TOY BOX: Closer look reveals CardScan's faults

Corex's CardScan Executive is a small scanner that transfers business cards onto PCs. Cards are fed through the device and, within seconds, the image appears on screen in a Rolodex-style interface. Then, the included software automatically separates the card's information into fields of an electronic address book.

Corex's CardScan Executive is a small scanner that transfers business cards onto PCs. Cards are fed through the device and, within seconds, the image appears on screen in a Rolodex-style interface. Then, the included software automatically separates the card's information into fields of an electronic address book.

The accuracy of transferred contact details in the address book fields is unreliable. Some cards were entered perfectly. Others resulted in barely recognizable words and numbers. I found the Data Exchange Wizard, which lets you move information from the CardScan application to other programs like Microsoft Outlook or Palm, to be the best function. Still, by the time you're ready to transfer data to another application, you've already spent more time editing misread information from the initial scan than it would take to just type what's on the business card into your address book from the start. The verdict: Until the accuracy of CardScan's pick-up is improved, save your money, time, and desk space by skipping it. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $249 Available at Staples, cardscan.com, Office Depot, CompUSA, Office Max Specs The product is 6.75" x 4.75" x 2", and weighs 14oz. It is Windows-compatible, and requires 64MB of RAM and 50MB of free hard-disk space for minimum installation (110 MB for full installation).

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