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1. Planon DocuPen DPEN-R700 Rechargeable
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2. CardScan Executive 700 Compact
$161.49 list($199.00)
3. Logitech io2 Digital Writing System
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4. CardScan Personal Business Card
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5. Wizcom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner
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6. IRIS Business Card Reader II for
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7. IRIS Pen II Executive Scanner
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8. IRIS Pen Executive Handheld Scanner
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9. NeatReceipts Scanner and Software
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10. IRIS Pen Express Handheld Scanner
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11. Wizcom SP1000V SuperPen Translator
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12. CardScan Executive Color Business
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13. Wizcom SuperPen Professional
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14. Wizcom InfoScan IS1000 Pen Scanner
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15. Micro3 Business Card Reader
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17. Quicktionary II Pen- Chinese Traditional
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18. Quicktionary II Pen- Spanish Voice
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19. Targus PA570U Mini Business Card
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20. IRIS Business Card Reader II (Macintosh

1. Planon DocuPen DPEN-R700 Rechargeable Handheld Pen Scanner
by Planon
list price: $199.99
our price: $170.99
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Asin: B0002W5QXW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Planon
Sales Rank: 1439
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Dual roller guiding system, Scansoft paper port software, Rechargeable feature , USB port to download ... Read more


  • Windows compatible; USB interface, cable included
  • Scans text and graphics at up to 200 x 200 dpi
  • Scan text and images up to 8 inches wide and 36 inches long
  • Dual-roller guiding system for smoother scans
  • 2 MB of flash memory; automatic USB-powered battery charging system

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
I got it, installed the software, and it works really well.I now use it a lot more that I planned.Don't plan on photo quality scanning - use it for information that you need to keep, but don't care how it looks.

I have since upgraded the software to PaperPort version 9 and that works with the Planon driver.PaperPort 10 does not.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Rechargeable Batteries Rock!
I had the previous DocuPen (DPEN-BW) model and it worked excellent to my needs as a lawyer.

Now Planon introduces a new DocuPen version with rechargeable battery feature like the batteries used in cell phones/laptops, but in this case the R700 model recharges through the USB cable.

The two rollers is another nice addition, it allows for more parallel rolling/scanning of the page.

Again I am simply amazed with the new rechargeable battery feature.I intend to buy some more for holiday gifts this season for my friends who are in the legal industry as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars DocuPen is the perfect tool for the road warrior
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. ... Read more

2. CardScan Executive 700 Compact Business Card Scanner
by CardScan
list price: $249.99
our price: $218.49
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Asin: B0002WYJN0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CardScan
Sales Rank: 946
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  • Includes detachable USB 2.0 cable
  • Stores and organizes business cards electronically
  • Produces 3-4 second color and 2-second monochrome scans
  • Includes software to search and manage card storage
  • Weighs just 8 ounces

3. Logitech io2 Digital Writing System
by Logitech
list price: $199.00
our price: $161.49
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Asin: B00064FXH0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1778
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Go directly from ink to the software you use most often. Eliminate re-keying and slash your paperwork time. Back up and quickly retrieve handwritten documents on your PC. It's all possible with the Logitech io2 Digital Writing System.

The new, smaller-sized Logitech io2 pen fits your hand like a premium pen, so you can write comfortably. Take notes or draw sketches in ink on the smart paper and a tiny camera captures your work, storing up to 40 pages at a time. Intelligent power management maximizes every battery charge.

The smart digital paper consists of a printed dot pattern which locates words and images on the page, and ensures they appear in the same place in digitized files. When you dock your digital pen, your text and sketches are automatically transferred to your PC where you can easily find them, use them, and share them.

Take direct action

New WriteSync™ technology integrates handwritten or typed text directly into Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Lotus Notes. The text opens in the applicationimmediately take action, save it, or send it. Custom applications are also available.

Convert handwriting to digital text

Includes FREE software that learns your handwriting to turn notesincluding tables, shapes and chartsinto digital text that you can edit and use in any application, just like text entered with the keyboard.

Search and organize files

Logitech io2 software helps you find what youve written. Enter any word into the io software search function and get a list of every handwritten file that contains that word. Never lose notes again!

Export graphics into the most popular formats

Easily use drawings and graphics in almost any application. You can export images up to 300 dpi in the most widely-used graphical formats, including BMP, JPEG, PNG, JIF, TIFF, and EMF.

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Reviews (11)

1-0 out of 5 stars Great year when the bugs are worked out!

I ordered this thinking it would speed up my record keeping from meetings. Great idea in theory.Not in practice.

I broke one of my cardinal rulers, tempted by technology....never be first in technology, or new cars. Wait for the second year of production. arrived, and I did everything by the book, and finally after it was charged, began the writing sample to "teach" the pen my writing style.I use block printed letters and numbers, no cursive.I could not, after multiple sampling sessions get the pen to OK my writing. So, I emailed Logitech, they had me do a couple of things:uninstall, then a clean install, you name it.We did this for three days!Turns out pen number 1 was defective, sent it back and Amazon replaced it.Pen 2 did the same thing, this time Logitech said my software was corrupted, so we did more of the same: uninstall, and do a clean install from their web site.MULTIPLE TIMES!!! Guess what. Nothing.This pen is on its way back to Amazon.Here's what they said in their email:

"Further, I am sorry that your replacement shipment was also problematic. As it seems that the problem with this item is more widespread than we originally thought, we are not able to send another replacement. We will investigate and remedy the situation with the item; however, I cannot guarantee when the error may be fixed."

Well, apparently Logitech rushed this one out to quickly.In theory, it will be great when they fix the problems.

I have never had luck with any Logitech product (mice, etc...), maybe it's just me...if you have a burning desire to try the technology, buy the Nokia instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid
When the Amazon box showed up at home, my wife was wondering what I was thinking.I have a Dell Latitude D800 and a PalmOne Treo 600 with a portable keyboard.My lifestyle screams mobility.She asked me - what do I want with a digital pen?

For one, it's a pain to take the Latitude to meetings.In my small town, bringing a notebook computer into a room has instantly branded you a complete geek (which may or may not be true).Two, I have tried taking meeting notes and reminders on the Treo.While I love my Treo, as I loved my Palm IIIc and my Axim X3, trying to thumb type notes and keep up with the meeting provided to be a bit much for me.So, I looked to an input device that could be unobtrusive but could still fit into my digital lifestyle.The io2 seemed to fit the bill.

For the most part, I made the right call.Sitting in meetings, nobody says much of anything about the oversized pen.I take my notes, dock my pen (and the download is not that slow), and usually import them into OneNote, which I am increasingly getting used to.Instead of notes all over the place, they are centralized and on my hard drive, ready for review.

Not everything is peachy with the io.I have struggled with the OCR software.My handwriting is pretty good, but it has a hard time picking up my rounded text.The digital paper is a pain in the fact you might not have it near you when you need it.And the whole system is not cheap, even though its a bargain over getting a Tablet PC.I anticipate that this will the same durability as my other Logitech products, which has been pretty good.

