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Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Fly Fusion Pen

    Posted .

    First off, there is no user guide. Now I do not usually go through a user guide when I buy new hardware or software, but it's nice to have something available if you hit problems or have questions. And with this pen, you are likely to have lots of questions... it is simply NOT intutive. And the sparse directions that are provided on a command card aren't very clear. The other main issue is that you need to buy somewhat hard-to-find, specially designed notebooks ($8 each for about $1 worth of paper) onto which to write. You can't use a regular off-the-shelf notebook. And that makes this device less practical. The manufacturer does not even have the special paper available on its website, and it took 8 days and 3 emails before they could direct me to options of where I might be able to find paper (not all of the options they provided me were accurate). Although this device has potential, because of its need for the special paper, its use is limited. And because it lacks an instruction book and basic usability characteritics, the youngsters who are its target audience are bound to get frustrated with it very quickly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad

    Posted .

    I received this via UPS this morning. I agree with the other reviewers that the startup is not intuitive. Even simple things like unscrewing the pen tip guard are buried in the CD User Guide and not on the Fast Start Guard. But once I figured it all out I had no problems loading the software on two different laptops. I transfered my own MP3 files to replace the ones it came with and I am taking notes and converting them to text files (in MS Word no less) with very little trouble. I bought the pen to ease my note-taking life in the business world and to provide me with a quick path of loading sales notes into our corporate CRM system (Salesforce.com... good stuff). This pens works well for that, and the games are kind of fun too. With the free $10 download coupon I installed a couple of activities and now have my Pen startup by telling me the daily joke. Definitely worth the money to me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware!

    Posted .

    Okay, I thought it would be a good idea to spend money on an electronic gadget that helps with schoolwork, not just with entertainment. The pen seems awfully spendy to me, considering how little memory it has. And then you have to buy more software to use the best features. Still, the pen itself and the software for Spanish is fairly effective. Good investment, right? No. The software would not work on one computer I own, despite easily meeting the modest requirements. I downloaded the newest software rather than just use the CD. Still wouldn't work--program would not open on my computer. And without the program on your PC, the pen is virtually useless! So I tried a laptop. Same results despite multiple attempts to install. The software program froze. I tried a third computer (all on the same network and with the same specs as my other desktop). This time, it worked. But what happens if you don't have three computers to keep trying the software on? And I needed it on my son's computer--not my work computer. Well, to make a long story short, I emailed customer service several times, and they eventually stopped answering once the 'simple fixes' didn't work. I called to complain and to receive an answer, and they said I would have to write a letter if I had any concerns. They promised an email response to my problems, but the email just had me try (for about the tenth time) the same old easy fixes. I was polite and patient, but it didn't matter. Like so many customer service people, they will not help unless the problem can be solved easily. I'm fairly tech-competent and know the problem is with the software, so I urge you not to buy this product unless you have several computers and eventually are able to find one on which the essential program can work. And heaven help you if you have to work with this company's "customer service." Don't expect a response once you go through their two or three basic suggestions.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great pen

    Posted .

    I love my pen, but I do have one major problem with it. I am a future English teacher, so I write a lot for school. I always write better with a pen and paper, but then I have to type it into a document anyway, so I thought the FlyPen would be a perfect solution. The only problem is, when I upload my writing and convert it to text, there are too many capitalization, punctuation, and spelling errors! The computer doesn't read my writing correctly or something, for example: you would have to dot your "i" just so or the computer will capitalize it. Also, if the lines on your "w" or "n" are too long, it will capitalize the "w" or make the "n" an "h". It's frustrating that the computer can't recognize that "She Weht to Work" is not a proper sentence. If there is a way to get around that, I would love the pen, but right now it is frustrating me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    you will like it

    Posted .

