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
|Model||GP-B200 : iOS
GP-B200A : Android
|Build Quality||Full metal body|
|Stylus Type||Retractable plastic nib (non-replaceable)|
|Battery||Internal Lithium-Ion Battery
- 15 minutes of charging for 8 hours battery life
|Dimensions||11.3 mm / 0.44 inches in diameter
140 mm / 5.51 inches in length
|Available Colours||Black, Silver, Iron Grey, Gold, Rosy Brown|
|Warranty||One 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.
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.
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.
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![adrotate group=”2″]
If you are looking to buy one, here are some purchase links and prices for your convenience :
- Genius Pen for Android (Black) : US$ 39.99 | RM 188
- Genius Pen for iOS (Rose Gold) : US$ 39.99 | RM 188
- Genius Pen for iOS (Gold) : US$ 39.99 | RM 188
- Genius Pen for iOS (Silver) : US$ 49.99 | RM 188
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