Boogie Board Sync 9.7 Review [I’m In LOVE!!!]

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This HAS to be the coolest little gadget so far for me for 2014 – it’s the Boogie Board Sync 9.7, and inside my video today, I give it a thorough review!

What’s so amazing about the device, is that it basically lets you totally get rid of paper forever, but it also doubles up as an amazing tool for creating really awesome videos.

Watch my review of the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 today, and let me know what you think inside the comments ok?

Chat soon!

Gideon Shalwick

PS: To get your own Boogie Board Sync 9.7 go here: http://gideonshalwick.com/boogie

About Gideon Shalwick

Gideon Shalwick is a YouTube and video marketing expert, and has figured out how to get a TON of attention using online video (with one YouTube channel reaching 10 million views!), and today, he's built a following of over 100,000 people for his business ventures, and 60,000+ people on this very blog, where he shares some of his most powerful video marketing strategies.

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98 Responses to Boogie Board Sync 9.7 Review [I’m In LOVE!!!]

  1. Michael Holdcroft

    An Undo function would be an idea too

  2. Boogie Board

    We love your video review, Gideon, and thanks for your suggestions!

    • Gideon Shalwick

      You're very welcome +Boogie Board! Thank you for making such an amazing product! Any timeframe on the next model coming out?

  3. Gideon Shalwick

    Hmmm, I don't know +Joe Large! But if not, I am sure it's just a matter of time for them to make it work on Android too – they are a pretty innovative company!

  4. Gideon Shalwick

    Haha good one +Let's Go Road Trippin! HAPPY B'DAY!!!

  5. Ahsan Saeed

    Im sorry beacause this has got nothing to do with your video but do you
    know how to add words to a YouTube video im making

  6. Juho Tunkelo

    Looks very cool indeed… gotta find a place to get one…

  7. James Klobasa - PLM

    Awesome Gideon… Sold… :)

  8. James Wedmore

    purchased! Done! Thx Gideon!

    • Sean Vosler

      HEY you beat me to it…

  9. Manualideas Fancylooks

    It is just so futuristic and the price is quite affordable!

  10. Chris Davis

    For those of us with ADD, it’s a little difficult listening to you talk
    with the jumpy music playing in the background. Just sayin’…

  11. Victoria Gibson

    Yes, paper free all the way. I can see people sending me story boards and
    live on a Skype call to produce custom music for them. Thanks for sharing

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Yes! Now that is one application I did not think about!

      Great stuff +Victoria Gibson!

  12. Tim Blankenship

    Thanks +Gideon Shalwick just bought one using your affiliate. BTW, is
    there any cable needed to connect to PC for videos that you are aware of?
    thx.

  13. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey +Tim Blankenship – it comes with a USB cable yes. Currently if you want to do the live drawing thing on your screen, it has to be connected with the cable. But I am pretty sure they will have improved models in the future where you won't need the cable for that. Unless of course I just have not quite figured out how to do it wirelessles with a computer – because it DOES do it wirelessly with my iPhone.

  14. Gideon Shalwick

    +Sean Vosler Early bird catches the worm! Or the Boogie Board in this case ;)

  15. Rachel Hartlein

    I’ll wait for the next generation.

  16. Tim Blankenship

    +Gideon Shalwick Thanks, will be using it for videos as well and drawing on screen, etc.

  17. Ian Crawford

    That is sensational ! Went to your link to buy but it is saying it can’t
    ship to my address ??? I am from Australia. Any ideas ??

  18. WavesDVDcom: Relax Music Waves Videos

    I’ll stick with my sand and stick – take a photo and edit in photoshop. ;-)

  19. Steve Winder

    Great video! I tried to purchase but does not ship to OZ :( any ideas
    Gideon?

  20. Gideon Shalwick

    Ok no worries +Rachel Hartlein!

  21. CJ Grace

    That seems really awesome! Just what I need…a new toy! Thanks for sharing
    Gideon. I see myself in the near future getting it!!

