CardScan 600C/V6 Executive review: CardScan 600C/V6 Executive

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The Good Highly accurate scans; easy setup; quiet operation; includes power-adapter plugs for overseas use.

The Bad No Mac OS version; no power switch; heavy AC adapter.

The Bottom Line The Corex CardScan Executive 600c offers a hand to the harried businessperson. Once and for all, you can easily add all those loose business cards to your PC's or handheld's contact database.

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The Corex CardScan Executive 600c wants to be your little helper. The attractive, functional and compact (2.1x6.7x4.1 inches) color scanner reads the information from business cards and sends the names and other contact information to your PC or handheld. Using the company's clever optical character recognition (OCR) scheme, everything is placed into the proper category, be it name, title, company name, address, phone, fax, or Web address. Having a dedicated digital assistant to update your contact database is great, but at $299, good help doesn't come cheap. The Corex CardScan Executive 600c wants to be your little helper. The attractive, functional and compact (2.1x6.7x4.1 inches) color scanner reads the information from business cards and sends the names and other contact information to your PC or handheld. Using the company's clever optical character recognition (OCR) scheme, everything is placed into the proper category, be it name, title, company name, address, phone, fax, or Web address. Having a dedicated digital assistant to update your contact database is great, but at $299, good help doesn't come cheap.

Swift setup
Installation is pleasingly simple with this plug-and-play peripheral. The USB-connected CardScan is compatible with Windows 98, Me, and 2000--but not with Mac OS, although the manufacturer says the software ought to work on Macs using Connectix Virtual PC. A foldout quick-start guide covers the installation in detail, but the setup was simple and involved little more than popping in the software CD and attaching the card reader to a USB port with the included cable. The heavy power brick makes the scanner less portable than we'd like, but at least Corex thoughtfully includes a set of international wall-socket adapters.

It takes about five seconds to run the calibration card (or any blank business card) through the machine, and you're ready to start scanning your business cards. From there, you can feed cards singly or in batches, to be processed after all the images have been scanned. You'll still have to feed them in, but the CardScan has a handy flip-down storage tray to catch and stack the cards as they come out.

The CardScan Executive 600c's software has more than a few impressive features. It lets you set up the scanner to synchronize your contacts with your favorite e-mail program or organizer application, such as Microsoft Outlook, Symantec Act, or Lotus Notes. The CardScan can also synchronize contacts with wireless telephones courtesy of FoneSync. You can store your contacts online at the CardScan.Net Web site, so you can access them from any PC. If you're the handheld type, you can sync with your Palm, Windows CE, or Psion devices. The software can also check for duplicate cards (a feature the competing NewSoft Presto BizCard Reader lacks).

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CardScan 600C/V6 Executive

Part Number: CS-A06060-DOM

MSRP: $249.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Scan Mode single-pass
  • Interface Type USB
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