    The Fly Fusion Pentop computer is a computer inside a pen. It can do math, it can play music, speak spanish, have you take tests, teach you about the solar system, speak french,upload the notes you worte to the computer and convert to text, help you with essays and spelling, and much more! The only con, that is not on the pen, is the fly world application, (the application you need to use the fly pen, and get new stuff on it), the fly world application is what you have to download from online, and if it dosen't work on your computer,(and you only have one computer in the house), your doomed and should return the fly pen to the store you got it. What I just told you above does not happen a lot, but it does happen. But if you do come up with that problem, do like I said or call the fly team, they are very helpful. -theTurthguy

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not just kid's play...

    Posted .

    This pen is an excellent value compared to other digital pens on the market. I use mine for taking notes (as a Ph. D. student), Spanish translation, and Statistics. I really appreciated the $10 gift card. The software is only $2.99 on the Leap Frog website; and many of the packages combine programs, like Write, which has the Essay Coach on it and Math Pro, which includes Statistics. The adult version of this pen has a digital recorder; but no software utilities. So, this is a really great tool. My only complaint is the availability of Fly Fusion paper. I have yet to find a store that carries it. You need to order the already expensive paper online then paying S&H which brings the price for 160 page book to over $10.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    to learn the pen, read this!

    Posted .

    The Fly Fusion Pentop Computer is a computer inside a pen, as you all might know. It is true the Fly Fusion only works on one kind of paper, which is called Fly paper, or "fly pad". The Fly paper cost $8 for 160 pages, which when you really think about it, is not that bad. When you buy the fly, what you get is a (pocket) spanish translator (which has 1,000 words on it to translate from english to spanish. The Spanish Translator Pro is the one you can buy for about $15, and it has 20,000 translations form english to spanish, or spanish to english), Fly type Practice is what will help you to write in "Fly type", Fast computer math Basics is math where you can use to do almost any addition, subtraction, multipilcation, or division problem right away! It can also work with fractions, decimals, parentheses, and exponents, Fly tones is where you can draw a keyboard and drums and really play them, MP3 Player is what you use to draw your own mp3 controls, Pop Quiz is the thing where you create your own virtual flashcards, then enter what you what to memorize, and fly will help you study, controls is where you can make your own controls, such as volume buttens and stuff like that (if you do not want to use the controls on the fly book), and finally, Time is the "T" you draw on the fly paper and put a circle around it to find out the time and date. All of what I told you so far is true, but there is still much more to tell! I didn't even tell you that fly has a scheduler, that you can set over 25 schedules to help you with your daily life. Sadly, it's time for the one con... The Only bad thing (that's not even on the pen) is the fly world application that you HAVE TOO DOWNLOAD TO YOUR COMPUTER FROM ONLINE. The fly world application is the thing you need to really do anything with the pen, without the application, the pen is not that cool any more. The reason I am telling you why the application is so important, is because if it dosen't download to your computer, your almost doomed to never be able to use such a cool pen! What do you do? You do one of the two things.....call fly support to see what they can do for you, such as send you the application on a CD. (don't worry, fly support is a nice company, no matter what over reviews say.)......or you can take the pen back to the store you got it and get your money back......... Well, I have to go now. I hope you found this review helpful. -theTruthMan-

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    FLY Fusion Pentop Computer

    Posted .

    I was having issues over the holiday with downloading the application, come to find out it was nothing I was doing wrong. I went to the FLYWorld website, and found the following: Due to extremely high seasonal demand for FLY Fusion, some FLY Fusion users had difficulty accessing FLY World , and our FLY World Download Store. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. We have been working on these issues diligently, and we now have the Fly World site and download store up and working as expected! As a special thank you for your patience, we want to offer our community of users a special gift! We are offering 4 special downloads for use with your pen as a way of showing our appreciation for your patience and support for FLY Fusion through January 15, 2008. Please go to the FLY World PC Application, log on and click on the Download Store tab. The FLY Fusion is pretty easy to use, and the applications you can download are a lot of fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Don't Purchase

    Posted .

