Every day you need to write down your brainstorm ideas, take notes during class, or jot down the key points your coworker made in a presentation. The biggest fear is that the notebook where you wrote your important points could get. The only way to keep using pen and paper and make them part of the digital world is to take help of smart pens.
These smart pens record every stroke you make and store it to a computer or smartphone screen. Their companion apps make it easy to edit, annotate, and share your notes so anyone can benefit from them.
Read our review below on five best smart pens to find one which fits both your budget and your note-taking needs!
Livescribe 3 Smartpen
The 3rd-gen Livescribe smart pen is a little bulky yet lightweight pen made from matte-black plastic. It takes proprietary carbon-free ink cartridges and its smart features work only with Livescribe’s paper. With the help of Livescribe’s paper and pen you can turn your words into action.
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To set up the pen first you need to install the Livescribe+ app for Android or iOS. Then you have to pair your smartphone or tablet with the pen via Bluetooth and complete a registration process that involves giving your credentials and naming the pen. It is possible to sync a single pen with four devices so you can share it with others as long as only one instance of the app is running.
The secret to Livescribe’s accuracy lies in the design of its accompanying paper. Whenever you write something with the pen in the paper, you will see in real time its digitized version in your mobile app and can also share those with anyone. Each piece of paper is stored as a separate document in the app and can be tagged with the time and date. If the Bluetooth connection ever breaks while writing in the paper, the pen’s activity is stored locally and will be put to the app once it is reestablished.
The paper also contains icons which you can tap with the pen to add them to favorites, highlighting notes within a page, and creating to-do lists. Audio recording is also an option you will find in the icons. Tapping the corresponding icon on a page will turn your smart device into a voice recorder that can start, pause, and stop recordings.
Livescribe offers many different smart pens and Aegir Smartpen is one of the simplest of them. Like the previous one, Livescribe 3 Smartpen, you also need a Livescribe notebook for writing with this pen. Aegir effortlessly converts handwritten notes to a digital format and stores it in your Livescribe+ app just like the Livescribe 3 Smartpen. You can store up to 1,200 pages of writing before syncing later with your phone. You can also record audio using it to add voice snippets to your notes to playback at a later date.
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Once you’ve finished with a file, you can easily save it to numerous different formats, including TXT text files, PDF, PNG images, and Microsoft Word. Different cloud services are also integratedlike Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneNote, and Evernote so there’s no shortage of options for how you want to save your files. It is expected to last throughout the day without a problem with ten hours of battery life.
Neo Smartpen N2
NeoLAB’s N2 smart pen takes your handwritten notes and transfers them into text files. Unlike Livescribe 3 Smartpen, it is not bulky rather comfortable in hand as it has the dimensions of a standard ballpoint pen.
You’ll need to use their own notebooks with it. But also if you want to make one, the manufacturer provides instructions on printing out compatible pages in formats like A5, A4, landscape, etc.
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To turn on the pen, just remove the pen cap. The pen is capable of writing continuously for six hours and enters standby mode whenever it is idle for 10 seconds. You can write with it while charging by using the USB port on its back. Accessories other than the USB cable include a notebook and a D1 replacement cartridge.
The app in which the handwritten texts will be saved, contains a powerful visual & text editor which allows you to change the color of or underline selected notes. You can even edit the text from the app if you wish to add something or have made a mistake. You can also share the text files to your Google Drive account.
If you are looking for a budget friendly smart pen, Sanb Thinkpen might be what you are looking for. The Sanb Thinkpen looks quite stylish and has great features too.
Sanb Thinkpen; Image source: amazon.ae
It tracks handwriting at a rate of 120 frames per second. It contains 32MB of internal storage and can store upto 800 pages of notes before uploading it to the mobile app. It can save notes in the form of pictures, text, and even video clips so you can look back on them easily. You can share the notes to Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, WeChat etc. Just like other smart pens, you need to use the pen’s supplied dot matrix notebook for it to pick up on your words. It is expected to last for eight hours with a single charge.
Wacom Bamboo Folio
Want to get rid of the smart pen company’s own notebook and paper? Then Wacom Bamboo folio is what you need right now! You can use any type of paper as long as the notebook is thin enough.
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The Wacom Bamboo is a luxurious and sturdy folio with a professional look. It is made from polyurethane. The exterior is gray and textured while the interior has stitching throughout and is black. There’s space for an A4 notebook to the right and two business card slots to the left. The pen you get with it looks ordinary, a smaller ink cartridge being the only thing that differentiates it from classic pens.
You start using the folio by installing the app and simply writing with the pen onto any notebook. The notebook needs to be thinner than 0.8 inches. The Bamboo records each stroke as you’re writing. When a page is finished, you need to press the Sync button and it will become available on the cloud. You can sync any number of smartphones, PCs, or tablets to the cloud and your notes will appear on them within seconds. The app lets you edit what you write on the notebook.
It is comfortable to hold and is rechargeable. It runs for 8 hours on a full charge.
Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse
If you are someone who finds it tough to remember when you last synced your smart pen to its app, this smart pen is definitely for you? The Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse lets you fill out 1,000 sheets of paper before it needs syncing! When you do finally connect it to a phone or tablet, transferring the digitized data takes just seconds.
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When the app is on, each stroke is transferred onto the connected device in real time. You can also record audio clips and sync them to the. The app gives you a variety of editing and sharing options. It lets you tag words or phrases and organize pages based on them. This makes it easy to search. Sharing notes is also done well. You can also share your notes easily.
The battery life of this pen is not so good which just 4 hours only.
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