|Item model number||APX-00E39|
|Item Weight||14.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.35 x 8.85 x 1.55 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||6.35 x 8.85 x 1.55 inches|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||April 29, 2019|
Livescribe Aegir Smartpen, Black Professional Edition with Executive Notebook - Compatible with Windows, iOS or Android Devices Like Smartphones, Tablets and Computers
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|Item Weight||0.88 Pounds|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||6.35 x 8.85 x 1.55 inches|
|Are Batteries Included||Yes|
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- Capture everything you hear, write, and draw - be confident that you'll never miss a word. Write on Livescribe paper and Watch your handwritten notes be instantly captured and effortlessly digitized.
- Record audio with Livescribe+ App - capture Audio using the Livescribe+ App while writing to add voice to your notes. Tap anywhere on your notes to play back audio from that exact moment in time, as many times as you need to hear it.
- Take your notes with you everywhere – access notes from your mobile (iOS/ Android device) or desktop (Windows/ macOS) devices, share as text, PDF, image, or word Doc, or automatically sync them with the cloud (Dropbox/Google Drive/MS OneNote/Evernote).
- Handwriting made searchable - use the Livescribe+ App to search your handwritten notes and find what you need, when you need it. Use tags to keep your handwritten notes organized.
- Do more with pen and paper - convert your handwriting into text and make your handwritten notes more useful with the Livescribe+ App, which currently recognizes up to 28 languages. Share contents directly from paper with your friends and teams.
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Livescribe Smartpen Features
Add the benefits of digital to the pen-and-paper experience:
- Capture everything you write, hear, and draw
- Record audio with the mobile app and sync with your handwritten notes
- Do more with just pen and paper
How it works?
Simply write with the Aegir Smartpen on any Livescribe notebook and watch all your handwritten thoughts, ideas, and notes get an instant digital makeover using the free Livescribe+ App (available for mobile and desktops).
Livescribe Aegir Smartpen
Never Miss a Word with Livescribe Smartpens
Taking notes while face to face with a client, patient, or colleague is a sign of attentiveness - no one wonders if you’re catching up on email/ messaging about dinner plans.
The Aegir Smartpen elegantly delivers the traditional benefits of pen and paper along with the augmented value of an instant backup, easily shareable content, and handwriting transcription to turn notes into searchable copy.
Black Dolphin Professional Edition
The Aegir Smartpen was designed with the meticulous attention to detail that a premium writing instrument used in a professional setting deserves. The Pro Edition bundles the exclusive Black Dolphin edition of the Aegir with an executive-style journal to perfectly complement the stylish note-taking experience and inspire all your thoughts and ideas.
The Pro Edition also includes aDNA sticker sheet, 1 extra ink refill and a micro USB data cable for charging and data transfer.
Your handwriting is searchable like everything else in life. Use the App to quickly access, archive and search through your handwritten notes
Record audio with your smartphone microphone while you take notes and create pencasts that help you recreate key moments
Write on paper and watch your notebooks be synced and available across the cloud services of your choice.
Your work is the sum of your interactions. Every meeting, every conference and every call shapes the strides you take. Keeping your head in the game and participating in these interactions is as crucial as what you take away from them. The Aegir Smartpen and the feature-rich Livescribe+ app helps you be more productive and efficient, to be the star in your team.
The Aegir Smartpen reads the controls that are printed on Livescribe dot paper notebooks. Simply tap on them with the pen to carry out preset actions like managing recording controls, quick-send controls, device pairing, and tagging controls. Livescribe notebooks are available in multiple sizes and configurations. Pick what’s just right for your style. Leather journals. Pocket-sized notepads. College-ruled notebooks. You’ve got options.
In combination with its cross-platform applications, Livescribe Aegir Smartpens help to overcome traditional challenges by instantly digitizing handwritten notes and making them available across multiple devices. Livescribe+ Applications empower users to instantly save, search, organize, and easily share them in multiple formats.
