|Item model number||APX-00008|
|Item Weight||1.28 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.5 x 2.5 x 6.8 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||8.5 x 2.5 x 6.8 inches|
|Batteries||1 A batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||March 1, 2012|
Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen
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- 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 audio recordings to your computer. Length = 6.18 inches
- Comes with Echo Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download), Starter Notebook (50 pages), 2 ink cartridges(one in the pen and one in the box) & 1 smartpen cap
- Mac System Requirements- Mac OS X 10.8.5 and above. Windows System Requirements-Windows 7 or Windows 8 and above. Micro USB cable for charging and data transfer
- Echo Desktop software allows you to save, organize and play back interactive notes from your Mac or Windows computer. Share notes and pencasts as images
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Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen
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.
How Smartpens Work
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*. The free Echo Desktop application 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. 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:
- 2GB Echo smartpen
- Starter Notebook (50 pages)
- Echo Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download)
- Echo Basics Guide
- Micro USB cable
- 2 ink cartridges
- 1 smartpen cap
2GB of Memory: Room for Recordings and 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 2GB of memory, your smartpen has it. The 2GB smartpen can hold over 200 hours of audio** or over thousands of 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
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|Item Dimensions||8.50 x 2.50 x 6.80 inches||6.35 x 8.85 x 1.55 inches||6.14 x 0.43 x 0.43 inches||5.12 x 0.59 x 8.27 inches||6.25 x 1.63 x 9.31 inches|
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.
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If you purchase this pen, you will need to invest in the notebooks. So far I have not been able to find the notebooks in stores and buying them online is expensive. Their website is cheaper than Amazon, but they also charge shipping. The sample booklet it came with only lasted me half a semester. You also have to buy the ink cartridges (The off brand one works fine!) as I went through three in a semester. I wish someone offered a darker ink, but its alright. They also sell smart pen cases, which I would recommend you invest in. It will hold the charger, headphones, and ink refills (They run out abruptly and without warning). If you spend ~$150 on a pen, you should definitely invest in a case.
The audio is great IF you are right next to the pen. It picks up the sound of the writing on the paper along with a lot of background white noise, even if you are sitting in the front row (Air conditioners are not smartpen friendly!). That is obnoxious and makes it extremely unpleasant to listen to full lectures and review notes with their program. You can export and upload audio files to outside applications that can edit out the white noise and, to some extent, the pen scratching. Its not perfect and takes more effort than I want to put into it, so I will only use the audio feature to review something that I missed while writing something down or replay something I didn't quite understand. Hopefully in the future, the will incorporate a feature to eliminate background noise -- It makes reviewing entire lectures unbearable.
When you upload your notes, you can watch everything be written down as the recording plays. That concept is really neat and I believe that would be helpful to studiers if they can take the white noise. The entire page is visible, but it traces your notes as it is written to make sure you know where you are. There is a plug in that can convert LEGIBLE writing to editable text, but is an extra cost. I also have terrible handwriting and I don't believe that would work for me.
I do not hold my pen correctly. I 'fist' pens and pencils. This pen HURTS. Its large and very hard plastic. I fixed this by purchasing peel and stick foam sheets from Walmart ($2ish) and cutting out a small square. It has stuck on there for the past semester and is still going! It is comfortable to hold and write with now.
Despite my issues with the recordings and utilizing all of the features, I really like it. It helps me, but I hope eventually Livescribe will improve their application or someone comes up with a better product that builds on this concept. Happy studying!
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.
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Not impressed with the life expectancy for this product, I don’t use it every day so I didn’t charge it every week. I hadnt realised a weekly charge was required in order to keep it working!
Its such a shame the pens are not fir for putpose as the concept is really great. I hope they fix this issue soon!
I think this is a must for any student or person who suffers with dyslexia.
Very disappointed and giving a low rating like so many other reviewers here.
The pen is chunkier than a normal pen and takes a while to get used to the size and feel, it is easy to set up and within minutes I was ready to start using it, it comes with a pad so easy to do.
I would advise to set up a filing system and make some test notes with the pad that comes with the pen.
As I always want the biggest and best, I orginally looked at the WiFi and Bluetooth options, but decided on the Echo due to the functionality I needed.
I would highly recommend Echo it will be a life changer, especially if like me you can't understand your own writing and are left wondering what your notes mean when you review them later, I am delighted to say that the Echo can read my writing without any problems at all.
Delivery was prompt arrived 8:10 the day after ordering brilliant.