Kensington Virtuoso Signature Stylus and Pen
I haven’t used a stylus since I finally gave up using Palm OS devices, almost a decade ago. The advanced touch screens and interfaces of today, are made to be be used with fingers, rather than with a stylus. But when I began to play Draw Something, it occurred to me that it’d be much easier to play on a 10-inch tablet with a stylus, than on a 4-inch screen with my fingers.
- Stylish good looks
- Responsive stylus
- Doubles as a nice pen
- Pocket clip is a bit shallow
Before computers, the Internet, and touch screens, I was a bit of a pen and mechanical pencil collector. When I first saw the Kensington Virtuoso Signature Stylus, I thought it looked a lot like a Mont Blanc pen. The fact that I had a black Mont Blanc pen with silver accents, probably had a lot to do with the association. Either way, I immediately found the Virtuoso Signature to be a stylish-looking pen. It doesn’t write like a Mont Blanc, but it’s definitely a decent pen and a nice convenience. And of course, the ink is refillable.
The stylus end of the Virtuoso Signature looks like an eraser, or more similarly, like an earphone tip. If you were expecting the stylus to look something like an old Palm Pilot styli, you might be wondering why they’re so different. Most modern touch screens are capacitive, while the older touch screens, like on the Palm Pilot, are resistive. Capacitive touch screens work differently in that they require an electrical conductor to disrupt the screen’s electrostatic field. Long story short: you can’t use the old-school styli with modern touch screens.
Getting used to a capacitive stylus took me about 15 minutes. After I got used to it, I was able to draw more precise lines and was having more fun playing Draw Something than using just my fingers. I was also able to sign my name better when using document signature apps.
I really like the Kensington Virtuoso Signature Stylus and Pen. It’s stylish, writes well as a pen, and is more precise on touch screens than using fingers alone. My only gripe is that the pen clip is a tad shallow and doesn’t feel overly secure when clipped in my bag or pocket. Given that the cost of the Virtuoso is in the same ballpark as a decent Cross pen, I’d prefer not to lose it. Aside from that, I’d say the Virtuoso Signature is a good way to go if you like to draw on your smartphone/tablet or need to be able to hand write with greater precision.
Available from Amazon.com.
* Review sample provided by Kensington