Over the last couple of years, we have seen many tries of creating the ultimate iPad-compatible stylus. It is clear that there is strong need for this type of third party accessories, which are essential to digital artists, illustrators, and graphic designers – to name just a few examples. In addition, many people are interested in using a stylus simply because they find it easier to browse the web and use other iOS apps without actually using their fingers to input controls.
Even though it is always interesting to see what the top class of styluses can offer, and until now we reviewed a couple of $100+ options, it is always interesting to see what the middle class is all about. These styluses have a tough job of offering fine precision and other advanced features, but to keep their price between $50 and $70, making them more affordable. One of those products is recently unveiled AluPen Digital, by Just Mobile.
Just Mobile is a company that specializes in different types of stylus, and up until now it managed to achieve big success around the world. By doing a couple of reviews of Just Mobile’s stylus, I came to expect high build quality and fine precision. This is what I expected from AluPen Digital as well. This one is priced at $50, which seems like a very attractive price.
AluPen Digital brings a very simplified design. There is a silver aluminum top half, which seems very strong and quality made, and there is a black plastic bottom on the opposite side. In order to activate the stylus you need to twist the plastic, which will extend a black writing tip. There is also a small green light indicating that you can use the stylus, which turns off after a couple of minutes of inactivity.
AluPen Digital uses AAA battery to operate, and should last from one to two months, depending on how often you use it. The tip is only 1.8mm thick, which means that you will hardly find thinner ones out there. In contrast to other styluses, this one uses hard material for the tip, which audibly taps the iPad’s screen every time you write a new word. This sound might be annoying at first, but I got used to it rather quickly. I believe this will not be a problem for most users.
Just Mobile’s AluPen Digital is designed for writing, and since there is no Bluetooh connectivity, you will not be able to use features like pressure sensitivity and palm rejection. On the other hand, you can use practically any iOS app for writing, since there is no pre-requirement for compatibility. Some of these apps offer tricks for software-based palm rejection, so the good news is that you shouldn’t give up on some of those features.
If you need a stylus only to write down ideas and sketches, I recommend researching more about AluPen Digital. This one is not made for digital artists who are interested in taking their skills to the max, but it can successfully compete in its own category. For $50, this seems like a good deal.
PROS: Quality made. Battery saving feature. Fine precision.
CONS: No major remarks.