Livescribe Wifi Smart Pen Review

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We recently reviewed the Livescribe Smart Pen, a pen which records both your written and spoken notes.  Recognising that not everyone wants to download note by plugging the pen into a computer, Livescribe have developed a version of the smart pen with Wifi built in.  Instead of relying on Livescribe software you now find your notes automatically added to an Evernote account.

The Livescribe wifi smart pen was very simple to setup, with instructions provided from the included literature, on the pen itself and via an online setup guide.  Overall it was a quick and easy process and the pen was linked to Evernote in a matter of minutes.

Previously you had to wait until you plugged the smart pen into a PC before you could access notes.  With the wifi smart pen once you finish your note taking it will synchronize as soon as it’s on a recognised wifi network.  Synchronization takes place at an impressively fast speed, the notes were available to view via Evernote within a minute of stopping recording.  You get extra Evernote space included with the pen, just keep in mind that if you use this a lot you might need to start spending more to increase the amount of storage space you need.

Wifi Pen syncDisappointingly the annoying pen cap design hasn’t been addressed, it’s tricky to use and has no where to place it once removed, meaning it’ll be easily lost. As this isn’t a traditional pen design there isn’t a way to keep the pad and the pen together, where normally I’d hook a pen onto a pad with the smartpen this wasn’t possible.  There is also still a quality issue with the central band, as with the previous version this band is noticeable when you run a finger along the pen and stops this feeling like a quality pen.

It’s an interesting decision to switch completely to Evernote as theprevious Livescribe desktop software was very good. Those who want to rename their notes will be frustrated to find this isn’t possible via the Evernote web interface, but is possible via the app. Don’t worry about missing out on the ability to play back your notes, although this isn’t a feature of Evernote all you need to do is click on the note to be taken to a Livescribe online player which gives you the ability to click on different parts of the notes to listen to what was recorded at the time.

Overall though this is a very useful tool, easily recording an hour long meeting with over 75% battery charge remaining.  Those who use the Livescribe desktop software maybe a little disappointed there is no option to use both Evernote and the existing software, and it’s also a pity some of the design issues haven’t been address, but the instant syncing over wifi is a brilliant feature you’ll find hard to give up.

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Livescribe 2020 Weekly Planner - Compatible with Aegir and Livescribe 3 Smartpen

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  • Track goals and be organized with daily, weekly, and monthly calendars.
  • Monthly Section: A layout that is printed across a double page. Each day has its own box, and the days are printed left to right and top to bottom.
  • Weekly Section: A two-page layout with each day of the week printed on the left along with a ruled page on the right side for all your notes and sketches.
  • Dotted grid pages for journaling.
  • Hardbound gray colored cover with lay-flat design & rounded corners

Livescribe Symphony Smartpen Bluetooth Digital Pen – Compatible with iOS, Android, Smartphones, Tablets (Latest Version), APX-00040

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  • Capture everything you hear, write, and draw on Livescribe paper directly to your smartphone, tablet, or computer – allowing you the ease of writing on paper with the mobility of having a digital copy.
  • Simultaneously record audio while writing with the Livescribe+ app to add voice to your school or meeting 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.
  • Convert your handwriting into text and make your handwritten notes searchable with the Livescribe+ app, which currently recognizes up to 28 languages. Students can share handwritten notes or assignments directly from paper with friends or teachers. Professionals can share ideas and collaborate with colleagues or clients.
  • Access notes from mobile (iOS/ Android) or desktop (Windows/ macOS), share as text, PDF, image, or Word doc, or automatically sync them with the cloud (Dropbox / Google Drive / MS OneNote / Evernote). Perfect for storing your Zoom call notes in the cloud for easy access and recall.
  • Perfect for Teachers: Use pencasts to create lessons for your students. Use the Symphony like writing on a chalkboard.

Livescribe Smartpen Portfolio

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  • Smooth microsuede interior finish
  • Secure and durable elastic band holds smartpen in place
  • Three convenient pockets for holding cards
  • Fits either a Livescribe A5 notebook or Journal
  • Fits all Livescribe smartpens

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.

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