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The styli that come most PDAs are nice but a bit limited. They also have the nasty tendency to get lost. Most Palm users will eventually want a replacement that deals with whatever drawback most irritates them. For many users, the worst thing about the standard styli is that they are too darn small. Many men have hands so large that a slim stylus is almost useless. For others, their major complaint is that their very expensive and professional-looking handheld came with a cheap plastic stylus. Another typical complaint it is that a stylus is a waste of space. A stylus takes up a sizable portion of the case of a Palm and all it does is point to things on the screen. That space could be better used by including a writing instrument like a pen within the stylus. The ttools family of styli offers replacement stylus/pen combinations that deal with all of these complaints.
ttools is quite proud of the fact that Vice President Gore bought a bunch of PDApoints to distribute to a select group of attendees at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
There are a few small changes from the PDApoint. The clip lacks the rubber tip, which ttools pointed out means it is a little less secure in the stylus slot. This is true, but I had to hold my Palm IIIx upside down and shake it a bit to get the PREMIERpoint to slide at all. And the fact that the PREMIERpoint is metal means it is a touch heavy for my taste. It will set you back $25 but makes a nice gift for a busy Palm-using executive who is really hard to buy for.
The SLIMpoint looks a lot like a standard stylus except that it is in black metal with a plastic tip. It works like any any other click-top pen; there is a button on one end that, when pushed, exposes a ball-point pen with black ink. On one side is the "breaking button" that holds the SLIMpoint securely in the stylus slot.
The end opposite the writing tip unscrews to expose the reset pin. My only complaint with the SLIMpoint, and it is a minor one, is that the reset pin is too short to actually reset my IIIx. But the IIIx is an odd beast with a large internal space for the expansion slot that I have my axxPAC in so I doubt users of other handhelds will have this same problem.
Launched in 1998 by husband-and-wife team Tracy Leigh Hazzard and Tom Hazzard, ttools, LLC is a privately owned company based in Providence, RI. Led by the two seasoned industrial design experts, the company's home office is tucked away on the third floor of an early 1900s Providence colonial. ttools, LLC is currently working on a line of office furniture, textiles, carpets and business accessories that they hope will change the way people think about technology, design, productivity and comfort.
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