Summary: Using this is like scanning each page you write and saving to your computer. Frankly limited utility. There is a OCR app to interpret your writing, but I found it fell short when interpreting my chicken scratchings. The pen is bulky and the cap desperately wants to get lost (no place to put it but in your pocket on on the desk while you write.
Summary: My Computor skills are limited, therefore my experience could have better if I really knew what I getting to. the disappointment happened when I tried to register with Livescribe. They wanted an email address and when I provided my address I got a message 3 times that said; THIS EMAIL iS IN USE.
Summary: I bought the 8GB Echo smartpen to take notes in my math courses. (I'm a graduate student in mathematics) Although it's pretty cool to hear lectures again while seeing my notes, the implementation of this system has a pile of irritating drawbacks that you should consider before investing your time and energy into using a Livescribe. 1. The software interface is pretty awful. It is very frustrating to move pencasts around in a computer.
Summary: First some back ground. I own both a Pulse and an Echo. When they work, I am fairly happy with them. Customer support is fairly iffy and they are not great about supporting prior technology. They had an app for iOS allowing Pulsecasts to be played on the devices. It has not worked since version 6 came out and there is no timeline given. I get the impression there are only a couple of people in the States.
Summary: Pros: great capacity, good built-in notes search, good syncing options, unmatched digital note taking Cons: plastic cracks, cap easy to lose, tiny magnet holding the cardridge falls out, weak built-in microphone, not compatible with RDP, no easy way to backup old notebooks/notes, third party apps required for transcribing Let me start off by saying that I love my Livescribe Echo 2Gb smartpen for digital note taking, but that is has its limitations.
Summary: I really love my echo smart pen 2GB, but it dose have alot of bugs! I have problems with the notes turning to scribbles if not careful... been reading other reviews on how to fix this, My pen charges, and updates well, but it could use a sleeker design so it doesn't slip in your hand or off the table. I wish it would since automatically to mac software... They need to send a better HOW TO packet with the pen and fix the buggy software, mine crashes and freezes alot.
Summary: I got this a while back and I haven't really used it because: 1. I find it difficult to use (although I work in technology and love new gadgets) 2. my company won't allow me to to use the software you need for this to work on my work computer...
The hardware is wonderful, but the software is a piece of a trash
Livescribe Echo 4 GB, Amazon
2 May 2012
Summary: The hardware is wonderful, and it's very helpful to listen to the audio associated with your writing. If this was based on the pen alone, it would be 5 stars. However, I'm taking off two stars for the associated software. I don't know about the Windows version of Livescribe Desktop, but the Mac version is riddled with bugs and has slowly become unusable. It constantly hangs, which is inexcusable on a modern computer.