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C-PEN 3.5 Scanning Pens

by Ectaco
33 customer reviews
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  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13 x 3.2 cm ; 68 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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  • Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Item model number: C-PEN 3.5
  • ASIN: B003UUEDR8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 27 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,562 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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3.8 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AndrewE on 15 Oct. 2014
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I had two of the "old" CPens - the ones that had a memory - both died on me. I decided I wanted another scanning pen so I read the reviews on Amazon - dismissed the Wizcom pens, which does what I really wanted, because of the poor reviews and landed on the CPen again.

I've had it about a week. It won't connect to my Android phone (the phone recognises it - I just can't open any applications). It will connect through Bluetooth to my Lenovo computer running Windows 8 but it won't connect to my HP tablet computer, also running Windows 8. From the reviews I'd read I hadn't expected connecting to be a painless process. In reality, I'm happy to use the pen tethered so I probably won't bother to try to get it to work through Bluetooth.

When Bluetooth connected to the Lenovo it's very slow and flaky. Cable connected it's reasonably accurate though it doesn't like superscript nor does it like quotation marks. Either start or end quotations become a "3." With small text (10 to 12 point) it's difficult to get an accurate scan because of the broad throat of the pen - obviously designed to accomodate large text. If the page I am scanning is text dense, I find that I often scan the same sentence twice (by often - about half the time) so it takes a fair bit of time to proofread what I have scanned (generally I find I have to proofread paragraph by paragraph). The paper that you're scanning also needs to be perfectly flat otherwise it's difficult to get a good scan so scanning something from a book can be a bit of a trial.

It is quicker than retyping and it's quicker than handwriting - but not by much. What does surprise me though is that, 10 years since I bought my original but now defunct CPens, how little progress seems to have been made in this technology. If anything, this is less accurate than I remember my old pens were. It's just a shame they didn't work for very long...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PWS on 9 Jan. 2015
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I am doing a theology degree which involved a lot of laborious reading. This makes taking notes a quick and easy - I just scan the page number (for referencing) and then the text I want - very very fast and equally accurate.

There is a decrease in speed on the bluetooth which can be annoying, but not enough to stop me using it.

The button on the pen is very useful, I have it set to give me a return/enter key and this allows me to swiftly move to the next line and space my notes out. - Works a treat.

I am also dyslexic so when looking from book to computer and back and forth I very easily lose my place.This has solved the problem as my hands can stay on the line I'm reading.

The recommended way to get over losing your place is to scan the page you have a note on with a conventional scanner, then use OCR to convert the whole page and then copy and paste the bit you need. I might be a student with free time on my hands, but wasting that much time would be pure stupidity. I might be dyslexic but I'm not stupid..... I think....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T W King on 24 Feb. 2015
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This is a FANTASTIC product! I am currnetly studying for my Proffesional Finance exams and have many exams to pass. I used to spend my times re-writing the text book out to make notes. I can now simply scan the sentance I want and then fully edit it on screen! To address some of the negative reviews that I have seen about this product. 1.) This is a highlighing tool not a page scanner and therefore it is not designed to scan a whole page, just a section of text at a time 2.) The Bluetooth facility works fine if you use it as a highlighter but again if your using it to scan the whole page it doesnt perform so well unless connected to the computer via USB (cable supplied is plenty long enough) 3.) Small text - scans it fine, not a problem down to size 8. 4.) Accuracy - remember to use the line indicator on the black casing to show you where to aim the scanner. A ruler can be used but is a bit of a faff! Took me about 30 mins to figure out where to place the scanner to get the sentance I wanted. 5.) Text Books - Bendy pages can we a bit tricky so just place another book of similar height under the other side of the book to level it out.

All in all this is a great product and anyone studying for a exam needs to get this product. In an few hours I have wrote notes on a chapter that would have taken me twice as long if I wrote notes the traditonal way.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Student on 28 May 2013
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I bought this to help me with my PhD as I have lots of reading to do. Initial tests are good but I found that pushing it with my left hand (I'm left handed) quite tiring quite quickly. However, as it is easy enough to use I can manage well with my right hand, especially when using a ruler for a guide (thanks to other recommendation for tip!).

A minor point, when you get it out of the box all the instructions are for connecting to an Android device. However, if you go to their website the MS Windows download is straight forward (I didn't look for Mac!).

Over all, good.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Taylor on 12 Oct. 2010
Using bluetooth with this scanner seems to slow it down, on my PC at least. When used with the USB cable it is very quick. When scanning from books it is incredibly fast and accurate and only marginally less so on newspapers and magazines.

One tip I picked up from another Amazon Review of a scanner is to use a ruler to guide the scanner, if possible, as this improves accuracy (and speed), particularly if you are a beginner.

Not perfect, but I haven't heard of anyone finding a better hand held scanner and I can't imagine how any student can get by without one of these.
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