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Dane-Elec Zpen DA-DP1-01GC5-R

2.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Write, sketch or draw on any paper
  • Store your notes on the receiver - 1GB Flash memory on board
  • Convert handwritten notes to digital text on any kind of paper
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Product information

Technical Details
BrandDane-Elec
Model NumberDA-DP1-01GC5-R
Item Weight54 g
Product Dimensions4 x 11 x 2.8 cm
ColourNatural
Manufacturer Part NumberDA-DP1-01GC5-R
  
Additional Information
ASINB0013JHJWE
Best Sellers Rank 166,124 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight200 g
Date First Available1 Oct. 2007
  
 

Product description

Product Description

Zpen.

You will never write the same way!
The zPen can also be used as a standard USB drive, with its 1GB capacity, in order to carry your videos, music, pictures and files.

- WRITE with the pen, on any kind of paper.
(with the receiver on top of your page)
- DOWNLOAD your handwritten notes on your PC and view them on screen.
- FIND keywords back on your handwritten notes.
- CONVERT your handwritten notes in digital text, to use it on your
standard word processing.
Other Characteristics:
Dimensions (WxDxH): 110 x 40 x 28 mm
Weight: 56 g


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This is a brilliant tool, easy to use, time saving and the handwriting to RTF recognition software I would say is about 95% accurate with my writing (which varies from neat to scribble).

I have one complaint though, the refill in the pen only lasted for 6 weeks of lectures (15 hours per week) and then I had to order replacements from the US because finding anywhere that sells them over here (Schmidt 628 if you're interested) seemed impossible. This means my pen has been out of action for over a week.

In the meantime I tracked down some refills in Selfridges on Oxford St (more by chance than anything). They are Parker Vector 3-in-1 refills and I find them much smoother to write with. I thought I should share this info to save everyone else the hassle I went through.

All in all it's a great tool and would've got 5 starts, but I wish I'd been given a spare refill rather than being shocked at how quickly it ran out and the pen being useless till I found replacements.
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I bought this for myself for note taking and ended up giving it to my daughter as she has jus started university, It works really well and the conversion is not bad either just a few things need to be ammended, slight problem with converting diagrams but save lots of time not having to type up notes, Many of her uni friends now want one.

My daughter now admits this is a better purchase than the new laptop that she bought having been told she would need one, she now realises that carrying a laptop around is not really that feasible but this little product just fits in any pocket and can be used in any environment and then taken home and popped into any type of computer laptop or desktop.
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By Mr B TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2008
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This Dane-Elec Zpen has now become an essential business tool that I use every day. All my hand written notes can now be converted into an MS Word document at the press of a button. Hard to review this item without sounding like a computer geek but it must save me 60% to 80% of my time in typing. Very easy to use and truly brilliant technology. Once you see it being used you will want to buy one. Simple as that.
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As yet I am not impressed with this gadget. My first ZPen was faulty - after charging it for the requisite 6 hours I found that the transmitter (the pen) carried on sending a signal even if it was off the page, resulting in hideous squiggle when looking at the document on the PC. The item was quickly replaced by the seller (Select Home Shopping - via Amazon) so no problems there. The second Zpen, after charging, also did not work - the receiver is not recognised by my (or several other) PC's, even after re-setting, as recommended by the Dane Elec website. The battery is also uncomfortably warm, after only a few minutes plugged in to the USB port. I am sending this one back also and willing to give it one last try.
Two further points
1 - there are several review websites out there that suggest that these problems are not uncommon - so I must be stupid to give it another go!
2 - Despite having a contact name at Dane Elec, given to me by the seller, and sending one email to him and two to their Tech Support service, I have had no contact at all from them, not even a message to say the emails have been recieved. This is also a common theme on the review sites.
In summary, I still wait to be impressed by this item.

Edited Jan 09 - I now have a zpen that works! It does everything it is meant to, and does it surpisingly well. My handwriting is not great but the gizmo can covert it with a good success rate. I would now give it 4 stars.
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I was looking forward to using this product. As a teacher of maths, I wanted to be able to hand-write documents to show on a whiteboard presentation. Word processing does not lend itself to presenting mathematical equations. Having read the hype about this digital pen, I believed this would allow me to simply select and copy/paste my handwritten notes into a Word or Powerpoint document.
The software didn't install initially- I had to find it all manually and individually. The manual comes on the device- not even a basic quick-install guide in print. This means you have to find the manual first to read the important instruction about charging for 6 hours first before using (by which time you have probably already tried to use it).
The software is not especially refined or comprehensive. It will allow you to do the very basics of editing your notes and then changing them into a word processed version. But you have to go to PenInk viewer to be able to save the handwritten version into something useful like jpeg or gif and then import that into Word. Unfortunately it will only save the whole page as well, rather than allowing a part to be selected and saved. This leads to a lot of croping in Word! Definitely 'clunky' software as another reviewer put it.
For the money, this is not a good buy. There are better and less expensive ones out there that also present notes in real time, enabling you to write directly to a document. Something I believed the Zpen would do but doesn't.
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I purchased this product because of the fact that i did not need to buy any additional products with it in order to use it (i.e. special paper).

Overall I think it is a worth while investment for any university student and/or office personnel, especially if one is constantly taking notes and then having to type them up themselves. However, I would advise that the training session for this product is not very good as it is short. The reason for this is because people tend to get messy hand writing when they write for long hours and that is when this product can not recognise the style of your trained hand writing. Therefore, a tip for anyone that has bought or will buy this product:

1. Do not upload your trained session files immediately when you have done your first whole session.

2. Stop the device and then re-start your device for another training session and then keep on doing it this until you think you have done enough.

3. Once you think you have put in a lot of hours into the training to recognise your different style of writing then you are ready to upload your files.

4. Once you have uploaded your files you will be asked to select your matching hand writing so it can recognise them. Do not just select all of them as there tend to be a lot of errors especially towards the end of the training sessions.

5. Once that is done you should see a huge difference when you convert your notes into electronic format.

Good Luck
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