• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of both worlds

    I'm impressed by how well this product works. For those that like the tactile feel of writing on paper but the benefits of digital content this is a very good solution. Battery life is reasonable, the hardware gets regular software updates, and the paper products are high quality. The only thing I would like to see different is a smoother feel to the actual ball of the pen as it writes on the paper. It's not bad, but it's not as smooth as other pens I use. Whenever I see someone taking notes with pen and paper I ask them if they have a backup of that data and then show them the Livescribe.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Full of bugs

    I tried to use this pen as a tool for teaching. My plan was to record lectures with the pen and then put them on the course web page. However, I have given this up. The reason is that the software for using the pen is so full of bugs that it is basically useless. The program routine crashes, I cannot organise the files, I cannot even resize the windows, and the synchronisation between the speech and the writing is sometimes way off. What made finally me quit using this pen altogether is that it simply made a 2 hour lecture I recorded so full of errors that it is useless. DON'T BUY THIS PEN. IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY BECAUSE THE SOFTWARE IS FULL OF ERRORS.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible. Don't even

    The most expensive and useless pen ever. Horrible customer support, horrible technology. Don't do it.
    Good luck trying for these people to keep up with the Apple software updates. Basically every minor iOS or mac system software update will break the compatibility. Avoid and save your money

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Should have bought a store where I could return

    Bought pen soley for capturing lecture and note taking in an intermediate accounting class. While in class, pen and tablet are charged, pen/tablet led are red - indicate recording. Get home and try to listen to lecture, but Livescribe app gives me an error. "An error occured while attempting to open this pencast" WHAT!!!!! This is the 3rd time. Tablet notes are in green- which mean recorded.

    I have noticed that after two months of lecture and notetaking that the app is slow and sometimes unresponsive. Yes, I have enough memory on my iPad.

    Spent $200+ on the whole livescribe setup only to be falsely led. I need my class lecture recorded. What I should have done was dowloaded for FREE a recording app and saved the $200+.

    Livescribe do you know who frustrating and highly irritating this is? To find out that I have missed out on over 4 hours of lectures - lost time. I spent the money and was dependent upon this and expected more. To find out that once I get home that I can't listen to the lecture, but while in class the pen/tablet both show that lecture was recorded.

    Should have bought pen somewhere I could return it so I could get my money back. Do not buy at a campus bookstore.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    College Students: Here's a life-changing investment I think necessary

    I never thought something as simple (ironically) as a pen would change my educational career. At the beginning of my freshman year at the university I attend, I struggled. Especially in my chem and bio class.
    I saw the Livescribe 3 Smartpen ad and was in awe and I was hooked. Once I received it, my life changed. My study habits improved 5x more and studying became much more efficient and easy. I was able to take my usual notes and record my professor's lectures. Not only write and record, but was able to go to a specific note and listen to what my professor said at that specific time.
    Long story short, my c's turned into A's (seriously scored 4 100's out of 5 exams in zoology).
    It is a bit pricy and has some flaws with the app and should be updated to show pdf's and pencasts on desktop, but that is all easily overlooked for its great quality, convenience, and functionality (especially when synced with OneNote or Evernote).

    I highly recommend it for a college (or any) student who needs improved study habits to purchase this pen!!!!

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this Pen!

    I was excited to try the LiveScribe 3, but hesitant to buy it after reading a few negative reviews. For my purpose, as a graduate student and teacher, it is AWESOME. I have had the pen since boxing day and so far I am very impressed. I love this pen!

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    OCR has bugs; No sync across devices

    Recently purchased this on 27 September and tried it out over a few days. First, the optical character recognition has a bug. Meaning if you write something in your notebook, it may pick it up as nonsense. So when you search for notes, nothing pops up. I wrote in print and found myself retyping all of the notes. Mind you that my handwriting is actually kinda good. So the effort that goes into making this thing useful is huge.