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No one in your office cares how cool your pen is, but it lets you work faster so your weekends are longer than theirs. Meetings can drag and ideas jump all over the place. You write so many notes on a daily basis that it would be difficult to find last Tuesday's groundbreaking idea, but you use the Livescribe Black Dolphin. Once you sync your notes they become effortlessly searchable, and with pencast you can relive the moment with the sounds around you that helped inspire the idea. Be it a person speaking, leaves rustling or a moment of audio chaos, Livescribe keeps it all together for you.
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I have been using a Livescribe pen for 10 years. First with the Echo, then Sky, then several Livescribe 3s and now the Aegir.
I got this over the cheaper versions because I wanted black. Included with the kit is a nice bound notebook. I will make it my next notebook when my current one is done.
In my opinion, everyone gets the purpose of Smartpens wrong. I take notes. A lot. Every meeting, every task, every deliverable. I have notebooks going back 25 years, or my entire working life. The problem is, every time I change notebooks, I essentially lose my records of what I wrote because I don’t have my archive of notebooks with me. Also if I lose a notebook, then that is a problem as well. Finally occasionally someone needs my notes to document an issue or the history of an issue, and I need a good way to send it to them.
I do very little audio recording, I never do OCR. I just want my words on a digital page as they were created. The Livescribe solution does that perfectly.
Now as for the Aegir, as a pen it seems to do well. It is easy to hold and write with. It is a good size. The ink is smooth.
The battery life is worse than the 3. I could go for 3-4 days between charges for my 3, this is 2 days tops.
The pen construction is better than the 3. The 3’s plastic body, especially on the bottom below the switch barrel is prone to cracking. When it does, the barrel will slide down when you try to write. The Aegir body is all one piece do it doesn’t have this issue.
The 3 has a small cap with a soft stylus on it for your phone. The main job for this is to keep the charging port covered. But the reality is that this thing gets easily lost. And it is annoying. The Aegir has a pen cap, which is much more pen like. It is metal, and has a nice feel to it. But in keeping with Livescribe’s tradition of giving you small parts that are easy to lose, it doesn’t store in the obvious place. in other words, you want take off the cap and then put it on the other end like every other pen out there. But the cap is loose and will not stay on the barrel. This is seriously stupid and annoying. Guys you are so close!
A word about their software. I tried the LiveScribe+ Desktop for Windows and it is light years better than the phone version. USB syncing is smooth and painless. Since I do not need the voice recording function much, I am not worried about the lack of pairing to my phone. But the desktop software is really good and perfect for my needs.
In short, live scribe makes a good product that does a particular job particularly well. But they really should hire me as a design executive for a week so I can beat pen ergonomics into their engineers.
Bought in, used it, and like all Livescribe customers, I've been *struggling* through Livescribe equipment since, because I need the functionality.
- Pulse pens: Massive, hard to hold, screens died quickly (owned 3, each died after about 1 year)
- Echo pens: Somewhat easier to hold, screens still died, more fragile body (owned 3 of these, too)
- Paper: Lots of choices, but also they replace paper formats frequently, meaning you have to keep switching
I did not try the Livescribe 3 pen because during that period, they switched to the mobile app and had no desktop support at first (there was lots of anger about this on their user forum, which they quickly killed off entirely and removed from their website to stop the complaining), and that did not work for me. I didn't try the Aegir because the user reviews were flat-out terrible and I was scared off, especially by claims of the writing sensor not working (only half of strokes captured) and claims of horrid battery life (half a day on a charge, just a day or two of standby, etc.)
My use case:
- I need to write reliably with a pen on paper, a lot
- I need an archived digital copy to be saved as a PDF afterward for distribution and storage
- I need to be able to do this using a desktop computer
- I need to be able to write/capture *without* having to have a mobile device paired and nearby
That's it. That's all. The most basic use case. Write-capture-share with a computer. With my sixth Livescribe pen (a 4GB Echo) finally dead once again, I decided it was time to either try one of the newer Livescribe models or head for another solution (something like a fountain pen, regular paper, and a camera phone, page by page).
