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Review: PDA Panache's MP2K Styli
by Julie Strietelmeier
Last date revised: 03/23/99
|PDA Panache make some very nice
replacement styli for various PDAs/HPCs. Their Newton Messagepad 2x00 styli is no
exception. There are three different models of the newton styli. All three styli
will fit the stylus holder of your MP2K or MP21K just as well as the original stylus.
Referring to the picture on the left, the leftmost stylus is their Black Chrome model.
This is a custom crafted brass stylus that has a nice heft to it. The 'cap' of the stylus
has a silver chrome accent which gives it a classy look. The middle stylus in the picture
to the left is their Multi-colored Anodized Aluminum stylus. This stylus is lighter weight
than the Black Chrome model, but it is well balanced. The finish is a cool purple, gold,
and red speckle. The rightmost stylus is the Black Anodized Aluminum model. It has the
same weight as the multi-colored stylus, but this one is all black.
All three styli are very well crafted with fingertip grips, and a smooth finish. What I like best about them all is the orange writing tip. It feels so much smoother to me than the stock stylus tip. Writing with the PDA Panache styli is easier, more fluid. I think my HWR even has improved! The orange tip is also easier to see in low light. After using these styli, I don't think I'll ever go back to the original Newton stylus... it just feels inferior. Another great thing about PDA Panache is that they will replace damaged writing tips for free for the lifetime of the stylus. You can't beat that! Was there anything that I didn't like about this product? Well, just one thing... The tubes that they ship the styli in are a %$&@ to open! :-)
Price: $32.95 (Black Chrome), $19.95 (Black Anodized Aluminum), $19.95 (Multi-colored Anodized Aluminum)
Overall Rating: A
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