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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Our Hands-On Preview!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the new ultimate flagship smartphone with an iconic new design!

Find out if the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Our Hands-On Preview!

With a 6.8-inch display and support for the S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is designed to maximise your productivity and creativity.

Its edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with curved edges, has a Quad HD+ resolution, with an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate.

New Flagship Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the new Samsung Exynos 2100 in other countries.

They are both flagship mobile SoCs, and here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung
Exynos 2100
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 888
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Processor 1 x Cortex-X1 (2.9 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.8 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.2 GHz)
1 x Cortex-X1 (2.84 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G78 Qualcomm Adreno 660
AI Processor Triple-Core NPU Hexagon 780
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz / mmWave)
4G LTE (1024 QAM)
3G WCDMA
2G GSM / CDMA

Front + Rear Cameras

The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a 40 MP front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture.

In the back, it has a new quad camera system, that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, and 3X optical zoom, and
  • a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera, with an f/4.9 aperture, and 10X optical zoom

For the first time on a Galaxy smartphone, you can now shoot in 4K at 60 fps on all front and rear cameras. In addition, you can choose to take photos in a 12-bit RAW format!

And its dual telephoto cameras powers its phenomenal 100X Space Zoom capability, with Zoom Lock capability.

It also comes with other improvements like :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!

S Pen Support

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first S Series smartphone to support the S Pen, with Wacom’s technology.

You can use an existing S Pen from the Galaxy Note, or Galaxy Tab, or purchase a separate S Pen, or with a compatible case.

Samsung is offering two cases that are bundled with the S Pen – Smart Clear View Cover with S Pen, and Silicone Cover with S Pen.

Recommended : S Pen Covers For Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Showcase

Faster WiFi

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also one of the first smartphones to support the Wi-Fi 6E standard.

This opens up the 6 GHz spectrum, introducing 14 additional 80 MHz channels and 7 additional 160 MHz channels.

When used with a compatible Wi-Fi 6E router, it will allow for higher bandwidths and reduced congestion.

Samsung SmartThings Find

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra supports the new SmartThings Find capability, which lets you quickly and easily locate compatible Galaxy devices, even when they are offline.

You can also locate non-connected devices using Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locater. Simply attach it to your keys, bag or pet, and use SmartThings Find to locate them!

Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is IP68-rated against dust and water, allowing you to immerse it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches in the front.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a large 5,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 18 watt wireless charging, as well as 25 watt wired charging.

But here’s the bad news – the Galaxy S21 Ultra does NOT come with a charger in the box. It only ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Model SM-G998
Display Size 6.8-inch Edge
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel Density 515 ppi
Display Features 10~120 Hz refresh rate
1500 nits
3,000,000 : 1 contrast ratio
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Samsung Exynos 2100 or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 12 GB / 16 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 40 MP (f/2.2)
Rear Main
Camera
108 MP (f/1.8)
Rear Ultra-Wide
Camera
12 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear Telephoto
Camera #1
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.4)
3X optical zoom
Rear Telephoto
Camera #2
10 MP Dual Pixel (f/4.9)
10X optical zoom
Other Rear
Camera Features
Laser Autofocus
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband Yes
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer,
Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired,
18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
75.6 mm
165.1 mm
8.9 mm
Weight 227 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in just two colour options – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Launch Price List

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three variants globally, with these prices :

  • 12 GB + 128 GB : US$1199.99 / £1149 / A$1849
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1249.99 / £1199 / A$1949 / S$1798 / RM5299
  • 16 GB + 512 GB : US$1379.99 / £1329 / A$2149 / S$1998 / RM5899

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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S Pen Covers For Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Showcase

Samsung just introduced two Galaxy S21 Ultra covers with built-in S Pen!

Take a look at both S Pen covers, and find out if they are what your Galaxy S21 Ultra needs!

 

S Pen Covers For Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Showcase

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first S Series smartphone to support the S Pen, with Wacom’s technology.

