Reviews and Problems with Livescribe Echo 2GB-8GB Smartpen
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Livescribe Echo 4GB Smartpen
Herrera212, REVIEW STREAM
6 days ago
Excerpt: I was looking for an electronic gadget which can assist you with your transcribing at the same time can record all sorts of audio stuffs. Livescribe Echo is a pen-shaped audio recorder which has multi purpose and capable of unconventional features. I really thought before that there was no such gadget like this until I found out about this from iStore. This looks like a pen but this is capable of recording what you write.
Summary: I have the 4GB ECHO. I generally won't post a review on a product like this until I have used it for at least one year, and in this case, I waited longer than that. The pen works well to its stated function, at least for me. I use the pen now and then, and have recorded in the presence of hundreds of clients. The pen works well with my Livescribe desktop application on my PC.
Great product when it works, but it has a known screen problem and company does not uphold their warranty.
Suzee Q, Amazon
7 June 2014
Summary: I wouldn't buy it again. We have two of these pens in my household. My daughter's pen works fine and is very useful to her. On my pen, the OLED display dimmed and stop working and the warranty has not expired yet, but the company is giving me the runaround. With a dead display, you can't tell if the pen is even on or not, let alone the date, time and many other details.
Summary: I purchased my ECHO about a month ago and it has been a headache ever since. First off, the refill cartridges last all of four pages of notes and then you have to switch it out. I downloaded the livescribe desktop on my mac and it kept crashing. I would open it, try to scroll down, and it would crash. I would open livescribe and it would just crash from sitting idle. The pen is also really bulky and slippery once you start writing for a while.
Summary: Huge regret. It might be nice if Livescribe bothered to continue to support this model, but almost right after I bought it, they decided to move to Bluetooth pens or some other thing. Consequently they haven't bothered to updated the Livescribe desktop software to be compatible with Windows 8, making this a useless piece of junk.
Once you buy it, it's hard to live without - and it never argues back
14 November 2013
Summary: I love this pen. indispensable for journalists, students, lawyers, and anyone else who needs accurate audio recordings to go with their notes. By using the special paper, which you can either buy in various formats or print from the computer, you can sync your notes with the audio for quick and easy reference, and also download and share your pencasts to your PC.
Summary: So I bought this to make videos for my blog, and for an informational product I'm creating. Too bad you can ONLY host the videos created by this thing on the LiveScribe community website - not on YouTube, and you can't download the videos for any other use. The point of making videos is to enhance the content of your website, not LiveScribe's. Too bad they don't tell you this until you buy it.
Summary: You are buying a VERY expensive **DISPOSABLE pen**! I have had mine for just over 3 years and the battery is beginning to fail. It won't hold a charge off the dock and when it is fully charged I get less than half the promised 5 hours of recording pen and audio. The battery CANNOT be replaced for love nor money. When you ask, they'll tell you that this is what can be expected with any battery.
Summary: just got my echo smartpen..and from my first impression..OMG!!! I am rarely blown away but on this item I am. I am a first semester go back 2 school after working for 25 yrs. (rate economy 1 star..rate pen 4 star), I need something to take notes and to record lectures for study use. To find a product that does both and it works out of the box is good 2 say the least. Its a great product but won't lie..it has a few shortcoming.