December 30, 2008 at 3:48 am #160339
When I introduced myself, I told you guys that I was a college student. As I have been waiting for the Black NC10 to effectively enter the U.S. marketplace, my thoughts have been on the device in anticipation. I’ve also neglected to mention in my first post that I was struggling to define the full reason for purchasing the netbook. While I give the pros and cons to myself, I’ve noticed a few annoying characteristics of a laptop in a community college setting. Sure, I eventually will transfer to UNC and then experience a larger class of students. However, with two semesters behind me I’ve only seen one person with an IBM ideapad (I think that’s the name) and he was kind of a arrogant prick. I noticed he never really used it, and if he did the tapping drove me crazy.
So, out of the respect for others I’ve consulted many other opportunities to use technology to my advantage while not disturbing the rest of the class. Sure, I will take it with me but use it between classes. I think this will be best. This was a reason I picked up the Pulse Smartpen. It is an ingenious little device that records the lecture and works as a pen. After classes, I can upload the notes to my (soon-to-be) NC10 as a backup. I’ve worked with it a few days and I must say it is perfect for the small lecture atmosphere. It also is a device that is less obvious and seemingly less obnoxious than the only laptop in the room.
Anyways, the device in the beginning seemed faulty and I almost thought I needed to take it back. It wasn’t working properly but after 2 hours of wasteful tinkering with it I managed to get it to work. Yes, it was a pain in the ass before then, but after it worked perfectly and I forgot about that. Really it helps you organize notes and not forget anything. If you are a college student I would suggest adding this to your arsenal if you can. This portable device coupled with the NC10 can be a knockout study combination. I may sound like a complete nerd right now, but I honestly feel every should get a great education and not waste the opportunity afforded them. I certainly feel lucky given the luxury of a free education via the military and understand a lot of people may not be able to purchase this extra goody for school. However, I should have suggested this before Christmas, but birthday’s come around too.
Anyways, if you have any questions, ask. It really is the perfect combo for a college student. A small portable laptop with great battery life and a pen that records audio. It then can transfer to the computer and when you open the document up which it recorded, you can click on any position of it to start the audio at the time it was written. Also, the paper you wrote on can playback the audio by click on the area of the paper. So you don’t need the netbook. Still if you have a whole semester of several classes and have loaded it all up to your netbook, you can search the whole thing with typing the word in. It can read the writing you write and will find it. I didn’t have to teach it how I wrote or anything. It really is an amazing product.
Like I said though, if you do get it ask me before starting. The first few moments with it is bumpy, and the support is kinda like this community but third parties can make software for it with no problems. You can write a word in English and translate it but tapping on it’s position. That is still beta, and only works for 21 words but they are working on it. A lot of possibilities await.December 30, 2008 at 12:27 pm #177932AlfiharParticipant
I remember reading a review of one of these, they seem like quite useful devices.
What’s the battery life like?December 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm #177933
I’ve yet to actually use it away from my pc. As soon as I do test it I will let you know. Supposedly two-three hours.January 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm #177934
I’ve got to say, It’s lasted 3 classes of writing, but the most interesting thing I found out today….
Samsung ARM 9 (32-bit, 150 MHz)
I’ll say this is the best study device besides the brain and thoughts that you can come across. I’m listening to one of my classes and it is remarkable how easy this is to use and what great sound quality there is from this small device.January 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm #177935miserlyMember
I have both. I’ve been using Livescribe pen for several months now and it is great. Battery life is far more than 2-3 hours as I’ve recorded sessions longer than that. I’ll guess days, not hours.
I attend a lot of meetings with lots of people. Many time, I am responsible for running the meetings and the minutes afterwards. This pen is great for jotting down bookmarks to the audio recording on paper. Again, I sit through 4-7 hour meetings at times.
I recently got the NC10 and have not installed the Livescribe software on it yet, but I plan to. I’m not sure how the pen will dock as each pen is registered to only 1 copy of the software and mine does that with another laptop. The other downside of the pen is its size. After a couple of hours the large pen is uncomfortable to hold and to write with.
I love being able to share the meeting with colleagues who either attended the meeting to refresh their memories or with folks who could not attend in person.
Both the pen and the netbook are fantastic devices. I hope that coupling them will make them even more fantasticer!
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