The Palm Tungsten T is targeted primarily at business users given its feature set and initial price tag. It actually shipped with a decent stylus, or so I thought. The latest from PDA Panache will make you toss the standard stylus in a desk drawer for good without remorse.
Much like the standard stylus, the TT Deluxe from PDA Panache is 3 5/8 long compressed. The deluxe is a little longer fully extended though, at 4 7/16 , which is 5/16 longer than the standard. The length adds a little weight, which I always find nice in a stylus. Heavier styli tend to make better contact with the digitizer leading to less errors and a more pleasant experience.
Instead of the spring loaded mechanism, the Deluxe went with a telescoping design. This design allows it to gain a little more length and weight as mentioned above. The one problem for me though, is that I was so used to pushing down on the stylus to get it out of the silo. It takes a little brain reprogramming to remember to pull this stylus out, which is not a huge deal.
The body is made of a chrome electroplated finish. There is subtle detailing at the top, and a ridged finger grip near the tip. The overall effect is quite pleasant and professional. I received a number of positive comments from co-workers simply on the design of this unit.
Another slight change over the stock model is the bright orange tip, in stark contrast to the standard black. Most users won’t see much of a change here, but I will say the bright tip makes it a little easier to see where the point is on the TT. Those who have a little trouble with fuzzy eyesight might appreciate this addition. The tip is of the highest quality and will not cause screen abrasions. The tip also comes with a lifetime warranty. It seems more likely your Tungsten T will wear out before the Deluxe Stylus!
Perhaps the most important upgrade though is the tip under the tip. The lower third of the stylus unscrews from the main body to reveal a very nice medium point ball point pen. The ink cartridge is easily removable should you prefer something other than the default blue ink. In this digital world I often find myself without a traditional writing instrument. I have to say this stylus has bailed me out more than once.
The standard 3-pack styli from Palm sell for $15. The PDA Panache Deluxe Stylus is $19.95 for one. Is it a worthwhile purchase? If you want the integrated pen, this is a no brainer. For anyone else who simply needs a replacement, I think the value is there and the insurance of the pen is a nice safety net.
The added weight and length are great, but the way the pen is designed into a stylus that fits perfectly into the TT silo sold me instantly.
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