Adesso comes to the rescue with their new CyberPad digital notepad and graphics tablet for those who have ever needed to write notes and then put them into an electronic document or email. Your paper notes can be converted to electronic format with the help of a digital record. You can even use your digital notepad as a graphics tablet by connecting it to your computer. Consider the Adesso CyberPad if this is what you need.

Adesso CyberPad Specifications:

  • 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 Auto Standby
  • Connection: USB 1.1
  • Resolution: 1024 LPI (Lines Per Inch)
  • Data Rate: 160 PPS (Points Per Second)
  • Digital Ink Pen: 15 Months battery life with LED low battery indicator
  • battery life: Includes 4 x AAA batteries with 20hrs writing time and 68hrs standby time
  • Dimensions: 13″ x 9.9″ x 0.5″ (L x W x H)
  • Weight:1.5 lbs.

As a substitute for a Tablet PC, whose screen enables you to write directly on it, why should you use a CyberPad? The CyberPad eliminates the headache of hauling around a bulky laptop or tablet around. Without the need for a connection to a computer, it serves as a digital notepad. You can also easily convert paper and pen notes in the CyberPad into digital documents. When present at a business meeting, you can give a hard copy to the client and take a digital copy for your own records or make a duplicate hard copy later.

According to Adesso, the CyberPad was developed to meet the needs of various consumers. Students and teachers in the educational field, actuaries, lawyers, government employees, journalists, architects, receptionists, graphic artists, and photographers can all benefit from this iPad. This is how Adesso wants you to see it.

This package contains the following items:

  • Pad
  • Pen with tablet nib and two ink pen nibs
  • Application and Driver CDs (4)
  • Portfolio case
  • 8.5″ X 11″ Paper Notepad
  • AAA Batteries x 5
  • USB Cable
  • Battery charger

Design and Build

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I think that’s a good way to describe the Adesso CyberPad. It’s simple and straightforward with a design that’s similar to an “electronic clipboard.” You use the included pen to write on the included paper that fits on the clip above the tablet. With the CyberPad tablet surface and pen, you can record what you write in electronic format.

CyberPad’s all-plastic construction keeps the weight to a minimum but gives the device a cheap feel. The CyberPad comes with an integrated portfolio case that helps keep the device protected and make it look professional.

A rechargeable battery pack with four AAA batteries powers the CyberPad. The CyberPad works just as well (if not better) on alkaline batteries, but Adesso includes rechargeable batteries and a battery charger.

Connecting to the CyberPad is done via its single USB port.

A single USB port on the side of the tablet is used to connect to the built-in memory on the CyberPad and to use it as a graphics tablet. As a graphics tablet, the CyberPad is capable of being tethered to your PC via the supplied USB cable, but it does not provide you with the ability to work far from your desk while using it. As a graphics tablet, the CyberPad can be used on your lap, but it’s a little difficult due to the short cord to use it tethered on your desk.

Setting Up the CyberPad

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In most cases, setting up the CyberPad is as simple as connecting it via the provided USB cable, installing the included software, and using it. The CyberPad will track your pen regardless of whether you’re using its built-in monitor or multiple monitors on an extended desktop.

Among the other software that Adesso bundles with the CyberPad are:

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0: A simplified version of the popular software.
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements-like photo editing application PhotoImpact 12 SE
  • Using MyInk, you can export your writing and drawings to programs like Microsoft Office and Outlook, or any other TWAIN-compatible image editing program.
  • Handwritten notes can be included in emails or created as pop-up reminder notes on your desktop using the Free Notes application.
  • It uses Microsoft PowerPoint to turn your computer screen into a digital whiteboard/blackboard.
  • You can use Office Ink to create digital signatures so that you can sign names instantly.
  • Using MyScript, you can easily convert handwritten notes into electronic format.

Pen and Tablet Performance

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Digitally recording notes using the CyberPad and pen is a breeze thanks to the resolution and data rate. You will immediately see a very accurate copy of your written text when you write on the CyberPad and then export your digital copy to your computer.

