Summary: I bought one and the scanning is difficult and very subject to requiring very slow and exacting movement. The battery and memory are suspect and require you to plug into the USB on the computer. The quality of the image on the highest setting is poor at best with large pixals. Frankly it was garbage and I highly recommend the VuPoint Magic Wand which is everything the Planon isn't. The Magic Wand uses regular batteries and a small SD chip.
Summary: I cannot even get this scanner to work in the first place...it turns itself off even when connected to the computer via USB so calibration is impossible. I am stuck with this non-functional scanner and not a happy camper.
Nice try, but nearly useless for even basic scanning
26 September 2009
Summary: I bought the Docupen to do one thing and one thing only: to scan text in books to avoid having to use a flat-bed scanner and stress bindings to get full page contact with the platen. However, it's nearly useless for that. Unless the page is perfectly flat (that ais, NOT in a book) it's impossible to move the Docupen evenly down the page, and even scanning from the gutter to the edge didn't help much. If the page is at all curved, forget it.
Summary: Planon Systems Handheld Portable Scanner RC-800 Great quality scans, when it doesn't shut off half-way across the page; difficult to keep straight, even with the little rollers, and hard to manage near tight bindings--probably easier on older, worn books, or ones with broken spines, but if you're not worried about breaking book spines, stick with a flatbed.
Summary: Seems like an awesome idea. Very small and portable. If you only have a page or two occasionally it would be OK, but much more than that use something else, though not sure what if you're traveling. Two main problems. 1) It keeps cutting off, and 2) getting the scan straight is very difficult. If you pause for any length of time the scanner shuts completely off, then you have to go through the process of restarting.
Summary: After reading the other reviews on this site, I postponed ordering the RC800 twice. However, since I needed a scanner that would scan antique books that cannot be flattened to fit on a flatbed scanner (without damage to the books), and since Planon promised a 30 day guarantee--no questions asked--I decided to make the purchase. (I actually purchased a refurbished unit that was about 50% off the regular price).