    The idea behind this product is really cool. This could be a really great aid for homework and a fun tool for many other great applications. However, you can't even download the very application (Fly Application) needed to run ANY of the software you can purchase for this pentop computer because the Fly Fusion (leapfrog) website can't support the traffic. If you CAN get it to download, it still won't install. (My computer excedes the requirements.) If you try to get any help from their support team you will get nowhere. They do not answer emails. They promise return phone calls and never call back. Very disappointing to say the least.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Concept and It Will Work

    Posted .

    Leapfrog sold so many of these pens that there were problems trying to install program which runs the pen. Daughter got frustrated because of this and has not picked it up again (yet). However, I got everything installed (and once Leapfrog corrected their website issues) it loads easily and the other programs download quickly. The pen and programs are great and are as promised. Remember you need the special paper - but you have to realize the sophisticated technology built into this pen and I am happy to pay the extra for the paper, etc. I will either buy one for myself also or wait for the Livescribe company when they release a pro version. Very happy with purchase and would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Petty Good

    Posted .

    This is really a impressive peice of technology. It works good and I had no problem without besides I didn't know how to get the pen out. But once I figured it out it works fine. I have a mac and Icannot use all of its prgrams but it is really amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Works wel

    Posted .

    I notice that a lot of the people who wrote a bad review wrote them around Christmas. I was experiencing many of the same problems at that time. Discs wouldn't install, discs didn't work right, etc. However, I wrote an e-mail and found the answer. The response said that their servers were very full and running slow around Christmas. Sure enough, after a little while after Christmas, everything worked fine. I find it very easy to use, and fun, too. The Spanish program is especially helpful. I would recommend this pen.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Buyer beware

    Posted .

    My children wanted this for Christmas and it looked like a helpful product for them. I have had always found Leapfrog products in the past well worth the money, so I purchased two. The product will not install on my computer. I have a new computer that more then meets the product requirements. I have spoken to their customer support people twice without any luck. First they blamed it on my firewall. Second time related that it was a problem on their side. Have emailed their support people twice with no response from them. They are now offering (4) free downloads on their site for any inconvience that may have been caused by them. This doesn't help if their product doesn't work. Hopefully I can return the products and get my money back. I don't know what has happened to Leap Frog, but they have lost one customer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    A Big Disappointment

    Posted .

    I am very disappointed with this product. Leapfrog has sold a product that it cannot support. The application needed to run the advanced features and the additional (separately purchased) software will not install on my computer. This has become a quite expensive fiasco, since none of the additional software will work without the application, which can only be downloaded from the company website. Customer support is non-existant. After half an hour on hold, you get a live person who knows nothing about the product or the problems. They take your contact info and promise a return call that never comes. It has now been a full week that this has been going on. I am very seriously considering returning everything for a refund.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    DON NOT BUY!!!

    Posted .

    Ok so i had to go online to download the program. First that is a pain in the behind i have dial up and therefore the download process was slow. I mean come on people it is on a disc you should not have to log on to the internet to do it. What about the people who don't have the net!!!!! second affter i loaded my algebra program on to the pen top computer program my pen top no loger will charge, or even show that is it connected to the computer. I contacted the customer service reps and they said there is nothing they can do to help me and i SHOULD TRY CALLING IN 24 HOURS!!!! what kind of help is that??!!!! i am 100% disapointed in this product!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    product sucks

    Posted .

    Does not write as advertised on any surface. The 'fly pads' needed to write and digitize are too expensive as is the ink refills. The install CD failed, I had to download the software from the web, not a big deal just a hassle. My biggest gripe is that the pen is advertised as being able to write anywhere and then upload the writing to a computer, well that is not how this works. You need to purchase the $8 'fly pads' that only have about 12 sheets of 'fly paper'. It's a great idea just not practical at this time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product.

    Posted .

    I am a college student, and this product has saved me loads of time off typing my hand written papers. Perfect for the fulltime student with way too many notes.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    DO BUY

    Posted .

    i would recomened this to a freind because it is fasinating how a pen and notebook can bring your iner learner alive.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    the best thing i bought

    Posted .

    it plays music you store in it also it downloads what you write on a notebook

    I would recommend this to a friend