One of the most popular replacement accessories for Palm handhelds are the so-called 3-in-1 styli combining a ballpoint pen, a PDA nib and a reset pin into a tiny thingy that fits into a handheld’s stylus silo. Boxwave gladly sent me a sample of their so-called Styra – letís see how it stacks up!
Congratulations go out to the product designer – the Styra looks very futuristic. The grey barrel and the transparent tip remind me of Belkin’s famous light stylus…
My E2′s stylus silo was heavily modified while it was customized – but the Styra still fits in perfectly:
Writing on a PDA is comfortable – I used a Boxwave UltraClear screen protector and was astonished by the smoothness (much smoother than Parker 45 on paper). Moving the nib over the Palm Tungsten E2′s screen takes next to no force.
Pulling the black cap off the Styra’s should reveal the ballpoint pen – but the cap simply didn’t come off. Three people tried to pull it off..to no avail. It took me 5 minutes to pry it off the first time…
Overall, the Styra is a great replacement stylus for the classic Tungsten E series – but it isn’t perfect. While Boxwave is the first vendor to get paper output quality to a superior level, their annoying cap makes writing a nuisance at first (it improves over time). If you have the time to play around with the cap a bit, you will be awarded with an excellent stylus for just 11.95$.