You can use an existing S Pen from the Galaxy Note, or Galaxy Tab, or purchase a separate S Pen, or with a compatible case.

Samsung is offering two cases that are bundled with the S Pen – Smart Clear View Cover with S Pen, and Silicone Cover with S Pen.

Smart Clear View Cover with S Pen

The Smart Clear View Cover with S Pen comes with antimicrobial coating, a built-in dock, and protects the Galaxy S21 Ultra from all sides.

Its clear view window lets you keep an eye on its Always-On display, with full control of your phone.

Silicone Cover with S Pen

The Silicone Cover with S Pen has a soft texture that feels great in your hand, as well as a built-in dock.

It protects your Galaxy S21 Ultra from the back and on all four corners.

 

S Pen Covers For Galaxy S21 Ultra : Price + Availability

Both S Pen covers for Galaxy S21 Ultra are available only in one colour option – Black.

Here are some online purchase options :

Smart Clear View Cover with S Pen

Silicone Cover with S Pen

 

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Acer Spin 3 2020 Convertible Laptop : First Look!

The Acer Spin 3 2020, which was recently announced at CES 2020, is here and available for purchase!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Acer Spin 3 2020 convertible laptop!

 

Acer Spin 3 2020 Convertible Laptop

The Acer Spin 3 2020 features a slimmer design with a more powerful 10th Gen Intel Core processor, a weight of just 1.5 kg and a thickness of just 16.9 mm.

A convertible laptop, the Acer Spin 3 2020 comes with 360-degree hinges, allowing professionals and students to effortlessly sketch, take notes, create content and share ideas throughout their day, all with one easy flip.

With a 14-inch touchscreen Full HD display, the new Spin 3 has 7.82 mm thin bezels that offer a 78% screen-to-body ratio for maximum screen real estate.

The Acer Spin 3 2020 supports writing and drawing using its fast-charging Acer Active Stylus with Wacom AES (active electrostatic) technology. The stylus has 4,096 pressure levels and is kept in a convenient storage dock where it quick-charges – a 15 second charge gives you 90 minutes of active writing!

 

Acer Spin 3 2020 Specifications

The new Acer Spin 3 comes in two variants – one with a Core i5 processor, and the other with a Core i3 processor :

Specifications Acer Spin 3 2020 (Core i5) Acer Spin 3 2020 (Core i3)
Model SP314-54N-54F SP314-54N-38F9
Display 14-inch Full HD IPS Touch Display
Processor Intel Core i5-1035G1 Intel Core i3-1005G1
Memory 8 GB LPDDR4 4 GB LPDDR4
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
Storage 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Connectivity Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
Launch Price RM 3,199 RM 2,699

 

Acer Spin 3 2020 Price + Availability + Deal

The new Acer Spin 3 will be available for purchase in March 2020, at all Acer Concept Stores, and Acer Official Online Stores at these recommended retail prices :

  • SP314-54N-54F (Core i5) : RM 3,199 / ~S$1,073 / ~US$772 / ~£599 / ~A$1,158
  • SP314-54N-38F9 (Core i3) : RM 2,699 / ~S$906 / ~US$652 / ~£505 / ~A$977

Acer will also give the first 5 purchases of both variants a FREE Urbanista Sydney portable Bluetooth speaker worth RM219!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 S Pen Gets Air Gestures + More!

We can now confirm that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 S Pen is getting a few BIG upgrades, including Air Gestures! Here are the full details!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 S Pen

The S Pen is the hallmark feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note family. So it’s no surprise to see it headlining the official invitation video.

The S Pen got some groundbreaking upgrades with the Galaxy Note 9 :

  • Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity
  • A super capacitor power source
  • Remote control + remote unlock capability

You can read more about those features and more in The Ultimate Galaxy Note 9 S Pen Features + Tips Guide!

 

What’s New In The Galaxy Note 10 S Pen?

The Note9 S Pen may be awesome, but the Galaxy Note 10 will come with an even more powerful S Pen!

