Have you always wanted to post your doodles and sketches up onto the Internet or see them come to life? All that can now be done with the Wacom Bamboo Slate smartpad. The Slate can also double as a digital notepad as you can write your ideas and notes with a pen on any paper and watch it come to life in digital files. Be sure to download the Wacom Inkspace app to ensure you can have all your notes, sketches and doodles saved.
Connecting the Slate with your smartphone is easy with the help of the app and Bluetooth. Through the connection, wherever the pen goes, the Slate will track. How this piece of technology could be made possible is beyond my pay-grade to understand. The Slate not only tracks its pen’s movement, but also the amount of pressure applied to it. This was a neat feature to include as you can now point your focus towards other ideas when using the Slate for brainstorming and such.
Free Cloud Storage
Sadly, it only comes with 5GB storage, which amounts to 6,000-odd pages saved. However, with Inkspace Basic subscription, you get to do a lot more with the Slate. Some features for the Basic subscription includes cloud sync and storage and easy accessibility through any smart device with the Inkspace app. If you upgrade to the Plus, you will get more features but for a price. There is a free-trial available for 3 months for the Plus to see if it actually is worth paying for.
Pen or Stylus?
The Slate comes with its own pen with a retractable ink cartridge. However, it feels more like a stylus rather than a pen, giving you smoother and easier usage.
Available in Two Sizes
You only get two options when it comes to the Slate – either A4 letter format or in A5.
Supports Multiple Platforms
Through the app, you can also export your ideas to Dropbox or Evernote, two popular alternatives to Wacom’s own Inkspace cloud storage
Byline: Teh Wi-Liam
Dimensions (WxHxD): 330 x 254 x 7 mm
Weight: 472 grams
System Requirements: Android; iOS
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Ergonomics: Right or left-handed
V – 9
P – 8
F – 8
D – 7
U – 9.5
Total – 8.3 (GOLD)
Verdict: If you have a lot on your mind that you want to pen to paper, the Wacom Bamboo Slate can be your new best friend.