Pen scanners have been around for a few years now, though they haven’t yet been all that spectacular in actually scanning. They didn’t always have a lot of on-board memory, and didn’t scan at very high resolutions. The new DocuPen X-series from Planon looks to change that.
The DocuPen X-series are the first pen scanners to be capable of scanning at a full 600 dpi, making them just as good as most normal scanners. Planon also managed to put in 64MB of storage, Bluetooth, and an OLED screen onto the new devices. With all of these features, the DocuPen X-series will make scanning documents away from a normal scanner much easier, and more reasonable. Now you can easily scan documents with the DocuPen, send them to a netbook via Bluetooth, then email them off to where they need to go.
Despite the possible uses, the $369 price tag for the introduction model, the X05, makes them just a bit out of reach for most users. Then you also have the X10 and X50 for $389 and $439 respectively. Outside of businesses, the price tag is likely to make the DocuPen X-series largely meaningless. They are certainly interesting tech, but the possible uses are limited. Perhaps if the price came down they’d be more interesting. For now they remain outside the price range for most users, and remain arguably meaningless for many.