I hated how I always introduce my reviews and I still haven’t figured out how to open this type of post. Anyway as usual this is a new purchase I had from Lazada. They’ve been doing a lot of promos recently. Those promos were also tied up to GCash, so I took advantage of it. I took advantage of purchasing a “want” item because it had a 50% off. This item is the Vanker Rechargeable Stylus Pen.
Before we go any further, let’s talk about What is a Stylus Pen?
Stylus pen is a tool or a device to make your touches on a device be more accurate. I’m sure everyone knows that(or almost everyone?). Just so you know, there’s a lot of stylus pen available in the market.
Here are the common types of Stylus I’ve seen so far:
- Conductive Rubber Stylus – This is the most common stylus we can buy in most stores that sells accessories for mobile phones. These were the rubber tips. They were inaccurate because of it’s wide tip. They are the cheapest too. The unbranded versions of it sucks but it’s quite bearable for some brands like Adonit and Wacom.
- Capacitive Stylus – This is a conductive stylus too but it needs power to be used. It usually has a metal tip and operates with batteries. This is the one we’re going to review today. This is also compatible in most capacitive touchscreen devices.
- Active Stylus – This is a power operated stylus which usually requires pairing with the device you’re using to get better experience. Most active stylus are more accurate because of pressure sensitivity and palm rejection. They are perfect for artists and professionals. Having that said, these were the most expensive too. They also work on limited devices only.
So by telling you the types of stylus, I’m sure you understood that we’re reviewing the mid-ranged type of it.
Why did I purchase it by the way?
I believe that I’ve shared with you in the past that my son is really good in drawing. He has limited tools and I wanted him to develop his skills. So I decided to get him a capacitive stylus. Reason is, there are tons of apps that will allow him explore different tools to draw using his tablet like Autodesk Sketchbook. In those apps he can change the colors, the size of pens and the types of nibs like brushes, pencils and drawing pens.
I decided to get him the mid-ranged because he only have an old model of Alcatel android tablet. Most likely active stylus works only on iPads and special Android devices that has an active stylus included like Samsung Note series. Also, I wanted to know if this is something he can really use to develop his skills. Basically, the decision of purchasing this is experimental.
How was it?
- As you could see on the photos, this is about the same size of a pen. My mom even mistakenly grabbed it and attempted to write it on a paper.
- The paint of the stylus looked like its gonna fade after some time. It’s so sparkly and looks like it was covered with glittery eye shadow.
- It is rechargeable with Micro-USB on top.
- It has a clip like a regular pen.
- Metal tip, which I guess can damage unprotected screens
- It has a led indicator: Blue for Full Charge/Turned On and Red for Charging
- and has a one push power button.
- Not so cool with smaller devices like iPhone. I guess it was just me. But I have a video uploads to show you the differences of its operation depending on the app I used.
- For my son’s tablet, it’s super fine(I guess). My son is able to draw objects on it, he’s pretty good in exploring the Autodesk Sketchbook. How I wish he saved his works but no, he didn’t.
- As soon as you turn it on, you can use it right away since it doesn’t need to be paired.
- I find it nice in annotating documents using Evernote.
- It doesn’t get low bat easily.
- The price is just less than 800. I couldn’t name the exact price because it changes from time to time. Also i had a discount on it.
- If we are to compare the price of Vanker to other brand like Adonit and Wacom. This item is way way cheaper.
- Just so you know the price range of the brands I mentioned above that has the same functionality priced at 2800 to 3500 PHP.
- This item was made and shipped from China and I guess that is why it ‘s really affordable but to be honest it isn’t that disappointing.
My son really enjoyed it, I remember back then, we used to play and draw with Magic Slate only. I’m sure the batang 90’s would know what I am talking about. As for me, this stylus is not enjoyable to use. Maybe because I’m not artistic and I write rapidly(and this thing don’t cooperate with my shaky hands) but I think this is really nice for kids. If my son gets better with this start up tool for digital illustrating, I’ll try my best to save up and get him better tools when he gets older. I’m hoping I could share his illustrations one day.