Corex's newest update, the $299 CardScan 600c with version 6 software, adds some useful refinements--most notably the ability to scan in color--to a useful product.
Like earlier versions, this package contains a small, dedicated scanner and an on-screen, Rolodex-like application for managing digitized business cards. The 600c scanner is faster, sleeker, and smaller (by about a third) than the older 500 model, and it replaces the wire card catcher on the back with a foldout plastic shelf. To help shrink the dimensions, however, Corex abandoned the 500's parallel port--the 600c has only a USB connector. Adding color does not slow the unit's scan speed appreciably: The monochrome 500 scanner takes about 7 seconds per card; the 600c takes about a second longer to scan in color.
The 600c lets you switch back to monochrome. In my tests of a preproduction unit, doing that reduced the scanning time to under 4 seconds--which is helpful if you are scanning a stack of cards.
Also new is a Tools menu that helps you manage sync settings with your PDA and other applications. By Tracey Capen