From Digital to Analog and Back: 3 Pen/Stylus Combos

From Digital to Analog and Back: 3 Pen/Stylus Combos

Jeff Heaton
Dec 14, 2011

Tablets have filled a space between digital and analog. Pen and paper will never go away, but touch screens are complementing and adding to the duties and abilities of these classic office supplies. At some point though, it becomes annoying to carry extra gear for everything you're working on. Devices should serve you, not the other way around. Which is why a pen/stylus combo is such a good idea. You can seamlessly move between digital and analog without batting an eyelash. Here are three options for doing just that.

LunaTik Touch Pen ($30+)
From the makers of the now famous LunaTik watch, the LunaTik pen is a clean and pretty pen/stylus combo. The pen is a black japanese rollerball (it comes with a 7mm but you can get other thicknesses). The stylus is the tip where the pen comes out, a standard gray capacitative stylus. We like the design, color options and simplicity. Hopefully it lives up to the quality of Minimal's (the Chicago design studio that created it) other designs.

More/Real ($25)
You've probably got a favorite writing utensil for each writing or drawing task you do, we certainly do. The idea behind the More/Real is to add on to the functionality of that tool by replacing the cap with a capacitative stylus. Whether you like the thickness of a sharpie or the airy-thinness of a Bic, the More/Real will serve your digital needs. The one downside is that only three utensils are supported, though we suppose you could retrofit quite a few pens with one of the three. We like that we get to keep using what we're used to.

Belkin Stylus + Pen + Laser ($49.99)
Belkin's tool adds a laser to the Pen/Stylus combo, making it a great option for business users and cat owners alike (but also jumping the price up a smidge). To switch between pen and stylus the pen comes apart and the bottom half is flipped. The laser comes out of the top. We like how versatile this device is, though we rarely need a laser pointer (we don't own a cat) so the while price can certainly be justified for someone doing a lot of presentations, it won't compete with other pen/styluses for those like us doing mainly writing and drawing.

What stylus do you use? Tell us in the comments.

(Image: Flickr user andré.luís under creative commons.)

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