • Organizes all your paper clutter and turns them into digital files, which are sorted by type and keyword
  • Exports information into tax software, Quicken, Excel, Turbotax; syncs to Outlook or Address book
  • Offers Cloud access with NeatCloud so you can upload & access documents from anywhere

From now on, I’m going to be so on top of my paperwork. Next year, taxes will be a breeze.

What’s great:

  • It’s nice and small and doesn’t take up a lot of space on my desk.
  • Easily & quickly scans and ‘reads’ all of my receipts, business cards and documents
  • Makes scanning & emailing documents a breeze (much faster than using a printer/scanner/combo
  • Has different slots for receipts, documents, and business cards so that you don’t get paper jams
  • Reads what the scanned items say and auto fills fields for you
  • Gets rid of paper clutter

What’s not so great:

  • There’s a learning curve for the software and all the features you use after you scan  (and I hate learning curves)
  • The software ‘hangs’ (I had trouble closing NeatDesk on my Mac and had to do a force close
  • Doesn’t automatically download it’s software and drivers (you need a CD or a download from the Internet

All-in-all, the Neat Desk is a good option for people who love to be organized or who want to get it together. However, it’s not for those with limited technical skills or who get frustrated.

Some other reviews of the Neat Desk.

Note: I tested the Neat Desk on a Macbook Air

Disclosure: I’m part of the Viewpoints Blogger Panel. I was provided a NeatDesk for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Comments

  1. (Sorry, have to say it…) Oh, WOW that is so NEAT!! :D (sorry!!)
    It looks really cool, and is now on my tech-must-have list. My office is completely disorganized and the method I’ve been trying to use to keep track of receipts just made one big massive disorganized pile of receipts, a lot of which I don’t remember why I wanted to keep them in the first place. :/

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  1. […] “Also the scanning isn’t foolproof, so while it’s really amazing how the software can actually populate fields from receipts, you do need to check to make sure everything is accurate.” — Mara Shapiro, momfaze […]

  2. […] “Also the scanning isn’t foolproof, so while it’s really amazing how the software can actually populate fields from receipts, you do need to check to make sure everything is accurate.” — Mara Shapiro, momfaze […]

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