PROS / The Equil Smartpen 2 doesn't need to be paired with a smartphone or tablet when writing, meaning you can sync your notes later.
CONS / This smart pen makes an audible buzzing noise when writing.
VERDICT / With the Equil Smartpen 2, you can easily store and convert thousands of pages of your handwritten notes and sketches to digital files, thanks to an array of apps.
The Equil Smartpen 2 lets you save your notes and drawings on your iOS, Android, OS X and Windows devices. This digital pen doesn't even require you to use a certain kind of paper. Your creations can be saved or synced to Evernote, Dropbox and iCloud to be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection.
This electronic pen is triangular in shape rather than round. The smart pen is easy to grip and extremely lightweight, and is only 0.5 inch thick at the grip point. It is 5.9 inches tall, which is about the same size as a normal ballpoint pen. To write with this smart pen, you just clip the receiver to the top of the page you are writing on. When we tested the pen, it took s two tries to get it paired with a MacBook, but we were able to pair it with an iPhone 5 with no problem.
Writing with the pen works fine if you are right handed. If you are left handed, though, you may have problems because your palm will get in the way of the receiver. After we put the receiver on a slight angle rather than just perpendicular to the notebook, it had captured the notes better. The only other complaint with writing with the pen is it makes an audible buzzing noise. This has the potential to be distracting during meetings.
One nice detail is you can shut off Bluetooth and just capture the writing with the pen and receiver. Then you can sync your notes later if you want. This means you don't have to have a smartphone or tablet to write notes like with other digital pens. The receiver can store 10,000 pages of notes. It can convert written text into editable text to share with others.
This digital pen comes in a convenient all-in-one package that includes the Bluetooth pen, a charging case and receiver. The triangular-shaped charging cradle holds a 3-inch receiver, the pen itself and a cap for the pen. The charging cradle is surrounded with a protective magnetic cover that resembles Apple iPad Smart Covers. It's nice that you can carry all the pieces for the digital pen in a single package, lowering the risk of losing something.
Equil has several apps you can select from depending on what you will be using the electronic pen for and on what platform. Its Equil Note software lets you write, edit, highlight and tag words. It works for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac and Windows. The Equil Sketch app is suited more for designers and artists. You can sketch, use various brushes and manipulate several layers, also, the apps are free and are simple to use.
If you need support or any addition help, you can reach Equil by email. Its website has FAQs pages and some tutorials on how to set up and use the digital pen.
Overall, this Equil smart pen is a nice, convenient, all-in-one package that can help you keep your notes organized in a digital format. Its buzzing noise may annoy your coworkers or peers, and its receiver may not pick up your scribblings if you are left-handed. But these are small inconveniences for a pen can store 10,000 pages and works well with popular note taking apps like Evernote.