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Livescribe 4 GB Echo Smartpen

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  • Smartpen with 4 GB of memory, redesigned with anti-roll body and rubberized smaller grip ; Capture thousands of pages of notes and over 800 hours of audio (recording time varies by audio quality setting)
  • Share notes and recordings privately or online with 500 MB of free storage
  • MicroUSB connector lets you transfer notes and audio to your Mac or PC
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack for use with your favorite earbuds
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Product Description

Product Description

Livescribe Echo APA-00006 Digital Pen APA-00006 715


LiveScribe Smartpen Pencast
Pencasts allow you to hear, see and relive notes exactly as they were captured

Livescribe Smartpen
Easily send notes and audio to people and destinations

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.

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 Docs2, Facebook, Microsoft OneNote, Google Sites2, MyLivescribe, your mobile device or your computer3--all from your paper or Livescribe Desktop.

Livescribe Smartpen
The Echo Smartpen is Livescribe's most powerful and easy to use Smartpen. View larger

4 GB of Memory: More Space for Recordings and Notes

When digitizing your notes and audio you'll need storage space; with 4 GB of memory, your smartpen has it. An 4 GB smartpen can hold over 800 hours of audio* or 128,000 pages of notes.

Included Smartpen Applications

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

Livescribe Connect Premium: Easily send and share notes and audio to Email, Google Docs, Facebook, Microsoft OneNote, Google Sites, 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 its 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
Dot paper allows a Smartpen to capture everything it writes

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 there's a variety of dot paper sizes and types available: 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's in the Box?

Livescribe Echo Smartpen with 4 GB of memory, Livescribe Connect Premium (includes Connect Basic plus additional connectors for Email, Google Docs and Google Sites), Livescribe Desktop software for Mac or Windows, 500 MB of personal online storage, starter dot paper notebook, Micro USB cable, interactive Getting Started guide, Smartpen Tips and Tricks guide, 2 smartpen caps, 2 ink cartridges.

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

Which Livescribe Echo Smartpen is Right for You?

echo Smartpens 2GB Smartpen 4GB Echo Smartpen 8GB Echo Smartpen 8GB Echo propack
Total Hours of Recoding Time* 200 400 800 800
Livescribe Connect Basic
Evernote, Facebook, Microsoft OneNote,
MyLivescribe, your mobile device, and your computer
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Livescribe Connect Premium
Includes all Connect Basic connectors plus Email,
Google Docs, and Google Sites
Yes Yes Yes
Smartpen Portfolio Yes
3-D Recording Premium Headset Yes
MyScript for Livescribe Software
Converts handwritten notes to digital text
Livescribe Desktop
software for Mac or Windows
Yes Yes Yes Yes
500 MB of Personal Online Storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Livescribe Starter Notebook Yes Yes Yes Yes
Micro USB Cable Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rubberized Grip Yes Yes Yes
Ink Cartridges 2 2 2
Smartpen Caps 1 2 2 2

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

Product Information

Product Dimensions 0.8 x 0.5 x 6.2 inches
Item Weight 4 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Manufacturer Livescribe, Inc
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number APA-00006
Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 254 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #112 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Input Devices > Digital Pens
#344 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > Digital Voice Recorders
Date first available at Amazon.com July 15, 2010

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I am a great believer in Livescribe's smartpens. The first offering three years ago Livescribe 2 GB Pulse Smartpen has worked perfectly ever since. It is not exactly svelte, but it had the capacity to record 200 hours of audio and has proved to be an extremely reliable and useful tool for a busy litigation practice.

The Echo is a refinement of the original Pulse. It is slimmer, and doesn't quite look like one of those metal cigar containers. It has twice the memory of my original smartpen. The price has come down over the years significantly making an investment in a smartpen even more attractive.

I use my pen to record initial client interviews as well as depositions. I am able using the Livescribe Desktop software to export a recording to a CD and send it to a client to hear. However the best feature is its "point and play" technology which allows me to listen selectively to a recording on my pen by touching a word in my notes. The audio immediately syncs to the part of the conversation and has a five second "skip back/skip forward" feature to account for slow writers like me. I can also listen later to my notes and add additional points of interest.

Audio fidelity is amazingly good. The pen has settings for different environments like lectures or office meetings. Even if you just use the default settings you will be pleased with the output.

Besides being thinner, the new Echo no longer requires a cradle, and attaches directly to a USB port on your Mac (that's me) or PC.This eliminates one more gadget I need to lug around in my briefcase.

Livescribe's special paper should not intimidate any prospective purchaser.
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Amazing! is the first reaction to this device. Here are the things it can do, and generally well.

1. Write like a regular pen.
2. Record voice or sound like any digital recorder.
3. Link the written notes to the recorded sound. So if tap on a written word it will play the sound recorded at the time that word was written.
4. Upload handwritten notes and voice to computer.
5. Share your written notes and audio (Pencasts).

The sound quality is fairly good. There are lot of add on apps available like games, language translation, piano etc. which I have not used so far except MyScript, which does not work very well. It comes with two fine black ink cartridges, no medium, and I wish there was one included. The writing was faint with fine tip and it was scratchy to write. So I had to order an extra pack of five Livescribe ARA-000007 4 Medium Blue and 1 Fine Red Ink Cartridge cartridges. Sometimes the writing is faint on the computer even with medium tipped blue cartridges.


1. BUGGY MAC LIVESCRIBE DESKTOP SOFTWARE: Echo pen does not come with any software, you have to download that from the web site. LiveScribe Desktop for Mac software is very sluggish and glitchy. You will be watching the spinning wheel for a while (3:48 minutes) when it starts, it will keep on asking you for email address and password and not let you use the program until you do. And if you are not connected to the Internet, the LiveScribe won't stop spinning until you connect the Echo pen. Windows software is actually better, faster and does not hang up like that. After you connect the pen, it takes a while for the notes to show up.
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All in all, it's OK when it works. But the website, on which customer support hinges, is terrible and so maddening to use that it colors my perception of the product. It started when I bought the thing and had some questions. The website is pretty and full of information, but it is a landfill that nobody from Livescribe has ever used pretending to be a customer, I'm sure of that. Try to answer the simplest question. I can just picture a company of three geeks and a marketer: "Everyone has a website, we've got to have a website. We'll put FAQs on it, that way we won't need to waste money on a Help Desk."

Today my ink cartridge quit in the middle of note taking. My first. How to change it? Go to the website, find a forum question. Answer: Start up the Livescribe desktop software and read the Help page. Doing that takes you BACK to the website where one is instructed to... Grab the cartridge, pull it out and stick the new one in. Why not just say that in the first place??? That is so typical of Livescribe customer support.

Then, several pages of notes later, I upload the notes and they look like I never lifted the pen from the paper. Back to the website where I find that these things might happen -- So, twist the cartridge 90 degrees, make sure it isn't bent.... Why not say that back on the first page? Or the Help screen??? An hour of notes -- useless.

Earlier this year I went for a long time waiting for them to get their software caught up with some bug or other. Meanwhile my pen was sitting with notes on it that I couldn't get off. Try troubleshooting that.

So today I went to leave a comment on the website and was told I have never registered -- it doesn't recognize my email address. Bull. And the spam I get begging me to give their pen as Christmas gifts somehow knows my email address. So, I leave my comment here: I'm about ready to put this thing away, simply because of the customer service.
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