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Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet (TT9920121)

RRP: £29.99
Price: £26.18 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Erase your image with the touch of a button and a friendly flash from the liquid crystal display ^Sealed 3V watch battery never needs replacing.^The Boogie Board LCD eWriter is an ultra 1/8″ thin and is easy to take with you in a purse, scheduler, briefcase or backpack.^The case and LCD are made from durable plastic materials. Safe for school use and all around the house, office and car.^The Boogie Board LCD eWriter’s pressure-sensitive LCD writing surface creates lines of different thickness based on how hard you push – just like paper and pen!
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Technical Details
BrandImprov Electronics
Item Weight204 g
Product Dimensions2.6 x 16.2 x 24.9 cm
Batteries:1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
Item model numberTT9920121
Lithium Battery Energy Content2 watt_hours
Lithium Battery Weight2 grams
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Best Sellers Rank 146,897 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight227 g
Date First Available21 April 2013

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By B. Siviter on 13 April 2014
Bought at gadget show. Love it... great item. Buyers note other reviewer could have returned thru Amazon. This is a creative and fun tool used to communicate... make notes... keep kids busy. Was told that battery should last 8 years but if any problem that they stand behind product and will replace. Spoke to sr company rep who was really concerned about review above and said he cannot help a purchaser who doesnt contact them. Although batteries are long life things do happen and they will stand behind their product. Very happy with my slate!!!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vic on 30 Dec 2013
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347 of 358 people found the following review helpful
A great little product 27 Jan 2010
By Garren M. Jakubiak - Published on Amazon.com
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We just got our Boogie Board in the mail today, and we absolutely love it! The thing is, the negative reviews on this product *do* make good points. The screen is not remarkably bright (it is obviously not backlit) and there is no way to save the work you have created- it is very truly a high-tech whiteboard. At the same time though, there are things to love: The boogie board is amazingly thin and is well-constructed. It comes with a pretty nice stylus, and the screen is *VERY* sensitive, I was shocked at how accurately it registers your penstrokes.

The key to loving this product is in your own use. It really is not a replacement for paper. I can see it used to doodle or sketch, create shopping lists, and write the odd note. We will be keeping ours in the kitchen so my wife can write down a shopping list, and using it to take down a phone number in a hurry or a little scribbled note, or quick reminders. I used four magnets and superglued them to the back so the Boogie Board will stick on the fridge perfectly.

We love our boogie board so far, and I think you will too: just be aware of what it is good for and what it isn't good for, and you should get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
336 of 379 people found the following review helpful
So close and yet so far 18 May 2010
By Free Thinker - Published on Amazon.com
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I work as a tech support agent for a large and impersonal company. As such, I am inundated daily with calls from individuals seeking assistance with computer-related issues.

The first thing I do on each call is ask the customer some basic info., such as account #, which I scribble onto a sticky note or piece of scrap paper.

It doesn't take long for these scraps of processed tree pulp to pile up, filling my waste can and/or littering my desk. What I need, and what I got with this product, is a reusable writing surface, instantly erasable.

The writing is a semi-fluorescent green, not hard to read in average light, and erasure is as simple as pushing the button on top of the pad. The device is sturdy, reliable and just plain fun to use.

So why only 3 stars? Two things:

1.) Sometimes I have to save a customer's info. until later in the work day, when I have time to process an order they placed or make a change in their account. When this happens I have to whip out good old fashioned paper and write down what I need to know.

The Boogie Board, alas, can't help me in this situation, simply b/c there is no save function. If there were I could toss away the sticky note pad for good. As it is I've got one foot in the 21st century and the other in ancient Egypt, with Pharaoh's scribes forming letters on papyrus as the Nile flows lazily by.

2.) The stylus they included is wonderful, except for one gaping flaw. It can't be attached to the board. To someone as prone to losing things as I am this is a serious defect.

Personally I would like it to have one of those plastic coil thingies like the pens in the post office are attached to. But even a simple clip would be much better than what it has now, which is nothing at all.

I visited the company website and found out that a model with a save function is in the works. I'm glad to hear it. As long as it also features a loss-proof stylus I'll happily purchase one. In the meantime I'm sticking with yellow squares of paper and blue ink; not very high-tech but for now the best I've got. Hopefully that won't remain the case for too terribly long.

UPDATE: There is indeed a version with a save function now. However, I finally bought an iPad and it has free note taking/handwriting apps on it that work great, so I'm no longer interested in this device, or Kindle either for that matter.
174 of 207 people found the following review helpful
Has potential, but current product is significantly flawed. 10 Mar 2010
By Kyle Lowry - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this just to see how it works. It turned out exactly as I expected - an expensive, high-tech, Magna Doodle or Magic Slate.

- First the negatives -

As others have noted, the official images of the tablet are misleading. The actual writing on the tablet is a low-contrast, pale, greenish-grey color. It's no easier to read than a $.99 magic slate.

The battery is not user-replaceable either (not easily), meaning the tablet has to be thrown-away or recycled when the battery dies. But as others have also pointed out, 50,000 erase cycles should last quite a while.

