Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top 10 Best Smart Digital Pens

Digital pens offer a much broader range of function than a stylus. They allow you to write, draw, and record audio as well.

Graphic designers often use digital pens to create art on tablet PCs while students (especially those with dyslexia or other learning disabilities) will enjoy note-taking less stressful.

So if you like to enjoy the benefits mentioned above, and looking for the best smart pen, the list below will simplify your search.

Editor Note:
”If you hate the terms that require you to use special paper then have a closer look at Wacom CDS600P Bamboo Spark, Equil Smartpen 2, or IRISNotes 2 as they can be used with any kind of papers”.


1. Livescribe Echo (under $156)
Pros
• Very comfortable to use.
• Can record audio without using a smartphone.

Cons
• High initial cost & expensive apps
• Horrible ink refills.
Features:
• Reviewed by 530 verified buyers – 3.7 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• 2GB Smartpen
• Record everything you write and hear so you'll never miss a word
• Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes
• Saves notes and audio recordings to your computer. Length = 6.18 inches
• Comes with Echo Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download), Starter Notebook (50 pages), 2 ink cartridges(one in the pen and one in the box) & 1 smartpen cap
• Mac system requirements - Mac OS X 10.8.5 and above
• Windows system requirements - Windows 7 or Windows 8 and above
• Micro USB cable for charging and data transfer
• Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.5 x 6.8 inches; 13.6 ounces
           

2. Livescribe 3 (under $193)
Pros
• Work as advertised.
• Uses Bluetooth Smart to sync.

Cons
• Thicker than a normal pen.
• Only work with Livescribe dot paper.
Features:
• Reviewed by 343 verified buyers – 2.9 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• Smartpen for Android & iOS Tablets and Smartphones
• Connects to your iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) to sync everything you write or draw to the free Livescribe+ app
• Uses your smartphone or tablet's microphone to record audio that's synchronized to everything you write on paper
• Once your notes are in the Livescribe+ mobile app, you can organize, tag, play back audio and send/share notes to any of the devices you use
• Search your handwritten notes and convert what you write into digital text with amazing accuracy.
• Built-in memory on the smartpen captures and stores your notes, allowing you to sync to up to 4 iOS and Android devices
• Dimensions: 2.6 x 7.4 x 9.4 inches; 1.2 pounds
           

3. Livescribe 3 APX-00017 (under $430)
Pros
• Written material appears quickly on the screen and the text is searchable.

Cons
• The pen makes a soft clicking sound.
Features:
• Reviewed by 288 verified buyers – 3.3 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• Smartpen Pro Edition for Android & iOS Tablets and Smartphones
• Connects to your iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) to sync everything you write or draw to the free Livescribe+ app
• Once your notes are in the Livescribe+ mobile app, you can organize, tag, play back audio and send/share notes to any of the devices you use
• Search your handwritten notes and convert what you write into digital text with amazing accuracy.
• Built-in memory on the smartpen captures and stores your notes, allowing you to sync to up to 4 iOS and Android devices
• Comes with Leather Smartpen Portfolio and hardbound journal
• Includes One-Year Subscription to Evernote Premium ($45 value)
• Dimensions: 2.6 x 7.4 x 9.4 inches; 2.1 pounds
           

4. Livescribe 3 APX-00020 (under $158)
Pros
• Super handy, and works as described.
• Cursive handwriting recognition feature - save your cursive handwritten notes to a text file and in the transcription process your written notes will be converted to typed text.

Cons
• Requires special paper.
Features:
• Reviewed by 198 verified buyers – 3.2 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• Smartpen Black Edition
• Connects to your iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) to sync everything you write or draw to the free Live scribe+ app
• Uses your smartphone or tablet's microphone to record audio that's synchronized to everything you write on paper and camera is high speed infrared camera
• Once your notes are in the Live scribe+ mobile app, you can organize, tag, play back audio and send/share notes to any of the devices you use
• Search your handwritten notes and convert what you write into digital text with amazing accuracy.
• Built-in memory on the smartpen captures and stores your notes, allowing you to sync to up to 4 iOS and Android devices
• Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches; 1 pounds
           

5. Wacom Inkling MDP123 (under $160)
Pros
• Great tracking accuracy and precision.
• Slick, self-contained charging case.

