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Old Sep 12th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #21
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Here's my quick review of the Griffin Stylus:

Got it at Futureshop. They just started stocking this product recently, it was in the Apple accessory section. The Stylus comes with a big Griffin sticker in a big box if that is important to you.

I'm using a Magic Trackpad with Inklet software. Sorry, no iPad or iPhone.

The Stylus is well made (as compared to the Pogo). Metal pocket clip, metal barrel, metal top with hole for chain/lanyard. It is thicker than the Pogo, about the thickness of a regular pen. My standard pen of choice is a Zebra F-301, pretty standard metal pen. The Stylus and the Zebra pen have he same weight- 12g. Surprising, I thought the Stylus was lighter. I think the pocket clip/end cap give the Stylus the weight, thus making it top heavy as opposed to the more even weight of a pen.

The tip is a firm rubber. I watched a YouTube review of the Stylus a while back and the reviewer noted the Stylus didn't perform well at an angle, it needed to be perpendicular to the writing surface. I didn't find this to be a problem. The Stylus worked as well (or not as well) as the Pogo at any angle. I was concerned the metal ring might contact/scratch the trackpad, but even at a very low angle, not an issue at all.

Comparing the feel, the Stylus lacks feel. The Pogo has a drag similar to a pencil on paper. A pen on paper has a definite pinpoint feel, with less drag than a pencil. The Stylus... I dunno, maybe run a pencil eraser over glass, that would be similar.

Nothing beats my homemade converted 'diamond face sharpener' device though. It has weight (13g) and standard pen length. It has the pinpoint feel of a pen tip, and with subtle pressure, the drag and feel of a pencil, and with only its own weight, the same feel as the Stylus.

The Stylus still feels short (like the Pogo). Compared to a regular pen or pencil, it is short. My Zebra pen is 5 1/8" long, clicked to write. The Stylus is 4 3/8" long (same length as the Pogo). My homeade blue aluminum device is 5 1/8". I'm not sure where the idea comes from that a writing/drawing device should be scaled to the size of the device you are writing on. A typical drawing pencil is 7" long- paper comes in any size. I never see drawing pencils in miniature sizes for small papers, and I don't use tiny pencils when I draw on postage stamp sized papers.

Here's a comparison pic. A regular Bic stick pen, the Pogo Sketch (broke the pen clip), The Griffin Stylus, and my homemade blue anodized aluminum with capacitive foam tip (as documented previously in my 'Pogo Sketch DIY' thread).
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Old Sep 30th, 2010, 12:19 AM   #22
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After about a month use my Logiix is dragging making it difficult to accurate inking.
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Old Dec 10th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #23
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After about a month use my Logiix is dragging making it difficult to accurate inking.
I've had my Logiix stylus pro for about a week and it's all but quit working. Good thing I bought two.

I'm wondering static from very dry air had anything to do with it not working? Once they quit, is that the end or do they start again after a rest?

For the price, I'll go back to baby carrots if they only work for a week.
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Old Mar 27th, 2011, 04:31 PM   #24
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just wanted to bump this thread to see if there are any more additions lately - especially with more folks buying the ipad2?

I see Best Buy carries a stylus. I might go check it out. I want something more for scribbling notes than actual drawing (although that could be fun too).
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Old Mar 27th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #25
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Well, my FS is out of styluses/stylii so I decided to make my own.

After reading various home solutions, I figured a solid metal rod, cut on an angle would be the easiest solution.
Most use aluminum as the metal, foil or tube, so I figured an eaves trough nail was the perfect choice.
Cut, sanded down with wet and dry paper and Bob's your uncle.
I use a screen protector and have a light touch.
Works great with sketchbook on my ipad2.
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Old Mar 27th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #26
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I think the stylus at BestBuy is the same as the Griffin.

I have one to add, picked it up at Canada Computers for $10.
Black Box Touch Stylus Pen. This one has a retractable brush tip. Well made, similar to the Griffin.
"soft hair fiber for better accuracy and high sensitivity" according to the package. Can't find the thing at the moment, but I'll post a pic if I do.
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Old Mar 27th, 2011, 07:04 PM   #27
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Here's my quick review of the BlackBox Stylus (keeping in mind, I use a MacBook not an iPad).

Solid construction. Weighs 13g. Feels heavier than the Griffin (14g) probably because it is thinner (approx the same as the Pogo). Same length as the Griffin and Pogo when extended. Nice chrome finish, firm pocket clip. Twist the barrel (mid body) to retract/extend as desired, up to 1/4 inch. Hundreds or thousands of fine fiber threads make the bristles. Fully extended the touch is soft. Retracted, it is still a bit soft, not firm like the Griffin rubber tip, slightly softer than a Pogo.

