Logitech io2 Digital Writing System

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Product Description

Go directly from ink to the software you use most often. Eliminate re-keying and slash your paperwork time. Back up and quickly retrieve handwritten documents on your PC. It’s all possible with the Logitech io2 Digital Writing System.

The new, smaller-sized Logitech io2 pen fits your hand like a premium pen, so you can write comfortably. Take notes or draw sketches in ink on the smart paper and a tiny camera captures your work, storing up to 40 pages at a time. Intelligent power management maximizes every battery charge.

The smart digital paper consists of a printed dot pattern which locates words and images on the page, and ensures they appear in the same place in digitized files. When you dock your digital pen, your text and sketches are automatically transferred to your PC where you can easily find them, use them, and share them.

  • Take direct action
    New WriteSync technology integrates handwritten or typed text directly into Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Lotus Notes. The text opens in the application — immediately take action, save it, or send it. Custom applications are also available.
  • Convert handwriting to digital text
    Includes FREE software that learns your handwriting to turn notes — including tables, shapes and charts — into digital text that you
  • Search and organize files
    Logitech io2 software helps you find what you´ve written. Enter any word into the io software search function and get a list of every handwritten file that contains that word. Never lose notes again!
  • Export graphics into the most popular formats
    Easily use drawings and graphics in almost any application. You can export images up to 300 dpi in the most widely-used graphical formats, including BMP, JPEG, PNG, JIF, TIFF, and EMF.

Customer Reviews

 By J. Rood “joce323”

      • I was looking for an alternative method than bringing a laptop to class because of carpal tunnel problems. I think this IO2 pen does a great job filling that duty for the following reasons, but there’s also room for improvement:


        1. The pen battery and memory are sufficient for my needs – I am in 5 hours of class each day, and write approximately 20 pages of 8.5×11 notes, and the pen can handle that without going into the “red” on either the battery life or the memory, as long as I replace the cap when not writing.

        2. It’s faster than handwriting and then typing notes – transferring, correcting, and formatting 20 pages takes about 1.5 hrs each day, instead of many more to type them in.

        3. It’s user friendly. The training session is easy, and the software pretty much works with a few simple buttons. You open the software and it downloads the pages you’ve written, erasing them off the pen as it does so, then you select a page and pick one of three actions:

        a) put the image of the page into an e-mail

        b) put the image of the page into a word document (kind of like you scanned it in)


        c) CONVERT the page into editable text then put into word or an email. I always use this option, and what the software does is give you a 2-page layout with the scanned image on the left, the suggested typed text on the right, and then you correct it for errors before inserting it into a word document.

        4. The “vibrating” factor isn’t a problem – you feel a slight “hello-i’m turning on” vibration when you take off the cap, a quick double-buzz when you check the box to indicate you’re done with a page, etc. Nothing too strange…

        5. The paper isn’t too much more than a regular notebook (nor does it look really strange) and can be ordered from a couple on-line stores pretty easily.

        6. The pen does a good job recognizing both print and cursive, and if you add words to the dictionary it does better at your personal abbreviations or specialized terms.

        7. The special appointment paper is great – you can check a few boxes and write text, sort of like old-fashioned carbon-copied phone message books, check a box saying it’s an appointment or calendar item, and when you load the pen into your USB cradle it’ll import that appointment into outlook automatically.


        1. MY BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THE PEN IS WITH THE CONVERSION FUNCTION: IN ORDER TO RETAIN YOUR “FORMATTING,” THE PROGRAM TENDS TO PUT THE TEXT YOU WROTE INTO A BUNCH OF ARBITRARY TEXT-BOXES SPREAD OUT ACROSS THE PAGE IN A WORD DOC, so the page is pretty much un-editable. Of course you’ve already edited for translation errors at the earlier step, but you can’t really change the formatting of your notes into an outline or anything, because separate paragraps are in different textboxes. To get around this problem, as soon as you’re done correcting the converted text, but before you click “put into word document”, just highlight the text, copy it, and paste it into your own word document. You lose the formatting and have a bunch of extra carriage-returns, but it’s better than trying to organize a bunch of text boxes on a page in WORD.

        2. My second critique is the pen loads things PAGE BY PAGE – and every time you put a page in a word document, it opens a new document instead of adding a page to the first document, so you have to do some cutting and pasting to keep your notes together.

        3. The pen is still a little TOO BIG. Granted I’m a woman with smaller hands, but I can’t imagine how it must be to get the original IO, because this one is almost too big for me. I can barely manage to write with it comfortably, sometimes I have to take breaks.

        4. The ink-cartridges are poor quality – I’m looking into getting a better refill, but the size seems unique so far. The pen pretty much writes like a cheap ball-point pen, which is depressing for someone who likes fine writing-utensils.

        5. It takes quite a while to “upload” the docs from the pen to the computer, even with a USB 2.0 port. To deal with this, I usually just plug it in and let it transfer while I do other things.

        6. You can go back and add text to pages before, but sometimes the pen is confused and so off-sets this text from the original text and you’ll have to arrange your text-boxes to compensate and make the page look right.

