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Livescribe ECHO 4GB Smartpen APA-00006

alaTest has collected and analyzed 530 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and reliability. The build quality and design also get good reviews, but there are some negative opinions about the value for money.

usability, design, build quality, reliability, size

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mouse & Pointing Devices the Livescribe ECHO 4GB Smartpen APA-00006 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 530 reviews)

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Amazon review summary for Livescribe ECHO 4GB Smartpen APA-00006


alaTest has collected and analyzed 502 user reviews of Livescribe ECHO 4GB Smartpen APA-00006 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices on

usability, design, build quality, reliability, size

value for money

72% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Livescribe 4 GB Echo Smartpen

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Terrible ink cartridge ruins potential


I got this awesome pen last Christmas and I hate using it because of the ink cartridge. How did the company oversee this? The ink will "skip" sometimes and does run out quickly. Maybe more testing should have been done to bring these logistical...

Great Interface","Improves Functionality

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A business and school must have


After purchasing in bulk for my current employer I had to get one for my daughter to use in her college classes. Her biggest complaint was missing parts of lectures trying to write notes. Now she can just make a note to check the recording, it doesn't...

Great Interface,Improves Functionality


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In school? Buy this!


This thing does everything advertised. Perfect for taking and reviewing notes. Only con is the ink cartridge size.

Easy To Use,Great Interface,Improves Functionality,Lightweight

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Quick Learn


This is great for capturing all of the content from presenters that may speak just a little too fast for those of us who write slower. I am able to capture just the graphics and key points on paper and then the audio accompanies the drawings that I...

Durable,Easy To Use,Great Interface

Bulky,No Bluetooth

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Great Pen


The pen is great for recording notes both audibly and then transferring into my Mac. The desktop software could be a little more intuitive. Then pen feels "cheap" I would rather have it metal, but time will tell how durable it is. I would hate to think...

Easy To Use,Lightweight

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At last, a great handheld tool


I prefer to write and think using pen and paper -- it's still light years ahead of thought tools on a computer. When I found the Livescribe pen I hoped I'd found an answer. Though the pen is a little bulky, I found it easy to get used to (I'm a...

Easy To Use,Great Interface,Saves time


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No support


Pen died during a firmware upgrade, took it back, second pen died during a firmware upgrade. The customer forum indicates this is a known problem. Contacted support, case number assigned, no response. Checked back with support, no details had been...

Great concept

Buggy software,No Support

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Best thing since sliced bread


The 4 GB Echo from Livescribe works great. It does everything it says it will. It makes taking notes at meetings a breeze.

Easy To Setup,Easy To Use

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Never Forget a Word!


Finally, a digital tool to replace old-fashioned shorthand! Now I can review notes long after meetings and never worry that I've missed something important. This amazing device performs as advertised - as you write, you record audio. When you tap on a...

Easy To Setup,Easy To Use,Organizes notes,Powerful,Recalls conversations


Product Specifications


Built-in Storage Capability: Yes
Charging Unit Included: No
Force / Vibrate Feedback: No
Read / Write Functionality: No
Scrolling Function: No
Scrolling Type:Not Applicable
Scrolling Wheel: No
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: No
Platform:PC / Mac
Type:Digital Pen
Type of Connection:Cable