• Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
  • Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
  • Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
  • Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
  • Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2
Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2

Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Folio Digital Ballpoint Pen with Snap-Fit for iPad Air 2

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  • Capture handwritten notes on any paper
  • Old version
  • New version of Bamboo Spark out now! Bamboo Smartpad (CDS610S, CDS610G, CDS810S, CDS810G)

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Nice product with more potentials I've had this for about 5 months now. So far I like it. I love taking notes by hand so it comes very handy when I'm at workshops and conferences taking notes and having digital copies in Evernote to refer back later. I used to take notes by hand then type them later on my computer. But with Spark, I can just save the handwritten notes and export it as PDF or JPEG to Evernote (or wherever I want to keep the notes). I also love making mind maps by hand. Yes, true, you can take a photo of what you've written/drawn to get a digital copy instead of using Spark. But I like how I can add more things later even after I synced it to combine two different notes into one. I sometimes use Bamboo Paper app to edit and add highlighting to the notes I created with Spark.As many people have expressed, I wish there were other kinds of pens that work with Spark, especially when drawing or sketching, I'd prefer using broader tip or roller pen type. Not so thrilled with the Spark pen. I hope they will come up with more pen lines for Spark soon (or something we can just attach to our favorite pens to use it with Spark). I think I would use this much more often if I could use other pens. I haven't changed the cartridge yet so not sure how that is yet.You can use any kind of papers on Spark. I bought some cheap sketchbooks for kids. (not high quality one--inexpensive but little thicker than typical notebook sheets). The ones I found was about the size of the Spark notepad so I just rip some papers out and stapled it on the top to make small notepads. I also like to use index cards on it. 4x6 cards work pretty good. I line up on the top and use it then save the note. then use the back of the card line up to the bottom if I want to combine the front and back of the notes on 4x6 index card. After I sync them, I just combine these two notes into one.I also have some sync problem/issues with Spark. I've found what works best for me is that I often just save the notes on Spark when writing. Then sync them later. I turn on the bluetooth first on my device (I'm using Android device), then open the Spark app on my device, then turn on Spark. Usually this sequencing syncs the best for me. Once synced to my device, I edit on Bamboo Paper app if needed and save ("share") to Evernote or One Note for later use. 4Syncing does not work; Critical cloud services needed for handwriting-to-text appear to be out of orderAfter using this item for 2 days, I discovered the syncing function was not working properly, and I was losing notes I had taken. Very frustrating (tried syncing to two different devices). Also, I bought this for the handwriting to text feature. This is connected to the app Inkspace which you download from (in my case) Google Play. However, the Inkspace cloud service is down for maintenance, which means handwriting to text does not work. They are apparently updating the service, but they have offered no concrete indication when the service will be up again, beyond saying "as soon as possible." The only positive thing I can say is that Wacom technical service was easy to get in touch with and they were friendly and tried to be helpful. It's not their fault that the product was no good.1Beware! Unexpectedly poor product from usually reliable WacomBeware! This product does not function without the app. If you read app reviews you will see that it is a total fail. Does not sync with tablet, does not convert handwriting to text, drops pages, drops words, frequent repairing needs to take place for minimal performance. Called customer service for assistance every day for 5 days without any success. I expect far more from Wacom then this product delivers1Can't wait for newer versions! Wacom take note! I was skeptical about this when my husband gave it to me for Christmas although he was dead on that I prefer drawing on paper to drawing on glass/ tablet surfaces. However I hate using ballpoints and that's what the pen that comes with this device is. To make this easier for readers I'm going to list our observations.1. As of this writing the Wacom site doesn't have refills for the pen available. I was able to order a bunch of fine point refills directly from the manufacturer, Autopoint. They are fine point, not medium( which is what comes with the Wacom pen) and they are 1.50 each. The fine point made no difference in the line quality on the uploaded drawing. Line width was the same.2. As noted by other reviewers, the pen and tablet are not pressure sensitive so variations in line weight aren't captured, neither are tones represented by cross hatching.3. I tried a variety of papers that are designed for drawing with pen and the best paper