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Livescribe 3 Smartpen

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size. The design is also appreciated, but many are critical about the build quality and reliability. Opinions are divided on the value for money.

usability, design, size

reliability, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mouse & Pointing Devices the Livescribe 3 Smartpen is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 71 reviews)

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen

 

Featuring a new design and tight iOS integration, the Livescribe 3 SmartPen makes it easy for iPhone and iPad owners to digitize their notes.

Curved comfortably thick design; Tightly integrated with iOS app; Easy way to add accurate handwriting capture to iOS

Requires iOS device to record audio; Needs to be recharged daily; Software doesn't logically break content into editable text blocks

For iOS users, Livescribe 3 is the next best thing to having an active stylus integrated into their iPhone or iPad, even if it comes with some hassles. Still, it pales in comparison to devices such as the Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 phone or Note 8 tablet,...

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen

 

The Livescribe 3 brings digitized note-taking to your iPhone or iPad, while preserving the company's useful synchronized audio recordings, but it's not as easy to use or as reliable as prior iterations.

Synchronizes written notes with audio recordings. Archives digital copies of your written notes. Much clearer pencasts (without pen-scratching sounds) than in prior iterations. Plenty of note-editing and sharing options

Requires a companion iOS device to work. Lacks Android support. Buggy audio recording synchronization. Requires special notebook paper

The Livescribe 3 Smartpen ($149.95 direct) is a curious left turn for the company, which until now has specialized in making "smart pens" that record your writing and synchronize it with your audio recordings. The Livescribe 3 works with an iPhone or...

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen review

 

Is the smartpen mightier than the keyboard?

Converts handwriting accurately ; Syncs quickly ; Clean, intuitive app ; Easy note sharing

Chunky Pen ; iOS only (for now)

Is the Livescribe 3 Smartpen worth the cost of entry over a cheap notebook and pen combo? That depends entirely on what you're planning on doing with it.

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Livescribe 3 smartpen (preview)

 

The Livescribe 3 smartpen employs an app-centric model that relies on an iOS-based device for recording and playback

New design ; 14 hour battery life

iOS only at launch ; Requires smartphone or tablet to record

Livescribe’s fourth generation smart pen, the Livescribe 3, is a revolutionary step for the vendor. Unlike its predecessors, it does not have an built-in microphone, speaker, or storage, but employs an app-centric model that relies on an iOS-based...

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Livescribe 3 review

 

Great for turning handwritten notes into text without the need for a PC, but it's only available for iOS

As Livescribe 3 is only available for iOS devices, owners of non-Apple phones and tablets will be better off with a different Livescribe product. Even so, the combination of the Livescribe 3 and the Livescribe+ app is one of the most practical...

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Livescribe 3 Smart Pen hands-on: Turning words into action

 

With everything else going electronic lately, it should come as little surprise that we'd eventually end up with a digital pen and paper.

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen review

 

The pen that turns your scribbles into editable text

Never miss a note, reliable, turns handwriting to text very accurately, app and pen work almost flawlessly, natural feel

No support for Android, some features like Pencast might take a bit of getting used to

All of the Livescribe's features will take a few attempts to get used to before you'll feel confident using them in real life situations, but once this is achieved you'll wonder how you ever did without it, if you're an iOS 7 user, that is.

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen

 

The Livescribe 3 brings digitized note-taking to your iPhone or iPad, while preserving the company's useful synchronized audio recordings, but it's not as easy to use or as reliable as prior iterations.

But the biggest problem with the Livescribe 3 is that it’s no longer just a pen. Now you can’t stand and take notes with the notebook and pen anymore, or just have the notebook on your desk; you must also have your phone or tablet out and listening....

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Livescribe 3 sends your written notes to your iPad or iPhone

 

Livescribe has released its latest smartpen that allows users to take written notes, record audio and have a digital reference of everything they've written or drawn.

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen brings direct connectivity to your iPhone or iPad

 

For several years Livescribe have been innovating with “Smartpens” that allow you to use a special paper to make notes and record audio all to be digitised and reviewed on your PC. Over the years the advances in technology have led to direct WiFi...

Simple, easy to use and with a direct bluetooth connection your notes are on your device in no time

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Product Specifications

Configuration

Built-in Storage Capability: No
Charging Unit Included:USB Charging Unit
Force / Vibrate Feedback: No
Read / Write Functionality: No
Scrolling Type:Not Applicable
Scrolling Wheel: No
USB:Micro USB
USB Hub: No

General Features

Battery-free Mouse: No
Gaming Product: No
Graphic Tablet with Mouse:Not Applicable
Graphic Tablet with Pen:Not Applicable
Input Registration:Not Applicable
Notebook Mouse: Yes
Platform:Media Tablet
Type:Digital Pen
Type of Connection:Bluetooth
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