Want to Start Online Teaching? Use these two Low-Cost writing Pads.

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October 2020, I got a message to take 3 sessions of a Mathematics call of a student preparing for an Australian Mathematics competition. I was asked to buy a writing pad for that. To buy a writing pad for 4000 rupees worth of online class was not a good idea. As, I knew that, I won’t get any other sessions after that. The teacher who gave me this work was unable to do so due to time constraint. That’s why I was doing that session. So, I used Microsoft Paint for those 6 hours session: 2 hours daily. It went good except for a few things:

The poor internet connection in Madhubani was disturbing the class.

Writing and drawing with mouse was a bit difficult and tiring for a 2 hours session.

The session went good and I didn’t get any new assignment of online class after that.

As we are locked inside our homes to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus, I decided to buy a writing pad.

As it is easier to draw and write on the writing pad with a pen than using a mouse and keeping the left mouse button pressed.

It is also good for longer duration.

I started searching on google and found XP-pen very popular. I searched on Amazon.in and found two pads that were under my budget. It also had adequate writing space.

One was XP Pen Star G960 with 8.35 x 5.33 inches space.

  • Features four customizable shortcut keys, allowing you to tailor your shortcuts to your preferences and create with maximum convenience and efficiency
  • The XP-Pen Star G960 supports a rotation of 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees. Now you can set out to what you want to be
  • The Battery-Free Stylus does not require batteries and with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, it naturally presents lines of various widths and enables the more exquisite expression of lines
  • It is compatible with Windows 10/8/7, Mac OS X 10.10 and above. Also works with many major software such as Photoshop, SAI, Painter, Illustrator, Clip Studio, Krita, etc
  • Ideal for digital drawing, designing, animation, online teaching & online video conferencing
  • Also compatible with all the online teaching software lie Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Google Classroom etc

Another was XP Pen Star03 V2 with 10 x 6 inches space.

  • Its automatic line correction and intelligent anti-shake functions come together to deliver a smooth creative experience for the user
  • Star 03 comes with 8 customizable shortcuts for your most-used functions like zoom-in, zoom-out, brush size change, hand tool, brush tool and many more. One-click toggle function on the stylus between pen/eraser improves your efficiency and speed of usage
  • The advanced battery-free stylus does not require charging ever, allowing for constant uninterrupted usage. Also, no batteries mean no clumsy wires and a cleaner and greener environment
  • Best-in-class 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity allow you to create variations in line width and opacity, giving you a real pen-on-paper feel.

The price of XP-Pen Star03 V2 was 4999 and of Xp pen S was 3999. For a difference of 1 inch, paying 1000 extra was not something I wanted to do.

I didn’t know anything about the differences in features. So, I decided to buy the XP-pen for 3999 rupees. But I was in love with the design of the XP-pen Star03 V2. I ordered XP-pen on pay on delivery but suddenly due to some reasons, I cancelled it. The next day, when I checked Amazon, the price was reduced to 4749 rupees. I checked the official website of XP-pen India if they can provide any discount on it. But they said the price is already discounted. So, I again came to the amazon app. This time, the price was a bit increased to 4799 and I thought of booking it and I ordered it.

The writing pad is working good in preparing videos of Math lessons and came with 8 free nibs and pen holder.

You should go for XP pen Star G960 if you don’t care about the look and just want to use it for educational purposes it will save you 800 to 1000 rupees.

You should go for XP Pen Star03 V2 if you care about the look and also can differentiate product based on features.

Please let me know which one you bought in the comments. You can also share link of your review video with us.

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