was Borden & Riley Paris paper for pens which I cut down to the right size. I have to use little clamps to hold the paper in place. I have some pads on order. I'm not up to making my own pads these days with padding glue, but others might want to.4. My husband being of the technology- I can hack it - point of view messed around with the reciever (rfi) in the pen but was unsuccessful in adapting it for a roller ball or micron pigma type pen. However he was able to permanently tape the switch ( pen tip) on and saddle a better drawing pen to the original pen and the tablet " read" the marks. Wacom take note! Artists don't like ballpoint and you know it. This solution was informative but cumbersome. One thing we learned from the process is that the tablet picks up on movement close to the surface of the page- so printed letters inadvertently became cursive with the good pen riding piggyback on the Wacom. Quick sketches acquired movement lines as I worked across the page since the switch was always on and not triggered by pressure.5. Why 5 stars? This is a new device and I'm sure that it will evolve. I love the fact that the pad itself is unobtrusive and doesn't scream technology. It would be handy in meetings or as other reviewers have said, for sketching out ideas with a client- you give them the paper copy after uploading the digital version. I could also see this being useful for doctors who shun technology and need something portable to take notes. The fact that the folio has on aired memory is pretty useful. And finally, I prefer drawing on paper. It's the same size as my iPad and I intend to carry it everywhere I take my iPad. Editing, addition of color etc can be done in other programs. I found the bamboo paper app terribly limiting to I use Adobe ideas for now, my fallback app. Please note the last picture I uploaded was done with a micron pigma riding on the Wacom pen- you can see the swooping line as I moved my hand across the page creating diagonals through the windows. 5The software for this product is horrible and whoever wrote it should be ashamed This product has so much promise, but falls flat in execution! I work in the tech industry and have been taking notes for years in a A4 engineering book. I wanted a way to combine my hand written notes with my typed/cloud stuff.The software for this product is horrible and whoever wrote it should be ashamed. It works half the time with either manual or auto synchronization to my phone for notes. When it fails, there is no way to go back and re-send or re-capture what has been written. The Ink to text also doesn't work most of the time but did find that when it worked it was relatively accurate.I'll be returning this product back to Amazon for a refund and I will look to find another solution to capture and convert my written notes into something online. 1It works but can be unreliable. Als, no clear use case.Built Quality: This is a high quality product and the look and feel shows this clearlyDesign: Despite the attempt to make it as inconspicuous as possible, the Spark has a clearly technical/geeky look. There is room for improvement to make it look more business like.Function: It does exactly what it promises. It captures the pages seamlessly and, combined with Evernote, it also is useful for capturing handwritten notes. However, it is still a first generation product. It sometimes loses pages before they can be uploaded. And may not capture some strokes precisely, so they may not meet up with other lines.Summary: First generation product that still has some quirks with the biggest problem that it loses some pages sometimes. But the main problem I have is that there is no clear use case. I am not sure what to use it for, as you can use a stylus on your iPad or just snap a picture of your sketches/notes with your phone. I am looking forward to an improved second generation product and updates to the app giving it more options.3Very good basics. Not so with the nice to haves.This app is being used to write notes when speaking with prospects / customers. It rates a 5 for quality of materials. It rates a 4.5 for its ability to turn written handwriting into text (even though it is in Beta testing now).It rates a 2 for customer support. Some support people are simply not trained enough. Others are not equipped with the right tools. For example, a tech was walking me through a software step. I was lost. Why? The tech was on an iPad. I was on an iPhone. But the tech didn t know about, and didn t have an iPhone to see, the software difference between devicesI will now explain why I rated this a 1 for the Don t You Guys Think You Should Tell Us This Stuff? category. The Wacom Bamboo Spark writing pad has a unique Bluetooth signal transmitter. The pad transmits my writing to my Bluetooth enabled iPhone. The iPhone requires the Wacom app , also called Bamboo Spark app. The app receives my memos, can display the memos, allows me to combine them and transmits the memos to the Wacom Cloud. I understand that if you are on Apple Mac, you see exactly what you see on the Bamboo Spark app . If you are on Windows, to see your memos, you must go to Wacom.com, then go to Wacom Inkspace Portal. For fast access, I put a bookmark direct to Wacom Inkspace Portal. But what they forgot to tell Windows users is Windows users can t combine memos into one with the Wacom Inkspace Portal. Sure combine can be