1-0 out of 5 stars So worthless I re-sold it
First off, it could not recognize my handwriting at all.I went to the "training" module and despite 5 tries (each try involved writing several pages of sentences, it would not even recognize enough pages to "learn".Even with very careful block printing, it would only recognize maybe 3-4words in 10.I re-sold it at a loss, but at least I recouped some of my money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not What You Expect, More Than You Imagine
The purpose of this pen seems to be converting handwriting to text. My opinion on that is it is breaking technology and the only consumer software I can find to do it is the software included with the pen. It requires

5-0 out of 5 stars Life saver for one who uses too many notebooks!
Yes, the pen is a bit "fat" - takes some getting used to, just like switching from an ink pen to a mechanical pencil, pressure and finger placement adjustments.Yes, you need "special paper", but I found the paper to be slightly more expensive than quality notebooks - the difference here is that I don't waste paper as I do with "generic notebook paper" - I don't doodle as much, I don't make the same notation several times, etc.However, the "fat pen" and the "expensive paper" are a far cry from detractors for me.As one who grabs one notebook after another dashing to this or that meeting only to return and toss it upon my desk, grab another notebook an hour later and so on, only to return to find I have to hunt through each notebook looking for the notes from a particular meeting.Instead, I now have about 3 digital notebooks handy - they all look the same, no way to confuse them with "generic paper" - and I know that when I return and dock the pen, my notes, no matter how hastily scribbled, will be uploaded and filed or e-mail or ready for editing within just a few minutes.

The time saved thus far has been hours, and I do mean hours, per day. What a treat to have notes already "transcribed" onto my computer program or folder - the "old fashioned note taking" usually meant the notes stayed in the notebook, until needed...if I could find them, if I could still make sense of them.

I bought a spare docking cradle so I can have one at work and one at my home office - thus I always have the option of charging the pen and/or uploading documents ( think the spare cradle is much more sound/solid - it's not the "portable" model, but seems more likely to survive many, many dockings).I've not encountered difficulties with any of the recognition software - the training was straightforward and both my printing and cursive were easily matched by the program.

I hope to see the surface of my desk by the end of the month - with only a few digital note pads here and there - well, I'd settle for seeing a corner of the desk!

No regrets, reasonable price - note: take a moment to order the ink refills...thus far, a bit tricky to find readily available. ... Read more

4. CardScan Personal Business Card Scanner
by CardScan
list price: $149.99
our price: $131.09
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Asin: B0002Z5Y40
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CardScan
Sales Rank: 6592
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Product Description

CardScan is a desktop device that quickly and accurately scans the printed information from business cards into the correct fields of a powerfully searchable, highly compatible electronic address book. In seconds, CardScan enters more cards than you could type in hours. Then, powerful software helps you search, sort, and use that contact information more efficiently.Introducing the CardScan Personal, a highly portable, convenient business card scanner for users with basic contact management and lighter card scanning requirements. Use it to quickly and accurately turn business cards into sortable, searchable records on your computer, PDA, or smart phone. ... Read more


  • Simple to use; 1-year warranty
  • Produces 2-second monochrome scans
  • Includes software to search and manage business card storage
  • Weighs just 7 ounces
  • Attached USB 2.0 cable

5. Wizcom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner (E04087)
by Wizcom

our price: $141.54
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Asin: B0002MPVEQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wizcom
Sales Rank: 2474
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The QuickLink-Pen Elite is the latest version of the very popular and successful QuickLink-Pen, providing users with new and improved electronic note-taking capabilities: reads notes and definitions aloud; beams to Smartphones, as well as to PDAs and PCs; includes English dictionary definitions; USB connection to PC.Used just like a yellow highlighter, the QuickLink-Pen Elite allows the user to collect, electronically, notes from any printed text - anytime, anywhere!The QuickLink-Pen Elite is ideal for students, doctors, business people, or researchers who need the ability to quickly and easily take notes whenever and wherever they might be - in a library, on a plane, or in a business meeting. ... Read more


  • USB and IrDA infra red ports, PC compatible
  • Stores up to 1,000 pages of text; text-to-speech software
  • Supports English, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and French
  • Exports data to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer
  • 97% OCR accuracy, recognizes 6-22 point font sizes

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with OS X
I want to like this thing, but I can't, for it does not work at all with OS X.

So, if, like me, you run Apples, just pass on by this page because the thing will not work for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the C-Pen 800C
I'm measuring, first and foremost, ease and precision of scanning. Speed of scanning and ease of installation on the computer are, in my mind, about the same for both this, the Wizcom QuickLink Elite, and the C-Pen 800C. They differ sufficiently, however, in the primary question of ease and quality of scanning. For the record, I bought both at the same time, with the intent of keeping the better of the two. You can just go ahead and buy the C-Pen 800C.
I have had one horrible experience with a pen scanner by Siemens, the "Pocket Reader." It was truly useless. It scanned so poorly that I just put it aside. By the time I though to return it, Siemens was no longer making it, and I couldn't get customer service here in the U.S.
The Wizcom QuickLink Elite is not so bad. It's serviceable. I don't think it lives up to its 95% accuracy guarantee, but perhaps meets a 90% threshold, measured impressionistically. It's interface is also reasonable and satisfactory.
However, the C-Pen 800C is even more precise, truly approaching 95%. Moreover, if you discount errors in spacing from this accuracy percentage, its precision is even higher. Whereas the Wizcom is just as likely to make a content error, misread letters, etc., the 800C's errors are more likely to be the absence of a space when there should be one. A rare missed space doesn't make you puzzle over the text when you come back to it two months later.
C-Pen is also lighter, and it's rechargeable, so while it's more expensive, in the long run, you'll save on batteries.
Both have comparable single-language dictionaries, though Wizcom has more built in or for free (C-Pen allows you one free dictionary, including bilingual ones). Wizcom is a only a bit slower on the uptake, but significantly more likely to warn you "Scan too fast." I've never had that from C-Pen, and again, the precision at any speed is appreciably better with C-Pen.
Both have comparable PC and PDA compatibility capacity.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much capability can be a bad thing....
I chose this device over the competitor products based on (1) ergonomics, (2) local device controls, and (3) independent operation from the PC.Unfortunately, the device software has fallen prey to the age-old issues of any device that tries to perform "smart" syncing operations.It gets confused...

My goal was to use the pen as a remote scanning device and then be able to upload the scanned text to either my home PC or my laptop.I installed the desktop application on both machines with no apparent problems.However, after successfully syncing with one machine, a subsequent attempt to sync with the second machine failed miserably.One such failure caused me to permanently lose 2 hours worth of scanned input.I was horrified.

