Every genealogist needs a scanner (or two!) to save documents, notes, and much more. In addition, I have written a number of times about the advantages of going paperless. One disadvantage of going paperless, however, is the high prices of the document scanners, especially those that scan both sides of a sheet of paper and have an automatic sheet feed input tray that can hold a number sheets of paper to be scanned at one time. Now Staples has a sale on refurbished Neat scanners that can make life easier for anyone who is drowning in paper.
The Neat Scanner is speedy, portable, and able to handle documents of all sizes easily, from business cards to full-sized sheets of paper. It is available in two varieties, the NeatDesk that can hold a stack of papers to be scanned as well as the NeatReceipts, a smaller, USB-powered version that can only handle one sheet of paper at a time but easily fits into a briefcase.
Both models include supporting Windows software to make scanning and organizing your documents easy, and that also sync with the Neat mobile app for iOS and Android.
Staples now has refurbished models available at discount prices. Both models include a one-year manufacturer’s warranty so I would think the risk of purchasing refurbished equipment is minimized.
Both models will:
- Scan in receipts, business cards, documents & more
- Organize and store in your digital filing cabinet
- Create searchable PDF files
- Edit text using copy/paste
- Create expense reports and manage business and personal expenses
- Keep track of expenses for tax time (records accepted by the IRS)
- Export data to 3rd party applications like Quicken® or Excel®
- Keep digital images of cards and contact information
- Capture name, address company, title, etc.
- Create your own searchable contact database
- Sync contacts to your iPhone or mobile device
The NeatDesk Scanner is available for $280 at http://www.staples.com/NeatDesk-Refurbished-Scanners/product_SS2125629 while the portable NeatDesk Receipt Scanner is available for $90 at http://www.staples.com/NeatDesk-Refurbished-Receipts/product_SS2997804.
I assume that both scanners will be on sale “for as long as supplies last.”