done on an iPhone. And on a Mac. But not on a Windows machine.And that is why a 5 Rating+ a 4.5 Rating + a 2 Rating + a 1 Rating = a 3 Rating even though I will keep this device.3ALMOST perfectI'm a professional creative, and I bought this because I'm constantly brainstorming ideas and sketches for projects, client meetings, and storyboards.I'll give it to wacom on this, for $50 this is almost a perfect product. I say ALMOST, because, like I had assumed before buying it, there is no pressure sensitivity what so ever. They say on their website its got 1024 levels, but that's just not the case. I own many tablets with pressure sensitivity, and this is not one of them. BUT, doubting it ahead of time, I wasn't too upset.The app works just like advertised, and just as quickly as advertised. Sending a page, and having it show up on your device happens in under 10 seconds every time- I checked. Its clear and legible, but again no pressure sensitivity (so sketching will take some getting used to) but I believe it will become a daily use item in my long list of creative tools4Great for notes just be aware of the A5 paper sizeI have yet to have any kind of issue with this product and I m using it for school. Sometimes it does get a little finicky with First getting set up but after you get it connected it works flawlessly. The battery life is great I ve only charged it a couple Times in the charge that has seems to last. I do wish it was a little bigger for notes. I was unaware when I purchased it that it was not a full size notebook But that is hardly the products fault. The A5 notebook size It s something I can work with if I have to.If you re looking to draw with this, it does a good job At picking up the lines but it doesn t do so great in measuring pressure of the pan. So while it might work well for animation style things it wouldn t be my particular choice for caricatures or for other types of detail oriented art.4Expensive for what it is, but worthwhile if you will use it.I've had mine for nearly a week now, and have written several pages of notes and lists.SUMMARYWacom provides a nice product, shipped with colorful packaging and a great concept, but with an MSRP of $150, it could've had a nicer ballpoint pen, thicker paper, and a better app. That being said, it's a great device if you need to digitize what you write and prefer a pen and paper.My (Gadget Pocket edition) arrived half charged. The device's pen comes with ink alongside two additional refills, the great binder, a pad of 50 pages, and a thin (but standard) microUSB charging cable.THE APP (Android)Download the app for simple, step-by-step instructions to initialize your Spark.Wacom boasts "seamless" integration with Evernote and Dropbox, but what they mean is you can export each note to either of those services, and that takes a couple (short) steps (You can currently export as JPG or PDF). But it certainly isn't "seamless" in that you must export and share to either of those apps. Other apps are also supported for export, depending on what you have installed on your device.I should note the OCR processing took 51 seconds for the grocery list I've attached.Hopefully, in the future they add a feature to allow auto syncing with Evernote instead of Wacom's Cloud service. Or there could be a way to sync the Wacom Cloud service with other services (such as IFTTT or Evernote). Wacom does allow you to download your synced files to their Bamboo app (a different product...a mobile app) to add color digitally.THE BINDERIt's solid, clasps well, and holds the paper pad snug. The power button and charging port are located in discreet locations. The "paper turn" button is a usable size and easily accessible in the middle of the binder. The pen slides into the binder from the top or bottom, so lefties and righties can open the binder in either direction.It isn't necessary to place your device into the "gadget pocket." In fact, I use it for holding loose papers, and the nice magnet clasp ensures they don't slip out.The binder is minimally branded, which I like because I wouldn't want anyone to know it's a $150 binder if I accidentally leave it somewhere.PERFORMANCENo problems thus far. I've attached images of my paper notes, the image produces by the app, the OCR output, and the PDF output exported from the app into Evernote.THE PEN & THE PADI'd call it a standard sized pen, but it's thicker than a Bic stick pen. It isn't huge like the Logitec pen. It's lightweight, and the cap never seems to sit tight on the end when I'm writing, so I have to set it down.The ballpoint pen is weak. I would've liked a gel pen or a pen that was a smoother writing utensil. However, this is a small drawback I'm willing to accept.The paper is equally lousy. It isn't bright and feels like slightly thicker newsprint. The perforations don't tear clean unless you really take your time. I've ordered different paper and will update my review accordingly.4seems pretty good, but without a detailed instruction manual, figuring out what it can do is a crapshootBeen playing with it for only a few hours ... so far pleased ... but there are no detailed instructions ... the quick-start guide sends you to a URL, but the URL has no more useful information than is already in the quick-start. Web-search for additional details also comes up with nada. The quick-start does a nice job of leading you through creating you first