    Second, if you load your notes into an iPAD and make changes and tag sections, your hard work will not sync with other apple devices. I was hoping I could use this for client meetings, make quick changes on my iPhone and sync to my iPAD later once I return to the office. Negative on all fronts. Not only would I have to retype my notes because of poor OCR, I would have to make all my changes on a single device and lug around my iPad everywhere. This device is not ready for prime time.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a useful product - read this and be warned

    I have relied on this technology for the last 5 years and my older pen died, so I jumped on this during a business trip. What a mistake - It actually seems that livescribe is trying to fail as a company. My rating is negative 5 stars.
    The latest Livescribe pen is a waste of effort and money. There is little value in having a "picture" of your notes sync with evernote and your IOS devices. The power comes in being able to search, organize and share your notes with others. To do this efficiently, you need a desktop app and MyScript (a piece of middleware to convert your scrawl into ASCII) this only syncs with an ios 7 app.
    What you see is not what you get on the electronic page - the margins are off and your notes are broken up into snippets that are hard to combine (actually, its nearly impossible on a ipad) PLUS - additional notes you make later aren't in the same place, they become another snippet and did I mention how hard it is to combine them? At the very least, notes NEED to be organizable on a page by page basis.
    Also, the notes to text conversion is substandard and trying to make propoer edits on you ipad is frustrating, time consuming and error prone.
    bottom line - I tetsted use of use and found it much easier to take notes, scan them and use OCR software to digitize them into ASCII.
    It is also easier to use an app on your iPad and a cheap stylus to take notes and have them recognized as text, synced with evernote, iCloud, outlook, word, etc. etc. Everything about this pen is a frustration - even if they PAID you to use it, it is worthless.
    Everything about this pen is a step back from useability. If they would only provide a desktop app as used by all the other pens, this would be useable. Frankly, I bought a new echo pen (2 pens back) but I am experimenting with notes straight to the ipad with a scribe as well. I will likely use the echo...but...

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work as advertising suggests

    I purchased this product for use with Evernote (after all they even included a 1 year free subscription to Evernote) but to my surprise, there is no integration available. Very disappointing.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works great but you have to be diligent about using it

    Ive had the Livescribe 3 since Jan 2014. I use if for work as well as school. It is the best way to take notes for an iPad. I never found any app that allowed you accurately and quickly write , transcribe and store notes. This does it.
    A few things or bits of info

    you CAN print extra paper. But its better you just buy it. our $10,000 copier at work still can't print the paper so i gave up

    It works. It is really amazing how you write on the paper and voila! it transposes it to your iPad. then you 'swipe' and it converts it to text.
    The 'pen cast' is great. Good for those long meetings or classes .

    You have to be diligent about using this. I have some nice pens.. but decided to stick with this. Which means it is your only work pen. buy a few spare inks too.

    You can sync and archive your books. easy to store and keep track of.

    Evernote... the jury is out on this. Ive been trying to like evernote, but its too clunky. I find Evernote a rainbow of information thrown against a wall.. Put another way Evernote does too much and if you don't use it i wouldn't bother.

    Would like the pen to link to OneNote. Most businesses have MS products so would be nice to have this feature.

    The bottom line? great for taking notes, storing things and archiving. I hope the product lasts and gets some more $$ thrown at it. If the adoption rate rises then this will certainly help the cause!

    76 of 86 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Livescribe smart pen 3

    I've been using my new pen for about a month now and it does everything I need it to do, organizing and reviewing notes. Am starting to use the recorded audio feature.

    46 of 71 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lots of Potential

    I am currently rating this product as 2 out of 5 with the possibility of being upgraded or downgraded depending on how Livescribe Support responds to my support request (2/5/14).

    Cons and Issues:
    1. This pen has fewer features than older versions. Specifically, it cannot make use of the customizable preset buttons on the top of dot paper and has no connectivity to a desktop. Further, there is no ability to backup or transfer audio and text notes to iCloud in iOS. I think this is an attempt to get customers to continue as Evernote (their partner) Premium Members after their first year, which is included.

    2. In one week of ownership there have been half a dozen times where the left portion of a page is cut off, making text recognition useless as well as the PDF-scan version of handwritten notes. So far, the issue resolves itself (meaning what you wrote is still cut off, but future notes will work fine) after restarting the pen, application, and iPhone.

    3. Older versions/models of the pen have many more options regarding ink cartridge replacements (i.e. color and point size). Black and blue ink with a medium point are the only options for this pen; older pens have black, blue, and red options in medium and fine points.

    1. I enjoy writing by hand and also enjoy having audio notes. OS X apps I have used that link audio with text always have my typing in the audio, which is annoying. Older versions/models of the pen have a lower quality built-in mic that records your handwriting. This version/model uses the mic in your iPhone or iPad and therefore you get clean audio while also being able to take notes during the lecture/meeting.

    2. This model/version is very nicely integrated into iOS. They just need to work out the bugs and add OS X integration.

    3. It has a lot of potential. If Livescribe is able to produce the product I thought I was buying (the product they advertise) this will be a definite 5 star product and I will update the review accordingly.

    118 of 130 people found this useful