In comparison to graphics tablets from Wacom (5,000+ LPI, 200+ PPS), which have superior resolution and data rates, the graphics performance was less smooth and precise than we had hoped. As a result, the closest competitor to the CyberPad (the Wacom Intuos3, 9×12) costs $450 … while the CyberPad costs only $230 (at most retail locations).

Since the savings are huge, some performance limitations are tolerable. When you move the pen rapidly, the CyberPad shows barely any lag when tracking. It appears that the Adesso CyberPad only has two distinct pressure sensitivity levels, unlike more expensive Wacom tablets. As a result, both Photoshop and Corel Painter do not perform correctly when using pressure-sensitive tools. It’s possible to draw around an image with a pen or apply a brush, but the brush intensity remains constant with more pressure applied.

It features a low-battery indicator light and is a simple unit without buttons.

Although it is fairly comfortable to use, the all-plastic pen is on the heavy side. A contoured grip area reduces long-term fatigue by promoting good pen holding habits. The grip area has a rubberized finish that’s easy to hold and has a nice amount of giving. One AAA battery is required.

It is unfortunate that the pen does not have any buttons or function keys. The pen would have been even better if there had been an eraser tip on the other end. On many graphic design programs, the eraser tool is automatically invoked when using pens on graphic tablets. Microsoft Word even features such tools for highlighting and erasing text. The CyberPad’s pen does not have an eraser. As part of the CyberPad’s convenience, Adesso has supplied two ink pen tips and one tablet nib which can be removed and replaced as needed.

CyberPad’s included tablet tip must be swapped out if you plan to use it as a graphics tablet.

In Use

It is relatively straightforward to view, edit, and email handwritten notes on the CyberPad. The Evernote and riteMail apps make it easy to view, edit, and organize digital pages in Windows. It identifies text for easy export and formatting of handwritten notes by searching through handwritten notes.

If you use a CyberPad, you will quickly realize that writing notes with pen and paper is the most natural method. By writing with the included ink pen tip, your handwriting is digitally captured and saved in real-time to the memory (or SD card) of the pad.

Approximately 160 pages can be stored in the built-in memory, and 2 GB of storage can be added via the SD card slot for thousands of pages. SDHC cards cannot be used with the CyberPad’s SD card slot, so it has a storage limit of only 2GB.

In addition to recoloring, highlighting, copying, pasting, and erasing the notes, the software offers complete editing features. You can easily send your notes to others via e-mail by saving the digital pages in JPG, BMP, or GIF formats. These files can also be exported to PowerPoint, Word, or Outlook.

In my opinion, the main attraction of the CyberPad is its ability to serve as an inexpensive graphics tablet. At only $200, the CyberPad offers a great value compared to similarly-sized tablets costing over $400. However, the CyberPad’s low resolution, slow data rate, lack of multi-level pressure sensitivity, and eraser function make it less than ideal for artists and photographers. Additionally, I would have liked programmable buttons around the tablet surface to control Photoshop.

Despite its shortcomings, it’s hard to complain about a $200 graphics tablet with 8.5″ x 11″.

CyberPad can be placed on a desk or in your lap to be used for drawing. When it comes to drafting and drawing, if you are used to using a drafting table with an angle, you will be disappointed with the CyberPad … unless you have a nice drafting table available.

Pros Cons
Power-saving functions work perfectly Not enough programmable buttons on the tablet
Built-in memory and SD card reader make wireless note-taking easy No multi-level pressure sensitivity
Low price Low resolution
All-in-one solution for traditional ink and “digital ink” notepad use

Conclusion

Overall, the Adesso CyberPad is an interesting gadget that solves a number of minor problems many people encounter today. Businesses are able to transfer written notes into an electronic format quickly and easily without having to waste lots of time and money. A large graphic tablet with an extremely affordable price is now available to artists and photographers.

I want to buy a CyberPad, so what’s keeping me from buying it? Only two pressure sensitivity settings, slow data rate, and low resolution for graphics. CyberPads work as graphics tablets in Photoshop, but their low resolution, low sensitivity, and slow data rates mean they are not nearly as fast as smaller tablets from other companies.

The Adesso CyberPad is an ideal choice for anyone who needs a simple solution to take written notes and convert them to electronic notes … or who needs a large graphics tablet but cannot spend more than $200.