So, after much thought, I ordered a Symphony because its claims seemed designed to fix the big problems users had with Aegir.
Here's my experience:
- The pen is actually pen sized and shaped, finally, and handles very well
- The lid does in fact stay put if you push it on all the way (will snap into place, on both ends)
- There is an LED that indicates status (blue = trying to pair, green = on, red/yellow = firmware update)
- When you take cap off, pen turns on; when you put cap back on, pen turns off
- You can in fact write/capture without pairing with a mobile device, no problem
- You can plug via USB into a desktop and sync notes to your desktop
- The Livescribe+ app isn't as nice as the old Livescribe desktop app, but it's usable
- The app now syncs to cloud storage and will automatically dump PDFs of your pages there as you go
- It does support the full set of old Livescribe papers as far as I can tell, even the ones not made any longer
I also tried, with some worry about screwing things up, pairing with a mobile phone as well, just to test it out. It works, and better than that, there appears to be no penalty for doing so, i.e. you can sync with two different devices and the data will just be imported to both of them.
For regular use, however, I will not be pairing—I will just be using it like a pen and plugging in daily to the desktop computer to sync notes to the app, and (nice touch that's new) have the PDFs of these notes automatically updated in my Dropbox rather than having to manually export to PDF.
Do note the following limitation:
- Cloud sync does not keep pages in sync on *other* devices, i.e. if I sync on phone, it doesn't update on desktop
- To have an updated copy of your pen data on several devices, you must connect/pair to each of them in turn
Infuriatingly, NONE of this is spelled out on the Livescribe website, which is why I almost didn't buy the Symphony pen. They don't clearly spell out:
- Whether you can turn it off
- Whether you can sync the data passively (i.e. write without pairing to capture data and sync later)
- Whether you can use the desktop app on a standalone basis, without syncing to mobile
- Whether there's an on-pen indicator for pen status, so that you know capture is occurring
We'll see about longevity, but so far:
- The pen works just as well as Pulse/Echo in capturing handwriting
- It appears to be well-made
- It's FAR easier to write with than other Livescribe pens
- I don't miss the screen thanks to the LED indicator
- It actually has a pen clip and actually fits in a pocket or pen slot in a briefcase/backpack
In short, Symphony feels like they *finally* have fixed all the problems and arrived at a smartpen that actually works well, is compatible with many things, and is not a terrible device to write with. Assuming it lasts ok (I have learned not to have super high hopes from Livescribe, but 1-2y will be adequate) it's the best Livescribe pen ever, and probably the best smart pen ever, given the handling and the range of Livescribe paper available.
Editorial note: I think Livescribe will continue to suffer by being opaque about things. They're trying to appeal to the luddite-ish "I hate technology, don't tell me about tech, I just want a pen" demographic, and so they won't describe things, won't document things, etc. But like it or not this is a TECH product. It will never be "just a pen" or that easy to use, because it's not just a pen. i.e. it matters that you can *tell* that it's currently capturing because a green LED will be lit; it matters that you can sync directly to a Mac OS application without a phone as an intermediary. They should be clear. Yes, they might lose a couple anti-technology people ("OMG complicated!"), but those people don't seem to be having a good experience anyway, and they'd gain some professionals (like me) that rely on the technology for work and will thus buy in long term.
They should be a lot more transparent about specifications, compatibilities, ideal use cases, methods of troubleshooting when things go wrong, etc. I almost didn't buy this pen because their product page literally tells you nothing about how it works, and I couldn't find the information anywhere. It was only due to my longtime buy-in to the Livescribe ecosystem and my decent stock of unused Livescribe paper that I decided to buy.
So far, glad I did. As someone that is very familiar with Livescribe and how the system works, this is a very solid upgrade over the Echo pens I've been using-until-breaking for a decade, and is a million miles ahead of the old Pulse pens, which were basically like writing with flagpoles.