note, but then you're on your own. What is the proper way to end a note (vs. ending a page)? To shut down just use the power switch, or is there a save-and-sync that can be done first to assure that nothing is lost? There is a hint that on startup you can say whether you are on a new blank page or picking up on a page that already has some writing/drawing on it, but no instruction about how actually to do it. Reasonable extrapolations from what little it does explain don't work. Sometimes reverse engineering a product is fun, but right now I would be happy to have some semblance of a real user's manual. I recall that when I was shopping I found a review in this thread that noted the lack (and some errors in) instructions from the manufacturer, and summarized what his/her reversed engineering had revealed, but I can't find it now ... any pointer to it would be appreciated.3Not as good as it I was very excited at the time of buying this product as this sounds like a great item to capture your meeting minutes, notes and have them sync to cloud. Videos show additional features like text recognition as well.Here are the biggest flaws:1. The on/off switch: It will take some time getting used to switching the device on and off. Since it just looks like your regular pad, I initially got into meeting, busy with important discussions, and simply opened the pad and started writing. After finishing up the first page, and hitting the sync button - i realized i forgot to switch it on! I wish this device had of auto-turn on with the sleeve.2. Sleep feature: My next step was to ensure that I switch on the device at the start of my meetings. Today, I spent the initial 15-20 minutes writing on the first page. The meeting got very engaging and we spent our time on discussions. I had captured great notes at the start of the meeting At the end of an hour long meeting, I was excited to sync my notes and pressed the sync button... but damn the stupid thing went to sleep mode. When i turned it back on, the light showed a green instead of blue, which basically means it didn't capture anything. WHY IS THERE NO OPTION TO SET THE SLEEP TIMER VIA THE APP??3. Bamboo Paper App: I have a iPhone i am using to sync the notes. The cool videos you see where you can highlight your notes, convert handwritten to text recognition are all on that app. But guess what, there is no such app! Wacom just has the inkspace app which is pretty much useless. 2Unfortunate execution.I wanted to like this. The concept of electronically capturing notes and script is wonderful. Let me break it down:- The Notebook Itself: After two months of constant use, the edges of the notebook started to wear away exposing, at least on the cover, the cardboard backer under the outer layer material. Additionally, from the constant handling, the material on the back of the notebook started to soil from being handled. Ultimately, one would think that the notebook could be replaced once it got too grimy or beat up. Unfortunately, this is not the case.- The User Interface: Using the Spark is the primary reason that I no longer use it. First, the device needs to be turned on and a new page cleared, or else, if you begin on the bottom half of a used page, when the file is transferred to the app, it will only transfer the bottom portion. What it boils down to is actually thinking about the formatting and how to make it all sync and mesh together electronically - before you start taking notes. For something that was designed to make my life easier, it didn't.- The Software: Unfortunately, at inception, it had plenty of bugs. The iOS app has been updated several times and appears to operate smoother.- Paper: Not sure why the Spark was built around A5 paper format, seeing as how it isn't very common in the United State. This would have been much more efficient if it were built on traditional legal pad format.The bottom line is that, in this day and age of mobile phones, I've found it way easier and more effective to simply snap a photo of a page of notes if I'm looking to archive them. Unfortunately, this $150.00 piece of technology has been retired after two months of use to a hidden shelf.2Disappointed :( Disappointed.Really wanted this to be fun & easy to use, but, wound up back in its box and put away somewhere.It sounded so promising but have to KEEP reconnecting the BT, and spent WAY WAY too much time & effort to get a note to SAVE !I did get a payday budget of sorts to save, and I explored different formats, and found ways to export those into other apps and edited the data...But...So so so much effort, and my interest just died from all the work this created instead of being a useful tool.I cannot recommend this based on my experiences with it. I wasted a lot of money.Maybe the next big update or improvement might be better. 1BlueTooth Connection is always Lost - Seems ResolvedConceptually it's great. I had it working for about a week but now I can't do anything...Bluetooth connect finds the device.. then "connection lost"Been that way for 6 months and I can't resolve it. Can't reset it.I wouldn't be harsh but their community forum is clearly spammed today with multiple made up users and nonsense and the majority of posts have views but no response which is not a good support sign.EDITUsed it a bit more and I do love how accurately it converts my squiggles to digital. I never thought about the aspect of paper shifting during multiple sessions but I think I can handle that with some post-processing. Right now I think it's neat... and it's an ice breaker when you meet clients/new project teams :)3
