The Boogie Board Sync 9.7 is an electronic "eWriter." From my side it looks like two devices in one. It seems to have stylus-only features but at the same time has more advanced features found in digitizer devices. More info below.
The packaging makes this look good, but I'm not a fan of it--hard plastics.
Back of the package.
Box contents includes: manuals, usb cable, the board, and what seems like a digitizer (a stylus is different--more info below).
You'll need to download some desktop software, sync, to get your notes out of the device. Alternatively you can use Bluetooth with a mobile device and Evernote.
The back of the packaging gives us some notes on the features.
How to pair the Boogie Board with a mobile device.
Evernote software supports the Boogie board and makes it convenient to move notes across multiple devices.
The front side of the device. The sides are convenient to hold, also note the well placed pen holder.
The back of the device.
These are the buttons you use to save and erase your notes. Next to the buttons are some lights (green for saving, red for erasing).
The USB port is used to charge the device, or to provide interface with a computer.
The on/off button.
The pen is not a stylus. It does have digitizer features that resemble Wacom penabled.
Writing on the Boogie Board is a fairly pleasant experience. The canvas is dark, the ink is greenish white, and it does show line thickness variability.
The board does accept input from other pens or even a finger nail. This leads me to believe that the screen is resistive.
The desktop software though only recognizes the Boogie board pen. The Sharp pen (of the Sharp Memo Pad WG-S20) is a stylus and was not registered, the same goes for the Lenovo ThinkPad X230T's Wacom penabled digitizer, and my fingernail.
The Boogie Board pen and Sharp pens are not acknowledged by my Lenovo ThinkPad X230T. Therefore, the Boogie Board pen is NOT Wacom penabled.
More writing with the board.
The desktop software recognizes the Boogie pen and does show a hover state. A stylus does not have hover states, but the Boogie board does recognize the pen in this way--therefore it is a digitizer.
The Boogie board canvas is simply black, but the software (pictured below) does allow you to have page templates. The board does show some sort of pressure sensitivity on the board, but not in the software.
As you can see, the line quality on the software is very crude--the lines have no variability in thickness.
Writing on the board gives you one experience. It is quite pleasant, but I wouldn't say it is the best device regarding handwriting that I have ever tested. Do note that the erase feature deletes the entire page! There is no erasing small mistakes on the canvas option.
The same writing saved as a PDF, then converted to png.
Many modern tablets that support digitizers give you lots of options. Such options include page templates, powerful software (such as MS OneNote), and so much more. The Boogie Board is a device that I would not normally use. It may be neat as a draft board for ideas, but I wouldn't use it for much else. I really think the Boogie Board would be a good present for children, it's not that expensive and it provides the types of features needed for many drawings.
The small device to the left is the Sharp Memo Pad WG-S20.