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Planon DPENR700 Docupen R700 B&W Pen Scanner

by Planon

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  • Battery Operated for Full Portability Purposes. Stores Up to 100 Pages into Memory
  • Scans Take Approximately 4 to 8 Seconds
  • Scans a Full Page Width Including Text & Graphics
  • Free PaperPort Software Included with OCR Capability
  • Rechargeable lithium-Ion Batteries
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Technical Details

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Product Description

Product Description


From the Manufacturer

The DocuPen is a patented, fully portable full-page scanner that is the size of a pen yet weighs less than 2 ounces and is only 8.5 inches long. While traditional pen scanners only read individual lines of text and are unable to scan graphics, the DocuPen scans an entire megabyte of flash memory. The DocuPen meets the need for quick, convenient out-of-office scanning of most any document.

The DocuPen R700, includes a rechargeable feature that allows it to remain perpetually charged without utilizing a separate charging unit. Once a user plugs the DocuPen R700 into a computer's USB port to download the scanned information, the scanner's batteries are automatically recharged.

The DocuPen R700 also features a dual-roller guiding system and optical registration technology to enhance the user experience by creating a smoother scanning operation and a more accurate scan. The dual-roller guiding system includes strategically placed rollers scans. Using optical registration technology, the DocuPen R700, can create a highly accurate scan using its optical timing and registration system.

The DocuPen is capable of storing up to 100 pages into memory and takes approximately 4 to 8 seconds per second. The DocuPen is different from other pen scanners in that it scans a full page width and therefore scans the entire page including text and graphics in just 4 seconds. Other handheld and pen scanners only scan single lines of text and cannot scan graphics, making them much less practical. In comparison, the DocuPen is truly a breakthrough in technological development because it fully realizes the potential of what other pen size scanners tried to accomplish.

What's in the Box
DocuPen R700 with built-in lithium ion battery, ScanSoft Paper Port OCR software, leather case, user's guide, warranty card

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.4 x 1.8 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002W5QXW
  • Item model number: DPENR700
  • Batteries 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy to install and easy to use.
Jorge Fantin
From a technological perspective, I was intrigued, so began my research of trying to learn more of the product.
F. Rothchild
The quality of its images is low enough in b/w and the addition of color would just make things worse.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

205 of 206 people found the following review helpful By GREAKLY on September 23, 2005
Bottom line first: DocuPen is a very good device if you do not have too high expectations and use it only for what it was designed for. You have to realize: this is neither a copier, nor a scanner; this is a fax machine inside out. You will get exactly the same quality as from a conventional fax. If that's what you need, than DocuPen is a perfect device for you. Otherwise - don't bother.

The images scanned with DocuPen look almost exactly as if they came out of a conventional fax machine. The pictures looked pretty bad (if heavy graphics/pictures are what you need don't even think about DocuPen) and some of the text lines were stretched in a way a fax machine does when the paper gets a bit jammed. I am sure, with some practice it will get better but not too much as it's humanly impossible to keep moving the hand up to 8 seconds with precisely the same speed.

However, if the text and some light drawings are what you need than this device is for you. I, personally, do historical research and need to copy some articles from old newspapers. DocuPen works great with text. Just make sure you always use 200 DPI even if you don't really need to. The reason is that if you mess something a bit (say, your hand shakes or so) with 200 DPI there is a chance to fix the image later on or at least to be able to read it. At 100 DPI it's pretty much dead end.

The two major drawbacks of the DocuPen (at least for me) are the small memory and inability to work with a PDA. DocuPen's internal memory is only 2 Mb which in my opinion is ridiculously small. And there is no way to increase/upgrade it. Don't believe the ad that says you can store up to a 100 pages. You don't want to scan at 100 DPI, and with 200 DPI 50 pages is the max.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Fantin on October 14, 2004
Easy to install and easy to use.

I used to have the older model (DocuPen BW) but after knowing that the new model featured rechargeable batteries I decided to buy it (my son inherited the BW and now uses it at school)

Since I bought my DocuPen R-700 I have been carrying it around with my mobile and my notebook and it is almost like having my whole office on the road.

The scan quality is good for my purposes (it is 100 dpi, not a 1600 dpi flat bed scanner OK?) and the best part is that I don't have to look for photocopy machines anymore.

I have heard some complaints about the installation but it worked perfectly to me and have not found any problem (I use XP). If you follow the instructions on the screen you should not have any problem at all

Anybody working on the road should have one.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Sirbu Mihai on September 23, 2005
I am a student and I bought DocuPen thinking I could scan library books or part of books, convert them to PDF and have my own collection of readings, with my annotations and highlights on them. Fat chance...

First of all, it looks very cheap and not very solid (very cheap-looking plastic, poor finish).

Second, the controls are incredibly frustrating - everytime you scan you have to press a button (twice, if you want hi-res), and the button is pretty much burried in the scanner and tough to press. Why do I have to press it every time and hurry to scan (it shuts down quickly, unless you start scanning, I do not know).

Third, the 2MB of memory is a joke. I guess you could fit 100 not-too-large low-res scans on it (as the product claims), but who wants 100 dpi scans? Why, when flash memory has dropped so much in size and price, the Docupen has a measly 2 MB?

Fourth, the software interface and transfer mode are atrocious. Why is not recognized as a USB Mass Storage Device, but instead you have to install its software or use another image-acquiring program? Moreover, the transfer speed is horrible, and you have to download all the images in its memory before choosing which to actually keep.

But, most important, unless you have a very steady hand and are very careful when you scan, the quality is very poor and there is no hope of OCR (by the way, the bundled OCR software is slow and not very accurate). I guess they should have the rollers on the bottom of the scanner measure the speed you're going, the way they do in ball mouses, or have measure the speed the way optical mouses do, and thus compensate for variations in scanning speed across the page.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kai Zhang on July 10, 2006
This product looks and feels very flimsy. Do not be fooled by the flashy, metallic-looking picture. The plastic shell of this device is the quality of McDonald's toys. One would think that for $300, the company would at least commission a manufacturer that did not leave plastic whiskers hanging off the rims due to bad cutting.

The buttons are hard to press. In order to turn the device on, you have to press very firmly, which is a risky thing to do considering the cracking delicacy of the shell.

The cable port for the DocuPen is also extremely flimsy, and you have to hold the cable firmly in place in order for the downloads to take place; otherwise, the connection will be lost.

I am a pre-medical student, and I very stupidly invested a lot of money in this product, believing that I could (for 8 seconds a page and 100 pages per disk) scan my science textbooks in the library, including the colored diagrams, and in that way, I thought I would make back my investment, since textbooks go for at least $100 each. However, I now see that this belief was naive, to say the least. The Docupen is extremely difficult to use. The words come out distorted, like a jammed fax machine, and although the free Paper Port software which comes complimentary with the DocuPen is rather useful for annotating PDF's, the DocuPen does not produce texts that are legible enough to annotate.

Furthermore, downloading is very slow (at least 15 seconds per page on my fast computer), and since you can't see how your scans have turned out until you load them into the computer, you will have to re-scan about 80% of pages due to stretches, smudges, blurriness, suspicious blank spots, and general illegibility.
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