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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

TECH TUESDAY -- Stilo Pen

Stilo Pen

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Why Stilo? 
• Ready to use right out of the box-no apps or Bluetooth required
• Compatible with almost all capacitive touchscreen devices, even those with screen protectors
• Supports 10 hours of continuous use on a single AAA battery
• Super-thin 1.9mm soft plastic fine tip ensures accuracy
• Works with most apps for taking notes, sketching, and drawing
• Improves productivity with more natural device interaction

Still not convinced?

1.9MM FINE ROTATING ADJUSTABLE TIP 
• Thin tip provides superior control and traction against tablet screens. It is made of durable material that will last the lifetime of the Stilo yet is easy on tablet screens and won't scratch the surface. Active stylus technology reduces offset and lag time between Stilo tip and trace, providing a feel that is closer to pen and paper and extremely responsive to hand gestures.
• The rotating tip allows users to adjust signal strength and optimize Stilo for devices with glass or film screen protectors that may require different levels of sensitivity. The longer the Stilo tip, the greater its signal strength. This provides broad compatibility, allowing Stilo to work with more devices than its competition.

AAA BATTERY 
• A fresh battery will last for one month of regular use or 10 hours of continuous use.
• Unlike styluses with rechargeable batteries, there's no downtime or waiting. To conserve battery life, Stilo will automatically shut off after five minutes of non-use.

PROTECTIVE CAP 
• A plastic cap protects the fine tip when the Stilo is not in use, and fits neatly on top. 
Using a touchscreen with a disability can be downright frustrating. A lot of the times, you're tapping the wrong things because of shaky fingers. That's when it's good to have a stylus. You have a bit more precision and your screen isn't getting all smudged with fingerprints.

But what if you want to write a note on your touchscreen device? Unless you have a device that has a stylus/S-Pen included, Doing that with your fingers or even a stylus would be a little hard to do.

Enter the Stilo Pen, a S-Pen for the rest of us.


^^The outer box^^

The Stilo Pen comes in two colors; black or white. I was sent the white one for review. It's shipped in a cardboard box, which seems pretty sturdy for it's size. I was able to open the box, take the contents out and put them back without ripping the box.


^^The inner cardboard^^

Inside the box is the pen itself, tucked into another piece of cardboard. This cardboard has writing on it... 'The power of digital communication.... The freedom of pen and paper.' I like the way the pen is nestled right inside this piece of cardboard, which also feels sturdy.


^^The soft rubber tip^^

This is the tip of the pen. It's very soft, as promised. The tip is supposed to be adjustable, but I cannot figure out how to manually adjust it, or if it auto-adjusts to the device you are using. It's a fine tip; however, when using it, the lines it made seemed to be more of the width of a typical Bic Stic pen.


^^The power button^^

And now we're to the part where I feel quite a few disabled people are going to have the most trouble; the power button. While it's small and discreet, not taking away from the design of the pen itself... it's small and discreet. Disabled folks are going to have a hard time pushing it, especially with shaky/spazzy hands.


Stilo in use on an LG Sunset

This is what the pen's markings look like on my phone, an LG Sunset running Android 5.0 Lollipop. As I said above, the lines remind me a LOT of a ballpoint pen in thickness.

You will need to have an note-taking/writing app installed to use this pen as an actual pen-like device, but this will work as a stylus with any app on any touchscreen device. I used my pre-installed 'Quick Memo' app for the screenshot above.

I don't see disabled people having an issue holding the Stilo. It's about as thick as a 'jumbo' crayon or a Sharpie marker. It writes smoothly and there's no 'jutting' or catching in the lines, unless you make it. The only problem I personally see IS the power button itself, as mentioned above. I would have preferred either a larger button, having the button on top (bottom?) of the pen, or at the very least, a sound to alert you that the pen is on. Then it would be perfect.

This is available from the StiloPen website for $69.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really like the Stilo Pen. Not only is it a great stylus, the pen works wonderfully for handwriting notes.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

1 comment:

  1. This is a very cool product, I love that it does not need bluetooth and its ready to go! I would love it for hand written messages. Thanks for sharing

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