The Good The Livescribe Echo is a ballpoint pen and voice recorder combination that preserves digital copies of your notes and recordings, which can be replayed, saved to your computer, and shared with others.
The Bad It's not cheap; pens and caps tend to get lost; digitizing notes requires special paper; ink cartridges are smaller than standard.
The Bottom Line For students and professionals who ritually take, review, and share handwritten notes, the Echo smartpen does what all great technology should do: it makes life easier.
Editors' note: Livescribe has updated the Echo smartpen with new software and capabilities, including integration with online services such as Evernote, Facebook, and Google Docs. The company has also introduced a new $99 model with 2GB of built-in storage. We've updated this review to reflect these changes.
The Livescribe Echo is an amazing pen. Priced at $99 (2GB), $169 (4GB) or $199 (8GB), one would hope this is the most fantastic pen ever devised by man. It may be.