Livescribe Pulse Smartpen Arrived: Sync Platform/Form Factor Decision Still Ahead

The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen became available over a year ago. But, it took me all that time to decide whether or not to buy one for myself. No one has ever accused me of being an impulse shopper. I waited a year to see if:

1. The company was still around to support it (it is)
2. If early adopters I know were still enthusiastic users of the Pulse Smartpen (they are)

My Pulse Smartpen was delivered just hours ago. However, even though I have it, I still have some important decisions to make before I really start using it. These decisions need to be made because of one known drawback: The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen can only sync with one computer. So, I need look at the following factors before deciding what to sync with:

– Desktop vs. notebook/netbook?
– Notebook vs. netbook?
– Microsoft Windows vs. Apple Mac OS X?

There are pros and cons associated with each factor. I’m torn between the convenience of syncing it with an easy to carry Windows 7 based netbook (assuming the Livescribe desktop is compatible with Windows 7) vs. the power and flexibility of a Mac desktop.

Another factor that may come into play is that the Windows version of the Livescribe Desktop came out first and is, presumably, a more mature product. The Windows Livescribe Desktop is at version 1.6 while the Mac OS X Livescribe Desktop is at version 1.1. I noted that one of the warnings about the Mac version is that there are specific problems associated with using Apple MacBooks running OS X 10.5.6. This may eliminate the MacBook from my list.

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