This latest offering from the experts in pens for the prolific writer, is more than just a writing instrument. An innovative design that incorporates a stylus for use on touch screens, created using the abundance of experience gained in ergonomics through working with teachers, scientists & students.
The SMARTball is available for left & right handed users, they each have a black barrel sporting the company logo & there is a choice of orange, cyan (a turquoise blue) & kiwi or lilac features for lefties. At approximately 15cm in length this is a standard sized pen. The splash of colour is introduced in the pocket clip section, which can be rotated a full 360° there is also a ring between the grip & nib section. Choose between blue or black ink.
I am checking out a right handed Kiwi SMARTball, which I would call a lemony/lime shade. The medium 0.5mm ballpoint writes a smooth line & can be refilled. The characteristic grip section provides the comfort I would expect from Stabilo, & apparently has been said to aid the grip of those with arthritis, something I am fortunate not to be able to comment on.
Moving on to the stylus, Stabilo claim it is a must have for all those with smart phones, iPads & kindles, I took it through its paces on an iPhone.
The tip is approximately 5mm in diameter, probably smaller than the average fingertip. As with most things I have seen negative as well as positive comments, one of which is that a finger tip is more accurate. I just can’t agree, when I’m in a hurry, without a stylus I often find myself touching letters either side of my intended choice. In my experience texting at speed was definitely more accurate using the SMARTball, just my personal opinion you understand. I didn’t find a lot of pressure was necessary, this was helpful for freehand writing & basic drawing. On a few occasions I did need a second tap on icons for them to open, but it was certainly not the norm.
My conclusion is that the SMARTball could be a good choice for those that need to combine digital with analogue, good old fashioned writing or note taking with frequent touchscreen use, with the added bonus of a clean smudge free screen.