Receipt Scanner

A receipt scanner is a handy electronic device that is used mostly by salespeople who travel frequently. They are very portable devices and allow you to instantly scan receipts such as those for food and accommodations when you travel. You simply put your receipt into the device and it will read the content for you and then convert it to digital format. Different brands may offer different digital formats so if a particular platform is important, you should be sure to check the specifications for the model that you purchase. For those who have a lot of business receipts, a receipt scanner can be an excellent purchase.

Choosing one however will depend on several factors. You will need to determine first just what you will be using the scanner for. It is important to note that there are many different styles, designs and sizes of receipt scanners. If you are only going to scan receipts, then a standard version should be fine. If however, you have extensive needs regarding what you will scan, then you may want to compare several models before you settle on just one. Portable receipt scanners are the most popular for those on the road. If you need to travel frequently, these are much more convenient and their portability allows you to use them in many different scenarios. The scanners themselves have custom scanning programs installed that capture printed images as well as text. They will then save this information into your choice of format. Again, be certain that you know which formats are supported on the receipt scanner that you purchase. You certainly do not want to purchase a scanner and then learn that your particular format is not supported.

When scanning ID cards, receipt scanners typically separate the many different components such as the image, signature and text, into different fields of data. You can then send this information to your clipboard or another application that you choose. You will find many receipt scanners that are powered through a USB port. If this is a feature that you need, be certain that you check several models and choose one that offers this option. Having a receipt scanner that is powered through a USB port allows you to easily use and charge the scanner without having to carry along extra cords and without the need for an electrical power outlet. You can use it when you travel and easily scan receipts and other items in a vehicle, on a plane or even in a restaurant. This also allows you to instantly scan business cards to your contacts database no matter where you happen to be at the time.

When choosing a new receipt scanner, be certain that you look at several models before you make your final decision. This gives you the opportunity to find the scanner that best fits your needs and the price that best fits your budget. Receipt scanners can be fairly expensive depending on the specific model that you purchase and the brand name. While you should find several for under $200, many go as high as more than $600 so be certain that you know what you need before you begin shopping. Of course, having the ability to instantly keep track of all of your business related expenses will allow you to save money, so purchasing a receipt scanner for business purposes quite literally pays for itself.

Make sure that you are purchasing from a manufacturer that you trust and that you get a warranty, particularly when buying electronic devices. Most new receipt scanners should offer at least a three month limited warranty to cover you just in case it does not work when you get it out of the box.

This Receipt Scanner Review is Written/Updated on Dec 10th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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