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Livescribe 2GB Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen
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- Over 200 hours of audio
- Capture thousands of pages of notes
- Wireless transmission of notes and audio
- Livescribe edition of Evernote
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The 2GB Sky Wifi Smartpen records everything you write and hear together or separately. Tap anywhere on your notes to replay the audio from that moment in time. It automatically and wirelessly transfer your recorded notes and audio to your free Livescribe edition of Evernote for play back on nearly any device. Your Livescribe edition of Evernote includes 500MB of additional monthly upload capacity for smartpen notes and audio. You can quickly search, share and replay your lectures, meetings and ideas any time on nearly any device. The Sky wifi smartpen is the perfect companion to your tablet, laptop and smartphone. When digitizing your notes and audio, you'll need storage space; with 2 GB of memory, your smartpen has it. A 2GB smartpen can hold over 200 hours of audio and thousands of pages of notes. You can automatically, your recorded notes and audio are wirelessly sent and securely stored in your free Evernote account. From Evernote, easily search, share and replay on nearly any device. You can record audio without using dot paper with just a press of a button. And you can write an addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problem on dot paper and get the answer on your smartpen screen. Livescribe smartpens only work with Livescribe Dot Paper. Choose from a variety of paper types, bindings, and sizes at competitive prices: blank, lined, or grid paper in spiral-bound notebooks, hard-bound journals, notepads, and even sticky notes. Find the paper that’s right for you. Livescribe dot paper uses standard paper printed with a unique pattern of tiny microdots. This tiny pattern acts like a map for the smartpen, allowing it to capture the exact location of everything it writes or draws on dot paper.
From the Manufacturer
Livescribe 2GB Sky Wifi Smartpen
The Sky wifi smartpen is the perfect pen for today's always-on, connected world. It syncs all your handwritten notes and any recorded audio to your free Evernote account, allowing you to have quick and easy access to the information that matters to you, any time, and anywhere.
Now, all your important notes, graphs and diagrams are at the tip of your fingers, so you can review, search and organize your notes from Evernote on any of the devices you use including PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
How Smartpens Work
Smartpens give you the freedom to focus on listening and participating instead of worrying whether you are catching every word. As you jot down notes or sketches, your Sky smartpen captures them and brings them into the digital world.
With a single tap, you can record audio along with your notes so that you can be sure that you'll never miss a word. Featuring 2GB of memory, the 2GB Sky wifi smartpen can hold up to 200 hours of audio and thousands of pages of notes.1
Syncing to Evernote
Your notes and audio are sent via WiFi or USB cable and securely stored in your free Evernote account. Within Evernote, easily search, share and replay on nearly any device. Your Sky smartpen includes the Livescribe plan for Evernote, giving you 500MB of additional monthly upload capacity for smartpen notes and audio.
Any Time, Anywhere Access
Stay on top of your ever-changing information with constant access to your notes and audio whenever and wherever you need them – using any of your connected devices. Quickly search, share and replay your lectures, meetings and ideas from your PC, Mac, tablets or smartphone.
Livescribe Dot Paper
Livescribe dot paper uses standard paper printed with a unique pattern of tiny microdots. This tiny pattern acts like a map for the smartpen, allowing it to capture the exact location of everything it writes or draws on dot paper.
Livescribe smartpens only work with Livescribe Dot Paper. Choose from a variety of paper types, bindings, and sizes at competitive prices: blank, lined, or grid paper in spiral-bound notebooks, hard-bound journals, notepads, and even sticky notes. Find the paper that's right for you.
What's in the Box
2GB Sky wifi smartpen, free Livescribe plan for Evernote, Sky wifi smartpen Basics guide, starter dot paper notebook (50 sheets), micro-USB cable, 2 ink cartridges, 2 smartpen caps.
- Broadband internet
- Access to a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network (802.11 b/g/n)2
- Web browser supporting HTML5
- USB computer port or USB power adapter for charging
- Livescribe dot paper
Operating Systems: Windows XP with SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.6 or later.
Web Browsers: browsers supporting HTML5 (for best playback results, use the latest version of Chrome or Firefox).
1Actual recording time varies by audio quality setting. Don't record without permission.
