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Livescribe 8 GB Echo Smartpen


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  • 8GB of memory records over 800 hours of everything you write and hear
  • Share your notes and recordings as a pencast, PDF or audio files
  • Embed your pencasts in a webpage
  • Customise your Smartpen with downloadable apps – including dictionaries, translators, productivity tools, games and more
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandLivescribe
Model NumberAPX-00006
Item Weight36 g
Product Dimensions21.6 x 6.4 x 17.3 cm
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
ColourBlack
Material Typemetal
Point Typemedium
Ink ColourBlack
Tip Typeballpoint
  
Additional Information
ASINB003UNL14S
Best Sellers Rank 20,957 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight522 g
Date First Available19 July 2010
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Work smarter, not harder, 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 organised.

Livescribe Echo smartpen.
What is a Pencast?
A pencast is a digital version of your notes
and audio. Pencasts allow you to hear and see your notes exactly as they were captured.

Livescribe Connect: share notes and audio from your paper to destinations like Email, Google Docs, Facebook, Evernote, or your mobile device.
It's never been easier to share notes and audio.

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 Organise

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 Docs ², Facebook, Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, Google Sites ², MyLivescribe, your mobile device or your computer³ — all from your paper or Livescribe Desktop!

8GB of Memory: Room for Recordings and Notes

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

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, Flip Notepads, and Sticky Notes. You can even print your own dot paper for free from within Livescribe Desktop on many printers.

What You Get in the Box

  • The Echo smartpen with 8GB of memory
  • Livescribe Connect Premium: Includes Connect Basic (Facebook, Evernote, MyLivescribe, your mobile device, and your computer)
    plus additional connectors for Email and Google Docs
  • Livescribe Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download)
  • 500 MB of personal online storage
  • Starter dot paper notebook
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Interactive Getting Started Guide
  • Smartpen Tips and Tricks
  • 2 smartpen caps
  • 2 ink cartridges

What You Need: 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
Echo smartpen logo 2GB Echo StarterPack Box
4GB Echo Box
8GB Echo box

Echo 8GB Pro Pack box 
Total hours of recording time* 200 400 800 800
Livescribe Connect Basic
(Evernote, Facebook, MyLivescribe, your mobile device, and your computer)
Livescribe Connect Premium
(includes all Connect Basic connectors plus Email and Google Docs)
 
Smartpen Portfolio      
3-D Recording Premium Headset      


MyScript for Livescribe Software
Converts handwritten notes to digital text

     


Livescribe Desktop
software for Mac or Windows

500 MB of personal online storage
Livescribe Starter Paper      
Livescribe Starter Notebook  
Micro USB Cable
Rubberized Grip  
Ink Cartridges 1 2 2 2
Smartpen Caps 1 2 2 2


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

Box Contains

  • The Echo Smartpen with 8 GB of memory (over 800 hours recording time)
  • Starter dot paper notebook
  • Micro USB cable
  • Interactive Getting Started Guide
  • Smartpen Tips & Tricks Guide
  • Two ink cartridges
  • Two Smartpen caps

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.7 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Preston on 8 Aug 2010
    Verified Purchase
    I'm preparing to start a college course this autumn and I've had this Livescribe ECHO 8GB pen a week now. I feel strangely optimistic about the whole affair, now that my pea-like memory and tortoise-like note writing skills have got the ECHO to fall back on. I've used it every day, including for some serious note taking with audio (though not in a busy lecture hall as yet) - it is comfortable, relatively easy to use and very impressive.

    As a very sound-orientated person, I'm finding that a link between recorded speach and the written word is an excellent memory aid, and much more engaging than plain writing.

    Two quibbles though:

    - my pen has frozen a couple of times, requiring a reboot to bring it back to use.
    - a couple of pages of my notes have additional lines drawn on them in the pencast version, so perhaps the nib had thought it was being pressed on the paper when it wasn't?

    I find MyScript handwriting-to-text converter an essential for further processing of my ECHO notes - it's purchased from a third party website and is far from perfect, but it still saves a mass of time in typing up notes. Your notes need to be legible and fairly linear for it to work well. I could just keep to the handwriting images, but converting to text allows cutting and pasting. When charts, spidergrams etc are needed, I won't bother trying to convert them to the inevitable meaningless squiggles that MyScript would make of them, though.
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    111 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Giordimaina on 22 Sep 2010
    The Echo smartpen is the latest in Livescribe's range of smartpens and carries with it a few improvements over the Pulse (the "old" smartpen). The improvements are:

    1) A flat area on the bottom of the pen to prevent it from rolling over.

    I have used the Pulse for over a year and while its functionality is great, I often had to place the pen in its carrying case when I wanted to put it down during lectures to prevent it from rolling off the desk. This used to create a scratching sound on my audio which while not detracting from the recording, would be highly annoying when re-listening to sessions. No such problem with the Echo. You can put it down and even if it does roll over, it will stop after one or two rolls instead of falling off your notes.

    2) Improved storage capacity.

    In my experience I have found that around 4GB is enough to record an entire year's worth of lectures, so 8GB might seem a bit excessive at first. However, Livescribe has steadily been launching more applications for their smartpens. One might argue that the space can be used for applications (some of which can reach a considerable size, such as the English dictionary currently available) so if you plan on using a lot of apps it's best to go with the Echo.

    3) Docking cradle replaced with standard USB cable.

    The two main advantages to this are that you can buy a replacement cable fairly easily if your original one gets lost or damaged, and that the pen can be used while still connected to the PC.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By michael on 5 Oct 2011
    I have had this smartpen for the last 3weeks and so far I am amazed at how misleading some reviews are and how great a product it is. Before I bought this pen I had a look at all the reviews as well as a lot of youtube videos on what to expect and what not to expect. I found a lot of complaints on the following issues; sound quality(it has a scratching sound in the background), paper is expensive, ink not of good quality(and they glued the tops...supposedly so that you don't refill it on your own), desktop not working on windows,they no longer support software developers.

    The biggest complaint is the livescribe desktop not working properly because you cant archive old files(so you WILL run out of storage in a month or 2 depending on usage), share and send them. I bumped into the problem and solved it in 5min, it seems as though the pen cannot be time shared between non-livescribe software and the livescribe desktop(which i don't expect it to be) I'm not sure if that solves the problem others had... the important thing for most users it worked for a while and then stopped so they must have done something... .

    The scratching sounds seem to be caused by the mic being on a pen... so you are recording the sound of you writing, I haven't had this problem. I use Medium ink refills and some users tend to think that it occurs in fine ink cartridges(they "scratch" paper more). I have had a top of the range dictaphone before(olympus WS560m) and the sound quality of this is about 80% as good as the dictaphone(for its size and shape, it's an amazing feature). I wanted to use my pen for lectures so I the livescribe 3D headphones(which are the best in ear headphones I have ever had), and could be a potential fix for the problems people faced with scratching sounds.
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    68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Dazza on 2 Sep 2010
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    I purchased the Livescribe Pulse when it first came out in the US in Aug 2008 and found the device excellent. My only issues were that the pen was uncomfortable to write with for extend periods, too chunky and the writing experience poor (pen cartridges overly priced). It was a relief to see an upgrade which I quickly purchased. Unfortunately, the Echo did not address the main issues of its predecessor but performed as intended. However, I had to return the first one as it failed to sync with the Livescribe desktop software owing to a faulty pen that Amazon kindly replaced. PS. I spend over 4 hours with Livescribe technical support to identify it was a faulty pen.
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