I need a scanning pen that is exactly just that.A scanner.I don't need a smart device that wants to 'remember' what I've done or what I want to do.I don't get this type of behavior with my digital camera or my flatbed scanner, so I don't expect it from a pen.When you perform an alleged upload operation, the software tries to write information back into the pen.If I'm "uploading" then I don't want anything to be "downloaded" into the pen... period.This is the bane of my tests and the failures.

There are certainly other factors that affected decision to return the equipment to the manufacturer for refund, such as sluggish processing times between scans, and extremely poor ability to read Times New Roman (note: all their samples are in Arial, but find a textbook that isn't TNR!).I could still have lived with these ideosyncracies if it weren't for the high risk of data loss.This was intended to be a time saver, but it simply wasn't.

My rating here is based on the hardware.This device could be vastly improved with a change in software philosophy.Just upload the data and don't second-guess the operator.

4-0 out of 5 stars Portable, useful, and easy to use
I received QuickLink Elite pen today and have been testing it for the past 6 hours. Now I am finished, I would like to share my thought about this device with you. The box came with the content as described by Amazon. My surprise was that the 135 page color manual, I thought those were extinct! That is in addition to the PDF one in the CD.

Installation on Windows XP Pro. SP2 (Tablet edition) went smoothly, the instructions on the self run CD were easy to follow. You basically install the driver for the cable [serial at the device connector to USB (II in my case) at the PC end], then you install the desktop application which is a very basic utility that lists the files on your pen, and allows you to communicate, change settings, transfer data, and add software to your pen. Once you install the software, you will be asked to connect the device to the computer to start the communication. Initially I had a problem connecting to the device because it conflicted with Bluetooth serial ports. So I disabled the Bluetooth serial ports and removed some extra unused serial COM ports from the computer device manager. I reinstalled the pen drive from the CD, restarted the computer but before I connect again I did one more IMPORTANT step that is not mentioned anywhere. You Baud rate on the pen (go to settings, communications, baud rate) must be the same as your computer COM port (go to device manager, right click on the new COM port), choose a rate, in my case 57600 worked best. After that I managed to exchange files, install software to the pen. In addition, It tried the IrDA with my laptop, the text file was transferred instantly. PDA (iPAQ) recognize the device but transfer of files needed third-party software (Peacmaker $15). In their website, they say there will be an upgrade where third party will not be needed.

After that scanning the text went smoothly, I also scanned small image ( max 8 mm wide), installed the tables software on the pen, scanned directly on the PC ... all went very well. I scanned a type font 10 textbook, out of the total 543,24 were mis-recognized (some missing one letter, some had capital letter in the middle, while others were just a mess). That is about 95.5% accuracy, not bad, considering that I get about 85% with a flatbed scanner. It takes me about 5 to 6 seconds per line (about 5 minutes per page), so this is truly for text snippets rather than a whole page scanning. Image scanning is useful for signatures, Greek letters, etc. Quality is just OK, you can also scan tables, business cards (to outlook), URLs (get sent to favorites) with the included add-ins on the CD, and bar codes (additional downloads from the wizcom website). All in all I will recommend this device for students, researchers, & people who type slow or rather collect different set of texts from books, journals, etc. It fits 1000 pages internal memory, besides scanning directly to your word processor. It has built in English dictionary, good for language students. It also read aloud any text that is scanned (I do not see the use of this one) but the pen comes with earphone with volume controls.
All in all, this pen turn out as it was described and I think it is a keeper. Thanks for reading this long review and I hope it helped someone.
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6. IRIS Business Card Reader II for Windows/PC
list price: $169.99
our price: $132.99
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Asin: B00009WPP0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IRIS
Sales Rank: 4175
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Scan and store all your business contacts quickly and easily with the IRIS Business Card Reader II. Perfect for scanning new contact info at trade shows and fairs, or as a handy addition to your office desktop, this lightweight (just 220 grams) and portable color scanner will save you from hours of tedious data entry.

An optimized OCR engine quickly and accurately converts scanned business cards into database records and CardIris organizes the information and automatically sorts it into appropriate fields. CardIris offers automatic orientation, de-skewing, cropping, field analysis, and even zoom options.

With user interface language options in six languages, the IRIS Business Card Reader II supports you almost anywhere in the world and recognizes character text in up to 55 languages. The USB interface lets you connect easily to most computers, laptops, and PDAs. Contact info can be directly exported with a single-click into Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Symantec ACT!, IBM Lotus Notes, Palm OS, FrontRange GoldMine, vCard, HTML and comma delimited text. The IRIS Business Card Reader II also offers synchronization with Pocket PC, Outlook, ACT!, Lotus Notes, Palm OS and Goldmine. ... Read more


  • USB connectivity; menus in 6 languages
  • Lightweight, portable business card scanner
  • Scans business cards and photos up to 4.2 by 12 inches
  • Exports directly to most contact-management software systems
  • Recognizes characters from 6 to 48 points, grayscale, and color images

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with WIndows XP
I was very dissappointed when I got this product and tried to install on my computer with XP and got the microsoft warning that it did not have the "digital signature" and not therefore certified compatible with Windows XP and could cause damage. The response from Iris was they didn't pay Windows for the validation: but similar products (Cardscan, NewSoft Presto, and BizCardReader) whose demosoftware can be downloaded do not have this problem, each having the appropriate "signature".

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for American ACT!Users.Five stars for non ACT! users
the bad news:I purchased and returned the card reader because of a few "glitches" when converting to ACT! First, it does not convert telephone numbers in USA format XXX-XXX-XXXX.You must add 01 or else the conversion is made in the Notes section and requires a copy and paste into the telephone field of ACT!Second, you cannot add any fields, such as ID/Status, which results in "lost" contacts when you import into a large database.

The good news: Easy installation, superior recognition and no-nonsense to use.Definitely recommended for non ACT! users

2-0 out of 5 stars Not much of a time saver. Works 50%
I am dissapointed that I cannot return this to Amazon for a full refund after trying it. The OCR is not as good as expected. It is completely usless for about a third of the cards I've tried. Fewer than 10% work perfectly. I feel I have to thoroughly scrutinize every entry because of numerous minor mistakes. My girlfriend told me not to buy it and I should have listened.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great little scanner!
I work in purchasing at a manufacturing company and needless to say I see a lot of business cards. I've tried manual methods of organizing them, with little success. The IRIS scanner cannot be beat for simplicity and quality. The OCR software may leave a little to be desired, but has a fair success rate. The scanner also does a very nice job on 4X6 photos. (...) this is a good deal!!

I liked the unit so much a bought a second one for home, just to scan photos, as it is SO much faster than my flatbed scanner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Quality and Portability
After getting this reader and getting use to putting the cards in the correct way I love it.I love the fact that it is powered via the USB port.The quality is great and the text recognition is wonderful.I have scanned multiple business cards from conferences that I attend.I love the fact that I can export the contacts and separate them from the different events.The price is also reasonable.