One key note, related to previous thoughts: Do not buy if you're not technical. Because Livescribe does not provide support. As a company, they *suck* at support. The will tell you nothing, will not help, and will not replace products that break, even under warranty. If you are the sort of person that often needs tech support, you will *hate* this product family. But if you just need a tool to do a job and the price works for you, this is a good product, very fit for purpose.
Hopefully this review helps someone.
--- UPDATE LIKE A WEEK LATER ---
Well, Livescribe's build quality and/or quality control prove to be the same as ever.
The pen no longer goes off by itself when I put the cap on. Instead, the pen now stays on unless I shake it and/or rotate the cap a few times after putting it on.
The cap has a magnet inside that seems as though it activates a switch inside the pen to switch off when the cap is placed on the pen tip. And of course, that magnetic switch has already started to wear out—and so some fudging and fidgeting is required to shift the magnetic field and/or internal bits of the switch around.
But with manipulation, I can still get it to go off, so I'll hang on to it—since replacing the pen means fragmenting the data stored in notebooks (old livescribe problem—replace a pen, replace all your notebooks, they have no way around this still to this day).
I'll be generous and just remove one star, since in concept the pen is great and it's still their best pen ever, even with this flaw.
But BOY is Livescribe a company you love to hate. They just never quite seem to get to "satisfied customer," only to "dependent customers."
With a smaller, more pen like form factor, the Aegir is intended to fix these problems. But, those requirements limit the number of users for whom this pen would work. There's also a ton of quality issues with this pen. I've seen a lot of places, review sites like Netwise Life saying the same thing - it's all over the place.
The battery was DOA, there was no audio. These problems are unfixable by LS until they redesign the hardware itself. Back to Amazon this goes.
Top reviews from other countries
REVIEW OF AEGIR BLACK DOLPHIN PROFESSIONAL EDITION PEN
I have been using this for 2 days and so far, it has been excellent. I was a little anxious, as reviews for most smart pens seem to be split evenly between 5 stars and 1 star, but this has been a really good experience so far.
It was very simple to pair the Aegir pen with my Android phone using the Livescribe App downloaded from Google Play store. As soon as you press the ballpoint refill onto any surface, the pen comes on, with the small LED indicator showing green. To activate Bluetooth in the pen, press and hold the pen onto a surface for 3 seconds and the LED indicator flashes blue. Once you have paired the pen and phone, the LED shows solid blue.
You are prompted to upgrade the pen firmware as soon as the pen is paired with your phone app - do this. It took a few seconds only.
I also installed the Livescribe + desktop application for Win 10, downloaded from the Livescribe website.
I have connected the pen to my PC with both the micro-USB cable which is the easiest, and also paired it with my PC via Bluetooth, just to see if this worked - it did.
In the phone app Settings, I selected the Quick-Send options in the app to be
a) export as text file - the handwritten notes are converted very accurately to editable text (other options include PDF and PNG, which give you an exact replica of your handwritten notes - less useful for me)
b) upload to my Google drive (other cloud storage destination options include OneNote, Evernote and Dropbox.)
When a page of notes has been completed in the Livescribe journal that came with the pen, you just touch on the Quick-send icon at top right of the page when the pen is paired with your phone and your phone is connected to Internet via wifi, and the entire page is exported instantly in very accurate editable text format to my Google drive.
I believe that on other Livescribe notebooks that have 3 icons/circles at top right labelled 1 2 3 , instead of the Quick-send icon, if you touch the pen on the 1 icon this activates the same Quick-send function.
You can also convert the handwritten notes, which appear real-time on your phone screen as you write on the journal paper, to editable text in the phone app by selecting the Feeds screen and swiping right. Individual segments of notes are called Snippets. If you pause during note taking, and then start a new paragraph or line, this will appear as a discreet Snippet. If you highlight all the Snippets from a single notebook or journal page, you are prompted to merge these into one file, and then this can also be exported using the Share icon eg via Mail, text messenger, WhatsApp etc on your phone, or again direct to your chosen cloud storage (eg Google Drive).
