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Livescribe 2GB Echo Smartpen

by Livescribe
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Records everything you write and hear (over 200 hours audio)
  • Saves and search your notes and recordings on your computer
  • Easily send notes and audio to Evernote, Facebook, Desktop or mobile device
  • Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download)
  • Customise by adding productivity, educational and entertianement apps
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Product Information

Technical Details
Model NumberAPA-00009
Item Weight363 g
Product Dimensions21.6 x 6.4 x 13 cm
Batteries:Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
Material Typeplastic
Point Typefine
Ink ColourBlack
Tip Typeballpoint
Manufacturer Part NumberAPA-00009
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 22,708 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight499 g
Date First Available23 May 2011
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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.

2GB of Memory: Room for Recordings and Notes

When digitizing your notes and audio you'll need storage space; with 2GB of memory, your smartpen has it. A 2GB smartpen can hold over 200 hours of audio* or 32,000 pages of notes.

Included Smartpen Applications

Your Echo smartpen comes loaded with applications ready to work right out of the box:

  • Livescribe Connect Basic: Easily send and share notes and audio to Evernote, Facebook, Microsoft OneNote, 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 favorite app by writing it's 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, Grid 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

  • Echo smartpen with 2GB of memory and included applications
  • Livescribe Connect Basic: Facebook, Evernote, MyLivescribe, your mobile device, and your computer
    – an upgrade pack for Email and Google Docs is available separately
  • Livescribe Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download)
  • 500 MB of personal online storage
  • Starter dot paper
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Interactive Getting Started Guide
  • Smartpen Tips and Tricks
  • 1 Smartpen cap

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
Total hours of recording time* 200 400 800
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)

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
Smartpen Caps 1 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

Product Description

The Livescribe Echo is an innovative & must have device for anyone in the business or academic world. The smartpen records everything you write, say& hear so that it can be easily referenced at a later stage. Recordings can be saved to your computer and shared with others so that meetings or lectures will never be the same. Key features Records everything you write & hear (200+ hours audio)Save & search your notes & recordings on your computerEasily send notes & audio to Evernote, Facebook, Desktop or mobile deviceDesktop software for Mac or Windows (download)Customise by adding productivity, educational & entertainment appsGood to know Requires internet connectionOnly works with Livescribe dot paper (4 x A4 included)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 8 Dec 2011
By Martin
Verified Purchase
Have been using for nearly 2 months and I am stunned. I ordered this with high expectations and as is normal with these kinds of gadgets I then expected that the initial excitement would be subsided by a fatal flaw in the product and then end up chucking it into the bottom of the draw.

However, I was amazed when I first started using it and 8 weeks on I am still amazed and I use it every working day.
Firstly, let me explain my situation. I work from home, I spend my life in a home office on conference calls and am in a fairly new technical lead role, where I have to digest much new and complex information. I previously had a little Dictaphone which was very inefficient, to replay important parts of calls. This pen does so much more.

The Echo Pen allows me to record every single call and as I write every word is saved. If I want to replay part of the conversation I just place my pen on the words I wrote and the pen replays that exact part of the conversation. Even better when I plug the pen into the computer all the notes/audio are transferred and you can then search through your handwriting for key words. This is exactly what I have been looking for. It now means I can decipher all the technical gobbledegook quickly and in my own time and ensure I have captured everything correctly.

I have since bought the 4 Live-scribe journal (80 sheets) and additional ink re-fill, which so far i haven't had to replace and still using the original. Yesterday I was getting worried I was getting close to the 2GB limit of audio on the pen, and then found you can easily remove older audio from the pen to free up space, but it retains it on the computer.