  22. Dr Charles Parker

    Thanks Gideon, well done, much appreciated! On it.

  23. Michael Krisa

    Why not just use an iPad with a writing app?

  24. Gideon Shalwick

    Ah +Michael Krisa! I was wondering when someone would ask that very question! Here are my reasons for not just using an iPad with a writing app (which of course I have used extensively as well and did not like!):

    1. The Boogie Board feels a lot more like real writing that it does on an iPad. For example, your hand can touch the surface of the Boogie Board without making marks on it, like it does with the iPad. The actual tactile feel is also much more similar to writing with a pen on paper.

    2. The Boogie Board is dedicated to note taking. Kinda similar to how the Kindle is a dedicated reading device. On the iPad, I found that I would ALWAYS get distracted to quickly check my email or social media. On the Boogie Board, there are zero distractions… so I am able to just doodle!

    3. The iPad is expensive and often contains a lot of valuable information. So if you drop your iPhone and it breaks, or someone steals it, it can be quite a big loss. Whereas with the Boogie Board Sync 9.7, it's pretty cheap ($99 mostly)… and you can use it in such a way that it never has any sensitive information on there. So, if it breaks or someone steals it, it's no big deal.

    4. The Boogie Board is MUCH lighter than an iPad, so it's much easier to cary along with you when travelling. I normally take my Macbook Air and iPhone with me in any case. So, carting along yet another heavy electronic device (ie Ipad) just makes it all too heavy. 

    5. The Boogie Board battery lasts A LOT longer. With normal use, they reckon the battery can last for about a week. And in sleep mode it can apparently last for around 100 days!

    I guess it comes down to personal preference a bit as well. The iPad is of course A LOT more versatile and A LOT more powerful. But for just note taking, so far the Boogie Board is my fav out of all things… including actual paper!

  25. Gideon Shalwick

    Hah! Well me too! I was doing A LOT of stuff on paper before I got the Boogie Board! Man… I am starting to sound like some kind of car salesman haha!

    Like… "before I got the boogie board, my life was terrible… but not with the boogie board, my life is sooo much better!!!" lol

  26. Brenda Kok

    *Met de handgeschreven video’s maken?*
    Of ben je het ook beu om altijd met een dik kladblok op pad te zijn?

    Misschien is dit digitale kladblok wat voor je, check de review van Boogie
    Board Sync

    Je schrijft alsof je op papier schrijft en het resultaat is een afbeelding
    die je kunt synchroniseren met je mobiel. Of je koppelt het apparaat aan je
    pc of beamer terwijl je op je digi kladblok kijkt.

    #videocreationtool #digitaalkladbok

  27. Sam Wilhoit

    Gideon (or other subscribers) – Do you have a video on your typical
    production set up? I would like to know:
    – How you are creating your background?
    – What front lighting you are using?
    – What camera you used to film this?
    – What editing program you are using?
    – Where did you get the music?

    Enjoyed the video!

    SAM

  28. Bill James

    Interesting tool for those who cannot put down the Pen.

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Yeah totally +Bill James! I seem to think better when I have a pen in my hand…

  29. Brenda Kok

    +Gideon Shalwick You're welcome, thanks for the review! I really like the tool.
    And indeed: it's for the Dutchies (or any Belgian who stumble across it as well ;))

  30. Learnguitartunes

    Wow that is soooo cool!!! Great price too. Thanks for sharing Gideon.

  31. Gideon Shalwick

    Awesome – how can I tell the difference between Flemish and Dutch?

  32. Gideon Shalwick

    +Maikel Latour Here are my reasons for not just using an iPad with a writing app (which of course I have used extensively as well… and did not like!):

    1. The Boogie Board feels a lot more like real writing that it does on an iPad. For example, your hand can touch the surface of the Boogie Board without making marks on it, like it does with the iPad. The actual tactile feel is also much more similar to writing with a pen on paper.

