If you’re anything like me then your office desk is often covered in Post-It notes or little scraps of paper with “call this person later” or “do this tomorrow” or (most importantly) “don’t forget your shopping is in the fridge”. I wouldn’t function without my lists and notes, I just can’t seem to remember anything without writing it down.
Find Me A Gift asked if I would like to get rid of my scraps of paper and replace them with this erasable memo pad. I thought it was worth a try – I mean, I’m all for saving trees. It comes from American brand Quirky, which encourages designers to submit their product ideas, then asks its users to vote on which they think should be developed. Find Me A Gift are stocking some of the products that have been manufactured as a result, and this is one of them.
It comes with a little stylus that sits in the plastic case so you don’t lose it – all you do is write your note on the screen. The area is about the same size as a standard Post-It note, so you have space to write a quick reminder or task on it. The stylus is quite fat even though it doesn’t look it, so the line you get is also fat – a thinner one would mean you could write more (or do more detailed doodles) on the screen.
When you’ve completed the task simply slide the eraser bar across and you’re good to write another note. You need to slide that bar across slowly… if you do it quickly it only half erases (you can still see your note) and you have to go back and forth a few times. If you do it slowly it takes just one slide to wipe the impression.
Of course you can only write one note at a time on this – you can’t muti-task – so I bet I’ll still end up with Post-It notes on my desk in addition to this.
On the back of this etch-a-sketch-type note pad is a four port USB hub – which comes complete with the cable to plug it into your computer (the memo pad itself doesn’t need any power or batteries etc, so if you don’t want to use the USB ports you simply don’t plug it in). My PC sits underneath my desk, so having a USB hub on my desk into which I can plug my phone, USB drive and anything else I need is actually very useful. You can get much nicer looking USB hubs (a colleague has a fantastic looking robot one on which the eyes are a couple of blue LED lights – scary!) but with its dual purpose this is very useful.
This memo pad and USB hub is quite plastic looking and doesn’t really look that great on my desk, but it is useful for short notes whilst on the phone (it’s always to hand) and the fact that it includes the USB hub means it’s found a space on my desk at least for now.
Find out more about the Erasable Memo Pad and USB Hub on the Find Me A Gift website.