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Review: Livescribe Symphony Smartpen


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Here is our review of the latest Livescribe Smartpen, the Symphony.

A pen for every occasion. The pen that fits into your day like a cup of coffee. With you always, but lasting longer and doing so much more. From taking notes in your meetings, to the idea that came on the way to the next. Mix your writing and audio together to relive that moment of inspiration, using just your pen. Save time, the pen makes your handwriting searchable giving your more time to brew another cup. 


  • Transcribe your notes in 27+ languages.
  • Auto sync your notes to your favorite cloud services.
  • Store up to 1200 A4 pages on our pen before you need to sync.
  • Our pens give you access to our Livescribe+ application that syncs to your pen and opens the doors for your handwriting to go everywhere with you. 
  • Access to our free Livescribe+ app.
  • 90 day standby battery life. 

What’s in the box?

The box contains the Symphony, guides, cables and a spare refill.

A Closer Look

Final Thoughts

When you open the Symphony Smartpen, one of the first things that comes to mind is that it looks like a very expensive and stylish pen! It’s very light (more so than a normal pen) and feels very comfortable to hold and write with.

After you have charged the pen (it’s a simple as plugging it into a power source) you have to download the Livescribe+ app and pair the pen to the app. Again this is a very simple process which involves you selecting your pen type from the app and then following the instructions. I couldn’t get the Symphony to pair the first attempt (I think it was something I did) but I was impressed that the app offered me a number of other options to pair it, the first of which worked immediately. You can also pair from one of the journals if you wanted to.

Once the pen was paired, the app advised me that it needed new firmware and so I had to wait for that to update. The app advises not to terminate the app or disable Bluetooth during the update and that it will take a few minutes – after about 5 minutes the update was completed and the pen was ready to use.

Then just grab the journal you want to use and start writing – whatever you write appears in the app and you can then use it how you wish. You can transcribe your notes into different languages, sync with the cloud, and so on. You can record audio, make drawings, and so much more. You can store up to 1200 pages on the pen itself before needed to sync it – I can honestly say I didn’t get anywhere near that amount before syncing.

When fully charged the battery lasts about 90 days on standby, and it lasted a long time before it needed charging when used.

If you are looking for a very smart looking smartpen that it easy to use and has great features then look no further than the Livescribe Symphony, it’s the pen you need!

The Livescribe Symphony Smartpen is available now priced £119.99 with the notepads starting from £8.99. The Executive Journal 2-pack used in the review retails for £24.99.

You can learn more from the Livescribe website.

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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