The PlanON Color Scanning Pen X05 is a mobile, pen-sized full page scanner that does both color and monochrome scans of text and images. Scans an entire page in 2 seconds. Comes with software for processing scans after transfer to PC.
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Planon DocuPen Xtreme X Series takes portable scanning power to a whole new level of productivity and portable performance. The Xtreme-series of scanners:
Provides higher quality images, improved efficiency, and greater functionality over previous generations.
Has maintained the small pen-sized profile but now packs in a lot more with 200MHZ computer processor, 64 MB of fast SD Ram, and microSD expansion slot.
Includes Bluetooth for easy sending to your Blackberry, Windows Mobile device (Pocket PC or smart phone), laptop, and other devices.
Provides Image quality up to 600 DPI, utilizing Planon's Crystal Line Contact technology.
Provides extremely accurate imaging that far exceeds cameras and other portable scanners for professional reproductions of contracts, receipts, invoices, and color pictures.
Dual roller tracking system and optical guidance technology enhance smooth scanning.
Computer not needed for operation.
Choose resolution from 150 dpi to 600 dpi.
Scan Width: 8 inches.
Scan Length: Up to 36 inches.
Memory: 64 MB fast SD RAM.
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB.
Scan Modes: 24bit Color, Grayscale or Mono
For a mobile device, the scans are quick. But they aren't quick in the sense that you wave the pen over the page and pick it all up. Here are actual benchmarks from testing conducted by a customer who is retired now but was an engineer with a major technology company for over 20 years.
Based on an 8-1/2 x 11 page of average text:
In Black and White Mode, it takes about 10 seconds to scan (actually moving down the page) and then takes another 20 seconds to save (the device shows the message "Saving�" in 300 dpi B&W mode. The DocuPen can capture about 2 B&W pages per minute at 300dpi; it is busy for 30 seconds while handling one black and white page at 300dpi.
In Color Mode, it takes about 20 seconds to scan and about another 70 seconds to save in 300 dpi color mode. The docupen is busy for 1-1/2 minutes while handling one color page.
Please understand that this is a mobile device capturing a huge amount of information and doing that job with high accuracy. For high-volume scanning, you would use production-grade flatbed scanner. A typical scanner in this class weighs 27 pounds, considerably more than the 2.5 ounce DocuPen. As there are 16 ounces in a pound, it would take 173 DocuPens to equal the weight of a typical production scanner.
Weighs only 2.5 ounces (71 grams).
Pen Size: 8.9" x 0.5" x 0.5" (227mm x 13 mm x 13mm).
Recharges through USB connecter, in about 40 minutes.
Battery: Lithium-polymer Rechargeable Battery (charges through USB cable).
Battery Life: Ample.
Note on battery: The biggest problem with lithium ion batteries is that of overcharging (this heats the paste, reducing battery life). This pen is designed for you to not have to think about charging. The way it works is you discharge while making the scans and recharge while transferring files. Lithium batteries accept a partial charge, with no problem. If you find the battery seems to be weak, charge for 1 to 4 hours. Charging more than this won't provide more battery charge, it will only reduce the battery life.
32 MB RAM (minimum).
60 MB Hard Drive space (minimum).
Expandable Memory Option: MicroSD USB Mass storage device function.
Image file formats: jpg, tiff
Image Technology: PLANon Crystal Line Contact (PCLC)
Connectivity: USB 1.1 and 2.0 through integrated USB connector cable.
Registration: System Optical.
Special Features: Dual Roller Guiding System.
The X-series is the ideal mobile scanner for scanning:
Software (see software tab).
CD-ROM install Disc.
Other items as noted in The Series tab.
The DocuPen X series all come with PaperPort from Nuance. This powerful software provides you with the capability to find, organize, and share digital documents.
With automatic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capability, the software will convert your scanned documents into editable text. PaperPort also offers seamless integration with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Notepad, Wordpad, and a variety of graphics programs. By selecting on a scanned document, OCR will convert your documents into editable text.
PaperPort is one of the most efficient ways for people to organize themselves, find and share paper, PDF, and digital documents. PaperPort combines the power of creating PDF, the convenience of network scanning, and the efficiency of document management, into a single, easy-to-use desktop application.
PaperPort integrates with many of your computer's existing applications such as Outlook Express for immediate creation of an e-mail while attaching your digital files.
PaperPort also integrates with Microsoft Word, Notepad and Wordpad to perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities.
TheX-10 version includes PaperPort, but take you to the next level by also including the ABBYY FineReader.
This is professional level software for OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and PDF conversion. This awarding-winning software offers the highest level of recognition accuracy and format retention available.
ABBYY sure beats manual data entry and typing--neither of which you have time for. But it goes well beyond just eliminating that loathsome drudgery.
It also provides powerful functionality for converting images received from a scanner, a digital camera, or by fax into editable and searchable formats.
And, yes, it can do that with PDFs, too.
The program accurately retains formatting and layout of documents and supports a wide range of recognition languages and output file formats.
Do you need the Pro version?
If you are doing much manipulation of the image, yes.
If you aren't doing heavy editing of the images, no.
The scans are good, and I never have to do them over. Which is a good thing, because this is a little slow. But for something that you can carry so easily and make full page color scans it's quite impressive.
Very capable and convenient, 1.31.2010
Reviewer: Darryl Leachman (Akron, OH)
It's a little slow if the page is info heavy, but for something so light an mobile I am just amazed. If it could be faster, it would be the perfect scanner, and I'd actually get rid of my flatbed scanner. This does just as good a job.