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Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Review of the Staedtler Noris digital jumbo

Onyx Boox Note 3's original stylus (top) compared to the Staedtler Noris digital jumbo (bottom).

Staedtler sells two EMR-based styluses: the Noris digital classic and the Noris digital jumbo. I've been using the digital jumbo with the Onyx Boox Note 3 and below are my impressions:

  • In comparison to the Onyx Boox Note 3's included stylus, the Noris digital jumbo is an improvement. The nib is smoother and more precise. The eraser tip generates more friction that mimics the feel of a real pencil rubber. Holding the stylus is also more comfortable due to its thickness and non-slip surface - features that make a big difference for long writing sessions.
  • The material used and product design of the digital jumbo could be better - it is made from WOPEX (a wood-based material according to Staedtler). I've only used the stylus for a few days, and it already has several scratches. The eraser tip appears to be glued on, rather than being part of one uniform build.  I haven't used the LAMY AL-Star EMR Stylus, but judging from online reviews, it seems to have the superior build quality and feels like a premium pen. The LAMY AL-Star costs slightly more, so it might be worth considering.

I like the Noris digital jumbo. It is comfortable to hold, precise, and the rubber feeling eraser is a nice touch. The only issue is build quality. I understand Staedtler wanted to make the stylus feel like a real pencil, but more thought could have gone into striking a balance, so the stylus is more robust for long term use.

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