Cons
• The pen is a little bulky and awkward to hold.
• Doesn't include note managing or handwriting conversion.
Features:
• Reviewed by 198 verified buyers – 3.2 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• Digital Sketch Pen
• Sketch your ideas on standard paper or sketchbooks while capturing a digital likeness of your sketch in raster for use in Photoshop or vector format for use in Illustrator.
• Store hundreds of sketches on the Inkling receiver before transferring them to your Mac or PC via USB
• Export your layered sketches from the included Inkling Sketch Manager software into Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator (CS3+) or Autodesk SketchBook Pro (2011+)
• Save your sketches from the Inkling Sketch Manager in the following formats; JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG or PDF
• Layers button on the receiver allows you to add layers to the digital file while sketching on paper
• The rechargeable Inkling pen and receiver charge and store in compact carrying case
• Inkling Sketch Manager software allows you to add, delete or modify layers after a sketch is transferred to your computer
• Inkling is a great tool for capturing ideas and concepts for later refinement on your computer using Wacom Intuos pen tablets
• Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 8.4 inches; 1 pounds
           

6. Neo N2 (under $140)
Pros
• Plug and play.
• Sleek (smaller than the Livescribe) - much easier to write.
• Can instantly detect the size of the paper you’re writing on.
• Offers a passcode so you can have to security against someone taking your pen and pairing it with their device.

Cons
• Can`t record notes.
• App is difficult to use, unintuitive.
• Get heavy if you’re writing for a long period of time.
Features:
• Reviewed by 138 verified buyers – 3.3 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• Bluetooth 4.0 Digital Smartpen Pen for iOS, Android Smartphones and Tablets
• Has a small camera inside that records your writing then send this data to your device (smartphone or tablet).
• Dual Core ARM9 processor, which captures more than 120 frames per second. The N2 can calculate 256 steps of pressure.
• Uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy) known for a high-speed connection and lesser energy consumption.
• Allows you to change the font color or delete the text/image. You can also share the file to Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.
• Sync and save your writings to different formats such as text, PDF, JPEG, and SVG (compatible with Adobe Illustrator). Plus, the N2 pen offers multiple transcribing languages.
• Also available in assorted colors
• Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches; 0.8 ounces
           

7. Livescribe Pulse (under $200)
Pros
• Easy to use & extremely accurate.
• Great sound detection.

Cons
• Not as ergonomic as the Echo Smartpen.
• No pocket clip, cap, or other non-cylindrical part that prevents the pen from rolling off the table when you set it down.
Features:
• Reviewed by 124 verified buyers – 2.7 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• 2 GB Smartpen
• Captures over 200 hours of recorded audio or 32,000 pages of notes.
• Instantly play back your recorded audio by tapping on your notes to listen to the information you captured
• Share your recordings and notes with anyone privately or publicly with 500MB of free online storage for your recorded audio or notes
• USB connector to transfer notes and audio to your Mac or PC
• Audio jack and 3-D Recording Headset for far-field recording
• Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches; 1.28 ounces
           

8. Wacom CDS600P Bamboo Spark (under $64)
Pros
• You can use any kind of papers.
• Easy to store and transfer inking.

Cons
• No voice recording.
• No option to set the sleep timer via the app.
Features:
• Reviewed by 122 verified buyers – 3.2 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• With Tablet Sleeve - hold a tablet with up to a 9.7" display
• Capture handwritten notes on any paper
• Also available in assorted colors
• Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 1.1 inches; 1.48 pounds
           

9. Equil Smartpen 2 (under $200)
Pros
• Ability to work with any kind of paper.
• Very comfortable to write with.
• Great accuracy.

Cons
• Poor accuracy.
• A bit noisy.
Features:
• Reviewed by 52 verified buyers – 3.2 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• Captures handwritten notes, sketches and diagrams and transfers them to your Android, iOS, Mac and Windows devices and the cloud for editing, enhancing and sharing.
• Use your favorite notebook or ink color ¬ special paper not required and pen uses standard ink.
• Store notes on the receiver’s memory (4 gigbytes) and import when convenient.
• Download Equil’s free apps to your smartphone, tablet or computer for real-time capture, editing and sharing.
• Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 8.5 inches; 13.6 ounces
           

10. IRISNotes 2 (under $94)
Pros
• Doesn’t require special paper.
• Slick & easy to use.
• Great accuracy.

Cons
• No Bluetooth connectivity.
• Horrible mouse function.
• Stroke tracking easily interruptible.
Features:
• Reviewed by 38 verified buyers – 3 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS
• Executive Digital Pen Scanner for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
• Capture your notes and drawings anytime, anywhere. Unique recognition of combined texts & graphs
• No batteries needed thanks to the USB-rechargeable built-in battery. Write and draw on pictures taken with your iPhone or stored on your iPad
• Turn you handwritten notes into editable text thanks to the provided PC and Mac software and export to Outlook, Word or Notepad
• The software included with the unit and on the app store is fully Mac compatible and works well with the current mac OS.
• Both the pen and receiver have to be charge to use the device. (1) write, (2) connect the unit to the computer and upload the notes. (3) Convert to actual text.
• Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.9 x 7.8 inches; 11.2 ounces