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Description
  • Capture handwritten notes on any paper
  • Old version
  • New version of Bamboo Spark out now! Bamboo Smartpad (CDS610S, CDS610G, CDS810S, CDS810G)
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Nice product with more potentials I've had this for about 5 months now. So far I like it. I love taking notes by hand so it comes very handy when I'm at workshops and conferences taking notes and having digital copies in Evernote to refer back later. I used to take notes by hand then type them later on my computer. But with Spark, I can just save the handwritten notes and export it as PDF or JPEG to Evernote (or wherever I want to keep the notes). I also love making mind maps by hand. Yes, true, you can take a photo of what you've written/drawn to get a digital copy instead of using Spark. But I like how I can add more things later even after I synced it to combine two different notes into one. I sometimes use Bamboo Paper app to edit and add highlighting to the notes I created with Spark.As many people have expressed, I wish there were other kinds of pens that work with Spark, especially when drawing or sketching, I'd prefer using broader tip or roller pen type. Not so thrilled with the Spark pen. I hope they will come up with more pen lines for Spark soon (or something we can just attach to our favorite pens to use it with Spark). I think I would use this much more often if I could use other pens. I haven't changed the cartridge yet so not sure how that is yet.You can use any kind of papers on Spark. I bought some cheap sketchbooks for kids. (not high quality one--inexpensive but little thicker than typical notebook sheets). The ones I found was about the size of the Spark notepad so I just rip some papers out and stapled it on the top to make small notepads. I also like to use index cards on it. 4x6 cards work pretty good. I line up on the top and use it then save the note. then use the back of the card line up to the bottom if I want to combine the front and back of the notes on 4x6 index card. After I sync them, I just combine these two notes into one.I also have some sync problem/issues with Spark. I've found what works best for me is that I often just save the notes on Spark when writing. Then sync them later. I turn on the bluetooth first on my device (I'm using Android device), then open the Spark app on my device, then turn on Spark. Usually this sequencing syncs the best for me. Once synced to my device, I edit on Bamboo Paper app if needed and save ("share") to Evernote or One Note for later use. 4Syncing does not work; Critical cloud services needed for handwriting-to-text appear to be out of orderAfter using this item for 2 days, I discovered the syncing function was not working properly, and I was losing notes I had taken. Very frustrating (tried syncing to two different devices). Also, I bought this for the handwriting to text feature. This is connected to the app Inkspace which you download from (in my case) Google Play. However, the Inkspace cloud service is down for maintenance, which means handwriting to text does not work. They are apparently updating the service, but they have offered no concrete indication when the service will be up again, beyond saying "as soon as possible." The only positive thing I can say is that Wacom technical service was easy to get in touch with and they were friendly and tried to be helpful. It's not their fault that the product was no good.1Beware! Unexpectedly poor product from usually reliable WacomBeware! This product does not function without the app. If you read app reviews you will see that it is a total fail. Does not sync with tablet, does not convert handwriting to text, drops pages, drops words, frequent repairing needs to take place for minimal performance. Called customer service for assistance every day for 5 days without any success. I expect far more from Wacom then this product delivers1Can't wait for newer versions! Wacom take note! I was skeptical about this when my husband gave it to me for Christmas although he was dead on that I prefer drawing on paper to drawing on glass/ tablet surfaces. However I hate using ballpoints and that's what the pen that comes with this device is. To make this easier for readers I'm going to list our observations.1. As of this writing the Wacom site doesn't have refills for the pen available. I was able to order a bunch of fine point refills directly from the manufacturer, Autopoint. They are fine point, not medium( which is what comes with the Wacom pen) and they are 1.50 each. The fine point made no difference in the line quality on the uploaded drawing. Line width was the same.2. As noted by other reviewers, the pen and tablet are not pressure sensitive so variations in line weight aren't captured, neither are tones represented by cross hatching.3. I tried a variety of papers that are designed for drawing with pen and the best paper was Borden & Riley Paris paper for pens which I cut down to the right size. I have to use little clamps to hold the paper in place. I have some pads on order. I'm not up to making my own pads these days with padding glue, but others might want