A key question I’m asked by customers all the time is – “I want the latest and greatest version of the Livescribe pen…”

In the general consumer electronics space (CE) this is often the right question to ask – vendors typically release new models that are either incrementally better or step change better.We see this regularly with phones and tablets.

With Livescribe though, that is not the case – so let me explain what I mean…

What Smartpens Are Current Models?

The Livescribe smartpen range consists of two core models:

  1. Echo smartpen – comprising 2GB and 8GB Pro Edition options
  2. Livescribe 3 smartpen – comprising Livescribe 3 Black, Livescribe 3 Pro Edition, and Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition

Models that have been retired from the range are the Pulse smartpen (the round alloy shape), and the WiFi smartpen (originally referred to as Sky smartpen or Sky WiFi).

Note also that within the two ranges I’ve also listed numerous bundles that comprise the core pen, paper, and accessories. These bundles are discounted to RRP and are called smart writing sets. You’ll find the most popular bundles on our homepage.

What Are The Key Differences Between Echo and Livescribe 3

This is a simple summary of the differences:

  1. Pen design – The Echo smartpen has an OLED screen, microphone, and speaker on the pen so the top section of the pen is marginally thicker
  2. How Audio is Captured – The Echo models capture audio directly onto the pen whereas the Livescribe 3 models require the use of a companion device (smartphone or tablet)
  3. Where Content is Stored – Livescribe 3 smartpens store content on your companion device – it can be on-shared to cloud services like Evernote, or OneNote, or shared via email. Echo smartpens store content on a laptop or desktop computer.

Is The Technology Inside The Pen Different?

Short answer is no. Both the Echo and Livescribe 3 use the same core technology inside the pen to capture notes, and also sync notes and audio. Converting hand written notes to text also uses the same core technology from Vision Objects – though in my experience the desktop version of MyScript is superior to that found inside the mobile app Livescribe+

Back To The Original Question

Does a new Livescribe model mean its better than existing smartpens?

The answer clearly is no.

The question probably have now though is Which model smartpen is right for me?

The answer to that question is the subject of my next blog post!

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