Writing 2.0: here are the 5 best digital notebooks to choose from

Elizabeth Smith

Little known but revolutionary, digital notebooks represent an optimal solution for those seeking the convenience of digitization combined with the familiarity of handwriting.

Devices that offer not only the convenience of storing, organizing and sharing notes digitally, but also that of reducing the use of paper, digital notebooks are an alternative to the classic messy and not very eco-sustainable notepads.

Below, we look at some of the best digital notebooks available on the market, starting with the most affordable models and working our way up to the high-end ones. In this article we report the questions and answers most asked by our community.

The best digital notebooks for 2024, from the cheapest to the most expensive

From the cheaper Xp-Pen Note Plus to the advanced Lenovo Tab Smart Paper, the market offers a variety of digital notebooks suitable for every need and budget. Choosing one model over another depends on the user’s specific needs, such as frequency of use, desired features and available budget.

What all these devices have in common is the ability to transform the way we record, store and share our ideas, combining the ancient art of handwriting with the infinite possibilities offered by digital technology.

HOMESTEC Smart Notebook: accessibility meets technology

Our journey begins with the Homestec Smart Notebook, which represents a perfect balance between digital functionality and environmental sustainability. Each page of this notebook can be reused up to 500 times, with the ability to digitize your notes via the CamScanner app.

This model is aimed at those who want an eco-friendly option at an affordable price of €19.99, proving that technology can go hand in hand with caring for the environment.

Wacom Bamboo Slate: sustainability and economic efficiency

Continuing, we meet the Wacom Bamboo Slate, a digital notebook that stands out for its ease of use and portability. This model allows you to digitally transform what you write or draw on paper, using high-precision electromagnetic induction technology.

Compatibility with A5 notepads and the ability to export to various formats make this device an excellent choice for those looking for an economical option without sacrificing quality. The price of €118.74 makes it an ideal entry point into the world of digital notebooks.

Kindle Scribe: read and write in the same place

Amazon’s Kindle Scribe combines the experience of reading e-books with that of digital writing. With a large 10.2-inch screen and Paperwhite screen technology, this device offers visual comfort in both reading and note-taking.

The price of €369.99 reflects its versatility and advanced features. Thus making it an ideal option for book lovers and those who need a device for study or work.

Lenovo Tab Smart Paper: high-end multi-functionality

The Lenovo Tab Smart Paper sets new standards in the digital notebook industry. This model offers unprecedented customization in the use of the digital pen, adaptable to various writing and drawing needs.

With a starting price of €499, the Lenovo Tab Smart Paper is aimed at those who do not want compromises in terms of functionality and performance, offering a superlative user experience both as a digital notebook and as an e-reader , despite some limitations compared to the Kindle Scribe.

Boox Note Air2 Plus: the top of the range

At the top of our list we find the Boox Note Air2 Plus, which stands out for being a hybrid between an Android 11 tablet and a digital notebook. Thanks to its Pen Plus stylus pen, it offers an extremely natural writing experience.

Its multitasking capabilities and advanced features, such as audio note recording and cloud syncing, make it an ideal choice for professionals. With a price of €499.99, which you can also find at a discount, the model represents an investment for those looking for a device that can cover different needs, from productivity to entertainment.

The best apps for taking digital notes

If you’re still not sure you want to try the experience of a notebook but prefer to make the most of the potential of the devices you already own, there is a solution that’s right for you.

Well yes, because apps that can be easily downloaded onto smartphones or tablets will come to your aid. In particular, if you want to take notes on your Android you can use:

  • Keep Notes
  • Dropbox Paper
  • Evernote
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • TickTick
  • FiiNote
  • TickTick
  • Color Notes
  • Classic Notes

The solutions are different if you have an Apple device in your hands. In fact, if you have an iPhone or prefer to take notes on your beloved iPad, here’s what you can use:

  • Notes app
  • Notability
  • OneNote
  • Evernote
  • Simplenote (also available for Android)
  • Penultimate

Read also: Reading made easy: the top eBook reader apps to download for free

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