LogiPen NOTES: A Digital Pen for Note Taking–Reviewed


clip_image002I’ll come right out and say it, I’m horrible about writing notes down everywhere.  I have sheets of papers with random notes, anywhere from important dates and numbers to website or “To Do” lists.  Notes from work meetings and phone calls will get lost in the mix of random notes and doodles.  Apparently the people at LogiPen had me in mind when they developed their pen and receiver to record notes.  (Obviously they didn’t think of me specifically, but hey, let me have a moment here!)

FEATURES
  • Remotely captures handwritten ink notes and drawings (mobile device)
  • Allows you to upload, save and convert handwritten notes to typed text (including script)
  • Works as a mouse or tablet input device
  • Works with any kind of paper
  • Stores up to 50 full pages of A4 text
  • Recognizes and converts up to 26 languages
  • Gives your computer Tablet PC abilities
  • Compatible with Windows XP™ & Vista™, 7™
  • Let’s you share, print or email your notes and drawings

PROS

  • Small and compact
  • It comes with rechargeable batteries
  • Can be used with any paper
  • Well priced at $98.50

CONS

  • Handwriting to text is unreliable
  • Tries to be two things at once, doesn’t need to try to be a tablet replacement

If your first thought is that the sound of transferring notes to your computer sounds to be somewhat of a task, where just taking your laptop to a meeting sounds more promising, don’t jump to conclusions.  Sure laptops are great, but sometimes you can’t beat an ole fashioned pen and paper (especially if you want to draw unflattering pictures of co workers as you ignore the latest PowerPoint presentation.)  LogiPen isn’t like most digital pens out on the market where you have to use special, expensive paper.  LogiPen allows you to use your own paper with the use of their pen and receiver.

Wireless Digital Pen Reviews BoxThe way LogiPen allows you to do this is that it uses ultrasonic signals.  The way it works is that there is a tiny speaker inside the pen itself that emits a signal anytime you put the pen against your paper.  The signals emitted by the pen are received by the receiver which you have clipped at the top of your page.  The receiver reads the movement of the pen, and records your pen strokes, in what I’ve tested to find in a very accurate method.  (Want to get more technical?  Click here)

What’s even better?  Your receiver doesn’t require to be plugged into any computer to record your notes.  The receiver can hold up to 150 sheets of legal-sized paper, allowing you to choose when you need to import them to your computer using the provided USB cable and LogiManager software.  Once you have your notes imported to your computer, using LogiMangager, you can edit them, import them into a document or you can use MyScript Notes, also included, to translate your handwritten notes into editable text.  I’ll come right out and admit, the convert handwriting to text didn’t go that well unless I made a point to write neatly, which doesn’t fit with making quick notes, and I’m a messy, left handed writer, so the accuracy wasn’t there.  Considering everyone writes in different ways and different styles, I definitely don’t hold it against the software or this product.  However the editing the notes, being able to remove portions of your pen strokes (including just portions of doodles) is nice, along with being able to import into a word document, allowing you to use said notes or being able to copy what information you need.  I found this method to work very well with the notes I kept.

I did have a small hiccup when installing the provided software onto my laptop running Windows 7 in the 64-bit flavor, but this was easily cleared up after I got on LogiPen’s website and downloaded the updated, compatible software for free.

One quick side note, beyond just the ink refill, your pin also comes with a stylus, giving you somewhat of a tablet experience while having your receiver connected to your computer.  If someone was looking for a quick use of a tablet for some reason, this would work well, but I see it as an unneeded extra.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/7520115

LogiPen from Logipen on Vimeo.

Overall, the premise of having your notes digitally stored and saved, while using your own paper, and being able to store pages for a period of time, or digitally editing them is a welcomed breath of fresh air.  The LogiPen is a great tool for people who like to write notes, especially students and people that are in the business of well, being in meetings.  I highly recommend the LogiPen to anyone looking for a quick, none cumbersome way of writing and digitally saving your hand written notes.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows XP™ (SP2), Microsoft Windows VISTA™
  • MAC OS X (Limited features)
  • 50 MB available hard disk space
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024×768 pixels
  • Windows 32 & 64 bit compatible

Specifications

  • Coverage area: Up to A4 page (standard size: 210 × 297 mm)
  • Resolution: 100 DPI
  • Connector: USB
  • Standards: CE and FCC compliant

Dimensions and Weight

  • Digital Pen: (L) 133 mm (D) 13 – Weight: ~16gr.
  • Receiver unit: (L) 85mm (W) 40 mm (H) 11mm – Weight: ~100gr.

