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Feature Light but Infinitely Useful
on February 5, 2012
Long story short, this product does everything it claims to do, though there is a slight learning curve to its use.
I have been using this product for the last three weeks as a complete replacement for taking notes and doing homework on paper for my college courses. I carry no notebooks to my 5 courses, only the Boogie Board Rip. As far as I can tell, this product is unique in that it allows you to take notes without the use of paper and without the immediate use of a computer. I was unable to find any other product that boasted this set of features.
Writing on the surface took some getting used to; at first penstrokes would be missed because I didn't press hard enough, but watching the indicator light while writing teaches you to press with the correct amount of pressure. The device must be "woken" up after the lock switch is turned off by pressing the "Save" button; forgetting to do this means you've lost whatever you've just written. The lines on the screen show up far thicker than the lines on the .pdf documents, meaning that writing that is fairly small and near illegible on the screen will look perfect on the computer. When writing, it's hard to keep your hand from pressing on the writing surface, causing a "cloudy" appearance. This affects legibility on the device, but these marks don't transfer to the .pdf.
One drawback is the size of the surface; it is much smaller than a standard notebook, and especially much narrower than a notebook, making solving some long math and chemistry problems difficult. I solved this problem (it's embarrassing how long it took me to think of this) by rotating the device 90 degrees, giving the surface a greater width.
There is no way to label the documents on the device, so I'm sure to put an underlined heading on the first page of every new entry, making them easy to separate later. I merge entries together on the computer using the open-source program "PDF Split and Merge." Another totally obvious solution that took me forever to discover: switching the "view" mode to "extra-large icons" makes it very easy to see where the entries begin and end without opening up every separate file to view.
Once merged, I upload the files to my Google Docs account, making them cloud-based and accessible from my home computer, my laptop, and the school computers with equal ease, without the use of a corruptible and easily lost flash drive, and without a stack of notebooks that I'll never look at again come May.
The battery life has been excellent so far; I have used the device heavily for four days without the indicator light turning red, and the charge time is very fast.
The neoprene sleeve I purchased for the device from the manufacturer has protected it from the contents of my bag so far. I do get nervous about this, as the device is so thin and light.
As other reviewers have pointed out, you can't recall past images to the screen on the device; I've found this to be only a minor inconvenience so far.
Overall, I am satisfied with the Rip and will continue to use it, and I feel that it has entirely lived up to the promises made by the manufacturer, hence the five star rating. Still, I have read that the e-writer market is growing and that other similar products may soon be available. I wouldn't be opposed to replacing the Rip if something which addressed the issues I've mentioned was released.