    2. The Boogie Board is dedicated to note taking. Kinda similar to how the Kindle is a dedicated reading device. On the iPad, I found that I would ALWAYS get distracted to quickly check my email or social media. On the Boogie Board, there are zero distractions… so I am able to just doodle!

    3. The iPad is expensive and often contains a lot of valuable information. So if you drop your iPhone and it breaks, or someone steals it, it can be quite a big loss. Whereas with the Boogie Board Sync 9.7, it's pretty cheap ($99 mostly)… and you can use it in such a way that it never has any sensitive information on there. So, if it breaks or someone steals it, it's no big deal.

    4. The Boogie Board is MUCH lighter than an iPad, so it's much easier to cary along with you when travelling. I normally take my Macbook Air and iPhone with me in any case. So, carting along yet another heavy electronic device (ie Ipad) just makes it all too heavy. 

    5. The Boogie Board battery lasts A LOT longer. With normal use, they reckon the battery can last for about a week. And in sleep mode it can apparently last for around 100 days!

    I guess it comes down to personal preference a bit as well. The iPad is of course A LOT more versatile and A LOT more powerful. But for just note taking, so far the Boogie Board is my fav out of all things… including actual paper!

  33. Maikel Latour

    That makes it alot more clear to me. Thanks you took the time to respond. #great  

  34. waplogue1

    that looks interesting

  35. Hasan Mahmood

    I was actually in love with Boogie Boards until the Tablet era began. Right after I bought Boogie Board RIP 9.5, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 came out. Now, I'm using Galaxy Note 10.1. I have the Boogie Board with me now but from what I'm seeing on Sync 9.7, it's still has a large room for improvements to take on real pen and paper. If you've problems with Boogie Board, I would suggest you to go for Galaxy Note 8.0, or even 10.1. Microsoft Surface is a pretty good option though. :) 

  36. Gideon Shalwick

    Ok :)

  37. Anthony Do

    Gideon your videos are absolutely enlightening and educational! May I ask
    how you created that background with the center light and shaded
    surrounding gradient?

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Eric!

      I sure have – in fact I downloaded the app the same day it came out originally. I loved it at the time, but the main problem for me is that it’s on the iPad – an amazing device obviously, but for getting a close as possible experience to drawing/writing on real paper, the Boogie Board comes much closer than the iPad :)

      Gideon

  38. Metrotag

    Nice gadget apart from some cons.

  39. Peter Demes

    Hi, nice device. Vertrieb und Verkauf – Video-Marketing – Einladung zum
    Workshop nach Göttingen

  40. Oliver Robertson

    Think im gonna get one. The price point is high but for the features it
    provides (especially the Bluetooth upgrade from the rip model) I’m going to
    take the plunge.

  41. rgthd007

    If they did the black “ink” on a parchment background and incorporated an
    E-reader feature, it would be a lot more useful, like a Kobo on steroids!

  42. Gideon Shalwick

    Re price point… for me I am already close to paying it back just in the cost it would normally be in paying for expensive hard cover note books!

  43. Jonathan Perkins

    This is off-topic — sorry — but I have a question! Did you do your white
    BG technique for this and then put a vignette on in post? Looks awesome!

  44. Mick Hawes

    Hi Gideon, Thanks for doing this video. I bought one straight away and I
    have done my first video using the boogie board. It looks really cool and I
    have been able to replace my whiteboard videos using the boogieboard and
    screen capture. Here’s a link to the video, would love your comments –
    http://bit.ly/1jKZXmK Cheers Mick

  45. Bryan West

    So how heavy is that notebook again?

  46. Tabitha Crosby

    I have one but still have no point with the button on the side of the pen?
    Anyone knows what it can be used for?

  47. hsu912174

    As nice as it is, the stylus support for iPads is disappointingly lacking.
    I have been trying on taking my notes digitally so everything stays in one place. For text-based note taking my iPad with an external keyboard combo does a superb job, but for stuff with a lot of sketching (Say, math-related classes and organic chemistry) it just doesn't cut it.

