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Livescribe 2GB Pulse Smartpen


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  • The Pulse smartpen records audio and links it to what you write
  • Automatically captures everything as you write and draw
  • Transfer your notes to your computer
  • Organize your notes and even search for words within them
  • Search and share your notes and recordings from your computer
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandLivescribe
Model NumberAPA-00002
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions15.2 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm
ColourSilver
Material Typemetal
Point Typemedium
Ink ColourBlack
Tip Typeballpoint
Manufacturer Part NumberAPA-00002
  
Additional Information
ASINB001AAN4PW
Best Sellers Rank 71,953 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 Kg
Date First Available22 Jun. 2009
  
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Manufacturer's Description

Capture everything: The Pulse smartpen records audio and links it to what you write. Missed something? Tap on your notes or drawings with the tip of your Pulse smartpen to hear what was said while you were writing. The Pulse smartpen automatically captures everything as you write and draw. Transfer your notes to your computer, organize them, and even search for words within your notes. Find what you want in seconds. Transform your notes and audio into interactive movies and upload your creations online for everyone to see, hear and play. The 1.3 oz. anodized aluminum Pulse smartpen records audio and links it what you write. The 2GB of memory can hold over 100 hours of recording. Actual time may vary. Requires Windows XP with service pack 2 or Windows Vista.

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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244 of 245 people found the following review helpful By S. Robinson on 5 Oct. 2009
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I watched countless YouTube video reviews of this gadget before buying one and thought I'd write one for Amazon.

Look and Feel

It's a lot lighter than I was expecting - about the weight of a decent fountain pen. It is fatter than a normal pen but I have large hands so it feels quite good to write with. I've also noticed that the onboard microphone does not pick up the nib scratching on the paper, as other reviewers have noted. This could be due to a firmware upgrade I guess.
It has no clip so there is a tendency for it to role away from you when you put it down. This could be expensive if you let it roll off the desk and it breaks.

Memory Usage

The pen comes with 2GB of storage but you don't get all of it for your own usage. Without doing anything with the pen you lose 129.50MB to System files, 46.90MB for Applications and 30.74MB to Files. That leaves you with 1.80GB. This shouldn't be a problem but I thought it worth mentioning.

Error 3 - File Limit - I read on the internet that the pen has a limitation of 400 sound files. This probably isn't an issue for students that record long lectures but for me, recording shorter interviews with clients, this might be a problem. The only solution offered by Livescribe it to delete some of your files. Hopefully they will provide some kind of firmware update to fix this in the future.

Firmware Updates

Before you connect the pen to your computer you should download the desktop software from the U.S. website (not available from the UK distributer website).
The first time you dock the pen in the USB cradle it will ask you to download firmware updates. I did this as a matter of course as I guessed there would be bug fixes involved.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By David Jukes on 1 Jan. 2010
I had this pen for Christmas ... after 4 days of messing about setting it up it all works fine and does what it says extreemly well. I am happy with the product but the reason for the 3 stars is because of the set up and help.

The software needed downloading for install .... fine but the pens firmware (actual software in the pen) also needed updating and on my system (Vista 64 bit) it said it had done this but it hadn't (you can check the firmware version on the pen). In fact it was not clear it needed to be done at all. The help documentation in pdf is confusing as few of the help guides are 'self contained' instructions. You are sent from page to page on one topic and get confused easily. The installation requirements are NOT clear and tab blindness (you don't automatically see the correct tabs) makes it difficult.

Once I'd played about and found the software to download (found how from a users blog not the Livescribe site) it worked on the paper that came with the pen. When I went to use 'new' paper pads they would not upload. This took a simple hard reset of the pen by holding the pen button in for 10 secs .... fine you may say, but no help on this from the official website, I had to solve this by searching other user blogs. This was just my experience and the frustration of setting it up. Now it is all working the pen is actually very very good and I like it. I did want to throw it through the window when setting up though.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By lyesbkz on 14 Sept. 2009
Initially, when I purchased this product to try something new, I wasn't sure how useful it would be or how often I would use it. However, having owned it now for a few months, it has turned out to be one of the most valuable purchases I have ever made - I carry it with me at most times and make a lot of use of the Smartpen on a daily basis.

Being a student, this pen comes in remarkably useful - using it to take notes in lectures is no more difficult than using traditional pen and paper. And transferring all of the notes to my laptop has meant that if there is a lecture I cannot completely remember, I can very easily refresh my memory at any time!

The pen itself is sleek and not noticeably heavier than a traditional pen. I very quickly became used to holding and using the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. And the dot paper quickly looks and feels like normal writing paper too. I would recommend the 2GB version for students, as this will hold probably about the right number of lectures before needing to archive the content from the pen itself.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emmanouil Kouroupakis on 23 Feb. 2010
I purchased this pen for business use and I was really happy when I opened the box and made it functional within minutes. The notes search facility worked fine also (write a keyword then search for it).
But suddenly the pen started having sync problems with my PC and after 20 days and exchange many emails with Livescribe support the problem was never solved. After that the support disappeared (probably they were confused with their product also). Also when you export the notes as PDF you will not be able to open this PDF file. Be serious gentlemen, we don't need other useless gadgets but reliable products.
A big A++ to Amazon who accepted to fully refund the purchase
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phil L on 26 Oct. 2009
What a great idea. You simply take notes whilst you're talking to people and then you can refer back to them to remember the exact details of the conversation.
It's a must-have for anybody who gathers feedback & requirements.

The tutorial took 15-30 minutes to complete and even though it looks complicated it couldn't be easier.

The only drawback (hence 4 stars instead of 5) is the high cost and availability of accesories. Basic items like pen refils and extra pads (both of which are necessary) are expensive. The UK supplier also seems to have only 50% of the supplies that the US have.

Apart from this, it's one of the best gadgets I've bought for a long while.
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