I was thinking of buying a slate and chalk for my mom for her day-to-day usages, like making a quick list or reminders or notes. Since it was a lockdown, Amazon felt a better alternative than local stationery, and as always, Amazon began giving suggestions. Those suggestions brought me to Portronics Portable RuffPad E-Writer. The A4 size E-writer felt extraordinary and worth giving a shot at.
My mom and I have been using the 28cm Portronics Portable RuffPad E-Writer for more than two months. So far, it feels like we spent our money on a good product, if not an excellent one.
Compared to traditional slate and chalk, the 28cm Portronics Portable RuffPad E-Writer has an advantage that any digital product would have. It’s more manageable to clean an E-writer than cleaning a slate. You don’t prefer a duster or water to clean it. The recycle button serves the trick, and it does it perfectly. No chalk is required because a pencil is incorporated, and it does not die. Chalk sticks shrink through use and are famous for breaking in half unless inserted in a writing appliance designed for chalk. Unlike a pad of paper, this gadget is environmentally friendly as well.
Lightweight and Portable: The E-writer is exceptionally lightweight, like a feather. It is so sleek that it can slide between a book or a laptop sleeve as well. The E-writer also possesses a dedicated place for clasping a pencil, so you do not have to worry about misplacing it.
Magnetic Back: The E-writer consists of four magnets at the back. You can stick it to the refrigerator, cupboard, or any metal surface. But there is something to complain about as well. The magnets are powerful enough to stick on the metal surface, but they are pretty poor to stick with the E-writer. Either the adhesive is not applied correctly, or it is of poor quality.
Battery & Battery Life: The Portronics Portable RuffPad E-Writer comes with a coin cell. The initial product I received had a dead battery, so I replaced it once. With Amazon, replacement is never an issue. The battery is utilized only when you clear the screen with the erase button. The company contends that one full battery can do 200,000 erases. I assume this can last more than a year with regular usage.
The Pencil: This is a highlight, and I wanted to mention it especially. The pencil is included in the package, and it is satisfactorily designed. For a minute, I felt like I was using a pencil I had on school days. The critical point is the thickness of the writing or strokes. It will change depending on how much pressure you are applying to the pencil. This will allow you to draw some casual sketches if that is your kind of thing.
Cons: Portronics Portable RuffPad E-Writer
Unintentional Touches: This is the inevitable complaint I have against this otherwise decent product. The E-writer is too sensitive to any intricate touches. If you’re wearing a ring or a bracelet, there is a fair chance that you’ll end up having unintentional strokes more often than not. It isn’t enjoyable because it consumes your writing area, and you’ve to be extra cautious.
No Partial Cleaning: The erase button gives the advantage that it cleans the entire writing pad in one go, coming to be a disadvantage. If you have mistakenly penned something, then there’s no way to remove that part. You’ve to erase the entire surface. It can be heartache if you’re drawing something, and you’re forced to remove all your work because of one wrong stroke.
Feels Fragile: The lightweight shows up with a compromise. This compromise is made with the durability of the E-writer. I am not confident if it’ll break or not, but it indeed feels fragile. The frame holding the E-writer is sturdy, but I can’t say the same thing about the E-writer portion. I applied a little pressure, and it bent easily. The same is the case with pencils as well.
Reading Against the Light: This is a big issue, in my viewpoint. If you’re in a room with an abundance of sunlight, you’ll indeed have to struggle with what’s written on the surface. The surface is of poor quality; it can’t handle direct light on it for sure. You’ve to adjust the surface in a way that the light won’t disturb your reading.
Overall, I will say it is a decent product. You can purchase it for casual usage. If you think it’s a perfect replacement for a notepad or traditional slate, that is not the case here for sure.
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