|Item model number||APX-00018|
|Item Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9 x 2.9 x 8.6 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||9 x 2.88 x 8.63 inches|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
Livescribe 8GB Echo Smartpen Pro Edition (APX-00018)
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- The 8GB Echo smart pen contains enough memory to store up to 800 hours of pen casts along with thousands of pages of notes
- Tap anywhere on your notes to replay the audio from that moment in time
- Transfer notes and audio to your Mac or Windows PC, where you can review, organize or share your notes
- Also includes My Script for Live scribe, the fastest way to convert your handwritten notes into digital text
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From the manufacturer
Livescribe Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition
Echo smartpens remember so you don't have to. Record everything you write and hear*, together or separately. Tap anywhere on your notes to replay the audio from that moment in time. Transfer notes and audio to your Mac or Windows PC where you can review, organize or share your notes. The Pro Edition comes with a 100-page notebook, a smartpen portfolio, 3-D recording headset, replacement ink and caps, and USB charging cable. Also includes MyScript for Livescribe, the fastest way to convert your handwritten notes into digital text.
How Smartpens Work
Livescribe smartpens track and capture everything you write or draw on paper and, using a built-in mic, record audio that is synced to your notes. Transfer your notes and audio to the free Echo Desktop application on your Mac or Windows PC for fast, easy access to what’s important. Search for words within your notes and find what you need fast. Easily send and share your notes and audio via email or a variety of other sites and services.
*Livescribe paper required – don't record without permission.
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 Echo Desktop on many printers.
What's in the Box:
- Echo smartpen with 8GB of memory and included applications.
- Echo Desktop software for Mac or Windows.
- MyScript for Livescribe handwriting recognition software.
- 100-page Starter notebook
- Smartpen Portfolio
- 3-D Recording Headset
- 2 Ink cartridges
- 2 Smartpen caps
- Micro-USB Cable
- Echo Basics Guide
8GB of Memory for Recordings & Notes
Easily transfer recorded notes and audio to your Mac or PC via micro-USB cable. When digitizing your notes and audio you'll need storage space; with 8GB of memory, your smartpen has it. The 8GB Echo smartpen holds more than 800 hours of audio** or over 100,000 pages of notes.
**Actual recording time varies by audio quality setting.
- Windows 7, Windows 8 and above or Mac OS X 10.8.5 and higher
- 300 MB minimum free disk space
- Available USB 2.0 port
- Smartpen firmware version 2.9.10 or later
- Internet connection
Echo smart pens remember so you don't have to. Record everything you write and hear, together or separately.
Top Customer Reviews
First I don't understand the vitriol aimed at Livescribe 3. It's fine. I do understand if people can't figure out how to produce editable text that they can incorporate into Word documents. It is easy to do, but Livescribe is terrible at letting users know this.
Spoiler alert. For my purposes at least, the pens are basically equivalent.
To transfer handwriting to editable text that you can incorporate into a larger document-in-progress on your computer, is easy. You write in a Livescribe notebook, then plug your pen into your computer. It automatically uploads to the Livescribe desktop, an amusing piece of software with an interface straight out of 1989. Apple won't be making offers to anyone responsible for the look of Livescribe Desktop anytime soon. Now you have an image of your handwriting on your computer. So go to the Livescribe store and buy MyScript. When installed it creates a button in your Livescribe desktop interface. If you highlight the page with your image of yoru notes, then click the MyScript button, your handwriting magically turns into editable (that's the key word for me, editable) text, which you can put into Evernote or copy and paste into Microsft Word, whatever. A few steps, but simple, and it works.
To transfer handwritten text to editable (again EDITABLE, not a pdf (what were they thinking when they went with pdf?)) text with a Livescribe 3 pen, do this. Write in your notebook after you have paired the pen to your iPad or iPhone (and by the way if the bluetooth connection drops, it doesn't matter. When you reestablish it all your info will transfer. You can even write far away from your iphone or ipad, and pair it hours later when you get home). Once your handwriting appears on your iPhone/iPad, swipe the block of handwriting left to right with your finger on your iPhone/iPad and it will transform into text. Now tap that text (to highlight it) and tap the little arrow that appears at the bottom of your screen (it's an inverted "v"). This will bring up a menu, and one of the menu items is "edit." Tap "edit" and now you can edit your text. While your text is in edit mode <(This is key; it has to be WHILE IN EDIT MODE), select all that text, copy it, and paste it into an email (just open your email on your phone; start a new email, top into the area where you'd write your email to get a cursor, then hold your finger down and you'll get the option to paste). Once you've emailed it to yourself, open your email on your pc and copy and paste the text into Word. Alternatively, if you have Word on your iPhone or iPad (which is now possible) you can just open Word on your iPhone/iPad and paste it into Word that way.
Both methods are about equally convenient - that is to say, they are convenient but not as convenient as they could be if Livescribe was a little more on the ball. But they're good enough. The handwriting recognition software is about the same quality with both pens.
FYI if you buy an Echo pen, make sure to factor in an extra $20. You will have to pay for the MyScript software later from your Livescribe Desktop. It's a 3rd party product. With Livescribe 3 the transcription software is built in.
If you are really super geeky and just have to play the classic text adventure, Infocom's "Zork" on your pen, buy the Echo. You will input your commands by writing with the pen, and read the text adventure on that tiny little Echo screen. It's free for download in the store you can access from the Livescribe Desktop. FYI ONLY ECHO CAN RUN APPS. With Livescribe 3 the only software you get is what is built in. No third party apps. Not that there are many anyway.
Livescribe 3 brags about other features not present in the Echo pen. In fact it appears that this is where they put most of their efforts with this model. The ability to create appointments and have them appear on your calendar and so on. None of it interests me, so I haven't really explored that.
I see no difference in quality of the actual pens. Livescribe 3 looks a little less geeky and more like a normal pen. Echo has that little tiny screen that might appeal to geeks. Livescribe has no screen. With Echo, you do need to be near your pc to upload your stuff to Livescribe desktop. But you can write with your pen out in the middle of nowhere, and then upload when you get home. With Livescribe 3 you can do the upload in real time as long as you have your iPhone with you. But you can also write out in the middle of nowhere and pair your pen to your iPhone/iPad via bluetooth when you get home. Overall it's a draw.
I have tested the audio feature on the Echo, and it works fine. I haven't tested it with Livescribe 3. I understand it needs to use your iPhone/iPad's microphone and speaker, rather than having that built into the pen as with Echo.
I’ve been using their pens for over 4 years now, and I’ve been through 3 of them already. They barely live past the warranty period, in what can be an engineering flaw or simply planned obsolescence.
The problem is always the same as well, regardless of the model (I had the Pulse, and 2 Echo pens): the display starts fading slowly until it is no longer readable. When you email support, they acknowledge the issue and send you a new pen if you’re still on the warranty period. The problem is it mostly happens a few months after it is out of warranty.
There’s a pretty crowded topic on their own forums, which was closed for comments mid-2013, where users were voicing their mistreatment: [...]
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I used to recommend their products to friends and family, and I even gave Livescribe the benefit of the doubt when the first pen stopped working out of warranty (I purchased not one, but two new pens), all the time hearing the rehearsed script that it was a problem with a specific batch etc.
Don’t be fooled by it. It is not affecting only a specific batch and you’ll very likely encounter this problem if you buy one of their smart pens. Maybe it is related to the OLED display part they use in all pens, as there were lots of concerns about the lifespan of OLED displays. The single fact they’re still using the same one may be more planned obsolescence than anything else.