If you were impressed by the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen and thought that it just couldn’t get any better, you might be amazed when you discover the Livescribe Echo Smartpen. The Livescribe Echo sports a much better design that makes using the new Livescribe Echo Smartpen much easier than using the Livescribe Pulse pen.
One of the biggest gripes that I had with the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen was a few blemishes that I found in its design. Livescribe did well to manage all of the cool features of the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen in its compact frame, but overall I felt that Livescribe Smartpens would get better with time – and boy was I right.
Just about every complaint that I had with the Livescribe Pulse’s design was fixed with the more up to date Livescribe Echo Smartpen. Unlike the Livescribe Pulse, the Echo Smartpen sports a new soft rubber grip with an anti-roll design. The added rubber grip feature of the Echo Smartpen makes the Livescribe Echo pen easier to hold and the new anti-roll design of the Echo makes the USB charging dock of the Livescribe Pulse obsolete – and stops your Echo Smartpen from rolling off of your desk.
In order to charge your Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, you’d need a micro USB charging dock, but the Livescribe made charging easier and more convenient with an embedded micro USB connector that’ll allow you to connect and charge your Echo Smartpen without carrying around an extra docking dongle.
Another minor change made to the Echo Smartpen that wasn’t featured on the Pulse that ended up being a huge improvement was the switch from a 2.5mm audio jack to the more standard 3.5mm audio jack. If you’re not familiar with the differences between the 2.5mm and 3.5mm audio jack; the first is the small audio jacks used for cell phones and the latter is the larger audio input jacks used for mp3 players, laptops, iPods, and more. The upgraded 3.5mm audio input design on the Livescribe Echo Smartpen means that you’ll be able to use a wider variety of headphones, but unfortunately one isn’t included in the box.
Lastly, but definitely not least, the Livescribe Echo Smartpen underwent a major memory upgrade from the Livescribe Pulse pen and can now offer as much as twice the storage capacity of the Livescribe Pulse. The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen came in 2GB and 4GB variants, but the Echo Smartpen comes in both 4GB and 8GB and can now offer up to 800 hours of recording time.
Overall, the upgrades to the Livescribe Echo Smartpen’s design are enough to make me consider selling my Pulse pen and opting for the Echo instead. I love the added comfort and practicality of the Echo pen and although I love my Pulse pen, I can’t overlook the improvements of the Livescribe Echo.
For more, read 5 Reasons Why Every College Student Should Own a Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, 4 Bad Features of the Awesome Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, and 5 Must Have Accessories for the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen.
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