I ve never really felt a pressing need to buy a new stylus ever. Even with the cheap PDA s I ve reviewed, the standard has always suited me just fine. However, as they say, ignorance is bliss. I just didn t know what I didn t know.
Proporta sent me a two pack of their executive chrome plated styli. My test units fit the Clie T, NR and NX series PDA s, but they have models for almost every other PDA on the market.
Out of the package, the stylus was notably heavier than the Sony standard. The Proporta weighs in at 10 grams, or .35 ounces. I don t have a weight on the Sony, but it seems about half as heavy as the Proporta to me. The chrome version is nice and shiny while the matte version has an understated elegance to it.
Not sure what to expect, I began doodling on the Clie NX70V and noticed an immediate difference. The tip of the Proporta seems more rounded, giving a more fluid feel when in use. The weight is also a major difference, for the better. I actually found graffiti input to be more accurate with the Proporta and faster. It s very hard to articulate, but I think the weight actually helps keep the stylus grounded, forcing better contact and improved control.
I know this might sound crazy to a bunch of you, but the Proporta feels so much better, I threw the Sony stylus in my desk drawer. Like I said, I ve never felt the need to buy a new stylus with one exception the time I dropped it in the toilette – that was almost really bad. Not the whole PDA, just the stylus. I went in for it long story short, I got it back. The point is, had I known what I was missing, I would have left the crappy one to live its life in the sewer system of
The only other thing worth pointing out is the quality in general of the Proporta is far superior to the standard. Also, their attention to detail is remarkable, even the reset pin shares the same color and material of the rest of the body. Proporta is an English company, but their prices seem reasonable. $20 for a two pack and $3.50 for international shipping.
Here s a direct link to the tested product on their site.