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Livescribe 8 GB Echo Smartpen

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  • Smartpen with 8 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

Size:8 GB

Product Description

Find what you need with a tap. The Echo smartpen from Livescribe records everything you hear, say and write, and links your audio recordings to your notes, so you can find what you need. Packed with useful features, the Echo Smartpen helps you put your notes to work, so they're always accessible. The Echo smartpen records everything you hear and write, so you can find what you need with a simple tap. Ideal for meetings, conferences, or classes, this compact tool is as easy to carry as traditional pen-and-paper, but smarter. Replay your recorded audio anytime, anywhere, with a quick tap on your notes. Save and Search Using the Livescribe Desktop, you can save notes to your computer, which makes it a snap to integrate them into a report or presentation. Search for specific words or phrases within all of your notebooks, organize them they way you want, and export them locally for backup or transfer. Send and Share - Its easy to share your notes or recordings publically or privately as a PDF, audio file, or a pencast. What's a pencast? A pencast is an interactive flash movie of your handwritten notes and audio. You can publish pencasts online, share them privately via email, or post them directly on Facebook. Applications: Customize your smartpen with downloadable apps -from dictionaries to translators, time savers, games and more. As new apps become available, your smartpen evolves with you. What You Get- The Echo smartpen; 8 GB of memory; Livescribe Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download); 500MB of personal online storage; Starter dot paper notebook; Micro USB Cable; Interactive Getting Started Guide; Smartpen Tips & Tricks Guide;2 smartpen caps 2 ink cartridges What You Need Windows XP with SP3 or Windows Vista or Windows 7. Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.5.5 or later, including 10.6 600MHz CPU or higher 300 MB minimum free disk space USB 2.0 port Internet connection for software downloadThe Echo smartpen works only with Livescribe Dot Paper.


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

8 GB of Memory: More Space for Recordings and Notes

When digitizing your notes and audio you'll need storage space; with 8 GB of memory, your Smartpen has it. An 8 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 8 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

Size:8 GB

Warranty & Support

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Size: 8 GB Verified Purchase
I received my pen yesterday and installed the software onto my Mac. I could not even setup my pen because I keep getting the following message on the pen's lcd screen, "Please update your smartpen's software to use this dot paper". Well, when I go to update software it says that I can the most current firmware/software installed. After thinking I received a defective pen and doing lots of research, I found out that there were a lot of reported problems with the latest firmware so the company had to take it down for the time being. As of last night, they said that we should expect to see it back up within the next 48 hours. In the meantime, we are stuck with an extremely expensive inoperable pen that can barely function as a paper weight! I'm extremely frustrated and wish they spent sufficient time testing the latest firmware before bringing it and the pen out to market. If you are looking to purchase this pen, I would hold off for a little bit until the firmware issues have been resolved. Once this issue has been resolved, I will update my review.

UPDATE: So it looks like Livescribe acted fast on the firmware issue. The latest firmware was posted as a manual install option on the forum site a little while ago. It installed properly and is working flawlessly so far! First impression, FANTASTIC! The pen does exactly what it is supposed to do. It syncs the audio to your writing so that when you go back and tap on a word you will hear the audio that transpired at that moment in time. I have yet to test out the audio in a lecture hall setting but general conversations are picked effortlessly. Sound quality is even better when the 3D headset, which was purchased separately, is plugged into the pen. The feel of the pen itself is also terrific.
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Size: 8 GB Verified Purchase
I love my Pulse 4GB. This Echo 8GB is just that much nicer - more comfortable to hold, more memory, better uplink connection than the Pulse's standard cradle, which is a little too easy to knock the pen off from. The Pulse's pro cradle (upright) is very nice, though. The new Mac Desktop update (2.2.1) is a very good one, with a much easier interface for sharing pencasts, pdfs, and AAC files. Like the previous reviewer, I had difficulty at first, but ended up manually downloading and installing the latest software update (my software kept telling me I had the latest, but it was 2.1). It replaced my previous version(keeping all the Pulse files intact), and after the quick install, it began to recognize the Echo without any problem.

The new pen cap is little and fits tight - I suspect it will be lost quickly. It is different than the Pulse caps - smaller, and fits on differently. I don't notice much difference at all in using the Echo vs the Pulse, but I do find it more comfortable and less dorky-looking. I never considered 4GB to be too little storage, but 8GB certainly allows me to record everything at the highest quality without concern. Interestingly, this pen didn't come with the recording headphones - which are nice, but way too dorky to actually use. If you are looking to buy a first Smartpen, you really can't go wrong with either the Pulse or the Echo. If you are a student or an attorney or anyone who needs to recall detailed discussion points, you won't be sorry. The variety of notebooks now is fantastic.

Note: EVERY high school and college student with learning disorders involving processing speeds, slow writing, Asperger's Syndrome, or attentional issues should have and use this product. I suspect this will replace "note takers" eventually, as this is FAR less expensive and more effective (see 2008-09 research study from Rochester Institute of Technology).
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Size: 2GB WiFi Verified Purchase
For everybody who is considering ordering this as an upgrade to their Echo or Pulse... do not do it! It is not the same product and it is definitely not an upgrade! I will explain below.

I have been a loyal LiveScribe customer since the first one came out. I have bought several notebooks and I thoroughly enjoyed both the Pulse and the Echo despite each of their problems. I picked up the LiveScribe Sky pen as soon as I could afford it, days after it came out. So I overnight the order from Amazon. Once I get home the instructions tell me that is not compatible with my desktop software that I've been using for myself, my business, and my clients for several years. No, this pen will only sync with Evernote!

Absolutely utterly baffled I contact support and they tell me that the only option is to sync with Evernote. They tell me that they are thinking about making it available for the LiveScribe desktop software but they could not give any ETA at all. I end the call and get a ticket reference number in email.

So now I tried to sync my pen and read it in Evernote. But, the sync with Evernote does not work. Every time I write on a page it creates a duplicate notebook in Evernote that is empty. You would think that while I talked with support the first time they would tell me about the problems with Evernote. But they do not. I call in again and this time the LiveScribe support rep says the "Evernote servers are down." I know this is not true as I just logged into Evernote a few moments before I called them. He tells me that syncing with Evernote is not an option for now. I hang up the phone and moments later get an email saying my ticket has been updated.
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