Mobile scanners can make a lot of jobs easier, like taking a few pages of a library book with you. The tiny devices offer a level of flexibility and novelty that can make them perfect for certain jobs. The Docupen R-700 rechargeable by PLANon advertises its pen size and ultra portability. See its scan quality and hardware in this review.
First, letís take a look at what PLANon gives us in the Docupen packaging.
Here is what came with the Docupen R-700 rechargable:
The DocuPen unit
USB cable for communication and recharging.
CD with DocuPen TWAIN driver, PaperPort OCR Software, and PDF manual
Quick Start Card
The box didnít have a hard copy of the manual or a warranty card, which the PDF manual said were supposed to be included. However, we had the electronic documentation, and everything we really needed was there.
Before we get into anything serious, letís see if the Docupen lives up to its namesake and is actually the size of a pen.
The width of the scanner was very close to my penís width. Of course itís longer, but it needs to be so that it can scan a full page. Those familiar with portable scanners recognize that the pen-like device needs to be dragged over document in order to scan it.
The Docupen scans only in black and white, and it has two resolutions: 100dpi and 200dpi. Most people will recognize that many desktop scanners use 1200dpi and scan color, but this scanner is built for portability and does not compete with those. Donít expect super-high quality scans, but the included OCR software should be able to take fuzzy images and convert them into text files. Then they are completely clear and should be simple to work with in word processors.
Before testing the scanner, Iíll need to work through installing the software interface.
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