The portability is a plus and I would recommend its purchase. ... Read more

7. IRIS Pen II Executive Scanner
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B0000636X5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IRIS
Sales Rank: 5651
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

You Scan. It Types! The IrisPen Executive is a pen sized scanner that allows you to enter data (text, numbers, bar codes and handwritten numbers) into any Windows® and Mac application. What you get is real editable text, right at the cursor position. You save time and you even enjoy that tedious data-entry. Simply slide the IrisPen over the text you want in your application! ... Read more


  • Handheld pen-sized OCR scanner
  • Scans up to 1,000 characters per second
  • Supports up to 56 foreign languages
  • Reads font sizes from 6 to 22 points
  • Text-to-speech lets you hear what you've scanned

Reviews (18)

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad, bad, bad
Even if I carefully followed the instructions, it was impossible to get a clean text. Almost every word I scanned had one or two mistakes.The time to correct those mistakes amounts to the time it would take to type the text with two fingers, as I always type. Inshort, I have the Iris Pen "Executive" in the closet and I don't think I will ever use it again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Scanner
The recognition is surprisingly good and it is very easy to use. I am a college professor and it has been a helpful tool in preparation for class.

4-0 out of 5 stars This baby adjusts for colored backgrounds
This is not so much a review as a heads up to the reviewer (Roy Herron) who said it was useless to him because he scans on colored backgrounds.You can adjust for background color on the Executive model just for this purpose.You said you bought from a seller, so I'm guessing that you didn't get all the documentation with your purchase.So, call ReadIris Tech Support (1-(561)-921-0847) and they can tell you how.I use mine for scanning barcodes when packing books.Makes it easy to keep track of what's in each box.

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work on multi color forms...
This product is great for grad school in the stacks, but I purchased it to rapidly copy forms at the court house.It does not work for this application since the forms are shaded where I need to copy.The shaded area of the forms have the information I need to scan.OOPS, my bad for not checking this out at Best Buy or Circuit City to make sure it would work for my narrow application.So, I'm buying a portable flat bed scanner that can function in B/W mode.

It makes this a pretty worthless purchase for me; and I can't send it back to the seller.I wish I had purchased it from Amazon instead of from a seller, then I'd be able to return it for a refund.I'm kind of stuck with it now.

So, while it does work for normal B/W scanning, it does not work for me in one narrow application.Don't buy this thing if you need it to primarily copy data from back shaded text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I initially submitted a review describing this product as terrible. However, after spending a number of hours frustrated with the results I finally found the solution to my problems. The solution lay in moving the brightness cursor in the scan test to the darkest possible position. Once I did this the success rate rose from less than 50% to around 99%. I'm hoping it will improve even further as I get used to using the scanner. One happy and relieved customer!! ... Read more

8. IRIS Pen Executive Handheld Scanner
list price: $199.99
our price: $161.49
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Asin: B0001E5UDC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IRIS
Sales Rank: 11334
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The IRISPen Executive is an outstanding and professional pen scanner solution which allows an instantaneous data entry into ANY Windows or Mac OS application (such as word processors, e-mail software, on-line databases, spreadsheets, accounting software etc.).The IRISPen Executive is compact and portable and is installed in 5" by a simple plug-and-play. USB powered, it doesn't need additional battery allowing you to easily connect it to your laptop, desktop or tablet PC and to use it wherever you go!Simply slide the IRISPen Executive over the text you want in your application and it is instantly encoded with an accuracy rate near to perfection! Use the text-to-speech function for a comfortable auditive control of recognized data. ... Read more


  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible
  • Text-to-speech technology in 10 different languages
  • Scans up to 3.15 inches or 1,000 characters per second
  • Supports up to 55 languages
  • CardIris Limited Edition and ReadIris Pro trial software

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Believe it!
I did hours of research on hand held scanners and almost did not purchase ANY do to all the confusion.I took a chance and Bought the IRISpen Executive scanner.In only a few minutes I had the software loaded (painless) and was scanning material from everything I could get my hands on.Once I learned how to hold it for my hand posture (5 minutes)it was a snap.I have read other reviews and can not figure out why anyone would not want this... it is fantastic.It is much faster then typing.In a few minutes I had scanned pages of material that I had collected for over a year.I am not a techy kind of guy so this was awesome.I give it 5 stars!I can only scratch my head If someone cannot figure this out.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not that great
After two days with the IRISpen, and many, many attempts trying to make it work properly, I found I could type my notes from my textbook much faster than dealing with the IRISpen. The pen does what it says, but can also make a mess of what you are trying to scan. When you are reading and studying, you need a flow of concentration. You can get a flow of concentration by highlighting text and/or typing what you see as important in the text. However, if you are using the IRISpen, you are concentrating on seeing if it did its job and fixing its mistake.

The pen also lockups and causes Windows and Word to act funny, which is not reassuring.

I gave it a shot and decided to stop wasting my time and just type my notes the old fashion way. I even conducted a little test, and sure enough my notes were clearer and took less time when I typed the same information I was struggling to scan.

I am thinking about looking into the hand-held scanners... but sadly those don't look much better.

Think twice... and be ready to return if things don't work out. Mine is going back in the morning.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PRODUCT!!!
I have had this for over a year, and after a little getting practice, it works great. It is almost like highlighting text, and it works with any application. ... Read more

9. NeatReceipts Scanner and Software for Expense Management and Reporting
by Neat Receipts
list price: $209.95
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0009JP2H8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Neat Receipts
Sales Rank: 5030
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  • Exports to Quicken, Money, QuickBooks; creates reports in PDF, XLS, HTML, and CSV
  • Portable USB scanner; organizes your professional and personal finances
  • Makes permanent copies of receipts and invoices
  • Reads information from receipts and stores it in a searchable database
  • Stores tax-related information with each expense; tracks deductible expenses

10. IRIS Pen Express Handheld Scanner
list price: $149.99
our price: $100.69
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Asin: B0000TSSRI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IRIS
Sales Rank: 12154
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Irispen Express is a fast and accurate hand held pen scanner. ... Read more


  • USB interface; Windows and Mac compatible
  • Instantly scans text and numbers into your computer
  • Recognizes up to 1,000 characters per second
  • Accurately recognizes up to 55 different languages
  • 2 programmable pen buttons

Reviews (18)

4-0 out of 5 stars It works as promised
I received the IRIS Pen Express a day ago, installed the software and the pen and started using it right away.I am pleased with the pen scanner.It works as represented and is quite simple to use.I wanted the pen scanner for small scanning jobs out of books etc (I practice law and will use the product in legal research and writing projects).For larger jobs, I will continue use a flat-bed scanner.

The IRIS pen is fast and amazingly accurate right out of the box.I carefully considered competing pens and decided to go with IRIS--so I have no experience with QuickLink or other competitors.