Here is what we already know about the Galaxy Note 10 S Pen :

Air Gestures

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 S Pen will support Air Gestures.

This apparently lets you control certain functions using gestures without the S Pen touching the display…

And as this leaked screenshot suggests, it will let you draw or write in the air… How mysterious! We can’t wait to see how it works!

Switch Between Cameras

The new S Pen will also allow you to remotely switch camera lenses.

However, we do not know yet whether this feature is activated by a separate button, or multiple presses of the same remote shutter button.

Gesture Commands

The new Note 10 S Pen will support Gesture Commands.

This will allow you to take a picture, change the music track or flip through slides… remotely, using the S Pen!

Want to know more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10? Read our article – Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Everything You Need To Know!

 

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The Ultimate Galaxy Note9 S Pen Features + Tips Guide

One of the Samsung Galaxy Note9‘s most revolutionary features is its new Bluetooth S Pen. Everyone knows what it can do as a stylus, but here are FOURTEEN Galaxy Note9 S Pen features and tips that most people are completely oblivious to!

2018-10-04 : Upgraded to The Ultimate Galaxy Note9 S Pen Features + Tips Guide with additional tips and how-to instructions.

2018-09-03 : Originally posted as The 7 Secret Galaxy Note9 S Pen Features You Never Knew!

 

The Ultimate Galaxy Note9 S Pen Guide

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 S Pen looks deceptively like the S Pen from before.

In fact, it features the same design with a 0.7 mm tip and 4,096 pressure levels as the S Pen from the Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) and the Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check).

But that’s where all similarity ends.

What You Probably Know About The Note9 S Pen

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What You Don’t Know About The Note9 S Pen

 

Where To Buy The Galaxy Note9

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Malaysia.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 128 GB storage : RM 3,699 (Web | App)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 512 GB storage : RM 4,599 (Web | App)

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in the US.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $849
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $1,214
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99

 

What You Probably Know About The Note9 S Pen

Let’s run through what you probably know about the Note9 S Pen, since Samsung has been promoting them.

The Note9 S Pen Is A Bluetooth Device!

For the first time, S Pen communicates with the Samsung Galaxy Note9 via Bluetooth Low Energy. Opening it up reveals that the new S Pen uses the Dialog DA13580 Bluetooth Smart SoC.

The Note9 S Pen Is A Remote Control!

The Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity lets you use the shutter button to remotely perform a variety of tasks.

  • Hold the shutter button to open any app you wish. By default, it launches the Camera app.
  • When the camera is activated, press the shutter button once to take a picture, or twice to switch between the front and main cameras.
  • Press the shutter button once to go forward in an app or browser, or twice to go backwards.

You can customise this remote control feature in Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > S Pen remote.

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The Note9 S Pen Battery Life

This S Pen will last a good 30 minutes once it is ejected from its dock, or up to 200 clicks – whichever occurs first.

Your Samsung Galaxy Note9 will alert you when the S Pen’s battery is down to 15%, with more reminders as the battery level drops.

It Writes In A Signature Colour!

Like previous versions, you can pop out the S Pen to immediately jot your thoughts using the Screen Off Memo feature.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 though introduces the ability to write in its signature colour!

The Ocean Blue S Pen will write in bright yellow, while the Midnight Black S Pen will write in silver, the Lavender Purple S Pen will write in purple, and the Metallic Copper S Pen will write in brown.

The only downside? The Samsung Notes app has not been updated with the ability to change its background to black.

If you prefer to write in the standard silver colour, go to Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > Screen Off Memo and disable Use S Pen signature colour.

Next Page > What You Don’t Know About The Note9 S Pen

 

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What You Don’t Know About The Note9 S Pen

The Note9 S Pen is more than just a stylus with a remote control button though. Here are some fun facts about it that most users are completely oblivious to!

It Will Work Even With Bluetooth Disabled!

