When touchscreen smartphones and tablets first arrived on the scene, stylus pens used to be the norm. Over the years, as touch displays evolved in terms of sensitivity and touch recognition, stylus pens became obsolete. This didn’t mean that they died out. Brands like Samsung have been working on the stylus, perfecting it bit by bit. Now, styluses are making a big comeback in tablets, smartphones, and even laptops. You can even buy dedicated digital writing pads for the sole purpose of taking notes and making sketches. What’s better is that you don’t even have to shell out a lot of money for these devices. So, without further ado, here are the best digital writing pads you can buy in 2023.
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Portronics Ruffpad 15
Price: Rs 1,099
Portronics Ruffpad 15 has a 15-inch writing display which is glare-free and easy on the eyes. A pressure sensitivity of 4096 levels allows the Ruffpad to work smoothly with different kinds of strokes and writing styles. Doodling, sketching, and taking notes is a breeze with this writing pad. There’s also a convenient erase button on board, which clears the screen with just one press. If you dont want to accidentally delete what you doodled, there’s also a safety lock button. The only downside is that you can’t save the notes on the device. If that is a dealbreaker, there is a slightly expensive Ruffpad variant that offers app-storage of your notes as well.
The reMarkable 2 is more than just your ordinary writing pad. This device can perfectly integrate with Google Drive, Microsoft One, and other cloud storage services so you can access your important documents at any given time. This device comes with a 10.3-inch display, 512MB, and 8GB storage capacity. The reMarkable 2 also allows you to convert your handwritten notes to typed text. The claimed battery backup of 2 weeks is also pretty impressive. If you’re looking for a device that you can use to write notes as well as read books, the reMarkable 2 should be at the top of your list.
Redmi Writing Pad
Price: Rs 699
Priced at just Rs 699, the Redmi Writing Pad is almost a no-brainer purchase. It offers an 8.5-inch writing surface and weighs just 90 grams. The screen emits no light and doesn’t strain the eyes even after hours of extended use. The stylus provides a comfortable grip and the screen effectively mimics a paper surface with its increased pressure sensitivity. The replaceable cell battery can write up to 20,000 pages. The device also features quick-erase and safety lock buttons. However, like every other affordable writing pad, the only downside here is that you cannot store your doodles on the device.
Boogie Board Jot 8.5
Price: Rs 5,590
The Boogie Board Jot is one of the pricier writing pads around, but it comes with a bunch of exclusive features. Firstly, the LCD display is brighter than any of the other writing pads on the market. Secondly, the Boogie Board Jot comes with app support which allows you to store your notes and doodles before clearing them. You won’t find this feature in any of the budget writing pads. The Jot App automatically recognises the text on the screen and scans it on your smartphone. You can further edit the notes on the app itself. If automatic scanning does not work, you can also manually save all your notes.
Storio Kids LCD Writing Tablet
Price: Rs 237
Closing out this list is the Storio writing tablet. At Rs 237, this is the perfect purchase to make writing and doodling fun for kids. It contains all the essential features of a good writing pad, like a pressure-sensitive screen, a one-touch erase button, and a big 8.5-inch writing surface. The coin battery on this device is easily replaceable and provides a battery backup that lasts multiple days or weeks depending on usage.
These are our picks for the best digital writing pads you can buy in 2023. We’ve covered a range of price points to bring you the best from every category. Essentially, what you want from a writing pad is a pressure-sensitive screen and a comfortable stylus. However, if you want the pad to store your notes, you will have to splurge some extra money.
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