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5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions of an iAccessory Addict, 30 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Stylus Pen, New Trent Arcadia (1PC) Limir [Dual Purpose] Stylus/Styli for Capacitive Touch Screen Smartphones and Tablets. [2-in-1]: [Stylus Micro-Knit Tip] + [Fine Ball Pen], Compatible to: iPhone 6, 6 Plus 5S 5, Note 4, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and more (Electronics)
Being a heavy iUser, I am constantly on the lookout for new and better products. One area that I have been particularly disappointed in overall is that of the stylus. I have read on blogs that Apple doesn't really believe in the concept of a stylus as its built to work with your fingers and that's why they have never built or designed one. OK, I get that you don't need a stylus to work on an iPad or iPhone, but it can make keeping your product clean from both smudges and germs. I mainly owned two brands of styluses until this point and have investigated (though ultimately not purchased) the iPen and the Adonis. Without going into the shortcomings of any of these, I still am looking for the "right" one.

I'm pleased to note that I have taken a big step towards that goal with a recent purchase of a New Trent IMP62B stylus. I am convinced that if Apple were to design a stylus, this would have been it. Here's my feedback:

I believe a lot in first impressions, but was wrong with this product. Upon opening the package, I immediately chuckled at the fact this stylus is short! I normally buy the Kensington and Rocketfish styluses (styli?) with the pens built-in for the added length which seems to fit better in my hand. The description of the IMP62B assured me that this had a pen built-in as well, so my (wrong) assumption was that it would be of a length comparable to the other models, but not so as it is about 1" shorter. My first impression was not necessarily a positive one but I decided to forge away and put it to a test immediately.

I grabbed my wife's iPad off of the couch and started to play a game. What a difference! Now this stylus has my full attention - the end is made of something called micro-knit, which (if I recall correctly) is the same base material as paintbrushes and I sure can tell the similarities in the feel. I immediately ditched the game and opened up Notability to test handwriting. This stylus literally glides over the surface of the screen with no drag! I was able to sign my name as clearly as I could with a pen or pencil on real paper. Just to make certain that I was comparing apples-to-apples, I pulled out a rubber-ended stylus that I carry with me and tried the same thing. The result from the added drag from the rubber tip was a half-legible signature at best. I began to smile as this is the first stylus that I have actually enjoyed using for any purpose other than keeping my screen clean -- it even beats using your finger! My only caveat is that this stylus is short and doesn't fit as comfortably in my grip as longer styluses. New Trent, if you make this about an inch longer, I would have nothing to complain about at all! The length, however, won't stop me from using it and being a bit shorter also does make it a tad easier to carry with you, so I could see a use for both longer and shorter ones.

Pros:
- the micro-knit end is fantastic as it doesn't produce a noticeable drag when moving across the screen and provides a "true-to-life" writing feel -- it also feels more responsive when touching the screen, similar to your finger
- built-in pen writes well
- pen is exposed through a twist, not a cap (a bonus as other cap-based models always leave me wondering what to do with the cap)
- clip is solidly built and looks nice
- stylus overall is very attractive
- feels well built and sturdy

Cons:
- stylus is too short both for use as a stylus and a pen for people with larger hands
- grip material feels like plastic with some grooves - doesn't really provide grip if you fingers are sweaty - also doesn't provide a grip for the pen side (very minor con as no other stylus that I've used even has a grip built-in)

Suggestions for Improvement:
- consider making another model of the same stylus that is about an inch longer - still should be compact enough to easily carry but a better fit in most people's grips
- replace the current material on the grip with rubber
- consider making grips at both ends (out of rubber) to provide support for both stylus and pen

I highly recommend this stylus to everyone! I'm not sure about the durability of the micro-knit and also the pen itself as I've only had this stylus for about 10 days, but everyone in my family fights to get to use this stylus, so it has been used a lot during that time and isn't showing any wear right now. I'm going to have to make an investment and buy more of these, but I am really hoping that a longer model will be coming shortly so that I can put my money towards that one.

Overall, I am pleasantly impressed with the IMP62B - well done! That other stylus that I carry with me now sits idly by on my desk as the New Trent stylus goes with me everywhere (at least when my family doesn't take it from me!)
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