Although many companies have tried to introduce the mass PC market to handwriting recognition, their efforts have, for the most part, failed rather miserably. The Pegasus Mobile NoteTaker is unlikely to reverse this situation, but it could prove vaguely useful in the right hands.

The NoteTaker is a portable device that you clip to a sheet of paper or notepad. Write on the paper using the supplied pen, and the text transfers itself to the NoteTaker. Up to 50 different files can be saved, and at a later date you can port the text to a PC file using the MyScript software. Alternatively, Office 2000/XP users can add notes and sketches directly to documents.

NoteTaker does work, although the clunky software interface isn't the best we've seen. Neither is the pen particularly comfortable to use – and it's the only one you can use. Conversions accuracy was fair.

Certain groups of people will find a use for this device: students, for one. And teachers with a projector could theoretically use it in place of an interactive whiteboard.

Pegasus Mobile NoteTaker: Specs

  • Resolution 100dpi
  • USB 1.1/2.0
  • 2MB
  • covers up to A4 paper
  • stores 50 A4 pages
  • pen requires 3x SR41 batteries
  • NoteTaker uses 2x AAA batteries
  • MyScript software
  • requires 30MB hard drive space and 64MB RAM
  • 65x20x107mm
  • 90g
  • Resolution 100dpi
  • USB 1.1/2.0
  • 2MB
  • covers up to A4 paper
  • stores 50 A4 pages
  • pen requires 3x SR41 batteries
  • NoteTaker uses 2x AAA batteries
  • MyScript software
  • requires 30MB hard drive space and 64MB RAM
  • 65x20x107mm
  • 90g

OUR VERDICT

The Mobile NoteTaker is a decent, fairly reliable product, but most of its tasks could be achieved more convincingly by any decent £100 scanner with a good OCR package.

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