Walking into a business conference or networking event, or even just getting a number of your new friend at the bar, there are so many instances when you want to exchange business cards. But the pile building up in your wallet and dresser is cluttered and difficult to use. Finding the right business card can be difficult, and remembering where you put everything can be more than tough. However, with a business card scanner you can organize your life and your business contacts. After you plug the scanner into a USB port in your computer, you can just simply start scanning the cards. The scanner recognizes each card and imports all the data into a proprietary software application or Microsoft Outlook. This way, all your contacts are saved and simple to find. You can import those contacts directly into your phone and you’ll never have to worry about losing a flimsy piece of cardstock again.
The best business card readers function much in the same way that normal scanners do. You simply feed the cards through the scanner and watch as the software and drivers recognize all the contact information – websites, email addresses, phone numbers -- and help you organize it. Some of the best business card scanners are the WorldCard Pro, AmbirScan DS687-AS and Fujitsu models. For more information, check out our articles on business card scanners.
Finding the right business card scanner can be overwhelming because there are so many different options and sizes. This is why we organized some of the most important features and options, and used them to compare card scanners in our review of the best business card scanners on the market.
You should be able to slip your business card scanner into a laptop bag, a purse or even your pocket. That way it can go with you and be on hand whenever you need to scan some cards and save some information. In this section, we look at features like the size of the device and how simple it is to transport. We also look at whether the device is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
Most scanners come with proprietary software and drives to help you connect your device to your computer. The business card scanner should be able to import contacts directly into Microsoft Outlook and other applications. After the contacts are saved in your computer, the best scanners allow you to easily export them to your phone and other mobile devices.
In this section, we also look at other features that contribute to the overall usability of the device, such as the power source and the card-scanning capabilities. Some scan faster than others, and some even have a two-sided compatibility.
Business card scanners are extremely user-friendly and shouldn't require much additional help for setup or use. However, electronics are renowned for their ability to break and generally make life difficult. If you come across any problems, you should be able to contact the manufacturers through email and telephone support. We also look at warranty information.
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