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Livescribe 2 GB Echo Smartpen Starter Pack (APA-00009)

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3.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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About the Product
  • Record everything you write and hear so you'll never miss a word
  • Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes
  • Saves notes and recordings to your computer
  • Search for words within your notes
  • Send notes and audio from your paper or Livescribe Desktop
  • Customize your smartpen with apps

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Product Description

Size: 2 GB (200 Horas de Audio)

Product Description

Taking great notes has never been easier at work or in class. The Echo smartpen records everything you hear and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Get quick access to important audio by simply tapping on your handwritten notes either on Livescribe paper, on a computer or a mobile device. It's easy to send your notes and audio as a pencast to destinations like Evernote, Facebook, MyLivescribe, your mobile device or your computer using the included Livescribe Connect Basic software. Upgrade to Livescribe Connect Premium for more sharing options, like Google Docs and email. 2GB of memory can hold over 200 hours of audio. Actual recording time varies by audio quality setting. Record and Play Back Smartpens record everything you write and hear so you'll never miss a word. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes.1Save, Search and Organize Livescribe Desktop saves your notes and recordings to your computer for fast, easy access to what's important. Search for words within your notes and find what you need fast. Send and Share with Livescribe Connect Easily send notes and audio to people and destinations such as Email,2 Google Docs,2 Facebook, Evernote, MyLivescribe, your mobile device or your computer.3 All from your paper or Livescribe Desktop! Customize with AppsGet more out of your smartpen by adding productivity, education, and entertainment apps. Even convert your handwritten notes into digital text.1 Livescribe paper required. Don't record without permission2 These connectors are available only with Livescribe Connect Premium3 Mobile device access requires Pencast Player App or Flash - enabled web browser.

From the Manufacturer

Take the stress out of tests and meetings with an Echo™ smartpen from Livescribe. Record everything you hear, say and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your Livescribe paper, a computer, or a mobile device – all with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. It's never been easier to take notes and stay organized.

For a limited time only, anyone that purchases and registers a Livescribe smartpen will receive a free one-year subscription to Evernote® Premium! Get access to more online storage to easily organize and play back all your Livescribe pencasts on the go.

Livescribe Echo smartpen.
Limited Time Offer: One Year of Evernote Premium. Free with any smartpen purchase. Redemption code delivered upon smartpen registration. Offer valid through 1/31/2012
*Redemption code delivered upon smartpen registration. Offer valid through 4/30/2012.

What is a Pencast?
A pencast is a digital version of your notes
and audio. Pencasts allow you to hear and see your notes exactly as they were captured.

Livescribe Connect: share notes and audio from your paper to destinations like Email, Google Docs, Facebook, Evernote, or your mobile device.
It's never been easier to share notes and audio.

Record and Play Back

Smartpens record everything you write and hear so you’ll never miss a word. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes¹.

Save, Search and Organize

Livescribe™ Desktop saves your notes and recordings to your computer for fast, easy access to what’s important. Search for words within your notes and find what you need fast.

Send and Share with Livescribe Connect

Easily send notes and audio to people and destinations such as Email², Google Docs™², Facebook, Evernote®, Microsoft® OneNote, Google Sites™², MyLivescribe, your mobile device or your computer³ — all from your paper or Livescribe Desktop!

2GB of Memory: Room for Recordings and Notes

When digitizing your notes and audio you'll need storage space; with 2GB of memory, your smartpen has it. A 2GB smartpen can hold over 200 hours of audio* or 32,000 pages of notes.

Included Smartpen Applications

Your Echo smartpen comes loaded with applications ready to work right out of the box:

  • Livescribe Connect Basic: Easily send and share notes and audio to Evernote®, Facebook, Microsoft® OneNote, MyLivescribe, your mobile device or your computer
  • Quick Record: record audio without using dot paper with just a press of a button
  • Quick Calc: Write an addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problem on dot paper and get the answer on your smartpen screen
  • Launch Line: launch your favorite app by writing it's name
  • Password: protect your recorded paper replay sessions with a 4-digit number
  • System Utilities: multiple language support, time, date, storage info, and battery charge

Livescribe Dot Paper

Livescribe dot paper uses regular paper printed with a unique pattern of tiny microdots. This tiny pattern works a lot like a GPS system for your smartpen. It allows a smartpen to capture everything it writes or draws on dot paper.

Livescribe smartpens only work with Livescribe Dot Paper, so we've created a variety of dot paper sizes and types: College-ruled Notebooks, Lined Journals, Blank Journals, Mini Journals, A5-sized Notebooks, Grid Notebooks, Flip Notepads, and Sticky Notes. You can even print your own dot paper for free from within Livescribe Desktop on many printers.

What You Get in the Box

  • Echo smartpen with 2GB of memory and included applications
  • Livescribe Connect Basic: Facebook, Evernote, MyLivescribe, your mobile device, and your computer
    – an upgrade pack for Email and Google Docs is available separately
  • Livescribe Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download)
  • 500 MB of personal online storage
  • Starter dot paper
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Interactive Getting Started Guide
  • Smartpen Tips and Tricks
  • 1 Smartpen cap

What You Need: System Requirements

  • Windows XP® 32-bit SP2 or higher, or Windows® Vista 32 or 64-bit, or Windows® 7
  • Intel Mac with Mac OS X® 10.5.5 or higher
  • 600MHz CPU or higher
  • 300 MB minimum free disk space
  • Available USB 2.0 port
  • Livescribe Desktop 2.7 for WIndows or Mac OS
  • Smartpen firmware version 2.7 or later
  • Internet connection
Echo smartpen logo 2GB Echo StarterPack Box
4GB Echo Box
8GB Echo box