I think the reviews which are very tough on the IRIS Pen are unwarranted.The IRIS Pen is a very good product.I'm rating this a 4 out of 5 stars but it may be a 4.5 (and nothing is a 5).

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
I saw the mixed reviews of this product, but decided to take a chance anyway, and ordered it. It was a bad decision. Trouble started right away when the installation CD didn't work. Amazingly, it simply didn't contain the installation files. I called IRIS tech support and they emailed me a link where I could download the installation files. I downloaded the files and then was able to install the program. Next, I read all the Help instructions (yes, I really did that ), calibrated the pen and started to scan some text. Well, I tried and tried, including recalibrating the pen several times, but mostly what I got was garbled text. It simply doesn't work very well.

The pen has three blue buttons on it, one large one and two smaller ones. However, the documentation doesn't explain what they are for. So, I called tech support again and asked them what the buttons were for. The tech support fellow said the large button was just there - it didn't do anything. He said you could program the other two buttons to enter carriage returns, paragraphs, and other commands, or you could just ignore them if you want.

I went back to trying to get the pen to scan text, but eventually gave up, boxed it up, and returned it to Amazon.

3-0 out of 5 stars A pain at first but it seems to be getting easier.
Initially I wanted to kill myself, this thing had a 80% failure rate on all words scanned.. After getting the hang of holding it properly (the guide wheel must be completely flat against the paper) the failure rate dropped to about 15%-5% of the words scanned.
It will almost always mess up when you are scanning the left side of a book and you reach the binding, and you must move it at a medium speed (to fast and all you get is gibberish)

After reading the website it looks like the IRISPen Executive software would produce better results, and they want $99 bucks for an upgrade (anyone know if it is that much better?) $250 total is a bit heafty.

I hoped to get a little better performance from a software update, but when I finally managed to find something on their site dated 5/2004 it turned out to be the same revision I was running but these files real dates where a little older (one was 3/2004 not so bad but the other was 8/2003 egh that seems pretty old for an update).

Anyway hold on to your software disk very tightly because I don't think you can just download the software again if you loose it.

Other small problems my pens buttons don't always work, you can't assign any key to it (I needed backspace). And when it doesn't scan things in right it can be a pain in the butt to correct it.
Also my pen lost communication a few times and I had to unplug and replug it in to get it working again.

Overall it was worth the price (even though I overpaid by $30 #$*

3-0 out of 5 stars IrisPen Express has a chip problem, but warranty covers it
I can't really rate this item yet, as I haven't been able to test it out.There was a problem with my IrisPen that prospective customers should know about, but that I think will be resolved in a day or two.

I *just* got an IrisPen Express from arrived in the mail this week.

Now, I'm pretty computer savvy, but after trying for a half hour to get it working, I had no luck. When I calibrated the pen, it would say "calibration complete," but then it wouldn't scan anything. And when I tried to re-calibrate, it would say "calibration error."

So I gave up and called the company's technical support.

**IMPORTANT**: The tech support telephone number printed in the IrisPen materials is WRONG. I dialed it and the person answering was kind enough to give me the correct number. It is:


Once I got through to tech support, I was greeted by a very helpful employee. He had me read to him the numbers on the white sticker on the USB plug. My number was IP31BG2004080491.

He said that my pen was one of about 600 pens that had a faulty chip installed in it.This chip overheats very quickly, making the pen essentially "freeze up." He could tell that mine was one of the faulty pens because that number I read to him was within the range that they'd identified as having the problem.

He said that they will IMMEDIATELY be sending me, via UPS, a new pen that they have tested themselves to ensure it works.He requested that I then use the box the new pen arrives in to return to them the old pen.

I expect to receive this pen in the next two business days.

So: IF YOU HAD THE TROUBLE I HAD SETTING UP YOUR PEN, *or* if your pen FREEZES UP after using it for a while, call the IRISPEN technical support at their REAL number: 1-800-447-4744.

When I receive my new pen, I'll come back and let you know how it works.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy it!
I strongly discourage you from buying this product. Driver did not install on my brand new Windows XP system. My husband, who is a professional Microsoft Systems Engineer with all the possible Microsoft certifications and 15 years of Windows experience, could not make the driver work. Customer support in US does not respond to any requests. Headquarters in Belguim does not answer the phone during working hours. I wish I saw all the negative reviews on Amazon before throwing money on wind!
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11. Wizcom SP1000V SuperPen Translator
by Wizcom

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Asin: B0000AOWWD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wizcom
Sales Rank: 16761
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Wizcom SuperPen Voice is a handheld scanner and translator for English speaking markets. The product embodies the functionalities of both WizCom's second-generation products, Quicktionary II and QuickLink Pen.WizCom SuperPen Voice comes with over 30 downloadable language dictionaries - absolutely free! These enable users to scan full sentences of text, receive instantaneous word-by-word translation and hear scanned English words pronounced aloud. By changing dictionaries as needed, users easily become fluent anywhere in the world. The Text-to-Speech technology enables users to pronounce new English words with confidence. These and other SuperPen Voice features have made this product the reading tool of choice for students and travelers alike. The product can store up to 3000 pages of printed information, to be transferred to PC or PDA at leisure. Transfer collected data to any Windows based applications seamlessly. The Wizcom SuperPen Voice has been warmly received by travelers and students, who appreciate the product's scan, save and transfer functionalities as well as its plethora of translation capabilities. ... Read more


  • Internal flash memory card
  • Transmits stored text to Windows based applications
  • Over 30 downloadable dictionaries available
  • 97% OCR accuracy rate
  • Text-to-speech technology for English text

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Efficient addition to an abridged dual-language dictionary
The superpen SP1000 is easy to setup and works almost as well as advertised.I have the version that supports bilingual dictionaries.

The pen came with a CD and a serial cable to connect to the computer.If you plan to transfer data to, or load dictionaries from, a laptop, check that your laptop has a serial port.The pen is supposed to support IR as well, but my laptop does not detect it (though I didn't really try to make this feature work). I installed the software from CD onto my Windows XP machine and connected the pen with the cable. After setting the pen to use the PC connection I was able to choose my dictionaries and load them onto the pen. The dictionaries took a couple of minutes apiece to load. Due to memory space taken by the applications that are pre-loaded on the pen I was only able to load 2 dictionaries at a time. I believe (not sure) the pro version has more memory so I would suggest investigating that version if you study more than one language or want to use dictionaries with other features like note-taking.

I tried scanning both left-handed and right-handed.In left-handed mode it is easier to see where to place the scanning point in front of the word.The pen rolls smoothly and the character recognition worked well even in a book that is not completely flat and has smallish type.

It is difficult to capture a short word by itself, but scanning several words at a time works well for capturing short words.The pen display allows you to scroll across the scanned words, showing the definition for each word in turn.

