This is one of those sub-£20 gadgets your spouse or partner will say you don’t really NEED but you will probably want anyway! At least the first part is what my wife has told me repeatedly until last night. “You don’t NEED one, she said – but regardless, here it is and I love it – Xiaomi Mijia LCD Writing Tablet with Pen
SO – you’ll see similar cheap scribbling tablets all over but if you move right now, it is unlikely you’ll get a better price/function combo than this Black Friday special at Banggood (I’ll have to update the blog after Black Friday of course).. I think that link takes you to their sale page but then just type in “Xiaomi Mijia LCD writing tablet”.
Read this short entry and tell me if you see my reasoning, please. When the “tablet” turned up in the post, I too started to wonder… do I really NEED this.. it took me 15 minutes of playing to realise… YES – I DO. Here’s the box, pretty average.. nothing special – but it is MI – not some unbranded generic. Do we care? No. Coming up – the reason I need this – in a photo. The “tablet comes with a cute magnetically side-mounted pen, is 24cm (approx) high by 17cm (approx) wide and has a 25cm diagonal working area.
And here it is…
Hopefully the picture pretty much says it all, but just in case… that photo was taken in pretty abysmal lighting, the tablet has no backlight, uses a CR2032 standard battery which lasts for aeons – used and wiped 100 times a day the battery is supposed to last for a year…. under £20 inc shipping… great Christmas gadget or what?
Here comes the stock photo…
As you can see in the stock photo, that case and magnetic pen are white – and the screen turns green where pressed- not lit up but reflective like paper – and in half decent lighting VERY CLEAR (how do they DO that). And I hear you ask, what use is it? Last thing last night I started scribbling on the tablet – aptly helped by my at first skeptical wife Maureen.
Incidentally if you’ve been living in a cave, Xiaomi” is pronounced Show-me” as in “shower”. and they also make (as well as many other things) possibly (IMHO) the best cheap sports band in the world – the Mi 4 band which, you will see elsewhere in the blog, when I’m not showing off my new Samung Galaxy watch, is always on my wrist (with a different watch face every day) – so I had high expectations of this new gadget and I’m not disappointed. But I digress…
I touched the button on the right side to protect the screen (which never “turns off”) from erasure, while letting me continue to write with the included battery-free pen. This morning, after sliding the side switch to allow erasure, I used the button near bottom centre to instantly wipe the lot but not before taking a photo with my phone at 6am again with rubbish lighting.
And so the point? This is all I could think of at the time, I’ve since thought of lots more used but here are the ones in the photo (minus the “hangman”). Messages for the postman and other deliveries (I’m thinking a couple of very THIN magnets for the door and tablet), menus, todo lists, shopping lists, reminders, appointments and for me as someone going (successfully) through the long term aftermath of a stroke (and as a computer user who is alwys running out of screen space for notes even though I have two large screens) – regular writing practice. I also have a memory like a sieve – and scribbling on my phone in the car on bumpy country roads (as a passenger) is a non-starter – every time we leave the house to go shopping, my wife tells me something I have to remember when we get back (and I rarely do).
I mean.. the uses for this at the price are just about limitless. You may notice in the photo, I griped about the pen being magnetically attached to the right side (I’m left handed) – but of course I could simply turn it upside down… nothing like a spot of lateral thinking. In future I’ll refer to the “erase” button as being on the top.
No memory but capturing complete sets of notes for posterity is why god invented mobile phone cameras 🙂