Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel
The new CyberPad digital notepad and graphics tablet from Adesso lets you convert pen and paper into electronic documents and emails. Your paper notes can now be converted to an electronic format by converting them to a digital record. Better yet, you can use it as a graphics tablet by connecting your digital notepad to your computer. Adesso CyberPad Digital Notepad may be what you’re looking for if that’s the case.
Isn’t it easier for you to write directly on the screen of a tablet PC rather than on a cyberpad? With a CyberPad, you can leave your bulky laptop and tablet at home. The device functions as a portable digital notepad without having to be connected to a PC. In addition to converting pen and paper into digital files, the CyberPad lets you instantly collaborate with others. During a business meeting, you can leave a hard copy with a client and create a digital copy for your own records or a duplicate hard copy later.
Furthermore, the CyberPad is 10% less expensive than a budget tablet PC.
In terms of design, Adesso claims the CyberPad is designed for consumers of all types. Users in education (teachers and students), healthcare professionals, insurance field reps, lawyers, government workers, business professionals, journalists, architects, receptionists, graphic artists, and photographers all stand to benefit from this device. The company wants you to believe that, at least.
Adesso CyberPad Digital Notepad Package Contents:
- The pad
- Pen with two ink pen nibs and a tablet nib.
- (4) Application and Driver CDs
- A portfolio case
- 8.5″ X 11″ Paper Notepad
- 5 AAA Batteries
- The USB cable
- The charger
Adesso CyberPad Digital Notepad: Design and build
Using the Adesso CyberPad is like using an electronic clipboard. The design is simple and straightforward. You write on the included paper with the included pen, using the clip above the tablet’s surface as a clipboard. The clip holds a pad of 8.5″ x 11″ paper. You can record what you write electronically as you write on the CyberPad surface using a pen.
The CyberPad is constructed entirely of plastic, which gives it a cheap feeling but keeps it light. A portfolio case is included with the CyberPad to keep it safe and make it look like a professional tool.
Four AAA batteries provide power to the CyberPad. Adesso includes rechargeable batteries as well as a battery charger with the CyberPad in addition to alkaline batteries, which work just as well (if not better).
The CyberPad has a single USB port for connecting devices.
A single USB port on the side of the CyberPad allows users to transfer files from the built-in memory or use it as a graphics tablet. As a graphics tablet, the CyberPad can be tethered to your PC using the supplied USB cord, but it does limit your ability to use the tablet at a long distance from your desk. As a graphics tablet on the lap, the CyberPad is a little difficult to use because of the short cord, but it can be used tethered at your desk.
Specifications for the Adesso CyberPad Digital Notepad:
- Active Area: 8 ½” x 11″
- Writing Height: Around 135 sheets of paper
- Built-In Memory: 32MB (More than 150 Digital Sheets)
- Expandable Memory: SD Slot
- Power Saving Mode: 5 Seconds of Auto Standby
- Connection: USB 1.1
- Resolution: 1024 LPI (Lines Per Inch)
- Data rate: 160 PPS (Points Per Second)
- The battery life of a digital ink pen is 15 months, with an LED low battery indicator.
- 4 x AAA batteries are included, providing 20 hours of writing time and 68 hours of standby time.
- Dimensions: 13″ x 9.9″ x 0.5″ (L x W x H)
- Weight:1.5 lbs.
Setting Up the Adesso CyberPad Digital Notepad
Generally, setting up the CyberPad consists of connecting the device via USB, installing the drivers, and installing the included software. No matter whether you’re using the CyberPad with a laptop’s built-in monitor or an extended desktop with multiple monitors, the CyberPad automatically adjusts so that pen tracking works smoothly.
As part of the CyberPad package, Adesso offers the following software:
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 is a simplified version of Adobe Photoshop for casual photographers.
- Adobe Photoshop Elements-like user-friendly image editing software
- MyInk allows you to transfer your writing and drawing from the CyberPad to programs such as Microsoft Office and Outlook, or any TWAIN-compliant image editing application.
- With Free Notes, you can attach handwritten notes to emails and create pop-up reminders on your desktop.
- Microsoft PowerPoint software turns your computer screen into a digital whiteboard/blackboard.
- Using Office Ink, you can instantly sign your name with a digital signature.
- A program that uses handwriting recognition to convert handwritten notes to electronic format.
Pen and Tablet Performance
Digital copies of your notes can be recorded with the CyberPad and pen thanks to their resolution and data rate. You will see an accurate digital copy of your written text immediately after writing on a piece of paper placed over the CyberPad and exporting it to your computer.
