Official Gadgeteer Hands On Review: BrightWriter Stylus
by Julie Strietelmeier
Last date revised: 03/23/99

The guys at Tech Center Labs have done it again with a nifty accessory for any PDA. It's the worlds first lithium powered stylus! This little gem is a small metal stylus about the size of the original PalmPilot stylus (but it does not fit in either the Palm III or PalmPilot stylus holders. Nor does it fit in any PDA that I've seen so far. It is a stand alone stylus). It has a tip that lights up bright red when the cap is clicked.

The stylus is light weight and very small. That's the best thing about it. It isn't made to fit any specific PDA, but has a pocket clip and can probably fit in many different cases. There is also a matching pen and mechanical pencil set available. To light up the the stylus, you just press the end cap down and the other end lights up. To turn it off, you press the pocket clip which releases the cap.

The BrightWriter is powered by a lithium battery that will last between 10-15hrs. Replacing the battery is a simple matter of unscrewing the end of the writing tip, removing the old battery and dropping in a new one. The tip of the battery can also double as a reset switch tool on some PDAs.

Lithium Battery

The BrightWriter stylus is a great little replacement stylus for any PDA. It is especially nice for a Palm Pilot or Palm III because the grafitti area of these PDAs do not have backlighting. The BrightWriter can light up that area to help you see the Application, Menu, Calculator, and Find silkscreen buttons. It can also help you see the actual grafitti area. It won't light up the entire PDA screen though... so it's not for someone that is looking for a backlight alternative for their PDA. The writing tip is smooth and has a great feel. The light is also bright and easy to turn off and on. It's made well and would be a great accessory to add to anyone's gadget bag.

Order your BrightWriter and/or matching Pen and Mechanical Pencil set here.

Price: $22.00 (BrightWriter w/battery), $34 (BrightWriter, and matching pen and mechanical pencil set), $6 (2 extra lithium batteries)

Small size
Works with any PDA
Very cool

I really can't think of any  :-)


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