I like gadgets. I'm not a techy person, but I like gadgets as long as I can figure out how to use them. When I saw the Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet reviewed on a few other blogs, I thought, "Hey, my readers like easy to use gadgets too!" Boogie Board (by Improv Electronics) offered to send me their new Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet to review. Lucky for me, they sent me TWO by accident and told me that I could keep both. This worked out wonderfully, because my 2-year-old daughter has claimed one as hers. Now I just have to fight my 1-year-old son for the other, or just let the kiddos have a drag-down-knock-out duel over one of them.
There were a couple of things that caught my eye about the Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet before I even received it. There are literally only three buttons on it: Erase, Save/Wake, and Lock/Unlock. Three buttons are definitely doable. The other thing that I really liked was that Improv Electronics says the surface is comparable to writing on paper. I'm a little finicky, and really dislike taking notes on my computer. I find that writing something out helps me remember it better. I also have two kids who like to draw, and will be learning to write soon. But, my kids are your typical kids, and anything pencil, pen, marker, crayon, etc. ends up on my walls instead of the paper sitting right in front of them.
When the Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet arrived I have to say I was rather impressed with the size of the writing surface. I knew it was going to be 9.5 inches, but I can't ever really imagine what the size will actually be. There is PLENTY of writing surface for quick notes, a grocery list, and even things like drawing pictures, or having your kids write down their letters and numbers. I've used it to quickly write down email addresses instead of having to have two Gmail windows open. And, I can "lock" the screen so it cannot be erased.
I was a little concerned about the quality of the product. Not really as an adult using it, but because my kids wanted to use it. I panicked the first time my daughter tossed it onto the floor, but it held up. Then both of my kids tossed it again, and again, stepped on it, slammed it down, and my son has even nommed on it. It is still in perfect working condition after a week of abuse. Every once in awhile the Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet hits the ground just right, and at the bottom, you can see the plastic framing the screen starting to open a bit. The plastic actually snaps back into place. It isn't glued like I had expected. And, there are four screws on the back to insure that this product is not going to come apart.
At first I thought that maybe this might be a product that is a little unnecessary. With all of the tablets out there that have so many functions, and can connect to the internet, maybe the Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet was just a frivolous gadget. But, the more I got to thinking about it, the more I liked how it doesn't have all of those bells and whistles. My husband and I brainstormed about the possible uses of this product. And we decided this could really be a great item for schools (writing surface for math problems, Around the World games, spelling/writing practice, teachers to show individuals how to do something), communication for non-verbal people, trips in the car with those kids who need entertainment, phone messages, note taking in work meetings, and even an easy way to write down ideas if you're the creative, inventive type. My mother-in-law even said she'd like to have one for her high school classroom. I showed it to a friend who runs a library in NH, and he even thought it's a product his library could use.
A really great feature is the "Save" button. The Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet will save your notes and drawings as a vector PDF that can then be edited in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or with any other image editing software. This is the ONLY Boogie Board model that will do that. Just use the included micro USB cable to plug in your Tablet to the computer, and your PDFs will automatically load once your computer recognizes the Boogie Board hardware. You can save up to 200 pages worth of notes and drawings! The micro USB cable will also charge your Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet when plugged into your computer. I noticed one day that it needed to be charged, and my daughter's impatience only allowed for me to charge it 10 minutes - but I haven't had to charge it again since then.
Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet Features:
- Provides a completely electronic medium for creating and preserving notes/drawings
- Eliminates the burden of unmanageable paper notebooks, notepads, memo pads, and sketch pads
- Reduces paper consumption
- Simplifies organization or notes – easily search and find saved files by date/name on your PC
- Makes writing, drawing and learning fun!
There were only a few features I wish that the Boogie Board Rip Writing Tablet had. It'd be nice if there was a scroll option, so instead of having to save multiple pages, you could continue writing until you are done. If this feature was available I could see college students using this, at least those who prefer to write instead of type. I also wished the stylus pen had a finer tip. I write relatively large, and I wouldn't have room for very dense notes. Although, if you have a stylus or something that won't scratch the surface you could certainly use that as well. I tried using my finger nail and I liked that a little better. I also wish there was a way to erase the writing little by little instead of the ENTIRE page. Your errors can't bother you unless you want to start over from the beginning. My husband said he would have liked to have seen an "animate" feature, so you could actually go back and forth between drawings, and then animate it. Like those little flip books we made as a child.
The Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet is available for purchase directly from Improv Electronics, and Amazon. Make sure you find Boogie Board on Facebook and Twitter! Improv Electronics is giving DealPeddler readers a chance at winning their very own Boogie Board Rip Writing Tablet as a giveaway prize! The giveaway is restricted to continental USA residents who are 18+. Giveaway will start 7/28 and run for approximately 1 week. When the giveaway is live you will be able to enter [HERE].
*I was provided a product free of charge in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.
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