Only issues I have is that you may be disappointed which what arrives in the box.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 'Digi-Pen' for Dyslexic Study 26 May 2011
By Aetius
I bought this pen & some digital note pads (following a recommendation from a business contact) for my very dyslexic daughter, as I thought it might help her at University.
Well - it turned out to be a huge/outstanding success and exceeded all my expectations and hers as well. It was really easy to set up and link in with her Apple Laptop and she's also bought & downloaded other linked voice transcription software to support it.
Her University (Sussex) were very supportive (once they understood what it was all about) and she now has permission from all her lecturers to use the pen in their lectures and tutorials - greatly assisting her, as one of the big problems she faced was comprehensive & coherent note taking.
The script-to-text conversion software and the voice-to-text software were also of great assistance, dramatically cutting down the extended time taken by her to transcribe her notes.
All in all a brilliant concept - and the digital notepads were easily orderable (via Amazon) at a not unreasonable price.
Known now as "that singing pen" by all her Uni friends ... as it has a music writing & playback facility as well ... I'm about to order one for myself, as I've struggled with business note taking for 30+ years myself. Thoroughly recommended & a total bargin.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect blend of old and new 15 Sep 2011
By Peter Roxburgh TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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First off, the answer is no - you can't play Angry Birds on the Livescribe. If you are still reading then you will this to be an interesting piece of technology - and it's not just a gimmick.

The instructions were fairly simple to follow with regards to set-up of the pen. The genius is that the instruction booklet requires you to use the pen - you tap on an icon and the pen tells you what to do next. Definitely a few 'wow' moments as you find out all that the livescribe does!

Some of it is a little gimmicky - like the fact that you can draw 9 joined up lines on a piece of the special paper and then when you tap in each line it plays a different note like a piano. Can't imagine when you might use that - but it will impress some friends maybe!

However, the main use of the Livescribe will be during lectures, team meetings or one-to-one meetings like for interviews, coaching sessions, counselling sessions and so on. Here it beats both dictaphone and ipad. And here's why:

With the Livescribe, you write your notes down on the piece of paper, while you record what the person is saying. So let's take a journalist as an example.

You sit down with your pad of LIvescribe paper, you press record (which is on the paper) and you make notes as the person speaks. This way you have both a written copy of your notes as well as the voice. But what makes Livescribe genius is that you can then go back home, and if you tap say at the top of the third paragraph of your notes, the voice recording jumps to exactly that section! That way, you don't have keep pressing forwards and backwards on a dictaphone to try and find the exact quote or section. And you aren't scrolling up down on your ipad trying to remember where you wrote what...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Pen appears to work as advertised, however build quality isn't brilliant (the plastics don't all match up properly at the joins, the cap doesn't quite go on completely, etc), and unlike the 4GB and 8GB versions there is no rubberised grip (and the plastic is smooth and slippery). Not sure that the rubberised grip and a couple GB of memory is worth another £50 or so however.

Overall a good product, let down by ergonomics.

Just a quick update:

After one month of use, I wouldn't be without this pen (hence upgraded from 3 stars to 4).

Other than the grip, the only other gripe is the ink...not the smoothest for writing, and the cartridges don't last very long (only about 50 pages of writing).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A total waste of money
I have hardly used this item. When the warranty ran out the screen faded to the extent that I couldn't read it. I then found out that this was a common problem. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mr A.W. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars I
It was a gift for someone. They said that it was "good" but they didn't use it for long, so…
Published 1 month ago by Bernardus
3.0 out of 5 stars It has potential...
...but the design is a little bit clumsy and the ink runs out fast..
Nice copies and the actual software is good..
Published 8 months ago by Perttu Kivelš
4.0 out of 5 stars 2GB is plenty, pen works great but the recordings sound terrible
Good points:
I used this for about 6 hours a week for 6 months and still have 1gb left from the original 2gb, at 'max quality' sound setting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Abi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed
I was a little dubious about this, but thought I'd give it a go. I was very impressed though. It captures the writing brilliantly with (for me anyway, so far) no flaws, even in low... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing gadget - but really useful too
I use this pen for taking meeting notes but often if I am in a one to one meeting I dont write enough, just bullet points which dont mean much a week later!! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and very productive
As a student this has helped me in so many ways. All my notes are copied to my laptop with no fuss and appear exactly as I wrote them. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thomas Alker
2.0 out of 5 stars below expectations if you used to write with a gel ink
recording capability is good but hard to write with this grip and the lack of gel ink. If they will launch a new series of gel inks I will start using it.
Published 16 months ago by Fotis
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but can be better
Great idea! I like the way this pen works but in all the drawings it looks like as if something is missing: C-O-L-O-U-R !!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ege Keskin
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from a Uni Student!!
Although i got a few funny looks in my first week of lectures, this pen has actually won a lot of people over. Read more
Published 18 months ago by JLstudent12
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