to.4. My husband being of the technology- I can hack it - point of view messed around with the reciever (rfi) in the pen but was unsuccessful in adapting it for a roller ball or micron pigma type pen. However he was able to permanently tape the switch ( pen tip) on and saddle a better drawing pen to the original pen and the tablet " read" the marks. Wacom take note! Artists don't like ballpoint and you know it. This solution was informative but cumbersome. One thing we learned from the process is that the tablet picks up on movement close to the surface of the page- so printed letters inadvertently became cursive with the good pen riding piggyback on the Wacom. Quick sketches acquired movement lines as I worked across the page since the switch was always on and not triggered by pressure.5. Why 5 stars? This is a new device and I'm sure that it will evolve. I love the fact that the pad itself is unobtrusive and doesn't scream technology. It would be handy in meetings or as other reviewers have said, for sketching out ideas with a client- you give them the paper copy after uploading the digital version. I could also see this being useful for doctors who shun technology and need something portable to take notes. The fact that the folio has on aired memory is pretty useful. And finally, I prefer drawing on paper. It's the same size as my iPad and I intend to carry it everywhere I take my iPad. Editing, addition of color etc can be done in other programs. I found the bamboo paper app terribly limiting to I use Adobe ideas for now, my fallback app. Please note the last picture I uploaded was done with a micron pigma riding on the Wacom pen- you can see the swooping line as I moved my hand across the page creating diagonals through the windows. 5The software for this product is horrible and whoever wrote it should be ashamed This product has so much promise, but falls flat in execution! I work in the tech industry and have been taking notes for years in a A4 engineering book. I wanted a way to combine my hand written notes with my typed/cloud stuff.The software for this product is horrible and whoever wrote it should be ashamed. It works half the time with either manual or auto synchronization to my phone for notes. When it fails, there is no way to go back and re-send or re-capture what has been written. The Ink to text also doesn't work most of the time but did find that when it worked it was relatively accurate.I'll be returning this product back to Amazon for a refund and I will look to find another solution to capture and convert my written notes into something online. 1It works but can be unreliable. Als, no clear use case.Built Quality: This is a high quality product and the look and feel shows this clearlyDesign: Despite the attempt to make it as inconspicuous as possible, the Spark has a clearly technical/geeky look. There is room for improvement to make it look more business like.Function: It does exactly what it promises. It captures the pages seamlessly and, combined with Evernote, it also is useful for capturing handwritten notes. However, it is still a first generation product. It sometimes loses pages before they can be uploaded. And may not capture some strokes precisely, so they may not meet up with other lines.Summary: First generation product that still has some quirks with the biggest problem that it loses some pages sometimes. But the main problem I have is that there is no clear use case. I am not sure what to use it for, as you can use a stylus on your iPad or just snap a picture of your sketches/notes with your phone. I am looking forward to an improved second generation product and updates to the app giving it more options.3Very good basics. Not so with the nice to haves.This app is being used to write notes when speaking with prospects / customers. It rates a 5 for quality of materials. It rates a 4.5 for its ability to turn written handwriting into text (even though it is in Beta testing now).It rates a 2 for customer support. Some support people are simply not trained enough. Others are not equipped with the right tools. For example, a tech was walking me through a software step. I was lost. Why? The tech was on an iPad. I was on an iPhone. But the tech didn t know about, and didn t have an iPhone to see, the software difference between devicesI will now explain why I rated this a 1 for the Don t You Guys Think You Should Tell Us This Stuff? category. The Wacom Bamboo Spark writing pad has a unique Bluetooth signal transmitter. The pad transmits my writing to my Bluetooth enabled iPhone. The iPhone requires the Wacom app , also called Bamboo Spark app. The app receives my memos, can display the memos, allows me to combine them and transmits the memos to the Wacom Cloud. I understand that if you are on Apple Mac, you see exactly what you see on the Bamboo Spark app . If you are on Windows, to see your memos, you must go to Wacom.com, then go to Wacom Inkspace Portal. For fast access, I put a bookmark direct to Wacom Inkspace Portal. But what they forgot to tell Windows users is Windows users can t combine memos into one with the Wacom Inkspace Portal. Sure combine can be done on an iPhone. And on a Mac. But not on a Windows machine.And that is why a 5 Rating+ a 4.5 Rating + a 2 Rating + a 1 Rating = a 3 Rating even though I will keep this device.3ALMOST perfectI'm a professional creative, and I bought this because