The stylus is as personal and important to users as the digital devices they connect to. They cross the gamut from cheap and simple to prohibitively expensive. While Pencil by FiftyThree is by no means a new stylus on the market – it’s one of the very few that has kept my attention and called my name since its release.
Pencil was released back in the end of 2013 and is still one of the few that maintains beauty and simplicity. Designed like a carpenter’s pencil, it stands out as being unique amongst the rest.
While I’ve been eyeballing Pencil for a long time, I always hesitated to make the leap because A) It’s not cheap ($50-$60) and B) I don’t use styluses very often.
Still, over the last year I’ve been drawn to the idea of sketchnotes and I figured I could treat myself to something a little outside of my normal range for my birthday.
Here’s the review:
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- Beautiful design
- Easy to start using
- Great shape and hold
- Accurate drawing with Paper
- Transitioning between drawing, erasing and finger smudging feels like second nature.
- Not as solid feeling as hoped
- Balance feels a little off
- Stylus nub is softer than hoped
Overall I’d rate Pencil by itself as a B+ and if you use Paper for art or note taking, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re still experimenting and trying to figure out how/if a stylus fits into your life, it might be worth a little more exploring to see what you really want.