I dismantled the tablet to take a look at the innards, and saw that it took a small watch battery which was somewhat soldered in place. By peeling back the upper decal on the front, unscrewing four tiny screws, and prying a soldered metal strip off the battery, you can actually replace the battery yourself. I highly recommend that you don't do this, though - as you're likely to ruin the device if you don't know what you're doing.

The device is very thin (about as thick as two stacked quarters), which makes it seem fairly fragile. Bending the tablet can cause permanent discoloration on the screen (the screen is actually composed of two sheets of plastic, with a third sheet of black rubber for backing, if the first two sheets of plastic become separated or bent, then it will become discolored).

The screen is very sensitive. It only takes the slightest pressure to make an image on the screen - so expect to see finger marks and plenty of stray lines.

Mounting the device requires buying a separate magnetic kit, or sticking Velcro to the back.

There is no built-in way to fasten or secure the included stylus to the tablet. You can use a rubber band to hold the stylus in place (which is what I did), but it's kind of silly that they didn't just put a clip on the stylus.

It is not possible to save what you write/draw. Huge, gaping flaw. Why go for an electronic tablet that can't save? People have suggested taking photos or scanning the tablet. Really? That's a round about solution that is just silly. The screen is so sensitive that writing, drawing, or taking notes on it, then sticking it in a bag or carrying it around with you to your scanner or camera would ruin anything you've written. With a maximum capacity of about 100 words, is it really worth it to go through all that trouble?

And if you're writing on it next to your scanner, why not just type your notes out on the computer in the first place? If you want to scan drawings, then why not use paper? Or pay $20 more for a real drawing tablet like the Bamboo Fun Tablet from Wacom Wacom Bamboo Fun, and get free graphics software to boot?

- Now for the positives -

It works. Maybe not quite as advertised (i.e. low contrast), but it does work.

Magic slates and Magna Doodles are a lot cheaper, but the Boogie Board offers more finesse in the drawing made using the device. You can draw very fine lines, create interesting textures, and the writing surface is very smooth.

The thinness of the device is both a positive, and a negative. While it makes it seem fragile, it also slides easily into bags or back-packs, and makes it convenient and easy to store.

- My conclusion -

This is the first generation of the technology, so it's understandable that there would be flaws. Right now, I don't think that this tablet is worth the $30 price tag. A $.99 magic slate does the same exact thing, is more environmentally friendly, and isn't going to upset you if it gets broken.

According to BestTabletReview [...], Improv Electronics is working on a version that allows you to save your writing/drawings onto an SD card for $50. That tablet I'd recommend. This one, though, is just a useless high-tech extravagance. There are ample alternatives that are far better.

If you're going to buy it, I'd recommend only do so for novelty purposes. Otherwise, wait for the $[...] edition that lets you save your writing/drawing. Don't waste your money on this.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
It's just about there -- plenty of fun for the price now 27 Jan 2010
By Raikus - Published on Amazon.com
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The Boogie Board works just how you'd expect it to. The pressure sensitivity is very fine on it and you can do everything from very small and light lines to thick and full lines. The included stylus is well built and telescopes from a compact 4.5" to 6.5" for larger hands. The tablet itself is very sturdy -- there's no fear of it being fragile or easy to break. The erase takes about a second to clear the screen and is ready for use again nearly instantly.

There are a few criticisms. First, and most important, there is some knuckle imprints that appear on screen when you're writing. While skin doesn't pick up on screen, any pressure will make an imprint however minor. Second, the size is very compact which means you can only fit about 100 words on the pad. Since there's no way to record the screen it makes it fairly useless for notes.

According to Best Tablet Review - [...] - the company is working on a version with SD card and USB as well as a larger, legal pad sized version. Those are both steps in the right direction.

This is still a great pad and lots of fun for $30. It's a solid 4 stars on concept and application. When the recordable version comes out, for around $50 according to the above website, it will be a definite buy for me.
77 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Like Magic 7 Feb 2010
By Garrett Singer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have very much enjoyed this device. It is incredible how it works, and is always a joy to use. I have found it hard putting it down for too long. It definitely is a great paper saver, and also is a good motivator--I write down tasks which I need to do on it, and I know I can not clear the device until I do them (so I get them done earlier rather than later).

Some comparisons and notes:
- The device is almost exactly the same size as a piece of standard computer paper folded top to bottom.
- The device is as thin as a stick of gum (those trident pieces which come 18 to a pack) for the writing area, then about 2x that size for the top portion (where the button is).
- The writing is darker than the images show, but is still clear (especially under better lighting).
- Writing on the tablet feels very natural. It is not perfectly smooth, but is similar to writing with a pencil on paper.
- The included stylus does not have the finest tip, though if you write lightly, you can have thin enough lines to fit plenty of text on the device.
- The battery should last through 50,000 clears. Meaning that if you clear the device ~137 times a day, it will last for a full year, ~68 times a day = 2 years, ~46 times a day = 3 years, ~34 times a day = 4 years, ... At that rate, the device will last longer than you will even hope it lasts. I have had the device for a few days, and have trouble even clearing it more than 10 times a day.

The device is made of plastic, and feels pretty fragile, but as long as you do not bend it, or put too much weight on it, the device will definitely last.

For the price, I am very pleased with my purchase, and I will continue to be looking at iMPROV ELECTRONICS products in the future.
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