LogiPen NOTES Kit Includes:

  • Digital Pen/Mouse
  • Pen batteries
  • Refill
  • Plastic refill
  • Receiver Unit
  • USB cable
  • Quick Guide
  • My Script
  • CD with LogiPen NOTES application pack

**For more information, check out LogiPen at the website, Facebook, or Twitter**

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17 responses to “LogiPen NOTES: A Digital Pen for Note Taking–Reviewed

  1. Hello Michael,
    Thank you for this comprehensive review of the Logipen NOTES. You really got into tech details like no other post i’ve seen.
    For any other information query, we are all ear 🙂

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  3. Virginia Garza

    Is there anyway to contact anyone by phone (and what would that number be) I have submitted tickets for support and not had any luck getting a response

    • I’m completely unaffiliated with them, but I am a computer tech and offer tech support, is there anything I could possibly help you with?

      • Virginia Garza

        That would be awesome – Here is a copy of the last message I sent them

        (Made the correction as indicated by uninstalling and downloading 64-bit version. Recognition was a bit better, but clicked on “Send to Word” and I rec’d a blank document. I also tried to set up training recognition in MyScript and I get to Add files to check and it will not let me add .ant files for samples, by default it appears to want .pnt or .ps files. Is there a way to change the way LogiManage saves as far as extension goes?

        I’d greatly appreciate anything you could let me know – this belongs to my daughter and she will be leaving for college Spring semester in the next few days

        Thanks again for any help you may be able to provide me with

      • Virginia Garza

        That would be awesome – here is a copy of the last ticket I submitted to them more than 24 hours ago

        (Made the correction as indicated by uninstalling and downloading 64-bit version. Recognition was a bit better, but clicked on send to Word and I rec’d a blank document. I also tried to set up training recognition in MyScript and I get to the point of Add files that need to be checked and it will not let me add .ant files for samples, by default it appears to want .pnt or .ps files. Is there a way to change the way LogiManage saves as far as extension goes?”

        This belongs to my daughter and she will be leaving this week for her Spring Semester at college – it sure would be great if we could resolve this issue before she leaves.

        Again, thanks for any info that you are willing to supply us with

  4. Okay, up front. What is the OS you’re installing the software on and having issues with. And I think I’m following on what’s going on, but can you explain the original problem that got you to contact them originally?

    • Virginia Garza

      Windows 7 64-bit operating system. Handwriting recognition was the original problem I was having

      First Response: ” Please let us know what operating system you are using. Also, please inform if it is 32bit or 64bit.

      You can use the trainer to train your handwriting recognition engine to recognize the user’s stroke patterns, however, accurate results all the time could depend on the type of handwriting marks. You could Google search this subject by looking up MyScript trainer and relevant key words.”

      Second Response: “From your description it seems as though you have installed the wrong version of the software onto your computer. Please completely uninstall the current version that you installed on your computer. Once you have done that please go to the support page of our website at http://www.logipen.com/Support.html and select the version compatible with your operating system to download and install. Make sure you select the version 1.85 for 64 bit.”

      Did all of this then sent message I orginally sent to you and have never heard back from them

  5. Dear Virginia,
    I am sorry for this, I have just replied back with tech answers.

    Michael, Thank you for your kind help.

    Ilan Peer,
    Logipen

  6. Pranita

    Michael,

    Thank you for the detailed post.

    As a graduate student, I have to take a lot of notes on pdf documents (journal articles) and was wondering if the pen works to write up notes in pdf documents and save these notes. I know that the pen works with microsoft office generated document. I have not heard back from the support team yet so wanted to check with you since you already have the product and might be able to test it.

    I will really appreciate your help.

    Regards,
    Pranita

    • I’ll be more then happy to play with this. Just so I know the situation we’re working with, what is your OS and what do you use to open up the PDFs?

  7. ilan peer

    Dear Pranita,
    I couldn’t find any reference for your support ticket.
    Would you mind email me directly? ilan AT logipen.com and i’ll try to sort it out.

    Once again Michael, Thank you.

    Ilan Peer,
    Logipen

  8. Hey Ilan, shot you an email!

  9. Pranita

    Hello Michael,

    Thank you for offering to help. My OS is Windows 7 and I use adobe professional.

    llan – I had sent an email and received a reply but it was a standard reply which mentioned that logipen can be used like a mouse but did not mention anything about making notes on pdfs. I will email you directly again (Pranita is my screen name).

    Pranita

    • Pranita,

      Are you still needing help with your question? I’m currently compiling at post of tricks you can do using the LogiPen and was wanting to see if you were still having issues.

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