The Livescribe Pulse ships with a protective sleeve made of some undetermined material. It has a clear plastic window so you can see the Livescribe display, which on rare occasion is handy. There are also two slots for refills with a protective cover. There is also a "Nav Plus" control for basic navigation. Finally, there is a grommet to be used to remove the ink cartridge from the pen which is virtually indispensable when trying to remove the cartridge.
The overpriced leather case has none of those handy features. Inside it has a flap that covers the end of the pen, which is arguably a useful feature. And it has a clip, which the standard case lacks.
I wanted the clip to secure it to my shirt pocket or belt. Guess what? It doesn't work that well for either function. Before I ordered, I called Livescribe to make sure the leather case could be used on a belt. I was told it could. I compared it on the phone with the clip found on many cell phone and PDA case, where the clip fits firmly on the belt and attaches by a stud to the case.
No joy here. The clip is like a somewhat oversized pen clip. It could be forced over a typical men's belt, but would quickly be bent out of shape. Worse yet, the clip is simply retained by an ordinary pocket on the case - apply any pressure and the clip pulls out. Obviously, your Livescribe could disappear all too soon if you used this case on your belt.
Yes, the clip works okay on a shirt pocket, but compared to the original case, there is no advantage. In fact, the original case has more features.
I'm sending this back. I'll go on looking like a geek, which is the way I look anyway, and continue tucking the original case in my shirt pocket.
On the packaging, Livescribe says the "[d]etachable case clip keeps the Pulse smartpen connected to the Liverscribe dot paper". In my opinion, that's not the reason I would want a clip-on case. Moreover, that's not the way it works with the Livescribe Flip Notepad, their shirt pocket size medium.
Hopefully Livescribe will develop a case with a clip and the features found in the original.
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