I’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!)
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.
The 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.
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.
- 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
- 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 40 mm (H) 11mm – Weight: ~100gr.
LogiPen NOTES Kit Includes:
- Digital Pen/Mouse
- Pen batteries
- Plastic refill
- Receiver Unit
- USB cable
- Quick Guide
- My Script
- CD with LogiPen NOTES application pack