Echo 8GB Pro Pack box 
Total hours of recording time* 200 400 800 800
Livescribe Connect Basic
Evernote, Facebook, Microsoft OneNote, MyLivescribe,
your mobile device, and your computer
Livescribe Connect Premium
Includes all Connect Basic connectors plus
Email, Google Docs, and Google Sites
 
Smartpen Portfolio      
3-D Recording Premium Headset      


MyScript® for Livescribe Software
Converts handwritten notes to digital text

     


Livescribe Desktop
software for Mac® or Windows®

500 MB of personal online storage
Livescribe Starter Paper      
Livescribe Starter Notebook  
Micro USB Cable
Rubberized Grip  
Ink Cartridges 1 2 2 2
Smartpen Caps 1 2 2 2


*Actual recording time varies by audio quality setting.
¹ Livescribe paper required – don't record without permission
² These connectors are available only with Livescribe Connect Premium
³ Mobile device access requires Pencast Player App or Flash®—enabled web browser


Product Details

Size: 2 GB (200 Horas de Audio)
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.5 x 5.1 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B0050AFFWI
  • UPC: 892515002446
  • Item model number: APA-00009
  • Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Size: 2 GB (200 Horas de Audio)
I had no idea what it would be like using a smartpen. I decided to get one for two purposes: one, for taking notes in notebooks as a math student, and two, for uploading notes online to my students as a math teacher. I am going to break down my experiences on some different aspects of the pen:

1) Wow Factor - 4 stars - It's really fun having new technology. When I received a request from a student to have an official notetaker due to a disability, I immediately asked if anyone had a smartpen in class. No one had any idea what I was taking about. It's also fun to show off to friends and family and to make devious plans to use it as a secret recorder that will never come to fruition. Although I do love the idea of having a discreet recorder.
UPDATE: It doesn't look as cool without the pen cap.

2) Writing Functionality - 4 stars - I have no complaints on the ink, though mine has yet to run out. I bought back-up ink due to the complaints. The ink cartridges do seem on the small side and a little too easy to take in and out. As a result, depending on how you hold the pen, the ink cartridge can slightly wobble. I merely adjust it, meaning I hold it at a slightly different angle and it's a non-issue. Overall the pen itself seems solid. This pen does not have the gripper, but the fingers get used to it after a few tries. It feels just like normal note-taking to me.

3) Camera Functionality - 5 stars - When I transfer my notes to the computer, it looks exactly like what I have written. At first I was a little worried about this since I have very messy handwriting. There are an insane number of little dots on the paper to record where the pen is actually striking the paper. It never misses a noticeable beat on my handwriting, math symbols notwithstanding.
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Livescribe's "Never miss a word" is a very apt description of the usefulness of this device. You know how useless those digital voice recorders are; well think again. Voice records that are keyed to printed or scripted notes in bound notebooks become organized in a way that permits usefulness for years. "Excuse me sir, could you repeat that" - no more.

For thirty years my small engineering firm has required everyone to carry a "Yellow Book," a 9.5" x 6", Mead, spiral notebook with yellow (hence the name) lined pages and a business card taped to the front. The idea was to use the book to note details of discussions, phone calls, inspections, and to sketch building and system layouts and dimensions.

This practice was an outgrowth of my days as a naval officer, when we were required to carry a 5" x 3" green memo book in our back pocket to be ready to take notes when talking to others, especially one's boss. God help you if the captain gave you a long instruction, and you didn't have a notebook in hand. It's still a common Navy practice forty years after I left the service.

I have come across former employees years after they left my firm and found them still carrying their yellow books.

Well, now we carry "Black Books," the 9.25" x 6" Livescribe spiral notebooks. There is no good way to carry the Echo pen in a pocket, so we fasten a 5/8" x 2.5" strip of black fuzzy Velcro (has adhesive back) to the top back of the pen and a 2" x 4" mating piece (also with adhesive attached) to the left top corner of the notebook. The pen is quickly and reliably secured. The mating piece on the cover has to be much larger than the piece on the pen to keep the notebook piece from lifting off after many uses.
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It is a known business practice for a third party PR firm to be hired to write amazing reviews for products on websites like amazon. The five star reviews above are great examples. Let this review set it straight.

the echo smart pen is a great idea, but it is a work in progress.
1.) the on board recording for the pen isn't very good. It isn't horrible, but not good. You hear more scratching on paper than real lecture.
2.) my notes are clean on paper and scribbles when I upload them. This is the worst part and whats so tragic about it is that it's not even all the time. Each time I upload I hope its going to work and sometimes its great. more often, though, its awful.

these are the only two things the pen is supposed to do and it lacks in both.
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Does what it sayes it will! Only thing that I was unhappy about is to convert writing to text is another program that isn't included and you have to pay for. I have the trial and it does work. The demo video lead me to believe it was all included. :-(
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This is a revolutionary pen that has changed the way I do business. I own a small company and the time this product has saved for me...is immeasurable. The fact that I can sit and listen to my clients, without trying to capture every important note while trying to pay attention to what they are saying...is amazing. For $100 - this is a smart investment for any small business owner. I can imagine this would really be helpful for students and other professions as well!
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I bought this pen mostly because the Evernote subscription made it more affordable. I installed the Livescribe software and began to use the pen, but it never did properly regesiter itself. Unfortunately, you only receive the Evernote subscription after the pen registers, so I never did get it. I opened several trouble tickets with Livescribe, but they were never resovled. I do like this technology, but will never buy anything again from a company that has so little regard for its customers.
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