Overall, I’m happy with my Livescribe Pulse Smartpen; it stores all of my handwritten notes, records audio, and synchs both of them together. The Pulse Smartpen is an excellent gadget to own, but there are several features of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen that absolutely drives me crazy.
Livescribe Desktop Software
The biggest gripe that I have with my Livescribe Pulse Smartpen has little to nothing to do with the Livescribe pen itself, but has everything to do with the Livescribe Desktop software the accompanies it. The Livescribe Desktop Software is supposed to aid the easy flow of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, but is buggy, has horrible updates, doesn’t always work properly and even has problems loading up at times. For a gadget as advanced – and expensive – as the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, you’d think that more thought would be put into its bundled software, but the Livescribe desktop is a huge let down for Smartpen owners.
I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong or not, but the ink of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen seems to run out a lot quicker than I expected it to. After refilling an ink cartridge, I’ll be able to write smoothly, but after a few days – maybe a week at the longest – the ink in my Livescribe Pulse Smartpen will start to dry out. I admit that I do write a heck of a lot, but I don’t run out of traditional pen ink at the same rate as the Livescribe Pulse’s ink. It’s awesome that the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen has lots of cool features, but the feature I’m most interested in with any pen that I purchase, is the ink.
Livescribe Paper Only
If you’re planning on enjoying all of the features of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, you’ll have to loosen up those purse strings and fork over some extra cash for additional Livescribe Paper. When I first heard about the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, I thought that all I’d need was the Pulse pen and any ol’ sheet of paper and I’d be ok, but the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen’s cool features only works with Livescribe paper.
Accessing Your Smartpen
This might sound weird but one of the suckiest parts of owning a Livescribe Pulse pen is accessing it. The Pulse Smartpen doesn’t fit right in the pocket like a regular pen and even the leather pouch accessory that I purchased doesn’t help to let me pull out my Smartpen quickly when I need to jot something down quickly. In addition to the quirky fit of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, I also have to make sure that I have some Livescribe paper handy or I’ll be using the Livescribe Pulse pen in vain anyhow. The Livescribe Pulse is awesome, but not really the best choice if you are prone to writing down quick notes on a usual basis.
The Overall Feel of the Livescribe Smartpen
The Livescribe Pulse pen isn’t very huge – it’s about the size of a cigar – but it’s just big enough to annoy you. The Pulse pen also fits in your hand in a weird way that requires you to write on an awkward slant – which I’m not accustomed to. Livescribe has done a great job at fitting all of the awesome features of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen into the compact size that it has, but if a thinner one is released, I’ll quickly throw mines in the garbage for the later model.
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