Noteslate Unveils the Hero 13″ E-ink Writing Slate (video)

noteslate heroNoteslate is a company with a reputation for talking big and not following through. Their first product turned out to be vaporware, and so far their second product, the 6.8″ Noteslate Shiro, has proven to be an illusive creature which has already missed its ship date.

So when Noteslate posted a teaser video today for the 13″ Hero, I was suitably pessimistic.

Expected to ship next year, the Noteslate Hero is a digital writing slate with a 13.3″ E-ink screen and a stylus. Noteslate hasn’t revealed any additional specs, but they did post this video:

So what do you think?

It’s hard to say how the Hero compares to the Sony DPT-S1 in terms of features (besides the obvious that one is available and the other is not). Sony’s writing slate has two touchscreens (capacitive and electromagnetic stylus) while Noteslate has only shown off their devices working with a stylus.

Noteslate has also teased a 9.7″ model which will also be released next year, and they’re accepting names for beta-testers for a Noteslate sketch app for iOS and Android.

I think this is a neat idea, but given the cost of the 13″ screen I just don’t see the Hero shipping.

The 6.8″ Noteslate Shiro, on the other hand, might ship early next year. The Shiro will run the same software as the Hero, only with a screen the same size as on the Kobo Aura H2O or the Onyx Boox T68. The Shiro will also have a stylus, 3 weeks of battery life, and cost $199.

It’s up for pre-order now on the Noteslate website.

Do you plan to get one?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Syn4 November, 2015

    I think this product is 3 to 5 years to late. I personally would rather use a tablet. Toshiba’s Encode Write 2, or the 299, Asus Zenpad. Asus Vivotab Note 8. For a little more money you get a device that gives you Onenote, EverNote, etc. Color photos and tons more. Before the Wacom/Ntrig pens hit tablets this would have interested me. Not so much now.

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