Royole RoWrite Smart Writing Pad Gives You the Best of Both Worlds

If you like taking notes on paper, the traditional way, but you also want the benefits of digital record keeping, the RoWrite ($129.99) Smart Writing Pad from Royole can accommodate you. The intelligent notepad folio transfers your notes and drawings to a smartphone or tablet, and can even recognize and digitize your handwritten text.

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The RoWrite is quite lightweight and thin. You write on plain paper, so you don't need special paper with grids or watermarks, although Royole does sell specially-sized A5 paper, slightly smaller than 8.5x11-inch paper, with two holes in the top to keep them aligned, like a flip chart does. You can write and also draw (using the included battery-powered stylus) and it will transfer your notes to the RoWrite iPhone or iPad app via Bluetooth. The RoWrite offers up to 20 hours of use or 40 hours of standby. All of this comes in a compact stylish folio that uses a magnetic guide post and tension clip.

RoWrite

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight and thin
  • Transfers notes to iOS app via Bluetooth
  • 20 hours of use or 40 hours of standby
  • Compact stylish folio
  • Magnetic guide post and tension clip

Cons

  • Uses proprietary, smaller-sized A5 paper with mounting holes
  • Requires a login to use app
  • Power button isn't obvious

Final Verdict

If you or your kid is going back to school, the RoWrite from Royole could be a good way to take notes using paper while still enjoying the benefits of digital copies. 

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