  48. Spring Creek

    Love the concept, but I have to be able to edit/erase. I may be doomed to
    a tablet until the next generation of convertibles come out.

  49. Ritika Agarwal

    can you sync it with android?

  50. Sally Bowes

    Are these available in South Africa? If so, with whom?

  51. Thomas Shaw

    Having the ability to pull up imgs would be incredibly hard with this
    device, the display from what I know is actually pressure sensitive liquid
    crystal and when electricity is applied to it the crystals get pulled back
    into their original shape.

  52. MisterTeacherTV

    Great device! hope I can found here in Mexico! :)

  53. Jesse Ornelas

    I have one for sell. Cheap brand new. Let me know if you’re interested

  54. Jesse Ornelas

    I have one for sale half price brand new

  55. Ayoob Marafie

    used your link, thanks for the recommendation

  56. young cheol yun

    thx for the perfect review

  57. Roaming Pear

    If you can’t bring a previous page up, you might as well get the cheaper
    model and just take pictures of it with your iphone… This is if your main
    purpose is note taking..

    Can it sync to any other phone? or just iphone?

  58. sebke CCU

    I’m a fan of the boogie board, but the make it mature I think it’s missing
    three major features:

    1) Bluetooth should have a powersaving mode:
    a) Enable when you enable the boogie (this exists already)
    b) Keep enabled when live mode (sync) is working (this exists already)
    c) Go to sleep after three minutes
    d) wake up bluetooth when touch of buttons or stylus

    2) Notes are saved with an incrementing number, but you should better use a
    date time stamp like 201410131644, that way the name is also unique but you
    also know when the boogie note was created, in this case 13 october at 16:44
    o’clock

    3) You should learn the boogie to erase only single lines instead of the
    whole screen, for example by ticking the line three times very short after
    eachother

    4) Have a gesture or hidden button to navigate/cycle through the saved pages

    Sidenote: maybe you also have to check what went wrong with the contrast
    (something is definitly wrong in the new version)

  59. Ignorante de la Vida

    Sorry my bad English. Evernote works with Android too. so I Hope you can can use it with Android

  60. Gideon Shalwick

    Haha yeah that would be really awesome +Michael Holdcroft!

  61. Gideon Shalwick

    Yup totally +Bernd Geropp! And I've  just discovered that you CAN actually use it in exactly the same was a Bamboo Tablet!!! Pretty awesome…

  62. Boogie Board

    +Gideon Shalwick We have no announcements at this time, but we're always dreaming up the next big thing! Stay tuned…

  63. Gideon Shalwick

    Yeah they don't really make it too easy to buy them if you're outside of the States! I got mine from Fat Brain Toys via Amazon – the do international shipping for it.

  64. Gideon Shalwick

    Ok cook – thanks for the feedback +Chris Davis! Perhaps I can also turn the music down a bit?

  65. Gideon Shalwick

    Yes! It's the price that got me too +Manualideas Fancylooks! So, unlike an iPad, if you drop it, it really does not matter all that much, cos you can just get a new one!

  66. Gideon Shalwick

    You will LOVE it +James Wedmore!

  67. Gideon Shalwick

    I hope this link works… it shows 3 options for other suppliers of the boogie board. One of them is from "Fat Brain Toys" – they deliver to Australia. That's what I used for getting mine to Australia: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00E8CIGCA/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1398212359&sr=8-1&keywords=boogie+board+sync+9.7&condition=new

  68. Gideon Shalwick

    haha too easy +WavesDVDcom: Relax Music Waves Videos! Man I notice you have 76k subs now? FANTASTIC!!!

  69. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey +Steve Winder I hope this link works… it shows 3 options for other suppliers of the boogie board. One of them is from "Fat Brain Toys" – they deliver to Australia. That's what I used for getting mine to Australia: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00E8CIGCA/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1398212359&sr=8-1&keywords=boogie+board+sync+9.7&condition=new

  70. Gideon Shalwick

    Great stuff +CJ Grace! So far I am really loving it. And I use it every single day! The best part is that I no longer have to cart along my heavy notebook!

