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IRISCard Pro 4 review

A surprisingly useful, if expensive, scanner that was fast and effective

Our Verdict

Turned a business card into an Address Book contact with full details in under 30 secs!

For

  • Great timesaver
  • Excellent OCR performance
  • Small enough to travel with
  • Really fast

Against

  • Expensive
  • Buggy installer

The IRISCard Pro 4 is the latest update by IRIS for its portable card scanner and software bundle.

It scans business cards and saves them to the included software, from where you can export contacts to other apps including Apple's own Address Book.

The software includes solid OCR (optical character recognition) that reads the imported business card scans and saves recognised elements to appropriate data fields.

Speedy scanning

To test the bundle, we scanned a backlog of business cards that we had picked up at trade fairs and meetings.

We managed to scan around 14 cards per minute, and the manufacturer IRIS reckons you can scan 600 cards per hour using the bundle, which seems possible if you stick at it, and it's also pleasingly fast.

The cards scan quite clearly and the software makes short shrift of different card styles and shapes. It can be a bit fiddly to insert some cards, but you soon get into the swing of things.

The scans appear inside CardIRIS 3.6, the current version of the IRIS software. Its OCR ability is impressively accurate.

Export contacts

Equally impressive are the export options. You can export data for each contact as either individual .csv files or vCards for dropping into Address Book.

The support is OS level, so you are not just limited to Address Book – you can export to Entourage and Excel, among others.

It's possible to scan a card, import it to CardIRIS, export it as a vCard and drop into an Address Book group in under 30 seconds. It's both quick and accurate.

Great value

The two buttons on the scanner carry no labelling at all, and the user manual is woefully out of date. The software also failed to install on first attempt. The price tag took some swallowing too.

But compared to other IRIS products, which we tend to wrestle with, the value in this card-scanner bundle is obvious.

Now on version 4, it's a mature offering, and will be going along with our laptops to our MacLive Expo visit.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCard Scanner
USBYes
Product FamilyIRISCard
Brand NameIRIS Group
Height33 mm
Width155 mm
Depth48 mm
Media TypeBusiness Card
ManufacturerIRIS Software Group Ltd
Product ModelPro 4
Product NameIRISCard Pro 4 Card Scanner
Product LineIRISCard
Manufacturer Part NumberHCRSTA6PAUK400
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://ww.iris.co.uk
Marketing Information

The IRISCard Pro 4 is a full-featured and powerful business card scanning solution. The IRISCard quickly scans your paper business cards, captures the information they contain and instantaneously creates electronic contacts to be sent to your favorite contact manager, such as Outlook, etc.

Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • IRISCard Pro 4 Card Scanner
  • 52 inches USB cable
Weight (Approximate)159 g