Jot Touch with Pix­el­point

Adonit Again The com­pany’s lat­est prod­uct ticks all our boxes, but some big is­sues are loom­ing in the sty­lus world…

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We’re guess­ing that those clever sty­lus de­sign­ers at Adonit are reg­u­lar Imag­ineFX read­ers. The Jot Script – which we re­viewed in is­sue 106 – dropped the weird trans­par­ent disc of its pre­de­ces­sor, but its lack of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity was a bit of a let­down. The com­pany’s lat­est sty­lus, the Jot Touch with Pix­el­point, in­cludes the Script’s pre­ci­sion tip as well as 2,048 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, both of which should please dig­i­tal artists.

As with all of Adonit’s sty­luses, the Jot Touch with Pix­el­point feels solid and weighty. Fur­ther­more, it’s well­bal­anced and com­fort­able to hold, thanks to its rub­berised grip. It works with any touch­screen de­vice when it’s turned off, but you can tune it into your iPad via Blue­tooth to en­able pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity and tie use­ful fea­tures such as Undo to its two but­tons.

Adonit states that the Jot Touch’s bat­tery will last 11 hours af­ter a charge, and we found this to be about right, although we tested the de­vice over sev­eral ses­sions, rather than dur­ing a solid 11-hour paint­ing stint. It charges via USB as op­posed to the Jot Script’s sin­gle AAA bat­tery, so it might be worth in­vest­ing in a power bank if you’re go­ing to be away from a socket for a long time.

It works as you’d ex­pect, de­liv­er­ing ac­cu­rate brush marks and a smooth ink flow. Lag is still a bit of an is­sue, but it’s no deal-breaker. A big­ger prob­lem, how­ever, are di­ag­o­nal lines. Draw one slowly and it quiv­ers a lit­tle, giv­ing you a slightly wavy line rather than a straight one. This might be fix­able in an up­date, but it’s rather an­noy­ing.

The other prob­lem – and this is likely to af­fect the en­tire in­dus­try and not just Adonit – is that Ap­ple has filed patents for its own sty­lus, which could be re­leased along­side the next gen­er­a­tion of iPads. This would make the case for pur­chas­ing a third-party sty­lus less com­pelling, es­pe­cially if Ap­ple’s sty­lus in­cludes pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity. While the Jot Touch ticks all our boxes it could soon feel like, well, a box-tick­ing ex­er­cise. Are you read­ing, Adonit?

Di­ag­o­nal lines proved trou­ble­some for the Jot Touch. A fu­ture soft­ware up­date might elim­i­nate this prob­lem.

The Jot Touch with Pix­el­point takes its qual­i­fy­ing name from the pre­cise tip at the end of the sty­lus.

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