The reusable LCD screen from Oiosen may function as a doodle pad, but a notebook replacement it is not.
Instead of rare, expensive, visits to Disneyland or Disneyworld, my family and I choose less-expensive, time-together, camping vacations. We will load up into our Class C motorhome and drive to various locations in the Midwest or to North Carolina to visit with my parents. The children can eat, watch movies, and enjoy activities with their mother, while I drive. From board games to iPads, to Nintendo 3DS XL, to drawing/coloring, to origami, to sing-alongs, to movies, to I-SPY, and to so many other fun-filled things, we would much rather create experiences with our children than to try to spend large sums of money for them. OIOSEN provided an amazing time-killer with the 8.5″ LCD Electronic Writing Tablet. For a very affordable price, we can enjoy hangman, tic-tac-toe, the dot game and an endless writing surface.
The LCD Writing Tablet arrived in a 9 1/4 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 1/2 inches thick white retail box. The cover displayed the tablet with an amazing teal-blue mech drawing on the surface. Surrounding the title, you will find “LCD Electronic Writing Tablet” towards the top left, “8.5” LCD Electronic Writing Tablet” along the bottom left, the company name along the bottom right and two icons labeled Brighter and Vivid Strokes, across the top right. The cover did a great job with color contrasts, providing a shiny backdrop for the black LED screen with orange accents. The top/bottom and side panels were all devoid of material, which was refreshing. I personally feel that the choice to have blank space is courageous and shows a respect for the consumer. With only 1/2 inches of cardboard on any of the surfaces, any inclusion would have felt pressured and tacky. The back panel provided a great run-down of the product and potential uses. However, I was a bit skeptical about the statement “Say goodbye to paper!” The company suggested that this eco-friendly writing tablet would substitute for your paper, notebook, sketchbook, whiteboard and could work for the office, school or home environments. Alas, without a way to save, I would be scared to have this as my only writing surface.
When you remove the product from the box, you will find the six-panel instruction manual and the 8 7/8 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide by 1/4 inches thick LCD Writing Tablet, which weighed an astounding 3.8 ounces. The device was ready to use out-of-the-box and did not require charging. The box promised thousands of uses per CR2032 battery, which could be exchanged for a new battery when needed. We have regularly used the device over the past few weeks and did not notice any decrease in brightness or utility. Unlike the Rocketbook Everlast, Wave and Color, the Oiosen device was incapable of saving the information on the screen. The tablet had a single 1/2 inch button, along the top, that was designed to erase the image. If you were not careful, this button could be depressed and erase whatever you were working on. Luckily, the latest model has a lock slider, located 1/2 inch from the top right corner of the tablet (your left). If you slide the slider toward your right, the LCD button will not erase the surface. The device came with a convenient built-in stylus and holder along the bottom of the tablet. The dual-tipped stylus device provided a few options for fine point and wide point writing/drawing. The instruction manual suggested that you could use other objects to write/draw but then also cautioned against surface scratches.
The instruction manual provided a QR code that took me to an App called idoodle. The opening screen displayed an Asian symbol and then asked me to allow notifications, which I did not allow. The app wanted me to log in with my cell phone number or email and a password. There are icons along the bottom of the app to link to facebook, twitter and to other peoples art. If you tap the blue icon along the top right, you can register an account. I chose to use email as a means of logging into the app and then added the code sent to my email and password. Unfortunately, most of the app was in a language that I could not understand and I could not make the app work. Taking a picture of the screen with my iPhone was the only way I could find to save the data. Personally, I would rather have a Rocketbook Everlast or Rocketbook Color for notes/drawing/sketching but my kids liked the LCD screen. I thought about using this device on my refrigerator as a notepad/grocery list, but alas, there were no magnets. The instruction manual stated that the feature was only available on some models and apparently, this was not one of those models. My children liked the device and it was well worth the <$20 price tag. The app was not worth downloading and there needs to be some way to save the screen if the device is marketed towards work.
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