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (Price Check) communicates with its S Pen using Bluetooth Low Energy (formerly known as Bluetooth Smart) to keep power consumption low.

But we’ll bet you didn’t know that the S Pen will work even if you turn off the Galaxy Note9’s Bluetooth feature!

You can safely turn off your Galaxy Note9’s Bluetooth connectivity for security reasons, or to further reduce power consumption, and still have access to the S Pen’s full range of capabilities.

You Can Use It To UNLOCK Your Galaxy Note9!

To save power and protect your privacy, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (Price Check) will turn off and lock its screen after a period of inactivity.

This can be annoying if you are using it to dictate notes or give a presentation… until you realise you can simply unlock the screen with your S Pen!

This does not mean anyone can use your S Pen to unlock your Samsung Galaxy Note9. This feature only works if you :

  • manually activate it at Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > Unlock with S Pen remote
  • unlock your Samsung Galaxy Note9 and then pull out the S Pen

It will not work if you pull out the S Pen while the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is locked. If you reinsert the S Pen into its dock, you will not be able to use it to unlock your Galaxy Note9.

This prevents strangers from using the S Pen to unlock your Galaxy Note9, while giving you the option to instantly unlock the screen if it locks up while you are using it.

Never Lose Your Note9 S Pen!

Its Bluetooth capability allows the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (Price Check) to sense when you forget your S Pen and set off an alarm to warn you.

It is more of a notification with an audio alert, but this incredibly useful feature will greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the chance of losing your S Pen.

This feature is enabled by default, but if you want to make sure it’s turned on, it’s the Alarm option under the Removal section of Settings > Advanced features > S Pen.

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It Is Powered By A Supercapacitor!

This S Pen is not powered by an internal lithium-ion battery, but a Seiko K8373 supercapacitor.

This supercapacitor is not only incredibly tiny and light, it is highly durable and withstands extreme temperatures. It can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times without any loss in capacity.

It also recharges in a flash, and delivers long battery life – just 40 seconds of charging will give you 30 minutes of use! It is also simple to recharge – the S Pen recharges automatically whenever it is docked.

Note : The S Pen’s supercapacitor will start discharging once it is out of the dock. Don’t be surprised if the battery level drops even if you did not use its remote control. This is perfectly normal.

How To Check The Note9 S Pen’s Power Level

You can check the supercapacitor’s power level in your Samsung Galaxy Note9 at Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > S Pen remote.

However, this is really not necessary, because the supercapacitor recharges so quickly! All you need is pop it in its dock for 40 seconds to get it up to 100%!

The Note9 S Pen Has TWO Power Sources!

Believe it or not, this S Pen has TWO power sources.

The supercapacitor is only used to power the Bluetooth Low Energy radio for its remote control functionality.

The stylus itself is still powered electromagnetically by close proximity to the Samsung Galaxy Note9‘s display. This means its stylus functions will never run out of power.

Next Page > More Samsung Galaxy Note9 S Pen Tips

 

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How To Disable The S Pen Remote Control

If you do not like using the S Pen remote control features, you can simply turn it off.

  • Go to Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > S Pen remote.
  • Tap on the On/Off toggle to disable the S Pen remote control.
  • To re-enable it, just tap on the On/Off toggle again.

Note : If you can’t reactivate the S Pen remote control, the S Pen is probably out of its dock. To reestablish the Bluetooth connection, it needs to be inserted into the Galaxy Note9.

How To Connect Another S Pen

If you need to connect another S Pen to your Samsung Galaxy Note9, here are the steps :

  • Insert the S Pen into your Samsung Galaxy Note9.
  • Slide down from the top of your Galaxy Note9 to open the notification panel.
  • Slide it down again to expand the notification panel.

  • Slide the notification panel to the left.
  • Tap the S Pen remote icon.
  • Tap the S Pen remote icon again to activate the pairing of the new S Pen.

The S Pen icon on the status bar will flicker as your Galaxy Note9 pairs with the new S Pen. This may take several minutes.