2Wi-Fi access points that require log-in through a webpage are not directly supported by the Sky wifi smartpen.
Which Livescribe Pen is Right for You?
|2GB Echo Smartpen||2GB Sky Wifi Smartpen||4GB Sky Wifi Smartpen||8GB Sky Wifi |
|Recording Time (Hours)||200||200||400||800|
|Store, Organize and Search||Livescribe Desktop||Evernote||Evernote||Evernote|
|Transfer of Notes & Audio||USB||WiFi & USB||WiFi & USB||WiFi & USB|
|Mac & Windows PC Access |
|iOS & Android Device Access |
|Internet Required||Internet Required||Internet Required|
|Playback of Pencasts |
(Interactive notes & audio)
|Sharing Pencasts||Pencast PDF||via Evernote||via Evernote||via Evernote|
|Convert Handwritten Notes |
to Digital Text
(MyScript software not included)
|Livescribe Plan for Evernote |
(500MB extra monthly upload)
|Evernote Premium |
All Livescribe smartpens come with a micro-USB cable, 2 ink cartridges, and starter dot paper notebook.
Top Customer Reviews
Instead of tweaking the software (or at least contracting the stuff out) to improve the user experience, they join with Evernote (must have been a heck of a sales pitch), create a WiFi version that is no longer easily accessible, requires a paid Evernote subscription to be useful at all, and then break the ability to create typed text.
On top of that, prior models suffer from poor quality (one of mine is barely a year old), that lose the visual LCD display. Technically the pens work, but it is impossible to tell if they are on, charged or recording. This seems to be prevalent enough with other users (and Wikipedia says they sold 400,000 by 2010), that an eager lawyer could probably make a killing on a class action lawsuit. I have continually filed help tickets, but the blame is shifted to the user to keep going through a loop of "fixes" that don't work, until i've finally given up.
At one time, i was such an enthusiastic user i would have gone to work for this company, and I convinced a number of people I know to buy the thing. NOW, I'm out 3 prior pens with broken displays, and one new pen that is totally useless for the purposes i have been using it in the first place. Add to that multiple unused notebooks that are now basically expensive versions of plain paper spiral notebooks (I buy a really nice regular pen and journals if that is what i wanted in the first place), charging docks (is it charging? is it working?) and headsets that are incompatible with any other device, and i'm out more than $500. Thanks, Livescribe.
Apart from having no practical way to get your notes off the pen, the pen generally works as it says. The image quality of handwritten notes is acceptable but not quite good.
Livescribe promised the ability to create PDFs based on your notebooks, but it later announced it would no longer develop the feature.
Pros: If you have the 5 subject notebook and different color inks, this is the BEST resource for note taking, especially students. Instead of stressing to write everything your prof says, you can write the main points and go back and rewrite notes to get the full picture, without a single word missed. That is huge for me. My friends look at me like I'm a NASA engineer with this pen. Also, "pencasts" through evernote (if you purchased the 8GB pro pack) can be sent to friends with a clickable link, so they can listen to the lecture if they need to. I was able to fit a whole semester of hour long biology and chemistry lectures before I had to clear the 8GB on board storage. I had well over 300 hours of material on the pen alone, accessible at any time. The smart paper interface works well with the pen software, never had any issues with that. Also, any other markings on the paper (say, in regular pen ink) will not show up on the digital verision of your notes ("pencasts").
Cons: this is an expensive investment, but one that may invaluable to students. I had lots of issues with the battery. DO NOT CHARGE OVERNIGHT, the battery gets saturated and dies quickly. I ruined my very first pen by doing this consistently, I sent it back to livescribe while under the year warranty for a fresh pen. But 7 months after my second pen, I was not able to get long battery life at all (and I wasn't charging it overnight) and eventually it would not turn on whatsoever. I am very glad I bought this when it was only $200 vs. $500, otherwise I would be furious. I have since purchased a simple audio recorder to replace this product. The pen is kind of bulky to hold, but I got over that pretty quickly.
Overall: I loved the pen while it worked, very upset that I had lots of issues with the battery but I got tons of use out of this pen. If you take care of this, you might have better luck than I, but if not, just buy a MUCH cheaper audio recorder and sacrifice convenience.