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Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet Review (The original eWriter)

Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet in Few Words (Mini Review)

Boogie Board 8.5-Inch LCD Writing Tablet is a tablet that allows you to write or draw whatever you want on it, and later when you don’t need what you wrote, you can erase it with a push of a button. It is a board with an unlimited number of uses, and a good way to replace papers. it is small & thin enough to be carried around, very easy to use, and do what it is made for. I admit there are some gripes about it, some of those can be devastating, but that didn’t prevent many people to like it and use it.


  • A very small & thin board, which makes it easy for you to take with you anywhere.
  • You can erase everything you wrote with a push of a button, which is quite convenient.
  • A possibly good way to save paper. As long it lasted with you long enough to serve that purpose.
  • Comes with magnetic kit with allows you to hang it on the refrigerator or anywhere you can place magnets.
  • One of the cheapest Boogie Board models you can get, in case you are looking for something to suit your budget.
Boogie Board can be a good way to save paper
Boogie Board can be a good way to save on paper if lasted for you long enough.


  • Depending on the model you get, you may not be able to replace the battery inside the board.
  • The board doesn’t allow you to transfer what you draw or write in it to the computer. If you want to do that, then you may need to look for another product. Like Boogie Board Rip 9.5 Inch, which has a rechargeable battery as well.
  • You can’t erase part of what you wrote at all, you either have to keep everything you wrote or erase it all.
  • If you are unluckily, the Boogie Board can die on you faster than it is claimed. That won’t be a problem if the battery could be replaced, but unfortunately that’s not the case for the earliest model. (The newer model of this has a replaceable battery, click here to check it out in Amazon).
  • The pressure sensitivity is not impressive in the way you would expect. Especially if you used graphics tablets with pressure sensitivity before.

Technical Specifications

  • Available in 9 colours:- Black, Cyan, Green, Green/White/Black, Grey/White, Pink, Pink & White, Red, White (See all available colours below).
  • Suitable for both you & your kids.
  • The board comes with adhesive magnets, which allows you to stick it in many places, like the fridge.
  • Erase your image with the touch of a button – and a friendly flash from the liquid crystal display.
  • Contains a sealed 3V watch battery that can’t be replaced, meaning that once the battery runs out, you won’t be able to replace it to keep using the device.
  • The Boogie Board tablet is an ultra 1/8″ thin and is easy to take with you in a purse, scheduler, briefcase or backpack.
  • The case and LCD are made from durable plastic materials. Safe for school use and all around the house, office and car.
  • The Boogie Board tablet’s pressure-sensitive LCD writing surface creates lines of different thickness based on how hard you push – just like paper and pen.
  • Write or draw with the included stainless steel stylus or any other suitable instrument – You can also write or draw using any pointed object, including your fingernails.
  • You’ll never need to search for a pen or pencil again.
  • What’s in the Box: Boogie Board 8.5 Tablet, Stylus/Magnet set & User Guide.
Boogie Board is a board that allows you to jot notes, draw or write whatever you want on its board. The black board is in fact a LCD screen that you can write on using the stylus one that comes with it. Even if you lost the stylus, You can still write using any hard & pointed objects to write on it. And once you are done with what you wrote or drew. You can always erase what you write with one click on the erase button.
Boogie Board 8.5-Inch Stylus
Boogie Board 8.5-Inch Stylus
One of the nice things about this product is the number of things it could be used for, from playing tic-tac-toe, to making a list of grocery items, to jot a phone number while you are on the phone. I even made a list of possible things you could use Boogie Board 8.5-Inch for below.
Boogie Board 8.5-Inch uses
Boogie Board 8.5-Inch can be used in many ways, from playing tic-tac-toc to solving mathematical problems.
While the Boogie Board features pressure sensitivity, you honestly can’t count on this feature on the way you do with graphics tablets or even regular pencils, as the variation of the strokes you can make using pressure may not impress you much. But it is nice that this feature was partially there at the very least.
Each Boogie Board 8.5-Inch comes with magnets kit, which allows you to hang it on the fridge or any place where magnets can be placed. Like you can see in the picture below.

Irreplaceable Battery

According to the manufacturer, Boogie Board 8.5-Inch should last for so long, until you make about 50,000 erasures, which is quite a lot, giving how it will cost you to buy 50,000 piece of paper compared to getting this board. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case, as there is a chance it may die for you faster than that if you are unlucky. And since you can’t change the battery inside the tablet at all, you won’t be able to use it after that. Bear in mind that a later model of this board (Boogie Board 10.5 Inch LCD Writing Tablet (Black)) allows you to change the battery, so in case you are afraid that this board may not last for you, then I highly recommend that you check it out.
The only good thing about the irreplaceable battery is that it makes the device cheaper, as the model that allows you to change the battery is more expensive than this one.

Made for simple use

Boogie Board 8.5-Inch doesn’t allow you to transfer your whatever you wrote to the computer, at least that’s not the case for this model I am reviewing in this post (The rip & sync models allows you to do that that). For people who are used to save everything they create this could come us a little surprise, but apparently, Boogie Board 8.5-Inch was made for the simple use of writing and then erasing what you wrote, so it is not the ideal tools for the things you want to keep for long.

Available colours

There is a good amount of available colours for this tablet to choose the one that matches your taste. Or to identify a purpose of each one you have in case you bought more than one.

Kindly find all the available colours for the Boogie Board 8.5-Inch. Click on the colour you like to view its price and more information about it in Amazon (You will have to select the colour you want again once you are there).

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Unlimited number of uses

Boogie Board 8.5-Inch Many Uses
Boogie Board 8.5-Inch can be used in tons of ways.

Below is a list of things you could use these board for, these uses are what I could came up with. As I am sure every person can come up with their own uses for sure:-

  • Groceries List
  • Practicing spelling of English Japanese words.
  • Wrote a phone number.
  • Take notes of your ideas.
  • Quick to-do list that yo don’t care about keeping.
  • A quick sketch.
  • Make simple drawings on it (I don’t think this board qualifies as a full fledged drawing board).

And Finally

While there are quite some gripes about this board, its cheap price can make up for that. To some extent, it is a hit or miss. In case you are afraid of wasting your monkey, you may want to go with the newer, but more expensive models which are less likely to disappoint you (I will try to write a review for that model soon).

Other versions of the Boogie Board (With additional Features).

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I am an anime artist, and huge fan of digital art. I love drawing with pencils too. But I rarely do that anymore nowadays. Since some aspects of digital art can be tricky, I try my best to explain the concepts as easily as possible.

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