I have two reasons for giving the product less than 5 stars.When scanning French the pen does not always accurately identify reflexive verbs preceded by an apostrophe, e.g., s'asseoir should be recognized as a reflexive verb asseoir with a preceding s'. Compared to my pocket Langenscheidt dictionary, the electronic translation dictionary supplied with the superpen provides a lower quality of translation and has fewer alternative word definitions.

I suggest to Wizcom that they partner with a better French dictionary provider, such as Langenscheidt, in order to improve the quality of the translation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Tool for travellers and students alike
I tried the SuperPen a couple of days back. It is amazing! You can pick up any text in virtially any language, run your SuperPen over it and abracadabra!it is translated to your choice of language. A little speaker will even say it out to ensure you get the correct pronounciation!
Students, want to make book notes but don't have a laptop or just hate typing? Use the SuperPen. With enough memory to store data worth 1000 pages, you can never run out of space! And transfer your notes to your device(PC, PDA etc) whenever you would like to.
That said, the SuperPen does have a few problems:
1) You have to get used to holding the pen in correct position so that the content can be properly scanned.
2) You gotta run the SuperPen over the printed text slowly or it will garble the data
3) Will NOT work well if you want to scan data off magazines with glossy pages.
4) At $180, the SuperPen is not exactly affordable by all.

CONCLUSION: If you travel abroad a lot or have to take notes from books/reference materials, SuperPen is the best device out there. You will not be disappointed.
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12. CardScan Executive Color Business Card Scanner (600c/V6)
by CardScan
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00005O70U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CardScan
Sales Rank: 6177
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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A clever idea who's time has clearly come, the CardScan Executive 600c scans business cards in full color, connects to your PC via a USB port, and uploads the card into your database using the included CardScan software.

With simple plug-and-play installation, the machine is easy to use: simply feed a card into the slot, and then watch as the software deciphers the information on the card and categorizes it into the database. The machine can accurately read cards from United States, Canada, France, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, and others countries. The software also features AutoMap, expanded connectivity to synchronize with more handheld devices and mobile phones, and access to CardScan.Net, where users can access their business card database via any Web browser.

Small enough to fit in your hand but durable enough to take to trade shows and meetings, the CardScan Executive is an ideal way to organize the stacks of business cards that would otherwise clutter your briefcase, wallet, or desk. (Note that the CardScan Executive is just right for one person, but if you're looking for a unit that can help your whole team, consider the CardScan Office.) ... Read more


  • Supports Windows XP, 2000, ME, and 98; USB powered interface
  • Scans business cards in seconds, even in color
  • Organizes cards for easy searching and sorting
  • Eliminates typing; supports batch and 2-sided scanning
  • Comes with CardScan version 6 software

Reviews (15)

2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't print pages as advertised.
The Cardscan Executive advertises that it will print in all the typical planner formats, Daytimer, Dayrunner, Franklin etc. It doesn't do what it says. The right edge of the page is cut off losing important information like half a phone number or half an email address. Technical Support was no help, they said "it's a defect with the program". None of the advertised formats on the pull down menu worked, or using the edit format feature. Users cannot change the width of the fields. Other than that it's a pretty cool product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great easy to use product
To the person who says it doesnt scan the graphics- it does.
It can store the image fromboth sides of the card and the english text from one side.
I find it easy to use and very useful. Mostly i dont bother to verify the cards as there is almost always enough data stored correctly.

Why only 4 stars

I would like easier ways to select which contacts to transfer into other programs (I scan everything since its so easy but i dont need a lot of the data on a daily basis so i dont want to transfer everything) and easier ways to split and merge databases by batch selection.It has these facilities but its too hard !

As someone who lives and travels in Asia many of my cards have the local language details on the back. You can scan the back you cant print it. Give a printed copy to a cab driver is an easy way to get to where i want to go when i cant speak the language.

Finally the copy and paste is fiddly.

But i use it every day and i have all my cards going back 7 years accessible by a simple text search.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get those Business Cards under control
Do you have stacks of business cards sitting in boxes are wrapped up in rubber bands?Do you come back from a trade show or meeting with a pocket full of cards and never do anything with them?If so the Corex Cardscan is for you.

I've used it for over 6 months and love it.Installation was easy - follow the instructions - install software - plug in the USB cable.The scanner is very fast and very accurate. I normally don't have to make any corrections to the scanning results.Cards with very unusual fonts or layouts sometimes need correction. The included software works flawlessly with ACT! or outlook.Another cool feature is the link to the site.This allows you to back-up/store and access your business card file on online. It is also very easy to use.Again I have found this to be a lifesaver for handling business cards and with many months of use I have had no problems.

2-0 out of 5 stars Scans great, but problem with multiple users on XP
The scanner works great with execellent accuracy.
Unfortunately the software does not work under XP for users that do not have administrator privileges. Corex claims that this is not a "bug" but rather you must be a "power user" (aka administrator) to use this product. After two fruitless hours of experimentation with changing access rights to the program file directories, I relented and elevated my user's level to administrator. After that the cards scan fine.

2-0 out of 5 stars Works great, but bug with multiple users on XP
The scanner works great with execellent accuracy.

Unfortunately the software does not work under XP for users that do not have administrator privileges.Corex claims that this is not a "bug" but rather you must be a "power user" (aka administrator) to use this product.After two fruitless hours of experimentation with changing access rights to the program file directories, I relented and elevated my user's level to administrator.After that the cards would scan ... Read more

13. Wizcom SuperPen Professional
by Wizcom

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Asin: B0000TMZYK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wizcom
Sales Rank: 9511
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The WizCom SuperPen Professional is a hand held scanner for English speaking markets. The product embodies the functionalities of both WizCom's second-generation products, Quicktionary II and QuickLink Pen.The perfect "scan and define" tool for English speaking professionals requiring specialized vocabulary. Preloaded with English language dictionaries from the distinguished Houghton Mifflin Collection, users can see the definition of a wide range of "professional" terms and words. The dictionaries available include the renowned The American Heritage Dictionary Office Edition, Steadman Medical, Wall Street Words, Computer and Internet Words, Science, Geography, Abbreviations, Idioms and a Thesaurus. Built-in Text-to-Speech technology enables users to hear a full line of text or single word spoken aloud. The Scan, Store and Transfer function allows the capture of essential printed data (text, barcodes and small images) anytime, anywhere. Store up to 2000 pages of information and transfer to a PC or PDA at your leisure. Scanned text can be transferred seamlessly into any Windows based application. ... Read more


  • IRDA and 9-pin serial port interfaces, optional USB
  • Recognizes English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Swedish
  • Stores up to 1,000 pages of printed text
  • Text-to-speech technology
  • Optical character recognition with 97% accuracy

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars great scanning, good IR connectivity
I've had it for a day and have not even attempted to connect via cable to the PC.BTW, the unit came with serial cable, and Wizcom is sending a USB cable for free.I am hapy with IR.I beam scanned text to my PDA and the PC.I can also receive text files from the PDA and the PC.

