Livescribe's Echo smartpen has been revamped to include shortcuts for sending notes to popular Web services, such as Facebook and Google Docs. The entry-level 2Gb version now costs $99, and the new line of pens features the ability to make interactive “pencast” PDFs that animate recorded handwriting and synced audio.
The latest addition to the Livescribe smartpen family is sleeker, better-looking, and has more memory than its predecessor. New tricks include password protection, an app store, and the ability to function as a USB-connected input device.
- Thinner and more comfortable than the Livescribe Pulse
- Increased storage capacity for same price as the Pulse
- Fun and useful way to take notes with audio
- Ability to add features via Livescribe app store
- New USB port location allows usage as input device
- Ability to share notes and audio via pencast
- Password protection for sensitive audio files
- No bundled writing-to-text transcription app
- Still a bit bulky
- Requires special paper to work