Hard­ware

Adonit makes a fine point about the mer­its of a truly pen-like sty­lus, with an im­pres­sive 1.9mm tip

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We’ve seen lots of Jots from Adonit, but the Dash has to be the thinnest elec­tronic sty­lus from the com­pany yet. The tip is just 1.9mm, while the clip-and-carry body has an 8mm di­am­e­ter. Com­pare that to the 12mm of LynkTec’s Recharge­able Apex sty­lus. The re­sult is a bal­anced, pen-like feel that’s com­fort­able, light and ex­tremely pre­cise to use.

How is this achieved? Blue­tooth is nice if the apps you use sup­port it, but the fact is that many writ­ing and sketch­ing apps don’t. Adonit has there­fore dropped the Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy found in its ear­lier sty­luses, in favour of a more sim­pli­fied fea­ture set that works with any app or de­vice you care to throw at it.

The draw­back is that there’s no palm re­jec­tion or pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, and no ex­tra but­ton sup­port. But if you’re just us­ing the Dash to sketch a quick scene or mock up a sto­ry­board, its lack of Blue­tooth is no big loss. It even works as a nav­i­ga­tional tool for swip­ing through screens to find your pre­ferred sketch­ing app.

A quick click on the top of the Dash turns it on, gen­er­at­ing an elec­tric field that sim­u­lates the con­duc­tiv­ity of a hu­man fin­ger. It’s pow­ered by a recharge­able bat­tery and Adonit quotes 14 hours’ charg­ing time – the power LED stayed lit through­out a week of evenings test­ing the de­vice with the Ever­note, Pa­per and No­ta­bil­ity apps. Mount­ing the pen in the neat lit­tle mag­netic USB charg­ing dock brought the pen back to full charge in un­der half an hour.

If you’re look­ing for a sim­ple, con­ve­nient, long-last­ing sty­lus that you can pick up and start writ­ing and sketch­ing with just like a tra­di­tional pen straight away, then the Dash is ideal. But paint­ing folks seek­ing dif­fer­ent strokes should look at Blue­tooth al­ter­na­tives, such as the Jot Touch.

By drop­ping Blue­tooth, Adonit has crafted a light and re­fined note-tak­ing and sketch­ing tool.

A click is all it takes for you to be­gin us­ing the uni­ver­sally com­pat­i­ble sty­lus.

The Jot Dash is avail­able in black and sil­ver.

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