REVIEW: Adonit Mini 4 Stylus
How does the Mini 4, an update to the Jot Mini, compare to its predecessor?
Artist Rebekka Hearl takes a look at the mini accessory from Adonit
Small, portable, with an in-built clip and comfortable grip feel, it’s easy to tell even at a glance that the Adonit Mini 4 is built for convenience. its strong inbuilt clip, carried over from the Jot Mini model, allows users to attach the pen to shirt/bag pockets in full confidence it will stay put. this lightweight stylus is always at hand right when you need it.
though the precision disc may look peculiar to those who haven’t used them before, this appendage gives the Mini 4 an edge over competing brands, as it both ensures precision and provides a protective layer between your device’s touchscreen and the stylus’ nib. While in use, the disc responds to changes in surface angle with satisfying smoothness, ensuring comfort during use.
the Pro edition of the Mini 4 comes with additional padding on the disc, as well an etched grip to ensure comfort while writing.
Artists and writers will no doubt appreciate the stylus’ clear precision tip, which makes it easy to see exactly where the stylus is making contact with the screen. With no need to worry about batteries or Bluetooth connection, writing feels seamless and natural. the Mini 4’s small stature makes it a perfect fit for smartphones; at a maximum length of 125.9mm, it’s a good fit for most current medium-sized phone models. However, users would be advised to avoid using it on tablets any larger than the ipad Mini; the increased surface area requires greater effort on the user’s part, and may result in hand cramps. Additionally, if you are a person with large hands, you may not find the Mini 4 very comfortable to hold at all, and would be better off with the Pro model.
the only caveat to the Mini 4’s precision tip is the stylus’ limited 45 degree writing angle; this is fine for taking notes, but reduces ease of use while sketching. Being forced to hold the pen at a high angle while drawing is uncomfortable and limiting. if you’re interested in a stylus to be used for drawing or 3d work, you’re better off looking into Adonit’s Pixel models, which offer useful extras like function buttons, and superior pressure sensitivity precision.
But if you need a stylus to be on hand for jotting down notes and memos, and don’t mind its limited functionality, look no further than the stylish and affordable Mini 4.
While the precision disc may look peculiar to those who haven’t used them before, this appendage gives the Mini 4 an edge over competing brands
MAIN The flexible disc tip responds to changes in surface angle on the fly; write or draw at whichever angle you are most comfortable with
ABOVE The screw cap cleverly encases the Mini 4’s precision disc within its aluminium casing. Assembly is easy, so you can start writing quickly