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Electronic Writing Pad

Updated on February 23, 2019
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Do You Need an Electronic Writing Pad?

An electronic writing pad can go by many names; digital memo pad, electronic writing tablet, digital writing pad, electronic tablet, and several other monikers are common. But in general what these devices do is allow you to take notes, draw diagrams and so forth in class, in meetings, and elsewhere and to store them digitally.

This allows the user then to search their notes quickly and easily, to share them with others via e-mail, and to have them stored for safe keeping. These electronic writing pads are great for both students and professionals who have to deal with a lot of written information.

These devices can be good to use in school of course, but also in business.

On this page, you can learn more about these devices and find some that may make your work much easier.


What Will An Electronic Writing Pad Do For You?

Some of these devices are an LCD screen that you write on. Others are a pad of paper mounted on a very slim digital device which will allow you to have not only a hard copy of your notes but a digital copy as well. This means your notes are backed up and won't be lost easily. These digitized notes also make it easier to find information even if you have taken thousands of pages of notes. They will include software that allows you to organize your documentation, search it, and find exactly that one piece of detail that you need right now.

Many of these devices allow you to highlight, annotate, and even bookmark information.

Of course, with your notes being stored in an electronic fashion, it's also easy to share your notes immediately with anyone. And in fact, you can share them with everyone, all at once.


Finding the Right Electronic Writing Pad

When you're shopping for an electronic writing tablet you'll have a few things to consider, here are some basics:

  • Writing Area: Sure you'll want the tablet to be portable, not too large and not too heavy. However, you'll want to be sure the writing surface is a size you'll be comfortable with using. Some will prefer the 8" x 11" standard paper pad size while others may prefer the 6" x 9" notepad.
  • Surface: Some of these devices are an LCD screen, others provide a paper pad to write on leaving you with a paper copy of your notes as well.
  • Memory: The storage space will determine how many pages of notes you can take before downloading. Some of these electronic writing pad devices will feature an expansion slot, other's won't.
  • Battery Life: Most of these digital writing pads will operate with batteries. You won't know for sure until you use it, but looking at the manufacturer's estimates as to the operating life per charge is recommended.
  • Compatibility: Check to be sure the software that is included with the tablet will be compatible with your computer OS.
  • The Software: Know what features are important to you and compare that to what the software offers. Editing is pretty basic, handwriting recognition assures accuracy and saves frustration, while the ability to annotate and bookmark is available on some but not all products.
  • Navigation and Speed: Reading current customer reviews and professional reviews are about the only way to get a feel for how smoothly the device and it's software functions before you have a chance to get your hands on it. Audio

Some electronic writing pad devices will record audio as well, allowing users to pair up verbal notes with their written pages.

See This Electronic Writing Tablet in Use

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