Short Take: Prime Global Enterprises’ ComfortStylus

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LIKE GUMBY, SORT OF…


At first glance, the ComfortStylus is not much more than an extension of the Gumby world. A chunk of wire wrapped up in a flexible material that can be twisted and turned as desired. Take that thought and tack on a stylus tip and end, and you’ve got the ComfortStylus (Figure 1). Not to say that its simplicity doesn’t help one more easily take to the this stylus. The tip was free of any burrs that I could detect, so no worries about scratching up your screen (you’ll use protection anyway, right?).

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Figure 1:The ComfortStylus, sans bending.

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Figure 1:The ComfortStylus, sans bending.

Yes, since it is a metal wire, an inappropriate amount of bending will cause metal to stress, and eventually fail. But personally, I don’t see this happening in a real world situation. But it can take a lot of bending, have no fear (Figure 2). And, while the tip is firmly attached, the red plastic end cap does twist freely. The smell of the ComfortStylus leaves something to be desired, however. A bit like the rubber came from a car parts factory, a fuel smell, so to speak. And after it has been on your finger for a while, guess what your skin smells like too? Hopefully, those of your with allergies to petroleum won’t have an issue with the ComfortStylus, but best keep on the safe side, yes?


Figure 2: The ComfortStylus can be molded easily.

TWISTED


According to the website, you simply wrap the ComfortStylus around your finger (Figure 3), and squeeze tightly. Or you can wrap it around your thumb (say for playing first person shooters on the Nintendo DS Lite). Easy enough to accomplish, and a very quick process.


Figure 3: An example of the ComfortStylus ready to be used.

I found that the recommended configurations (pointer or thumb (Figure 4)) were leading to fatigue. And perhaps if I continued to use the ComfortStylus, over time, that strain would disappear. Perhaps. Seeing that I prefer to hold a stylus like I hold a pencil or pen, I found the most comfortable position to be wrapped around my middle finger, so I could grip the end somewhat in the same fashion.


Figure 4: Another angle on the ComfortStylus.

Leave the ComfortStylus on your finger for too long, or squeeze just a little too tightly, and you’ll also end up with a noticeable indentation in your finger (Figure 5). You can adjust the tightness a bit, but too loose, and things get a little sloppy when you are trying to actually use the ComfortStylus.


Figure 5: Close up of the indentations the ComfortStylus can leave.

HOW BIG IS YOURS?


As a matter of comparative size and shape, the ComfortStylus is longer, and a tad thicker than any of my current styli. Which means you won’t be storing this stylus in the existing stylus bay of your PDA. Not a big deal, but be prepared to misplace it (as I have more than once), if you don’t have a specific storage location. As far as the use department, I found the ComfortStylus worked well for some things (Metriod Prime Hunters, tapping onscreen keypads/boards), and not so well with others (writing and drawing). Of course, the ‘others’ could be resolved as one has more practice.


Figure 7: A comparison shot between the ComfortStylus and the default stylus from an XV6700.

PURCHASING


You can purchase a ComfortStylus here for $5.99.


PROS

  • Moldable
  • Lightweight
  • Works with any stylus-based device

CONS

  • Learning curve
  • Smell
  • Long usage can leave indentations

OVERALL
IMPRESSION


Really, the ComfortStylus is a great idea. It is fairly comfortable (as long as you don’t wear it non-stop), and it’s easy enough to carry (but plan on misplacing it). The smell, however, I could really do without. If I wanted my fingers to smell like the ComfortStylus, I would go work on my car. Otherwise, I would rather have a complete lack of scent. Is it a must buy? In most cases, I wouldn’t say so. But for others, it really makes a big difference (ie playing Metroid Prime Hunters on the Nintendo DS Lite). Taking all things into consideration, we give the ComfortStylus the following score:



Figure 2: The ComfortStylus can be molded easily.

TWISTED


According to the website, you simply wrap the ComfortStylus around your finger (Figure 3), and squeeze tightly. Or you can wrap it around your thumb (say for playing first person shooters on the Nintendo DS Lite). Easy enough to accomplish, and a very quick process.


Figure 3: An example of the ComfortStylus ready to be used.

I found that the recommended configurations (pointer or thumb (Figure 4)) were leading to fatigue. And perhaps if I continued to use the ComfortStylus, over time, that strain would disappear. Perhaps. Seeing that I prefer to hold a stylus like I hold a pencil or pen, I found the most comfortable position to be wrapped around my middle finger, so I could grip the end somewhat in the same fashion.


Figure 4: Another angle on the ComfortStylus.

Leave the ComfortStylus on your finger for too long, or squeeze just a little too tightly, and you’ll also end up with a noticeable indentation in your finger (Figure 5). You can adjust the tightness a bit, but too loose, and things get a little sloppy when you are trying to actually use the ComfortStylus.


Figure 5: Close up of the indentations the ComfortStylus can leave.

HOW BIG IS YOURS?


As a matter of comparative size and shape, the ComfortStylus is longer, and a tad thicker than any of my current styli. Which means you won’t be storing this stylus in the existing stylus bay of your PDA. Not a big deal, but be prepared to misplace it (as I have more than once), if you don’t have a specific storage location. As far as the use department, I found the ComfortStylus worked well for some things (Metriod Prime Hunters, tapping onscreen keypads/boards), and not so well with others (writing and drawing). Of course, the ‘others’ could be resolved as one has more practice.


Figure 7: A comparison shot between the ComfortStylus and the default stylus from an XV6700.

PURCHASING


You can purchase a ComfortStylus here for $5.99.


PROS

  • Moldable
  • Lightweight
  • Works with any stylus-based device

CONS

  • Learning curve
  • Smell
  • Long usage can leave indentations

OVERALL
IMPRESSION


Really, the ComfortStylus is a great idea. It is fairly comfortable (as long as you don’t wear it non-stop), and it’s easy enough to carry (but plan on misplacing it). The smell, however, I could really do without. If I wanted my fingers to smell like the ComfortStylus, I would go work on my car. Otherwise, I would rather have a complete lack of scent. Is it a must buy? In most cases, I wouldn’t say so. But for others, it really makes a big difference (ie playing Metroid Prime Hunters on the Nintendo DS Lite). Taking all things into consideration, we give the ComfortStylus the following score:

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