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Genius Pen (GP-B200) Premium Capacitive Stylus Review

Don’t you wish you have a stylus to write or draw on your tablet or smartphone? Even users of the phenomenal Samsung Galaxy Note8 may not like the tiny stylus it comes with. Enter the Genius Pen – a premium capacitive stylus. Find out if this is the stylus for your smart device!

 

Genius Pen Specifications

SpecificationsGenius Pen
ModelGP-B200 : iOS
GP-B200A : Android
Build QualityFull metal body
Stylus TypeRetractable plastic nib (non-replaceable)
BatteryInternal Lithium-Ion Battery
- 15 minutes of charging for 8 hours battery life
Dimensions11.3 mm / 0.44 inches in diameter
140 mm / 5.51 inches in length
Weight22.4 g
Available ColoursBlack, Silver, Iron Grey, Gold, Rosy Brown
WarrantyOne year limited hardware warranty

 

Unboxing & Close Look

The Genius Pen (Price Check) comes in a nice white cardboard box sealed by plastic shrink wrap. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

The Genius Pen (Price Check) package is made up of just 3 items :

  • the Genius Pen (GP-B200) active capacitive stylus
  • a Genius Pen multi-language user guide
  • a short micro-USB cable

In this video, we unbox the Genius Pen, and take a close look at the pen itself.

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Genius Pen Key Features

Premium Metal Build

The Genius Pen (Price Check) is designed to look and feel like a high-quality ballpoint pen. It has a solid metal body with a matte surface, which fits comfortably in the hand.

Retractable Nib

The Genius Pen (Price Check) has a retractable nib, just like a real ballpoint pen. This helps to protect the nib from damage whenever the pen is not in use. Just tap on the push button to extend the nib to use, and again to retract it for storage.

Permanent Pen Nib

The Genius Pen nib is made from hard plastic and designed to last the lifetime of the pen. So there is no need to worry about replacing it after hard use.

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Active Capacitive Nib

The Genius Pen (Price Check) comes with a built-in lithium-ion battery that is recharged using a micro-USB port in the push button. The battery is used to generate a greater capacitive effect on the small nib.

The action of pressing on the push button to extend the nib activates the Genius Pen. There is even a small LED light that glows blue when activated (and red while charging).

The battery capacity is unknown, but the Genius Pen will last 8 hours with just 15 minutes of charging. That means the pen only uses about 0.15 watts of power.

Android & iOS Compatibility

The Genius Pen (Price Check) comes in iOS and Android models – GP-B200 for iOS, and GP-B200A for Android. However, our tests showed that the iOS model at least works perfectly fine for both iOS and Android devices.

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Genius Pen Usability

The Genius Pen (Price Check) is battery-powered, but you should not mistaken it for an active pen. It lacks many of the features that an active pen would have – pressure sensitivity, buttons, palm rejection, etc.

It is an active capacitive pen, which means the battery creates the capacitive effect. This allows the nib to be small and hard for more precise and accurate writing and drawing than would be possible with the soft, large nib of a passive capacitive pen.

It is universally compatible with all devices with capacitive touch screens, working on every device we threw at it – from the small iPhone 6 to the iPad 2 Air. We even tried it out on the Samsung Galaxy S8, even though this is ostensibly the iOS model.

Although it lacks pressure sensitivity and control buttons, it requires absolutely no set-up to use. You don’t have to pair it with your device before using. Just press on the push button to extend the nib and activate the pen, and you’re good to go!

Because it does not require any set-up, the Genius Pen can be used with multiple devices. You can switch between your devices in an instant – the active capacitive nib registers as a tiny finger to those devices.

On the other hand, there is no palm rejection because your devices are actually unaware that a digital pen is in use. So you need to make sure you keep your palm off your device while you write or draw.

 

Our Verdict

The Genius Pen (Price Check) offers the precise writing and drawing capabilities that passive capacitive pens cannot, with the same ease of use. There is no set-up. Just click and go! If that is all you are interested in, the Genius Pen is exactly what you need.

But don’t mistaken it for an active pen, just because it is powered. If you want a pressure sensitive pen with palm rejection capability, you will need to look for a Bluetooth active pen.

The Genius Pen is not cheap but is built to last for many years of heavy use, with its hard nib and premium metal build. More importantly, its universal compatibility with capacitive touch screen devices means it can be your personal digital pen for all of your digital devices – One Pen to Rule Them All!

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If you are looking to buy one, here are some purchase links and prices for your convenience :

 

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Microsoft Windows Ink Revealed

Microsoft has been working hard at improving the user experience of the Surface Pen. This includes adding new pen-optimised features like Web Notes in the Microsoft Edge browser. They are set to further improve the digital pen experience with the introduction of Windows Ink in the upcoming Anniversary Update to Windows 10.

 

Andres Sirel Demonstrates Windows Ink

In this video, Andres Sirel, Windows & Devices Business Group Lead at Microsoft Malaysia, demonstrates the Windows Ink capabilities that will be introduced in the Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Then we will take a closer look at the Windows Ink features below.

 

Windows Ink Workspace

Windows Ink Workspace collates all of the ink-powered features and apps in an easy to access UX canvas. Just press the Windows Ink Workspace button in the system tray, or click the back of the pen, to launch it!

 

Sketchpad

The Windows Ink Sketchpad gives you a simple blank canvas to quickly and easily draw an idea, solve problems with your digital pen or just doodle. Best of all, it comes with a digital ruler that lets you draw perfect straight lines, just like using a real pen and ruler!

 

Screen Sketch

Screen Sketch lets you take a screenshot and then draw on it with your Surface Pen. You can circle important facts, annotate your comments or doodle on the screenshot before you share it out.

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Improved Sticky Notes

The Anniversary Update to Windows 10 will include an improved Sticky Notes. You will have the ability to create Cortana reminders, including smart entity extraction using Bing. For example, if you write down a flight number, it will use Bing to automatically fetch you the flight status.

 

Customise Your Pen Experience

Microsoft will also introduce new digital pen customisation options in the Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Just go to Settings > Devices > Pen to personalise your digital pen experience!

 

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