It has two main functions Dictionary/Thesaurus and scanning text to be trasfered.I bought it primarily for the first option and i order to hear pronunciation of and meaning of words I do not recongize.Its speaker is not too loud, so you need to bring it closer to the ear, but it has regular L/R earbuds with volume.I set the options to automatically pronounce a word after I scan it and show definitions.Medical, Computer, Wall Street, etc dictionaries are alredy pre-loaded.You can select in which order they interpret the word.It can scan and pronounce entire sentences.

The text scanning feature is good too, and accuracy is decent.Great for the road/airplane, particularly with a PDA.

It has "information" option where you can check remaining memory and battery life (in volts).

Before buying, I read the manual online at

3-0 out of 5 stars Wizcom SuperPen Professional Not So Easy to Operate
The Wizcom SuperPen Professional because it could scan many pages of text and had an on-board dictionary that can pronounce words.The SuperPen Professional concept is fantastic, but it did not work as easily as I would have liked.(...), I would expect the SuperPen not to be so cumbersome to operate.

My first problem was getting the SuperPen Professional to link to my computer using the included Serial connector cable so I could upload scanned text to my computer.Although I loaded the software from the included CD-ROM on to my new Windows XP computer which had very few other applications or devices loaded on it, the computer could not connect to the pen.I followed the instructions to set both the pen and computer's baud rate to 115200, but this didn't resolve the problem.The Wizcom website suggested downloading the latest software version, but I couldn't find a link to download the applicable software.An email to Tech Support explained that the lastest software version is available at:
and scroll down to Install or upgrade your Desktop by downloading and running the QuickLink Desktop installation program (4.9 Mb). Click on the link and save the file to your hard drive.

Once the file is saved to your hard drive, double-click it's icon and follow the instructions.

A call to Tech Support resolved my connection problem.It turned out that I needed to have the flow control on my computer's serial port set to hardware flow control.This was easy enough to do.I just wish that this advice had been published in the manual or on the web site.Ultimately, I did get the computer connection to work with the included serial port.

When connecting, I got an error in the Quicklink Desktop software until I disabled an option for Microsoft Outlook on the QuickLink Desktop application.

I'm having difficulty getting accurate scans with this pen when scanning articles in trade magazines.The articles have fairly small text that is divided into three narrow columns.Since I have to scan each short line separately, it is quite time-consuming to scan selections from an article.I often have to scan three lines to capture a complete sentence.When I couple the slowness of the scanning process with the effort needed to correct mis-spelled or incorrectly read scans, it becomes faster to use a computer to re-type my notes than it is to scan them.The user interface on the pen for making corrections on this device is awkward.

The dictionary feature is nice, but it was more of a hassle to properly scan the word in question than what I wanted to go to to get a definition.Perhaps a separate electronic dictionary where you could type in the word would be easier.

I got the best results when holding the SuperPen at a 90 degree angle to the text.

I used the scanner to scan content from a book, and found that the scanner was more efficient when scanning pages with longer lines of text than it did when I scanned magazine articles.

The SuperPen Professional is a great concept, but I prefer that it was easier to operate. ... Read more

14. Wizcom InfoScan IS1000 Pen Scanner
by Wizcom

our price: $86.44
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Asin: B0000Y8FLC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wizcom
Sales Rank: 6977
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Product Description

Tripp Lite IS1000 - 4 x NEMA 5-15R - 680JTripp Lite Isolator series isolation transformers offer complete line isolation, continuous noise filtering and enhanced common mode surge suppression. Internal low-impedance isolation transformer component with Faraday Shield offers 100% isolation from the input AC line. Secondary neutral to ground bonding eliminates common mode noise, providing an isolated ground reference for sensitive equipment and an inexpensive alternative to the installation of dedicated circuits and site electrical upgrades. Removes EMI/RFI noise, utility switching transients, backround spikes generated by other on-site loads and utility or lightning related surge conditions. Additional surge suppression components placed at both the line input and transformer output combined with full line isolation offers continuous line filtering of a full range of power line noise in all modes. Active transformer filtering with no wearable parts is uniquely able to reduce surges in the worst of power environments to harmless levels. Reduces 6000V IEEE587 Cat A&B ring wave and combination wave test surges to only 0.5V common mode. Model IS1000 offers 1000 watts capacity with 4 widely spaced output receptacles, a 6 ft power cord, circuit breaker overload protection and lighted power switch. Rugged all-metal unit housing ships ready for upright tower or wallmount placement in industrial, medical, office or network environment. 2 year manufacturers warranty. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theWizcom IS1000 - WIZCOM INFOSCANand all other Wizcom Scanners ... Read more


  • For Windows-based operating systems; 1-year warranty
  • Scans up to 500 pages of text in 7 languages
  • Able to read EAN 13, EAN 8, UPCA, UPCE, code 39, code 128, and Inter 2 of 5 barcodes
  • Reads print sizes from 6 to 22 points in 5 type styles
  • Infrared and USB data transfer

15. Micro3 Business Card Reader
by E-Book Systems, Inc.

our price: $94.04
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Asin: B00006Y0EZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: E-Book Systems, Inc.
Sales Rank: 11314
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  • Scans business cards into searchable database, no typing required
  • Transfers data to your PC, contact manager, or PDA for easy access
  • 600 dpi resolution, 4 seconds per business card
  • Includes ABBYY FineReader software to detect card's orientation and to remove background
  • USB-powered; portable design, about the size of a deck of cards

16. Socket Communications CF In-Hand Scan Card Type I, Class 2 Laser Scanner
by Socket Communications, Inc.
list price: $679.00
our price: $390.44
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Asin: B00005RZPI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Socket Communications, Inc.
Sales Rank: 39485
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Product Description

Turn your Palm-size PC or handheld PC into a high performance mobile bar code scanner. Socket's In-Hand Scan Card brings a new level of convenience and portability to mobile data collection by combining Socket's Battery Friendly CompactFlash CF technology with a revolutionary laser scanner. Just plug the card into your Windows CE-based palm-size PC or handheld PC, launch Socket's SocketScan keyboard emulation software, and read bar code data into any Windows program. It's much more faster and accurate than manual data entry. And it only takes one hand!The In-Hand Scan Card is an ultra-portable solution for workflow automation, healthcare, retail, route accounting, asset management, market surveys, or any application that requires fast and accurate data collection at the point of activity. ... Read more

17. Quicktionary II Pen- Chinese Traditional Voice Scanner- Translat
by Wizcom
list price: $139.99
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Asin: B00006B9QO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wizcom
Sales Rank: 30460
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Product Description