I was wishing for a true brush like stylus earlier on. Be careful what you wish for.

The problem with this instrument- it is completely counter intuitive to a regular paint brush. The softer tip doesn't equate to softer touch. It is the opposite. I am using mine with a touch sensitive app, but even without touch sensitivity, it works opposite of what you expect. Fully extended, although it feels soft and delicate, you are registering a strong mark.
Perhaps it is a problem of perception. I'll have to unthink my learned response to a paintbrush in order to master the stylus brush.

One other problem- extended, the brush spreads out but it is not tapered, so you either have a bit of a fight with the resistance of the edge of the brush, or you have the bristles splaying out when you apply pressure. I'm sure anyone who has used paint brushes has tried this- you let paint dry on the end of a brush. It won't come clean, the bristles are hard, so you get the bright idea of cutting off the dried bristles. It doesn't work. The brush is screwed. That's the way this stylus feels- like someone cut the tip off.

Ok, one more little problem. There is a silicone cover over the tip of the barrel. When you apply pressure on the brush (or too much pressure) , the brisltes will collapse and you can bottom out against the barrel. The silicone protects, but it is held on with friction and does move. It can ride up and leave the end of the barrel unprotected.

$10 is pretty cheap though, worth a try just for the novelty.

I think if this stylus had a fixed tapered, shaped bristle tip (like a traditional bright paintbrush), it would be very close to excellent. My homebrew brushes still perform better- particularly the blue aluminum job.

Here's the pic- package, compared to Griffin, tip extended and retracted.
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Here's my quick review of the BlackBox Stylus (keeping in mind, I use a MacBook not an iPad).

Solid construction. Weighs 13g. Feels heavier than the Griffin (14g) probably because it is thinner (approx the same as the Pogo). Same length as the Griffin and Pogo when extended. Nice chrome finish, firm pocket clip. Twist the barrel (mid body) to retract/extend as desired, up to 1/4 inch. Hundreds or thousands of fine fiber threads make the bristles. Fully extended the touch is soft. Retracted, it is still a bit soft, not firm like the Griffin rubber tip, slightly softer than a Pogo.

I was wishing for a true brush like stylus earlier on. Be careful what you wish for.

The problem with this instrument- it is completely counter intuitive to a regular paint brush. The softer tip doesn't equate to softer touch. It is the opposite. I am using mine with a touch sensitive app, but even without touch sensitivity, it works opposite of what you expect. Fully extended, although it feels soft and delicate, you are registering a strong mark.
Perhaps it is a problem of perception. I'll have to unthink my learned response to a paintbrush in order to master the stylus brush.

One other problem- extended, the brush spreads out but it is not tapered, so you either have a bit of a fight with the resistance of the edge of the brush, or you have the bristles splaying out when you apply pressure. I'm sure anyone who has used paint brushes has tried this- you let paint dry on the end of a brush. It won't come clean, the bristles are hard, so you get the bright idea of cutting off the dried bristles. It doesn't work. The brush is screwed. That's the way this stylus feels- like someone cut the tip off.

Ok, one more little problem. There is a silicone cover over the tip of the barrel. When you apply pressure on the brush (or too much pressure) , the tip will collapse and you can bottom out against the barrel. The silicone protects, but it is held on with friction and does move. It can ride up and leave the end of the barrel unprotected.

$10 is pretty cheap though, worth a try just for the novelty.

I think if this stylus had a fixed tapered, shaped bristle tip (like a traditional bright paintbrush), it would be very close to excellent. My homebrew brushes still perform better- particularly the blue aluminum job.

Here's the pic- package, compared to Griffin, tip extended and retracted.
thanks! thorough review.
will keep it in mind.
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Old Mar 27th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #29
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I really need to get a life.

I have been using a Logiix Pro stylus that looks exactly like the Griffen one posted above. This is the second one. The first one latest about a week, this second one has lasted nearly four months, but it is really dragging, so it's time to replace it.

I got a pogo, but didn't like it. I keep eating the baby carrots (see an earlier post), so when this came up again today, I decided to give inventing another go.

Copper wire. I dug out some 20 gauge copper craft wire, about 1 meter, made a tight spiral about 1cm in diameter at one end and then I coiled the rest of the length around something so I could hold it, and as they say, Bob's your uncle.

I used a refill from one of those retractable erasers, sliced the end at an angle.

Position the spiral bit so it touches the screen and it works.

A dowel would have worked, but I don't have any handy.

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Old Mar 31st, 2011, 08:46 AM   #30
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Canada Computers is now offering the Targus online for $10.35 cdn. Bestbuy also carries the Targus but for $16.99.

But Bestbuy price matched Canada Computers so the two I picked up yesterday cost $9.66 each since they also take 10% of the difference!
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