"Fantastic for Mobile Professionals, the R700 is TINY!"4.5 starson by mindfull
Pros: Small size, Full Software incl scan-to-PDF, Quick scans (4 sec),hi memory capacity, scans away from PC.
Cons: "freehand" scanning takes getting used to, It's so small you might lose it! No color scans.
Summary: As a Real Estate Consultant who often needs portable scanning to spare myself & others "paper-pushing" trips, I've been shopping for a portable scanner for some time. The previous DocuPen model (same but not recharge-able) didn't grab me b/c buying watch-batteries is no one's favorite to-do! Other manufacturer's models struck me as too slow scanning, impractical design, and/or too big to be portable, not to mention most run the same price as this model! So I bought the R700 and haven't regretted a thing.
BTW, the Planon website offers great videos of sample uses of the DocuPen, and I can attest that they are accurate for its use. It DOES take some getting used to scanning without a sheet-feeder, but that's also the key to the R700's small size, and it's well-worth the trade-off to me. Also, be realistic about your expectations (Planon even offers sample comparisons of original and scanned docs on their site). This is a B/W scanner with a max. resolution of 200dpi. Perfect for business use on documents/ text and limited images, but you're not going to get color and/or higher resolution in this size factor for some time, I figure. Naturally, my "dream device" would be this pen-like size, color, up to 600dpi & bluetooth-transfer enabled with an LCD status readout (how many scans, remaining battery-life & memory, last sync'd date, etc). But hey, for what it is, the R700 is a great product.
Oh, the software takes a little getting used to as well, though it's very full-featured. I really appreciate being able to scan to PDF, which is instantly share-able via email. If you've worked with PaperPort by ScanSoft before, you'll be used to the interface. If not, it shouldn't take more than 20-30 mins to know your way around. Enjoy!