What's the best way to get contact information from the business card into your computer or phone? I tested two devices: the CardScan Executive...

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What’s the best way to get contact information from the business card into your computer or phone?

I tested two devices: the CardScan Executive ($260, CardScan.com), the market leader; and NeatReceipts ($200 for PC, $180 for Mac, neatco.com). Besides the pricing, the key difference between the two is the CardScan will scan only business cards; the NeatReceipts will scan business cards, receipts and documents.

Both units are relatively small and draw their power from your computer’s USB port so you can take them with you on a business trip.

CardScan scans cards more quickly, does a better job syncing with Microsoft Outlook and other programs and comes with a free online backup service that allows you to access your contacts via the Web (not yet available with the Mac version).

NeatReceipts is much more versatile. For instance, if you travel for work, when you scan your receipts into NeatReceipts the software organizes them into a detailed report that can be exported.

Or, if you are interested in living a paper-free lifestyle, scanning documents and paper files into NeatReceipts will allow you to search them by text and even edit them if you convert them to PDF.

Unless you are a serious road warrior, the NeatReceipts probably makes more sense.