When the new S Pen is successfully paired, the S Pen icon on the status bar will disappear.

How To Reset Your S Pen

If your current S Pen is not working properly, you will need to reset it this way :

  • Insert the S Pen into your Samsung Galaxy Note9.
  • Go to Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > S Pen remote.
  • At the upper right corner, tap the More Options icon.
  • Tap t he Reset S Pen option.

Note : It may take a few minutes for the  Samsung Galaxy Note9 to establish a new Bluetooth connection to your S Pen.

The Power Of S Pen Hovering

The S Pen is not just about writing or tapping. Many users are no aware of the power of hovering with the S Pen. These are not new features, but did you know that you can activate these features by merely hovering the S Pen over the screen?

Air View : Preview information, text and images by hovering the S Pen over the screen

Scrolling : Scroll up or down by hovering your S Pen over the edge of the screen

Translate : Translate words and phrases by hovering your S Pen over them

Bixby Vision : Search for products online by hovering your S Pen over their pictures

Magnify : Magnify areas of the screen by hovering your S Pen over them.

Glance : Minimise apps to a thumbnail that you can hover your S Pen over to expand.

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Picture Credit

Pictures of the internal parts of the S Pen are courtesy of the awesome folks at iFixIt!

 

Where To Buy The Galaxy Note9

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Malaysia.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 128 GB storage : RM 3,699 (Web | App)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 512 GB storage : RM 4,599 (Web | App)

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in the US.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $849
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $1,214
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99

 

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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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Find Out How To Get Your Free Acer Active Stylus!

Despite some news to the contrary, the Acer Active Stylus is an optional accessory for the 2017 Acer Spin 5 convertible laptop. Let us clear up the confusion, and tell you how you can get the Acer Active Stylus absolutely FREE!

 

The Acer Active Stylus Confusion

In our coverage on the 2017 Acer Spin 5 convertible laptop, we pointed out that the Acer Active Stylus was an optional accessory. Some publications reported otherwise, leading to confusion and some disgruntled customers.

We checked with Acer Malaysia, who confirmed that their official press release remain correct – the Acer Active Stylus, was and still is, an optional accessory.

However, they also confirmed that they gave away the Active Stylus free with the 13.3″ Acer Spin 5 as part of a special offer. They also said that they are now extending the same offer to the 15.6″ Acer Spin 5.

So that’s the good news – everyone who purchased the new 2017 Acer Spin 5 will receive a FREE Acer Active Stylus!

 

How To Get The Free Acer Active Stylus

Acer Malaysia included the Active Stylus in the package of every 13.3″ model of the 2017 Acer Spin 5. If you purchased one, the Active Stylus should already be inside the package.

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If you purchased the 15.6″ model, you will need to send an email with a proof of purchase (receipt or tax invoice) to ama.marcom@acer.com. Acer Malaysia will make arrangements to send you the free Acer Active Stylus in a month or so.

The free Acer Active Stylus is classified as complimentary, and is not part of the standard 2017 Acer Spin 5 package. That means Acer will only send one to you, if you ask them about it.

So help spread the word, so that all Acer Spin 5 customers are aware that they’re entitled to a free Active Stylus!

 

The Official Acer Malaysia Statement

Here is a statement by the Acer Malaysia rep who spoke to us about the Active Stylus issue :

The 13.3″ and 15.6″ Spin 5 support the Acer Active Stylus, which is an optional accessory. The stylus is not a standard bundle with the device during shipment. However, Acer Malaysia is giving the Acer Active Stylus FOC with any purchase of the newly launched Spin 5 (both 13.3″ and 15.6″ models). 
 
The 13.3″ model was shipped with the stylus. Customers who bought the 15.6″ model can send an email with proof of purchase (Tax Invoice) to ama.marcom@acer.com to claim their complimentary stylus. The arrangement and process will take about 1 month.

Share this article, so that all Acer Spin 5 customers are aware that they’re entitled to a free Active Stylus!

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