Dane-Elec Zpen DA-DP1-01GC5-R
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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.
Dimensions (WxDxH): 110 x 40 x 28 mm
Weight: 56 g
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased as gift for my with. Easy to use and software was easy to setup and install. Recommended for students.Published on 20 Jan. 2014 by Bungie
Not good quality product. Bought two of these for my son at university. Both times they did not last more than 3 months. I would not recommend this product.Published on 19 Jan. 2014 by Soulman
The Z pen works good and does what I wanted.
The only problem is getting it set up. I found the manual /information was very vague and only got it working by trial and... Read more
This pen has really helped with essay writing etc., especially with my dyslexia. Find it a really helpful product. Pen could be a little more comfy . . . Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by cheekynjakey
This pen was disastrous for me. I ended up returning it to get another, only to find that the other had the same problem. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2012 by The Art of Steering
This product arrived in a bubble pack which was very difficult to open, to the point that I was afraid of damaging the product inside while trying to do so. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2011 by Johnfaeaberdeenshire
First impressions were bad. It arrived in a nasty blister-pack.
After the 6 hour charge it would not switch on. After a second charge it worked - once. Read more