Palm Infocenter.com Bottom Line:
- PM1 Palm m100 Stylus: $15
- P55 Palm V Stylus: $18 - $22
- Trio Stylus: $18 - $22
- Stick Stylus: $2
- Lifetime warranty on tip
- m100, Palm V versions offer reset pins
- Fit well in stylus slot, on versions designed to do so
- m100, Palm V versions are solid metal
- All are well designed
- m100, Palm V versions a bit hard to remove from stylus slot
- Trio lacks reset pin
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PDA Panache Styli
Ed Hardy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
One of the sad facts of owning a Palm is that you will almost certainly eventually lose your stylus. I was always careful with mine and tried to develop a habit of checking to see if I had it with me whenever I picked up my Palm but, sadly, one day I left it in a coffee shop. It is always a good idea to have a replacement stylus standing by because you don't want to be without your trusty Palm while you wait for a new stylus to be delivered. I don't recommend you use a pen cap or other stop-gap measure because you run the risk of scratching your delicate screen.
When you are thinking about stylus replacements, you should certainly check out PDA Panache, who makes styli for specifically most Palm models, the Visor, and some PocketPCs. They also make styli that can be used with any handheld.
All of them use their EasyView screen-safe writing tip, which comes with a lifetime guarantee of free replacement if it is ever damaged. These are all bright orange, which makes them a lot easier to see against the Palm's screen than the standard black tips, especially in low light. They glide nicely over the Palm's screen.
PM1 Palm m100 Stylus
They are quite proud of their new stylus for the m100. This is an all-metal stylus that comes in either black or chrome and has a handy reset pin under a screw-off cap. The chrome version is really cool looking and either color will match whatever faceplate you have for your m100. It fits securely into the slot on the m100. Actually, it might fit a bit too securely. The plastic stylus the m100 comes with has a tab on the top that sticks out to make it easier to slide the stylus out. The PDA Panache stylus doesn't have this. Instead there are a series of grooves at the top to help you get a grip on it in its slot. This is a bonus for people with large hands because it extends the area on the stylus you can hold when writing with it but the lack does make it a touch harder to remove the stylus from an m100. Another thing thing you should be aware of about this stylus is it really is solid metal and it is heavy. Whether you think this is good or bad is entirely a matter of personal preference. I know some people who like a bit of heft to their pens and styli but I prefer something lighter. These cost $15, which might seem a bit high for a stylus, but what you are really buying here is quality.
P55 Palm V Stylus
I have to admit, I really like the design for their Palm V series replacement stylus. It narrows in the gripping area which both makes it easier to hold and gives it a really elegant look. It is also all metal but it feels lighter than the m100 one, though not as light as a plastic stylus. It also offers the convenient reset pin under a screw-off cap but also lacks to tab to make removing it from its slot easier that I mentioned in the m100 stylus review. It comes in black or chrome, which cost $18, or gold, which costs $22.
PDA Panache Trio Stylus
For many, a Palm is an integral part of a DayRunner or other paper organizer. If you are one of these people, you really should have a combination pen and stylus. PDA Panache takes this one step farther by throwing a pencil in, too. The Trio is easy to use, just rotate it so that the correct small symbol is uppermost and click the button, and you can select between a stylus tip, a black pen, and a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. The shaft is metal with a rubberized gripping area. It even has an eraser hidden under the button. Its only real drawback is its lack of a reset pin. The whole package is no larger then any other pen and weighs less than some other all-metal pens I've used. It costs $22 and comes only in chrome.
On the opposite end of the spectrum from the Trio is the Stick Stylus, which is about as bare bones as you can get and is priced to match. It comes with an EasyView tip so you don't have to worry about scratching your screen but the rest is just the body of a cheap pen with a removable cap. With the Stick Stylus, you never have to worry about losing a stylus again. These are cheap enough you can leave one anywhere you might use your PDA, home, car, or office. I can see these making great giveaways at trade shows, especially when you can have PDA Panache print your company logo on them. It comes in black, white, granite, neon red, neon yellow, and neon green. No warranty or reset pin but what are you expecting at this price? One costs $2, a pack of three is $5.25, and a pack of ten is $15.