PROS / This smart pen is as small as a ballpoint pen and is very comfortable to hold and use.
CONS / The Neo Smartpen N2 isn't compatible with normal notebooks.
VERDICT / The Neo Smartpen N2 is one of the more easy-to-use digital pens we reviewed, thanks to its simple setup and well-designed app.
The Neo Smartpen N2 came to fruition after a successful Kickstarter campaign. This digital pen is incredibly thin and is made of solid aluminum, making it sleek, solid and shiny. Several other digital pens seem thick and can be uncomfortable to hold, but not this one. It is actually just about as thin as a ballpoint pen. We have granted the Neo Smartpen N2 our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for best smart pen for its durability, ease of use and device support.
Pairing this smart pen with an iPhone is incredibly easy and it takes less than a minute. You can also use the N2 digital pen with an Android device. The connection is done wirelessly through Bluetooth. The pen will work with a smartphone, tablet or computer. As you are writing, the pen has no issues at all converting written text to digital, even when writing small.
This electronic pen can be used for sketching, too. After turning the pen on and writing or drawing, it will automatically save everything you put on paper. If you want to record audio simultaneously while you are jotting down notes, you can. This comes in handy during board meetings or class lectures. When writing, you can also tag certain pages so you can search for them and find them later. The battery life for the pen is about two days, but it can be less with heavy use.
Out of all digital pens we reviewed, this is one of the most comfortable. It just feels natural and doesn't seem like you're writing with some strange gadget. NeoLAB Convergence really put a lot of thought into the overall design of this pen. The pen has a diameter of just 0.46 inches. It is 6 inches long and it only weighs 0.84 ounces. Basically, it isn't bulky at all and won't take any getting used to.
Since the pen uses a standard ink cartridge, you won't have to worry about purchasing expensive ink refills. You will have to buy special notebooks, called nNote notebooks, from NeoLAB Convergence. The nNote notebooks have black ink patterns that tell your pen where it's located on the pad. The information can then be digitized and viewed on a mobile device. NeoLAB Convergence says that you can print your own notebook paper using special software, called NeoPDF, which is also free.
NeoLAB Convergence also offers an excellent app to complement the pen. The app, Neo Notes, works with iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets. It is intuitive and easy to use. When you first power the pen on and install the app, it gives you step-by-step directions on how to pair the device. Other pens we used were a lot more complicated to get set up for the first time, but the app made the process easy enough for anyone to do. The app allows you to have multiple virtual notebooks, and you can change
text color, highlight key words and annotate your notes.
This is a Bluetooth pen and doesn't use Wi-Fi, which will save you battery life. This pen is compatible with the desktop and mobile versions of the popular note-taking app EverNote. Or, if you want you can just send PDF versions of your notes through text message or email.
The app supports handwriting conversion. While you write on an nNotes pad, an exact version of what is on the page will simultaneously appear on your mobile screen. However, unlike other smart pens, you don't need to have a device always paired or connected. The notes can be written and synced at a later time. The pen will store 1,000 pages of notes, which is more than most. This digital pen also recognizes several different languages.
Help & Support
With this digital pen, you get a one-year warranty. NeoLAB Convergence is located overseas, and there is no telephone number listed. The company does the addresses for their offices, so you could reach them via snail mail. Fortunately, that isn't entirely necessary since they offer email support. You may also find it useful to visit the FAQs page, read tutorials or visit forums on NeoLAB Convergence's website.
The N2 is the one of the best digital pens available. It is compatible with most devices, it's incredibly lightweight, and all accessories you need are included. Not only does the pen itself work fantastically creating digital versions of notes and sketches and it also records audio. The free smartphone or tablet mobile app included is extremely powerful and easy to use. Together these make the N2 one of the best choices in smart pens.