I'm constantly brainstorming ideas and sketches for projects, client meetings, and storyboards.I'll give it to wacom on this, for $50 this is almost a perfect product. I say ALMOST, because, like I had assumed before buying it, there is no pressure sensitivity what so ever. They say on their website its got 1024 levels, but that's just not the case. I own many tablets with pressure sensitivity, and this is not one of them. BUT, doubting it ahead of time, I wasn't too upset.The app works just like advertised, and just as quickly as advertised. Sending a page, and having it show up on your device happens in under 10 seconds every time- I checked. Its clear and legible, but again no pressure sensitivity (so sketching will take some getting used to) but I believe it will become a daily use item in my long list of creative tools4Great for notes just be aware of the A5 paper sizeI have yet to have any kind of issue with this product and I m using it for school. Sometimes it does get a little finicky with First getting set up but after you get it connected it works flawlessly. The battery life is great I ve only charged it a couple Times in the charge that has seems to last. I do wish it was a little bigger for notes. I was unaware when I purchased it that it was not a full size notebook But that is hardly the products fault. The A5 notebook size It s something I can work with if I have to.If you re looking to draw with this, it does a good job At picking up the lines but it doesn t do so great in measuring pressure of the pan. So while it might work well for animation style things it wouldn t be my particular choice for caricatures or for other types of detail oriented art.4Expensive for what it is, but worthwhile if you will use it.I've had mine for nearly a week now, and have written several pages of notes and lists.SUMMARYWacom provides a nice product, shipped with colorful packaging and a great concept, but with an MSRP of $150, it could've had a nicer ballpoint pen, thicker paper, and a better app. That being said, it's a great device if you need to digitize what you write and prefer a pen and paper.My (Gadget Pocket edition) arrived half charged. The device's pen comes with ink alongside two additional refills, the great binder, a pad of 50 pages, and a thin (but standard) microUSB charging cable.THE APP (Android)Download the app for simple, step-by-step instructions to initialize your Spark.Wacom boasts "seamless" integration with Evernote and Dropbox, but what they mean is you can export each note to either of those services, and that takes a couple (short) steps (You can currently export as JPG or PDF). But it certainly isn't "seamless" in that you must export and share to either of those apps. Other apps are also supported for export, depending on what you have installed on your device.I should note the OCR processing took 51 seconds for the grocery list I've attached.Hopefully, in the future they add a feature to allow auto syncing with Evernote instead of Wacom's Cloud service. Or there could be a way to sync the Wacom Cloud service with other services (such as IFTTT or Evernote). Wacom does allow you to download your synced files to their Bamboo app (a different product...a mobile app) to add color digitally.THE BINDERIt's solid, clasps well, and holds the paper pad snug. The power button and charging port are located in discreet locations. The "paper turn" button is a usable size and easily accessible in the middle of the binder. The pen slides into the binder from the top or bottom, so lefties and righties can open the binder in either direction.It isn't necessary to place your device into the "gadget pocket." In fact, I use it for holding loose papers, and the nice magnet clasp ensures they don't slip out.The binder is minimally branded, which I like because I wouldn't want anyone to know it's a $150 binder if I accidentally leave it somewhere.PERFORMANCENo problems thus far. I've attached images of my paper notes, the image produces by the app, the OCR output, and the PDF output exported from the app into Evernote.THE PEN & THE PADI'd call it a standard sized pen, but it's thicker than a Bic stick pen. It isn't huge like the Logitec pen. It's lightweight, and the cap never seems to sit tight on the end when I'm writing, so I have to set it down.The ballpoint pen is weak. I would've liked a gel pen or a pen that was a smoother writing utensil. However, this is a small drawback I'm willing to accept.The paper is equally lousy. It isn't bright and feels like slightly thicker newsprint. The perforations don't tear clean unless you really take your time. I've ordered different paper and will update my review accordingly.4seems pretty good, but without a detailed instruction manual, figuring out what it can do is a crapshootBeen playing with it for only a few hours ... so far pleased ... but there are no detailed instructions ... the quick-start guide sends you to a URL, but the URL has no more useful information than is already in the quick-start. Web-search for additional details also comes up with nada. The quick-start does a nice job of leading you through creating you first note, but then you're on your own. What is the proper way to end a note (vs. ending a page)? To shut down just use the power switch, or is there a save-and-sync that can be done first to assure that nothing is lost? There is a hint that on startup you