  71. Michael Krisa

    +Gideon Shalwick
    Thanks Gideon all good points! I guess I 'm still a bit of a caveman – I like paper and messy ink :)

  72. Gideon Shalwick

    Hey +Brenda Kok! Thank you for spreading the news out to the Dutch(?) audience! Or is it Flemish? I get confused haha!

  73. Maikel Latour

    Interessante share! Maar kun je ook niet een soort gelijk iets met een ipad? Ik kan mij haast niet voorstellen dat hier niet al een keer een app voor is gemaakt? #justasking  

  74. Joey Xoto

    He got me too! Purchased right after hearing Gideon say he was going to grab one :)

  75. Gideon Shalwick

    Interesting points +Hasan Mahmood! Thanks for sharing! I have not tried the devices you mentioned! But I guess still the biggest drawbacks I see with these other "smart" devices, is that they are normally a lot more expensive and comes with a lot other "distractions", like checking your emails etc.

    What I like most about my Boogie Board, is that I can just grab it, like I used to be able to do with my physical paper notebook, then go and sit somewhere without any computer or distraction, and then just let the ideas flow onto my Boogie Board. 

    I guess in a way, the Boogie Board is very similar to the Kindle for me… it's a dedicated device for performing one thing really well.

    I agree though, there are a lot of improvements that can be made for sure! And I am looking forward to those of course!

    Thanks again for your thoughts!

  76. Hasan Mahmood

    +Gideon Shalwick You're absolutely right about the distraction part. I use it for taking my class notes and digitizing my writing world. But often I stumble upon the distractions other than writing. So yeah, Boogie Boards are truly meant for writing and once it resolves the Cons you mentioned, I'm totally bought.

    Thanks a lot for your findings. Keep reviewing more devices :)  

  77. Gideon Shalwick

    You're welcome +Learnguitartunes!

  78. Anthony Do

    Thanks Gideon.  I've already purchased all the recommended hardware you recommended your video you referenced.  But when you do make a video about how to create that effect, I'll be the first to watch it! Thanks!

  79. Gideon Shalwick

    Ah yeah I had those EXACT thoughts +rgthd007! That would surely make it totally awesome! Plus all the other features (cons) they could fix…

  80. Gideon Shalwick

    Yeah I really do hope they fix those issues in their next release! Otherwise I am totally loving it!

  81. Oliver Robertson

    +Gideon Shalwick just got it! any idea what the "Barrel switch" button on the pen does?

  82. Gideon Shalwick

    Wonderful! That's a PERFECT use of the Boogie Board! Now… did you manage to make the whiteboard thing work wirelessly with your Mac? For some reason I could not get it going – I have to have the usb cable plugged in for it to work. Any ideas?

  83. Mick Hawes

    +Gideon Shalwick Yep all worked seamlessly using bluetooth to my 4 year old macbook air. I had that on the desk recording the boogie board with screenflow and I simply used the soundtrack on screenflow to sync with the main video. The only thing I need to do now is learn how to draw! Lol. Thanks again I love your video tips, they have made a big difference to my videos.

  84. Gideon Shalwick

    +Mick Hawes Ah man I am totally jealous! I could not get the bluetooth thing working with my Macbook Air! You must have some kinda magic mojo or something ;)

  85. Mick Hawes

    +Gideon Shalwick The only thing I can think of was, one time I had already paired the boogie board with my imac and when I went to use it with the macbook air it wouldn't work so i need to disconnect it from the imac and all worked fine! just a thought.

  86. Gideon Shalwick

    Yeah maybe I should just try it again and see what happens – been a while since I gave it a shot without the usb cable… thanks!!!

  87. rgthd007

    +Jean-Baptiste Doyon
    If it was $399.99, I'd snap one up! At $1100, it becomes a luxury item.