Livescribe 3 Smartpen Pro Edition

Livescribe 3 Smartpen Pro Edition

$199.95

2.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 5 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    Turn your words into action

    With the Livescribe 3 smartpen and the free Livescribe+ app, you can simply write on Livescribe dot paper and watch the text instantly appear on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch where it becomes truly useful.

    Livescribe 3 smartpen

    The Livescribe 3 smartpen delivers a smooth, elegant writing experience while the integrated IR camera is simultaneously capturing everything you write or draw on Livescribe dot paper. When connected to your compatible iOS device the Livescribe 3 sends all your content to the Livescribe+ app. Don't have your iPad or iPhone with you? No problem. When powered on the Livescribe 3 smartpen still captures every note or drawing. Later, when connected to your iOS device, it transfers all of that information to the Livescribe+ app.

    Bluetooth Smart—longer battery life, faster pairing

    Livescribe 3 smartpen uses Bluetooth Smart technology to pair with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, supporting more than 14 hours of continuous use between charges. It also makes pairing much easier—just turn on the Livescribe 3 from its twist ring and accept the pairing request on your iOS device with a single tap. After that your smartpen will connect automatically each time you launch the app from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

    Pencasts make sure you never miss a word

    Using the built-in mic on your iOS device, the smartpen can easily add recorded audio that's synced with your handwriting. Relive important moments with just a tap on any word to hear what was recorded at the moment you wrote that word.

    Livescribe+ app for iOS

    Designed to make your notes more useful, more quickly, Livescribe+ is the companion app to the Livescribe 3 smartpen. Livescribe+ makes it easy to integrate your notes with the rest of your mobile life, with just a few taps of your finger: tag, search, organize, and share notes.

    Convert handwriting to text with a simple swipe, or create reminders, appointments, and contacts directly from your handwritten notes. You can even insert photos and typed memos directly into Livescribe+ to add richness and depth to your notes.

    When it comes time to share, Livescribe+ and a single tap lets you share PDFs of your notes, pictures, and pencasts through Mail, Messages, AirDrop, Evernote, Dropbox, and more.

  • Highlights

    • Pair directly to your Bluetooth Smart ready iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
    • Delivers a premium writing experience on paper and an integrated stylus
    • Works with your iOS device to record and play back audio synced to your notes
    • Integrated with the Livescribe+ app to transform your notes into useful content
    • Convert handwriting to text with a swipe of your finger
    • Create reminders, appointments, and contacts directly from handwritten notes
    • Share PDFs of your handwritten notes through Mail, Messages, AirDrop, Evernote, Dropbox, and more
    • Pro Edition includes a free one-year subscription to Evernote Premium and a leather smartpen portfolio
  • Did you notice?

    The smartpen can simultaneously record audio, so you can hear the words you've transcribed.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Capture writing and drawings on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with the Livescribe smartpen and Livescribe+ app.
  • What's in the Box?

    • Livescribe 3 smartpen Pro Edition
    • Dot Paper journal (100 sheets)
    • Leather smartpen portfolio
    • One-year free Evernote Premium
    • Livescribe+ companion app for iOS (free download)
    • Micro USB cable
  • Tech Specs

    • Width: 0.59 in./1.49 cm
    • Weight: 1.2 oz./34 g
    • Length: 6.38 in./16.2 cm
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • iOS 7 or later
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: APX-00017
    • UPC or EAN No.: 816108010427

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: One year on all parts and labor

    Manufacturer Note

    • Requires Livescribe dot paper (100 sheets included)

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (2.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Lots of Potential

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I am currently rating this product as 2 out of 5 with the possibility of being upgraded or downgraded depending on how Livescribe 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.

    Pros:
    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.

    • Written by from Asheville

    49 of 55 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Lots of Potential
  • works great but you have to be diligent about using it

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 nev 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!

    • Written by from Etobicoke

    25 of 25 people found this useful

    Was this useful? works great but you have to be diligent about using it
  • Livescribe smart pen 3

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 starti 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.

    • Written by from Onalaska

    24 of 28 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Livescribe smart pen 3
  • Not a useful product - read this and be warned

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 mi 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.
    Worse?
    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...

    • Written by from Rockville

    7 of 10 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Not a useful product - read this and be warned
  • Doesn't work as advertising suggests

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I purchased this product for use with Evernote (after all they even included a 1 year free subscription to Evernote) but to my sur 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.

    • Written by from Little Neck

    5 of 11 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Doesn't work as advertising suggests
  • works great but you have to be diligent about using it

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 nev 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!

    • Written by from Etobicoke

    25 of 25 people found this useful

    Was this useful? works great but you have to be diligent about using it

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