Compared to Wacom’s graphic tablets, which offer higher resolutions and data rates (5,000+ LPi, 200+ PPS), graphics performance was predictably less smooth and precise than we hoped. Nevertheless, the nearest tablet to the CyberPad’s form factor (the Wacom Intuos3, 9*12) costs $450 … while it only costs $230 (or less at most retailers).
In light of the huge cost savings, some performance limitations are tolerable. With the CyberPad, there is a minimal lag that becomes noticeable only when moving the pen quickly back and forth.
With the Adesso CyberPad, the pressure sensitivity is only separated into two distinct levels, unlike much more expensive Wacom tablets. As a result, pressure-sensitive functions in Photoshop and Corel Painter don’t work as expected. When you press down and use a brush, the brush intensity doesn’t change as you apply more pressure.
The Grip pen comes with a simple unit that has no buttons and an indicator light for low battery life.
However, the pen is on the heavy side for its size and material. With its contoured grip area, the pen promotes good pen holding habits (and reduces long-term fatigue). The rubberized finish on the grip area provides the right amount of giving and provides a nice, comfortable grip. This device runs on one AAA battery.
As a result of the lack of function keys/buttons, the pen is less convenient. Also, an eraser tip with a spring-loaded mechanism at the other end of the pen would have been nice. Many graphic design programs, such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, automatically invoke the eraser tool when using pens on graphic tablets.
In Microsoft Word, the erasers can also be used to highlight or delete text. It’s unfortunate that the pen on the CyberPad does not include an eraser. Adesso supplies the CyberPad with two ink pen tips and one tablet nib that can be removed and replaced. They are neatly stored in the side compartment.
You will need to exchange the stock pen tip for the tablet version if you intend to use the CyberPad as a graphics tablet.
Handwritten notes can be viewed, edited, and emailed using the CyberPad. When you use Evernote and riteMail on Windows, you can easily organize, edit, and view all your digital pages. With handwriting recognition software, you can search through handwritten notes and identify text for easy formatting and exporting.
It will be easy to forget that pen and paper are the natural way to take notes after using the CyberPad. Your handwriting is captured in real-time into the pad’s memory (or an SD card) as you write on the paper with the included ink pen tip.
Approximately 160 pages can be stored in the 32MB of built-in memory, and you can add another 2GB of storage space by using an SD card slot to add another 2GB of storage for thousands of more pages of storage. As a result, the CyberPad only supports storage of 2GB with its SD card slot.
In addition to coloring the notes, you can highlight them, copy, paste, and delete them. The digital pages can be saved in JPG, BMP, or GIF formats so they can be shared via e-mail easily. In addition, you can export the files to PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, or Outlook.
However, even though it has all of those features, I believe the CyberPad’s most attractive feature is its affordability. With a price of only $200, the CyberPad is an affordable option for people who usually spend more than $400 on a tablet of similar size. Due to its low resolution, slow data rate, and lack of highly sensitive pressure-sensitive buttons, the CyberPad, despite its shortcomings, is still not ideal for artists and photographers. The CyberPad also features programmable buttons around its surface that could be used to control Photoshop.
The good news is that for $200, a graphics tablet with an 8.5″ x 11″ surface offers little to complain about.
Just set it in your lap or on your desk and start drawing. When compared with an angled drawing or drafting table, the CyberPad doesn’t have this feature … unless you have a nice table to set it upon.
|Low price.||This pen has no buttons and is heavy.|
|I have no problems with the power-saving features.||The tablet has too few programmable buttons.|
|Wireless note-taking with SD card reader and built-in memory||There is no multi-level pressure sensitivity.|
|The ability to use traditional ink and “digital ink” on the same notepad|
Generally, the Adesso CyberPad provides a useful solution to many people’s minor problems. Using electronic notes, business people can no longer waste time and money on paper notes. It is now possible for artists and photographers to own a large graphic tablet at a very affordable price.
My CyberPad isn’t being purchased. What is stopping me? There are only two options available for pressure sensitivity in graphics and low resolution. It works fine as a graphics tablet in Photoshop and is less than half the price of similar-sized tablets, but with a low resolution, a slow data rate, and little multi-level sensitivity, the CyberPad really isn’t up to par with smaller tablets.
For those needing a simple solution for taking written notes and converting them to electronic notes… or for those needing a large graphics tablet and can’t afford to spend more than $200, then the Adesso CyberPad is the best choice.