I reviewed the Jot Touch pressure sensitive stylus two months ago. The Jot Pro is its far more affordable cousin, which manages to preserve the excellent construction and transparent, sound-dampening tip of the Jot Touch, but without all of the extra electronics.
Compared to the Jot Touch, the Jot Pro is shorter, a little lighter, and infinitely more magnetic. I can’t overstate how cool I think that final feature is. It’s far too easy to accidentally lose a stylus when you set it down on the couch beside you, or on the bar at the cafe, and clipping the Jot Pro to the left side of the iPad is genius. The magnet works consistently, and it’s strong enough to keep its place while you move your iPad short distances.
There is a downside to this feature, though: that same magnet is also strong enough to turn off both my MacBook Pro and my iPad 2, if placed in certain positions. Fortunately, this only happened once during my time with the Jot Pro. I also made sure to let several of my friends test the stylus, and none of them ever accidentally put the iPad to sleep with the magnet while drawing. This magnet doesn’t work directly with the iPad mini, but it will attach to an iPad mini’s smart cover (while used as a stand), so it is still useful.
adonit sent over two versions of the Jot Pro for me to look at. The new version improves upon the previous model with a smaller disc, a rubber seal for the cap, and a sound-dampening tip. Both feature the same twist cap for protecting the stylus tip during transport.
I was used to the smaller disc and sound-dampening because of my time with the Jot Touch, but I was surprised by what a big difference these changes made when I compared them to the original Jot Pro design. This new version, which retails for $30, just feels more finely crafted. The smaller disc looks better and a little more transparent than the old design, and it’s actually jarring how the previous Jot Pro thuds against my iPad screen. It also feels different: it’s the difference consciously tapping on a screen with your nail and accidentally prodding it. The newer Jot Pro is also completely solid when held in the hand, while the disc on the older model tends to rattle as you move your hand around. As with the previous generation, replacement discs are available from adonit, should something happen to yours.
One of the challenges of drawing on a capacitive touchscreen is finding a stylus that preserves accuracy and visibility. The Jot Pro is a good $10-15 than a standard stylus you’ll find at Best Buy, but it’s very worth every extra penny. The all-metal design, magnetic cling, included cap, and – most importantly – disc-based tip make for a vastly improved stylus experience.
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