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9 Smart Pens and Notebooks for Smarter Note-taking

Aug 23, 2022 by


by Janice Roman

4 min read

AB_9 Smart Pens and Notebooks for Smarter Notetaking

Ever since Apple revolutionized mobile phones and tablets, the public seems to have forgotten the existence of smart pens and styluses. Every player in the market followed suit, dropping the seemingly outdated accessories from their most sophisticated products. Smartpens were then pushed towards a niche for digital and graphic artists who require more than their fingers to produce their output.

Amazing gadgets that help users take notes and draw more efficiently

Man with stylus pen touching on digital tablet

In recent years, however, smart pens have come back in a big way. Corporate figures, educators, and even students have shown a new degree of appreciation for this handy little gadget. They prove useful for those who need to scribble down notes faster than they can hit buttons, and it’s understandable, given that humans learn to write first before being given the liberty of our gadgets. So, if you think a smart pen will be useful in your course or career, here are the best ones you can buy in the market today!

IOGEAR Accu-Tip Stylus

IOGEAR Accu-Tip Stylus

From IOGEAR Official Website

What used to be cumbersome accessories to your smart devices have now become great additions to productivity. Case in point, IOGEAR Accu-Tip’s design has a slim 4.5mm touchpoint that ensures a more accurate and low friction response for smartphone and tablet users. Aside from artists and students, it’s also recommended for merchants and bankers who require a clear electronic signature. It’s also adapted for devices with small screens, or for instances when direct skin contact with the screen is difficult

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil

From Apple

Okay, Apple may have driven the smart pen industry to near extinction, but it doesn’t mean they’re not a player in the market. Just as the company did with its more successful products, the company has put the Apple Pencil at the forefront of the industry. It sets the standards for hassle-free drawing, note-taking, and document-marking experience. It strives for simplicity, perfection, precision, and ease of use.

Moleskin Smart Writing Set

Moleskine Smart Writing Set

From Moleskine Official Website

Moleskine doesn’t just stop at smart pens, but they’ve developed an entire smart writing set altogether. Its website boasts a model of bringing paper and digital together. The smart pen comes with its paperback notebook, enabling users to jump to a shortcut of their email by simply tapping their pen tip onto a drawing of a tiny envelope printed on the pages. It’s so amazing, it feels straight from science fiction!

Rocket Book Core

Rocketbook Core

From Rocketbook Official Website

Here’s another entry that features an entire system instead of just a smart pen. The Rocketbook Core enables users to connect and store their important notes and even doodles in the cloud. They also have their mobile phone app, which can be downloaded for free. It’s also lightweight and user-friendly, uploads data fast, and it comes with its own pad—which means it doesn’t require scanning!

RoWrite 2 Smart Writing Notebook

RoWrite 2 Smart Writing Notebook

From Royole Official Website

If you’re looking for an experience as close to the real thing, you can use the RoWrite 2 Smart Writing Notebook to write, draw, or scribble efficiently. RoWrite Smart Writing Pad and Pen is digital but mimics pen and paper effortlessly. You need not worry about erasures and smudging—edit, enhance and even erase creations, and they’ll be saved in real-time. It’s also compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and the easy sharing feature enables a smooth collaboration.

Wacom Bamboo Ink

Wacom Bamboo Ink

From Wacom Official Website

Perfect for note-taking, writing and visualizing, and even annotating documents, Wacom’s second-generation Bamboo Ink lets you bring ideas to life and express comments in writing. Its fine tip has over 4,000 pressure levels to help write with more precision. It’s compatible with both Wacom Active ES Protocol and Microsoft Pen Protocol. Plus, it doesn’t require pairing to get you started right away. Wacom’s Bamboo Ink also comes with several accessories so that users can customize them depending on their preference.

Neo Smartpen N2

Neo Smartpen

From Neo Smartpen Official Website

Neo is a major player in the smartpen market, and they have a variety of products that are compatible with different types of customers. For this list, we’re going with the high-end N2. Dubbed as their premium instrument, it’s equipped with a dual-core processor that can compute up to 120 frames per second. Its triangular, aluminum body is shaped with an ergonomic design, and it’s lightweight and easy to grip—perfect for writing and notetaking all day!

Livescribe Symphony

Livescribe Symphony

From Livescribe Official Website

Allow thoughts and ideas to flow and write smoothly with Livescribe’s Symphony smart pens. It has a built-in high-speed IR camera to efficiently capture and store dot patterns, and you can connect the pen to your devices via Bluetooth to stream handwritten notes in real-time. It also comes with a free downloadable app for ease of use! Memory won’t be an issue with the Symphony because you can store up to 1,200 A4 pages worth of notes!

Mixoo Smart Pen

Mixoo Smart Pen

From Mixoo Official Website

A 2-in-1 touch screen pen with a purely aluminum body, the Mixoo Smart Pen allows you to switch between a silicon disc tip or a fiber tip depending on your needs. The disc tip has a high-precision transparent design so you can see through what you’re writing. It’s also ergonomic, lightweight, and compatible with most operating systems and devices!

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Janice Roman

Janice is the main writer for Next Upgrade’s Wellness, Pop Culture, Entertainment sections. As a media and communication studies scholar, writer, and researcher, Janice writes about a hybrid of topics from academic to lifestyle journalism. She is a pleasure reader of Nick Joaquin’s books and pride literature.



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