HEX3 JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus -- NEW Teflon Tip -- For iPad and Other Tablets -- Stylus Pen for Drawing on iPad
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Prime Day sale price! **This stylus has the newly designed teflon tip, which fixes the problems in previous models and allows for super fine, precision work.** Create naturally precise pen strokes required by creative professionals. Works on ALL iPads - 1, 2, 3, 4, AIR and Mini JaJa senses how hard you push against the screen and translates this data into a smooth brush stroke that varies in thickness and opacity - just like a real brush or pen. The stylus will work out of the box with JaJa compatible Apps - No Syncing required. JaJa will also work with any app on any iPad including the Air and Mini (however the pressure sensitivity may not work if the app isn't supported.) Jaja pressure sensitive stylus for ipad, Android, and Windows tablets. This stylus has the newly designed teflon tip for precision control and super fine work. This stylus features 1,024 levels of pressure control and works right out of the box (no syncing required!) with all jaja compatible apps. Compatible apps include: Procreate Adobe Photoshop Touch Sketchbook Pro for iPad ArtStudio for iPad PaperDesk Pro Sketch Club ArtSense Anime Paint - ibis Paint X Inspire Pro MyBrushes Pro Inkist Colours Noteshelf NoteLedge Zoom Notes NotesPlus Good Notes SIGNificant PDF Pen Flipink Sketch Time AND MORE!
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I tried my best to find a pen that had the best reviews for pressure sensitivity, and there was one video on Youtube that sold me on the JaJa pen at the time comparing it with Wacom's version and the other brands. The Jaja appeared to work the best at the time.
The problem with this pen is that it's battery operated, which to me seems wasteful and impractical since you are always having to find batteries for it. I wish they had this pen be like the others where it charges via a USB or the mini USB/setup that the new iPad air uses.
Another problem with this pen is that it transmits its signal via very light chirps/clicks to your iPad's microphone which then converts for the pressure sensitivity. In quiet areas this is totally acceptable, unless you are the sort that gets annoyed by repetitive sounds like that b/c it will be happening the entire time the pen is being used. However in much louder environments, the sounds might not be picked up by your ipad. This has no bluetooth sync up - which I think might be beneficial if you go to conventions and such where it is very loud 99% of the time.
About the pen tip.
While it is a teflon tip... I'd still suggest using a screen protector as any grit that could be held up under that disc could scratch up the screen over time. I'm also not a fan of how the pen tip sits on the end of the pen... it's very easy to bend the tip to where the disc just flops around on the end of the device. This isn't that big of a deal as you can bend it back into place somewhat.
Now for the real issue with the pen tip...
For me, it's not a very natural way to draw (and yes yes... this is drawing digitally, it can never truly be the same as pen/pencil/paper but just roll with me on this). With the other types of stylus pens, even though you have a squishy nub to draw with, it's soft and can allow you to do quick strokes that involve picking the pen up and down off the device. The JaJa makes this a bit more difficult, esp if the teflon tip does not stay in place while you work. Each time you lift the pen it might tilt, so you might have to spend that extra milisecond to readjust the pen on the pad. It's just enough to make it hard to do very quick sketches and get into the natural feel of drawing - b/c you feel like you're always trying to hit the perfect spot so that pen disc lands flat each time.
Oh and let's not forget about the angle at which you draw!
Using this pen I found it worked best if you are holding the pen up right, much like how Japanese calligraphy students have to hold the pen an exact 90 degree angle. Using any angled positions it caused the pen to not register the pressure sensitivity as well. Any traditionally taught artist would tell you, you don't hold the pen vertical while you draw - you hold it at an angle and try to do most of your movement through your arm/elbow not your fingers/wrist.
The pen is also a little too wide for my liking - it's like drawing with a giant kindergardeners pencil.
The buttons are also not very well designed - I am 6' so I have long fingers - it's hard for me to even reach to use the hotkey buttons (I always program one of the buttons on any pen tool I have as Undo and the other as the eraser). The buttons are set into the pen with little bubble like button pads on the top... you have to really press to get the buttons to click - again.. it puts a hinderance on getting into the flow of working.
On the plus side, it does shut off quick when not in use - bad news.. you're always having to turn it back on and hope it's resyncing right.
I used this pen with Procreate - and it just didn't seem to be that enjoyable to draw digitally. Maybe it is because I demand more responsive/accurate strokes with my pen... I just couldn't get into it and plan on selling mine used on Amazon in the upcoming days.
Maybe their newer pen that they are releasing will be better. It seems generally for this type of market, the technology hasn't quite got there yet for me. But, maybe you'll have a different experience with it.
The packaging is not easily resealed if you like keeping things in their original packaging.
So why three stars? I was actually really satisfied with the customer service for this product. My return was made super easy and simple, even though my return was outside of the standard 30 days. I was emailed a pre-paid shipping label even. So although this product was not for me, I can say that my experience with this company was rather positive.