Livescribe 3 Black Edition Review – The Livescribe 3 is a smart pen that connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The pen then digitally captures everything you write (on the special Livescribe paper) within the Livescribe app. We were fortunate enough to test and review a Livescribe 3 (Black Edition), and we really put it to the test.
We used the smart pen it at home, school, work, and everywhere in between.
We tested all of the Livescribe’s functionality. Everything from converting handwriting into editable text, audio recording, tagging notes, and more.
Overall, the Livescribe 3 awesome! The ‘Black Edition’ makes the smartpen even better. Henry Ford, of Ford Motor Company, said it best:
You can have any color as long as it’s black.”
Below is what we learned after initial testing, observation, and review of the Livescribe 3 Black Edition smartpen.
Livescribe 3: What’s In The Box?
The Livescribe 3 Black Edition comes in a sleek box that is completely recyclable (added bonus), and inside the box you’ll find:
- Livescribe 3 Black Edition
- 5” X 8” Starter Notepad
- Stylus cap
- Micro-USB charging cable
- User guide
Livescribe 3: How the Tech Works
You are probably asking yourself, how does the Livescribe and specific Livescribe paper actually work? The answer is a high-speed infrared camera (pen) and thousands of microdots (paper).
The Livescribe 3 only works with specific Livescribe dot paper because it needs the dot pattern to function. As you can see in the image above, the Livescribe paper is covered in tiny, almost hard to see, microdots. The pen has a high-speed infrared camera that reads the dot patterns, and then tracks and remembers where ink has been written. The Livescribe paper allows the smartpen to know the exact coordinates of items such as application buttons.
The starter notepad that comes with the Livescribe is lined, 5″ by 8″, and has various application buttons.
The buttons include record, pause, and stop, which are specifically to be used during a pencast. A pencast allows you to record audio while you are taking notes and lets you pause and stop the recording as needed through a simple tap on the paper.
The Livescribe paper also has buttons for tagging your content. You simply tap the relevant icon (star, flag, tag) before you start writing, and then whatever you write will either be starred, flagged, or tagged when you view your notes within the Livescribe + app.
The image above showswhere you plug the micro USB cable into the Livescribe for charging. Overall, the battery life is great. The Livescribe 3 Black Edition rarely needs to be charged and will easily last all day through moderate use. The Livescribe also has a pretty quick charging time. You simply plug it in for a few hours and you are good to go.
The stylus cap (pictured on the right of the micro USB slot) plugs into the micro UBS slot while the pen is in use, and works as a stylus for smart devices such as phones or tablets.
Livescribe 3: Mobile App
After downloading the app, you set up an account and sync the device with your smartphone. Once these steps are complete, you are ready to start tracking your notes and using the Livescribe 3.
The app is simple to use and sync with your Livescribe. The app is also where you go to convert your writing into editable, digital text. To do this, you simply head over to the ‘Feed’ section within the app and select the section of writing you need to convert and slide your finger from the left side of the smartphone’s screen to the right side.
Livescribe 3: Pros & Cons
Overall the Livescribe 3 works extremely well. While we did find the physical size of the pen a little big, the usability and functionality definitely made up for it. The Livescribe 3 is also much lighter weight than we were initially anticipating.
Above is a complete breakdown of the Livescribe 3, Black Edition’s pros and cons during our initial test and review.
Livescribe 3: Final Review
Overall, the Livescribe 3 Black Edition is a great pen for anyone who finds themselves taking lots of handwritten notes, who also needs (or would like) those notes to be stored digitally. The Livescribe is extremely easy to use and the initial setup takes much less than 5 minutes.
The Livescribe 3 is pretty good for drawing. While we did find ourselves having to go over the same section twice in order for the app recognize that we had drawn there. The Livescribe did a pretty good job of capturing everything that was written or drawn on the dotted paper.
The Livescribe 3 Black Edition would also be an awesome tool for anyone in school who takes a lot of notes. One of the main benefits Livescribe 3 is being able to tag and search your handwritten notes digitally. Saving time and headache are just a few of the benefits that can be experienced through the use of the Livescribe 3 Black Edition. Having a backup copy of your notes is another major plus.
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