When the pen is connected to your PC via the USB cable, which plugs in to the end of the pen, the notes you have written load up page by page onto the screen. You can select the page or pages you want to export, and then select the format for export eg PDF copy of handwritten notes, or more usefully as editable Text. You are then prompted to save the file to a folder of your choice on your PC. I found the handwriting recognition ie accuracy of converting my handwritten notes to text, was not as good using the desktop software as it was via the phone app and via Quick-send, which was excellent - not perfect, but very good - I experimented with writing with both printing and cursive, and it seemed equally good.
There are a number of reviewers who say the cap does not stay posted on the pen when writing. At first I agreed, but then I pushed the cap down firmly, and then there is a “click” and it engages well and is completely secure.
Refills are available on Amazon, eg Zebra, Neo, etc - you need 67mm x 2.3 mm. When the refill needs changing, the little hole in the clip of the cap acts as a refill extractor - put the tip of the refill into this small hole, angle the cap slightly and gently pull out the refill. The new one just slides in and you push it gently to engage it in the barrel.
So, I would say very good, easy to use, highly functional.
Problem 1 - Still Cant get any supply of official blue ink from U.S. or in European. Tried unofficial ink but returned as wouldnt stay in.
Problem 2- seems minor but you cant connect it to more than 1 bluetooth device at a time, e.g. Laptop, iPad or phone
Problem 3- took a couple of pages with pen and it never recorded (first time in 30 pages of circa 15 meetings) so hopefully a blip!
Problem 4- lid doesnt stay on ...connection is too loose.....
1) The cap will just not lock securely onto the pen to close it. As a consequence it is always popping off. Sometimes I would have it clipped inside my suit pocket only to find that the cap is still there, but the pen has slipped out. Strangely, if you clip the cap onto the opposite end it is very secure and comes with a comforting click to let you know.
2) Battery life is poor. The pen doesn't seem to understand when it's not in use so the light is constantly on. I had imagined that placing the cap on the pen would have told it to switch off but it doesn't. It seems to have a timeout. As a consequence, there were many times when the pen was fully charged, not used for a few days, go to make some notes and the battery is empty. It's almost like having a smartwatch where you have to make sure you charge it everyday. Additionally, I had one meeting that was several hours long and it went from full to empty in that meeting, even though i made few notes (I guess because it kept waking up).
3) The app/phone integration is poor. I think.. every time I used the app to sync the pen I had to go through the pairing routine every time. It just doesn't seem to remember. I have an iPhone 6S if that makes any difference. There also didn't seem to be a way of getting the pen to talk to the app without first writing in the book, so consequently have lots of 'dots' just to get it to pair. Additionally, when I wanted to record sound along with my notes, you have to have the app awake on the phone. It was a bit hit and miss for me (more miss than anything). I just imagined I would be able to hit the record 'button' on the notebook page and it would just work.. but it doesn't.
I love the looks and ergonomics of the pen, but it's just not ready for prime/serious time.
As a pen it is great, but there are so mnay issues they do not warn you about.
The first is eveytime you want to connect your pen to the app you have to have your location on! Support said this is because the time on your phone is unreliable so they need the GPS signal to sync with their time servers!!! So if you are in a building with little or no GPS you have to re-sync it manually each time which is so time consuming plus your phone battery reduces.
Then as the audio is only recorded in your smartphone and not the pen there were so many issues with this including lower volume, the audio periodically just being blank so portions of your meeting are missing and currently no backup option for an Android or IOS.
The battery life is appalling too.
So considering how good the Echo was this is a real step backward, why not just bring the design and feel of the Echo up to date?
Support told me to send mine back for a refund as they agreed it can't do what it appeared to advertise.