can say whether you are on a new blank page or picking up on a page that already has some writing/drawing on it, but no instruction about how actually to do it. Reasonable extrapolations from what little it does explain don't work. Sometimes reverse engineering a product is fun, but right now I would be happy to have some semblance of a real user's manual. I recall that when I was shopping I found a review in this thread that noted the lack (and some errors in) instructions from the manufacturer, and summarized what his/her reversed engineering had revealed, but I can't find it now ... any pointer to it would be appreciated.3Not as good as it I was very excited at the time of buying this product as this sounds like a great item to capture your meeting minutes, notes and have them sync to cloud. Videos show additional features like text recognition as well.Here are the biggest flaws:1. The on/off switch: It will take some time getting used to switching the device on and off. Since it just looks like your regular pad, I initially got into meeting, busy with important discussions, and simply opened the pad and started writing. After finishing up the first page, and hitting the sync button - i realized i forgot to switch it on! I wish this device had of auto-turn on with the sleeve.2. Sleep feature: My next step was to ensure that I switch on the device at the start of my meetings. Today, I spent the initial 15-20 minutes writing on the first page. The meeting got very engaging and we spent our time on discussions. I had captured great notes at the start of the meeting At the end of an hour long meeting, I was excited to sync my notes and pressed the sync button... but damn the stupid thing went to sleep mode. When i turned it back on, the light showed a green instead of blue, which basically means it didn't capture anything. WHY IS THERE NO OPTION TO SET THE SLEEP TIMER VIA THE APP??3. Bamboo Paper App: I have a iPhone i am using to sync the notes. The cool videos you see where you can highlight your notes, convert handwritten to text recognition are all on that app. But guess what, there is no such app! Wacom just has the inkspace app which is pretty much useless. 2Unfortunate execution.I wanted to like this. The concept of electronically capturing notes and script is wonderful. Let me break it down:- The Notebook Itself: After two months of constant use, the edges of the notebook started to wear away exposing, at least on the cover, the cardboard backer under the outer layer material. Additionally, from the constant handling, the material on the back of the notebook started to soil from being handled. Ultimately, one would think that the notebook could be replaced once it got too grimy or beat up. Unfortunately, this is not the case.- The User Interface: Using the Spark is the primary reason that I no longer use it. First, the device needs to be turned on and a new page cleared, or else, if you begin on the bottom half of a used page, when the file is transferred to the app, it will only transfer the bottom portion. What it boils down to is actually thinking about the formatting and how to make it all sync and mesh together electronically - before you start taking notes. For something that was designed to make my life easier, it didn't.- The Software: Unfortunately, at inception, it had plenty of bugs. The iOS app has been updated several times and appears to operate smoother.- Paper: Not sure why the Spark was built around A5 paper format, seeing as how it isn't very common in the United State. This would have been much more efficient if it were built on traditional legal pad format.The bottom line is that, in this day and age of mobile phones, I've found it way easier and more effective to simply snap a photo of a page of notes if I'm looking to archive them. Unfortunately, this $150.00 piece of technology has been retired after two months of use to a hidden shelf.2Disappointed :( Disappointed.Really wanted this to be fun & easy to use, but, wound up back in its box and put away somewhere.It sounded so promising but have to KEEP reconnecting the BT, and spent WAY WAY too much time & effort to get a note to SAVE !I did get a payday budget of sorts to save, and I explored different formats, and found ways to export those into other apps and edited the data...But...So so so much effort, and my interest just died from all the work this created instead of being a useful tool.I cannot recommend this based on my experiences with it. I wasted a lot of money.Maybe the next big update or improvement might be better. 1BlueTooth Connection is always Lost - Seems ResolvedConceptually it's great. I had it working for about a week but now I can't do anything...Bluetooth connect finds the device.. then "connection lost"Been that way for 6 months and I can't resolve it. Can't reset it.I wouldn't be harsh but their community forum is clearly spammed today with multiple made up users and nonsense and the majority of posts have views but no response which is not a good support sign.EDITUsed it a bit more and I do love how accurately it converts my squiggles to digital. I never thought about the aspect of paper shifting during multiple sessions but I think I can handle that with some post-processing. Right now I think it's neat... and it's an ice breaker when you meet clients/new project teams :)3
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