Model: AluPen Pro
Seller: Just Mobile
Requirements: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
TiP Rating: 5/5 stars
The AluPen Pro is a stylus and pen combined. Crafted out of aluminum and featuring a unique 6 sided design, it is the perfect pen for the modern age. Maybe now you can now use up all those sticky notes you have piled up, collecting dust.
The AluPen Pro is easily my new favorite writing implement. I always keep a pen on me because there is always something I need to jot down, but more often, I just need something to doodle with. As an artist, the pen I keep in my pocket must be one that never lets me down, feels right in the hand, and looks good. I am happy to report that the AluPen Pro has replaced my previous pocket pen.
Looking at the design, Just Mobile has created something truly beautiful. The tip is a standard cone shape that can separate from the rest of the pen to replace the ink; twisting it one way extends the pen tip and twisting it the other way will unscrew it. Moving up along the pen, the cone smoothly transforms into a 6-sided body. On one of the sides, “Just | Mobile” is printed in a grey, slightly darker than the aluminum. I find this to be very modern and almost futuristic. At the other end, the black rubber tip is neatly integrated into the pen. The stylus is perfectly balanced and feels great in the hand. The sides align perfectly with your fingers when using the stylus end making it an extension of the human hand. The AluPen also comes with a genuine leather case stamped with their branding that you can quickly slide your pen in and out of. I think that the black leather contrasts nicely with the silver aluminum and creates an overall elegant feel.
The quality of the ink is pretty important, considering it is half of the pen. I have to say that I am a little disappointed with it. The ink is a Pelikan ballpoint cartridge, but it is nothing special. The pen rights without any skips, but it is not as smooth as some gel-ink pens. It is great for writing quick notes and some classroom doodles, but don’t expect a high-quality fine tip pen.
The stylus end however, is perfect. The tip is rubbery instead of the sponge material some other styluses have. My iPod is able to recognize even the lightest touch and because the tip is smaller than my finger, I can do things more accurately. I use it to sketch on the iPad as well as the iPod touch because it makes drawing digitally feel more natural. More recently I have found it to be particularly convenient with the game Draw Something, which I’m sure you have heard of.
It is really amazing how the stylus works. A touchscreen creates a minute electrostatic charge; for it to register input, something like your finger must absorb said charge. What the stylus does is conduct that charge through the aluminum and the rubber to your finger, disrupting the charge. This allows the stylus to be light and the tip to be smaller for more precise inputs.
Overall, I am thoroughly pleased with the AluPen Pro stylus. It takes care of all my drawing needs as well as my touchscreen endeavors so I can go straight from doodling on paper to sketching a final version in SketchBook on the iPad. If functionality was not enough, this thing looks great. I have even already gotten a few remarks on its unique design. I would highly recommend it to any artist looking to go digital because it beats a finger any day.
The generous folks over at Just Mobile also gave us a stylus to give away. (Huge thanks to them.) All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to comment below – on this page – or by commenting on the post on our Facebook page, telling us why you should win.
1. Entries will be counted from today (April 8th) until 11:59 Pacific on Monday night (9th).
2. The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and will be announced on Tuesday, April 10th, and will be notified by Cam Bunton via a direct message on Facebook. (Please check our inboxes on Tuesday!)
3. For various reasons, entrants must be 18 or over and residents of mainland US, or Canada.