I know I work in the digital industry, but I always carry a paper notebook around with me and absolutely love writing. Buying stationery and finding the perfect pen has the same happiness factor as jumping in crunching leaves. So when I saw the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 e-writer’s slogan “Say goodbye to paper”, I was sceptical.
The first thing that you notice is that the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 is really thin and light. The second is that it doesn’t have a coloured screen and isn’t like a tablet at all, and that is what makes it incredible. When you pick up the stylus and start writing it feels like you are writing on paper. You can control the thickness of the lines by applying more or less pressure. It took me back to my etch-a-sketch childhood days, and the doodling began. It has the same appeal as adult colouring in. I am by no means an artist, but if I was this could be really fun.
The novelty of the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 is amazing, but after some doodling, I wondered what else it could be used for. Their website lists a few practical uses, like the ones below.
Uses for the Boogie Board Sync 9.7
- Home & Office: stick one to the fridge, to do and shopping lists, writing memos, leaving reminders, doing quick calculations, jotting down ideas, etc.
- Education: practice handwriting and math, draw pictures, complete learning activities (telling time), play games (tic tac toe, hang man), lecture notes, homework assignments, problem solving, charts/graphs, conceptual thinking
- Health Care: Emergency room physicians use it to record short-term, confidential patient information that must be permanently disposed of after use.
But here are some fun ones.
What: Boogie Board Sync 9.7
Why: An ewriter that feels like you are writing on paper. Easily save or erase your creations and once done transfer to your cellphone, computer or tablet via Bluetooth. It comes with a USB cable which helps transfer files and charges it. But don’t worry about that too much. I used it for about 2 weeks and it was still charged up!
Specs: On-board SD memory stores thousands of pages. Bluetooth enabled for instant wireless connectivity/ Compatible with Evernote and Adobe Illustrator. Optional free software for direct social sharing and Virtual Whiteboard Mode (draw on the Boogie Board while it is projected on a large screen).
Price: R1267.00 available at Orange online store.
Disclaimer: This review was conducted on a sample unit that will be returned to the supplier.