        7. The pen gets confused with diagrams because it tries to overlay shapes and text, and doesn’t do so well. I find it’s better to highlight any diagram and designate it a free-form drawing (this is pretty simple to do in the IO software before you use MyScript to convert the page), so the pen doesn’t try to convert drawings.

        8. The pen doesn’t learn along with you. After the initial 30 min. training program, and disregarding the words you can add to the dictionary, the pen stops learning your handwriting.

        9. The software that comes with the pen isn’t really great at managing the documents. Each page is a separate document (even at the stage where you’re in the .pen documents, before you even insert it into word or outlook).

        OVERALL – I am fairly happy with my purchase because I really can’t bring a laptop to class, and this does save time. However, I feel I still waste a lot of time fighting the formatting problems inherent in the software, so would like to see a new version of the software that doesn’t do the stupid text-box trick. I don’t think this pen would useful in the working world unless you couldn’t bring a laptop to meetings or something.

        The pen is pretty nifty and very easy to use if all you’re looking for is a way to have all your notebook pages “scanned” into the computer, the problems really start with the conversion function.

By Grant Thompson

  • I wanted a way to capture my notes electronically. Handwriting recognition would be nice but is not a requirement (mainly because my handwriting is really bad).
    I did not want to spring for a tablet PC nor did I want to carry somethign that heave to meetings.I bought both the io2 and a Pagasus Mobile NoteTaker.As I suspected, my handwriting was so bad that neither did a good job (both use the Microsoft handwriting engine). I believe that Windows Tablet Edition uses its own and is better.The io2 was hard to use because of the special paper and not being able to see what was actually captured (it didn’t always look like what was on the paper).The Pegasus Mobile NoteTaker has a small screen so I can see what it got, it works with any paper and you can see what you write on your PC screen when connected. It even has a “sketch pad” mode to allow you to make sketches in e-mails Word, etc.Best of all it’s only $100. Oh yea, the pen is a normal size too. They are working on full OneNote compatability. Right now it transfers your notes to OneNote as a graphic and no text recognition is available for OneNote. It does work with Word, etc. In fact it has a “real-time” mode when connected so you can write on paper and it converts your handwriting to text right in the e-mail or Word doc.

By Kim Unertl “kimz0519”

  • I’ve been using the Logitech io2 for a little over 6 months. I picked it because I needed to be able to take notes while standing for long periods of time. I found that a tablet PC was too bulky and heavy for my needs. While the pen works “okay”, there’s still a ton of room for improvement — even with the latest release of the handwriting recognition software.

    *The pen is really large. I was expecting it to be the size of a premium pen based on what I read on the internet. It’s actually larger than that. There are actually warnings in the manual about not using the pen for extended periods of time because of this. It’s fine for short periods of notetaking, but I’m taking notes sporadically for 4-8 hours at a time and my hand gets really sore after a while. And once my hand gets sore, my handwriting gets a little shaky which brings me to problem #2…

    *The handwriting recognition software is pretty bad, even with the latest update. I think if I were sitting at my desk printing perfectly all day long, then the software would work pretty well. But from my perspective, it fails the “real world” test. When I’m actually out and using the pen, the software doesn’t have flexibility to deal with simple things that most people do as they write for longer periods — angled text, letters with variable spacing, letters/numbers that look similar. You have to print very consistently and very precisely to get good recognition. Obviously handwriting recognition like this is a huge task and very difficult. The documentation that comes with the pen makes it clear how you need to write to make it work well — unfortunately, the marketing information makes it sound like you can just go ahead and write away and it can handle anything, which is very misleading. FYI, the handwriting recognition software is made by a 3rd party, which means that Logitech offers basically zero support for it.

    *All of the software that comes with the io is pretty poorly designed, not user-friendly, and requires you to jump through a lot of extra hoops to just get your data in a usable fashion. It’s almost like they designed the main software with the assumption that the primary reason you’re using the pen is to get a graphical output of your writing. My reason for using it is to do handwriting recognition and get text output for use in other applications. If you just want a picture of what you’ve done, the pen works great. But if you want to actually get text out of the process, it’s a hassle.

    *Because of all these problems (poor handwriting recognition, badly designed software), I have a sneaking suspicion that it probably takes me longer to process my notes using the io pen than it would if I took my notes with a regular pen and then typed it all into the computer.

    Positive things:

    *The battery life is really phenomenol. I’ve never had the battery die on me, despite long periods of taking notes.

    *The storage size is great — again, I’ve never run out of room.

    *It’s lighter than carrying around a tablet PC.

    *The training of the handwriting recognition is pretty simple and doesn’t take a long time.

    *The handwriting recognition software has a customization feature, where you can add new words to your custom dictionary. This is handy for me because I use quite a few abbreviations and technical words that their standard dictionary doesn’t recognize.

    *They give you lots of paper as part of the pen package to get started, as well as several extra ink refills. The paper isn’t really that expensive, but it can be hard to find if you’re on the go.

    *At the end of the day, you still have a paper copy of your notes if something happens to your pen. This is something that a tablet PC can’t offer.

    My recommendation is to not purchase this product unless you’re only looking for graphical output (ie a picture of your notes) and have large hands. If you want text to import to other applications or if you have smaller hands, this might not be a good choice for you. I think this technology has great promise, but there’s still a long way to go.

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