Quicktionary II is a hand-held, pen shaped scanner that translates words in seconds. Just glide your Quicktionary II over a word or line of text, and the translation and definition instantly appears in the display window - it's that simple! Now you can keep your focus on your reading material instead of searching through a paper dictionary. With Quicktionary II, you will immediately get the translation you need and can continue reading - without losing your train of thought! Quicktionary II even helps expand your vocabulary. It retains the last 75 words scanned, thereby assisting you in actually learning the words and understanding the text.If you are left-handed, don't worry! Quicktionary II can be set for convenient left- or right-handed use. It is also designed to fit in your pocket and, at only 3 ounces, is much lighter than regular dictionaries. Quicktionary II recognizes over 300, 000 words and expressions and offers numerous language combinations. It reads a wide range of printed fonts and sizes, including inverted and hyphenated text. It even includes an OptiCard for entering words that you can't scan, such as street signs. Perfect for language students, ESL students, travelers, and people working in environments where various language skills are beneficial. ... Read more

18. Quicktionary II Pen- Spanish Voice Portable Scanner-translator
by Wizcom
list price: $139.99
our price: $129.19
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Asin: B00006B9QR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wizcom
Sales Rank: 12465
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Product Description

The QuicktionaryII enables users to scan a single word or full line of printed text and translate or define single words, see and hear the scanned word(s) read aloud. Based on WizCom's proprietary optical head, sophisticated OCR and ASIC systems, the product is both fast and accurate. Most QuicktionaryII models come complete with integrated Text-to-Speech technology. Users can hear the scanned word or line of text read aloud through a built-in speaker or earphone. QuicktionaryII is expandable and upgradeable.This model is an English to Spanish and Spanish to English version. ... Read more

19. Targus PA570U Mini Business Card Reader
by Targus
list price: $129.99
our price: $94.99
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Asin: B00006NSWN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Targus
Sales Rank: 25320
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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The amazingly light 4.8-ounce Targus Mini USB Business Card Scanner lets you scan business cards in seconds, helping you stay organized wherever you go. Plus, whether you work on a PDA, laptop, or desktop, the Mini's USB connection provides reliable connectivity every time.

Software includes NewSoft Presto BizCard, which accurately recognizes information on business cards and stores it for easy export to MS Outlook, Outlook Express, Symantec Act!, Lotus Organizer, and other popular schedulers. The Mini is backed by a one-year warranty. ... Read more


  • Features Newsoft┬┐S Award-Winning Ocr Software with Its Smart Field Recognition Technology, Which Recognizes The Contact Information On Your Business Card with a High Degree of Accuracy
  • No Need to Carry Around Multiple Business Cards, Take Them with You Electronically
  • The Mini Business Card Scanner Scans Business Cards In Seconds and Keeps an Organized List of All Your Important Contact Data Wherever You Go
  • Utilizes a USB Connection for a Fast and Reliable Interface to Your Notebook and Desktop Computer
  • Smallest A8 Size Business Card Scanner On The Market

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Junk
Product does not load easily, even if you are using xp pro, sp1.Once working only 20% of the cards entered were completely read, all the others ranged from name only to complete errors on the input.Standard cards were tested with only minimum logos.It would be faster to enter data manually.

Sorry but I would recommend attempting another product, not this one. ... Read more

20. IRIS Business Card Reader II (Macintosh Edition)
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00006H3DK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IRIS
Sales Rank: 33807
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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IRIS Business Card Reader is an easy way to input your contacts into your computer. Simply slide a business card into your scanner and in seconds the information is automatically transferred to your contact management database. IRIS Business Card Reader will help you keep your contact database up-to-date and it relieves you of the tedious task of having to type card information into your computer.

Powered by the intelligent text recognition software from IRIS, Business Card Reader will accurately recognize and correctly place the information on any business card in the appropriate database fields. The software knows the difference between the first and last name, a city and its state, and a telephone and fax number. IRIS Business Card Reader supports all American and most European business card layouts and recognizes up to 24 languages. ... Read more


  • For Mac OS 9.x or OS X
  • Converts business cards into database records
  • Recognizes data types and assigns them to specific database fields
  • Exports to any address database
  • Sends contacts directly to your contact management software

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Writing about a Reader
If you'd still like proof that the average human mind doesn't think in any manner resembling a computer's processor chip (even those computers we love that help us "think different!"), attempt to comprehend the challenge in how a computer "reads" a sheet of paper.

You and I read an article in the newspaper, skip over to a eye-catching advertisement, pull out our wallets and exchange business cards, and all the time, we have learned to scan the item of interest, pick out those words that are important, discard the rest as unnecessary, and go about our busy lives.

But not a computer.A computer lives for those details.And those same details can mire a processor down.

Which in a way is why the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software engine used by ReadIRIS Pro 9.0 is a delight to work with.The people behind the software have helped to link the scanned data into basic patterns and formats ever so much more useful to the daily lives of the user (me, in this case!)

I initially looked into this review by getting my hands on the Business Card Reader (BCR) device, in this version, roman number II, so that I might make my life easier by managing the growing pile of business cards that I collect, and have collected over the past decade, and expect to continue to collect well into the future.

There is something wonderful indeed about business cards, especially in how succinct the summary of a person's relevance.But I digress away from attempting to deal with this growing pile of cards.

Card files don't seem to work for me.But I have enjoyed manually inputting some of my more frequent contacts into Address Books (both Apple's version and Microsoft's Entourage version.)So it seemed an obvious step to begin to input the business cards using a Business Card Reader!

I will warn you -- skip the software that comes "standard" with the current Business Card Reader II.An upgrade is promised, but in the meantime, consider using another ReadIRIS product -- Pro 9.0 (in my case, I tried the corporate edition).

ReadIRIS Pro is a joy to work with.The install was smooth and easy.The software engine (with all files and reference information) installed in less than 80 megabytes.I thought that quite good, especially with how the software promised to handle so many different fonts and language styles.

I tested the software with both a Hewlett Packard scanner and the BCR device.Switching between the two was very quick.I can see how the OCR software could pay for itself due to some of the vast amount of reference materials still unconverted to digital format (the software outputs in text, rich-text, html and pdf formats).Keep in mind however to put aside some time to proof your new documents against the old.If you have a set of material which needs OCR review, one of ReadIRIS Pro 9.0's benefit's shines -- the work you do to input corrections into a dictionary format can help similar documents in basic recognition of font and language skill.

In order to get back to my original project of dealing with my card piles, I was able to get cards read into Entourage's address book in an average of 3 minutes per card.I'm not too quick at typing, but I might have entered them only slightly faster just by doing it all manually.But -- I haven't done this over time.And, I was sort of mesmerized by watching the scanner process my business card stack.That is the fast part.The other portion of the three minute average was spent looking over the scanned data (automatically exported from ReadIRIS Pro 9.0 into Entourage) and "proofing".I was very impressed by the quantity of correct data, even with "pretty" photograph enhanced business cards.

My business card organization project will be ongoing.But now I have a much better tool set.

I definitely recommend the Iris Business Card Reader, but I also recommend contacting the company to see when the enclosed version of software is upgraded, since I didn't benefit from the full corporate version of the software at the listed price. ... Read more

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