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I'm looking for devices similar to the Echo Smart Pen.

What are some of the Echo Smart Pen's competitors?

The Echo Smart Pen is an actual ink pen that also records all pen movements so that you can later download what you have written or drawn onto a PC or Mac.

The Echo Smart Pen is described here: http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/echo/


I'm looking for some other devices that do the same thing that the Echo Smart Pen does.
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Here is a review from a disappointed customer, one of the key disappointments was that you have to buy extra software to get it to transcribe what you write.

It does have some very good reviews from people taking lecture notes or meeting minutes,  I can certainly see a benefit there.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1FGDMFZXPN5K7/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R1FGDMFZXPN5K7
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I've been looking for something that can handle rough technical drawings and the notes I need to write on them.

I had real high hopes for the Inkling based on the quality of other wacom products.  Fits the bill nicely - nice shape, uses standard ink refills and works with normal paper.  Sadly it has some trouble with picking up handwriting really well.  Also not good for drawing beyond rough sketching by the sound of it.  

Here's a review that shows actual examples of writing and what it picked up,
http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/28/2586419/wacom-inkling-review

I've also looked at this pad/pen,

http://www.solidtekusa.com/dml2.htm

Again normal paper,  not sure if the pen takes standard ink refills.  Nice feature is that it can be used live on the computer so you can see exactly what its picking up as you write/draw.  Also can be used at a tablet though it does not support multiple monitors.

Few other pens,

http://digital-pen-review.toptenreviews.com/ 

http://www.logipen.com/logipen-notes.php?&tab=3

http://www.anoto.com/digital-pens-1.aspx  (Anoto is what the Livescribe pens are based off of)

One thing about livescribe,  though the software is supposed to print out the special paper I could not get that to work.  I tried after a reviewer mentioned not being able to get it to print out.

I'm probably going to wait for Inkling 2.0
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When will the Inkling 2.0 be released?
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I have no idea.

Inkling was originally supposed to be out back around September or October but was delayed till after Christmas I think.  I would hope they get it more refined and put out a newer version next year.

After revisiting these pens my interest is rekindled and I might break down and try the Solidtek pad or the Inkling a try.  I just hate adding to my pile of unused/failed tech products.

It just seems that almost everything I've about the various digital pens read is somewhat mixed.  Lots of 'this works great .... BUT ....'
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So which one of these pens is the very best in terms of recording everything that is written or drawn with it?
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I broke down and got the Solidtek pad.  If you are interested I'll post my thoughts on it after I've used it for a while.    

Overall people seem to like the Livescribe pens/software.  I go through a fair amount of note paper and having to buy special paper is just not a option.
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