4 Stars By AlumiGogo Buyer on 2010-09-06
Works great overall
Works as advertised... super helpful for those meetings where people talk too fast or you are unfamiliar with the topic at hand. Listening to it afterward is AWESOME-- you catch 100% of what happened. Upload procedure is easy and software design is great. I'm very happy so far however there are a couple issues I've encountered that make it less than five stars:
1. There is no pocket clip, cap, or other non-cylindrical part that prevents the pen from rolling off the table when you set it down
2. Pen is very fat-- feels like you are writing with a magic marker and calls undue attention (although when I explain what it is people are AMAZED)
3. Failed to upload the voice recording once... and I have heard some other stories of this occurring. Software is probably a bit buggy (but has worked 90% of the time for me) Thankfully the voice recording was still in the pen.
Overall I'm very happy with the product, even though it means I have to buy their special paper!
5 Stars By panda on 2015-04-13
A College Student Dream!
I am Deaf aa college student with severe diabetes arthritis and Lupus .Typing papers was a project that hurt and was harder than the 5 to 10 pg reports this has been a blessing to me I am able to write and download it then transcribe it into APA formated papers I edit my papapers when I print it out and large amounts of editing I can write download copy paste it to the specific spot and delete the other thing. This is awesome
5 Stars By S. Bellomo on 2010-11-15
I love it - already buying more as gifts
It works great. I really love how you can playback the audio by clicking on a note you were writing while recording.
I've never had it fail. It always picks up everything I write. I think this could be a really valuable tool for anyone in college. It's a little bit of a touchy item in a corporate setting because people don't usually want to be recorded.
You don't have to record audio though. You can just start writing on your note pad and it will record what you write without audio.
People complain about needing to purchase paper but it's not really that expensive. If you're really concerned about that, livescribe lets you download "dot paper" from their website that you can print on your home printer which works exactly like their pre-printed dot paper.
I just bought one for my Father and I'm planning on getting at least 2 more as gifts for Christmas.
I only have one gripe but it doesn't detract from my 5 star rating. I wish it came bundled with the software that turned your handwriting into type. You can purchase it for an additional $30 which isn't that bad, and some versions of this pen come with it bundled so shop around.
4 Stars By Barbara B on 2011-03-10
Good for teachers
I have only had my Livescribe Smartpen for about a month. I am a high school math teacher and have already used it to prepare several pencasts for my students. By working an example while explaining it, I create a mini-lesson which my students can watch at home if they need more help or if they have been absent from class. The students are finding it helpful.
The pen is easy to use for the most part, but there are a few tips which I found by reading reviews. If you write while speaking and don't use the microphone on the headset, you will hear the pen scratching on the paper which is very annoying. The headset which came with the pen looks like ordinary earbuds to use if you wanted to listen to a pencast after creating it. But each ear piece has a microphone in it. When I am preparing a lesson, I hang the wires around my neck so that the microphones are in front of me. No more scratching noise! The sound is perfect.
The written documentation is minimal. I strongly recommend reading critiques of the pen online. This is where I got the idea of using it for my classes.
4 Stars By One Tall Dan on 2016-07-02
It looked really cool when I saw someone using it
I saw someone using one of these and thought it was really cool. So I bought one for my granddaughter who was in college. I asked her to give it back to me if she was not going to use it. When I asked her later how she liked it, she said she didn't have it anymore. Maybe she sold it for some extra cash.
5 Stars By Benjamin Gelbart on 2010-12-09
Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
I love using this pen in college. It helps me out so much when I have crappy instructors. I can save my whole notebook to my laptop and reference it at a later time. It is great for studying for tests, so you can minimize the distractions around you. I use the headphones included so I can tune out all outside noise. Also, if you have friends that miss the lecture and need to copy your notes you can either print them out, or refer them to your personal website with audio and notes. If you like getting A's in college this is definitely an item you should invest in.
1 Stars By B J Stanford on 2017-02-15
I am very disappointed in it's use
Though I need a new pen I am sending the old one back because it does not work after one year and I have been told that this model of this pen is not made anymore. I am very disappointed in it's use.
1 Stars By Patrick C on 2014-05-14
Screen went blank, Pen is dead
Got about 40 pages out of the 2GB pulse before it died. Unfortunately I went a few months between usages and the warranty expired before I found the problem. Their website is full of similar complaints. None of the suggested fixes worked.
Not a chance I would ever invest in a new one. Now it is just a very expensive ball point pen.
5 Stars By guzigord on 2011-05-02
I love this pen.
I ordered this pen originally to take notes in Organic Chemistry. For studying purposes, this pen is wonderful. I am also in the habit of taking notes on random pieces of paper and losing them. I take all notes with this pen now, so if I lose the paper, it's not a big deal. This pen is so fun to use. My only complaint would be with the pen refills. They don't write very smoothly, and I like bold gel pens. I would recommend this pen to anyone, especially people who take lots of notes either in class or for work!
5 Stars By C_L189@yahoo.com on 2010-07-23
AWESOME PRODUCT - Use it for client meetings
Great product; I use it primarily for client meetings as it allows me to save specific pages in PDF format and upload to [...] rather than re typing my notes, I simply enter refer to attached... The desktop software is also extremely useful as you can search handwritten notes which has saved me a great deal of time when trying to find some obscure note or phone number. After a meeting I will use it to record top of mind thoughts or key facts that I need to remember. (I do not record meetings.) Definitely has helped my productivity in a big way. This would have been great to have in college to record lectures. I would highly recommend.