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LandWare Floating Point Stylus Review
By Ed Hardy
The Floating Point stylus from LandWare has a spring-loaded tip that improves the writing process.
I wrote a series of sentences twice with both my regular stylus and with the Floating Point, varying which one I used to write the sentence first. Frankly, I was a bit surprised with the result. The Floating Point one consistently gave me fewer errors.
Many people have also said that using the Floating Point stylus is more like writing on paper than a regular stylus. In my opinion, the process of writing on the Palm is so different from writing on paper that this is too tough a comparison for me to make. It is almost impossible for me to find much in common between the typical writing I do in paper, on a large sheet lying on a desk, to writing on my Palm, in a small box I'm holding in my left hand, no matter what stylus I'm using.
The even pressure of the spring-loaded tip should also save wear and tear on your screen. The tip will help prevent you from pushing down too hard on the stylus, which should help prevent scratches.
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The top is plastic and unscrews to reveal a reset pin.
The combination of the black top and tip with the silver shaft looks very professional. I like the looks of this stylus a lot. The metal shaft means it is a bit heavier than many plastic styli but not by much.
I am using the new version for the m500 series and this stylus fits well in the right channel. Of course, it suffers from the m500 series overly tight hold on anything in this channel. On either side of the Floating Point's top are two small lumps designed to hold it in its slot. I ended up having to take some sandpaper to these in order to make the stylus loose enough in the slot to remove without resorting to tools. But I don't blame LandWare for this; all peripherals that use either channel on the m500 end up being this tight.
LandWare also makes versions that work with the Palm III, V, and VII series, and the TRGpro and HandEra 330.
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