The Notier stylus utilizes the industry’s finest tip

By , Mar 9, 2013

Musemee Notier Disc

The stylus market is a crowded one. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and tips and are an integral part of personal computing history. Today, we take a look at Musemee‘s Notier stylus, which just received a product update. Boasting the “world’s finest tip design,” I was interested to give it a go.

As a disclaimer, I last used a stylus in 2004 on my Toshiba e-755 Pocket PC. Makes me sick thinking about it. Sure, I have dabbled here and there with a few styli when my friends have them around, but I have neither set off in quest for one, nor have I dreamed of wanting one. So, here I am reviewing the Notier with a fresh pair of preconceived notions and a nine year break from ever caring…

Design

Notier Red

At the fore, I appreciate the slender brushed aluminum design. The stylus is smooth and lightweight, which is important for extended sessions, and comes in several colors. A clear plastic disc tip houses a pen point rubber stem that recedes into the base of the stylus. This disc and stem combo can be replaced if necessary, but to offer protection, store it inside the stylus by unscrewing the bottom portion of the aluminum base, turning it around and rescrewing the base into the top portion of the stylus.

Back to the tip, which makes all the difference. The clear disc lets you see exactly where the rubberized tip touches the screen, helping with accuracy. But, why a disc tip in the first place? The disc tip provides a guaranteed contact surface with the device. As the stem is rubberized, the disc can sit flat on the screen even when the stylus body is tilted at a 150 degree angle. The tip will still conduct because of the discs ability to steadily remain against the surface.

That is all well and good, but performance is the most important criteria. Yes, the clear disc did help with angles and for seeing exactly where the stem touched the screen. However, I found the accuracy a bit off at times. I used Noteshelf for iPad to test the accuracy and set the canvas to graph paper. Drawing on the grid lines proved difficult, even if the selected in-app tip was narrow. It was never very far off, about 1mm maybe, but for digital artists, I am sure that is not acceptable. I also found it difficult to write with the disc because I had to pick the stylus up high enough to clear the diameter of the disc when moving to the next letter. Otherwise, it caught the screen and the stem hit, making a mark. See the screen shot below to see the grid tests and the writing test.

Notier Screenshot

Conclusion

With a price of $15.99, the Notier is a decent product. The red, gray or black aluminum body is certainly the driving cost factor. Considering the company now sells interchangeable tips, it is almost certain it breaks or deteriorates over time. Otherwise, there is no reason to sell an interchangeable tip. This is certainly not a must-have, but does have a few things going for it, namely the 150 degree writing angle and guaranteed contact with the device surface.

After breaking my nine year stylus-free cherry, it does not make me want to start using a stylus again on a regular basis.

Do you have a favorite stylus? Do you even bother with them? When do use a stylus?

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  • nadzidz

    Stylus…really?

    • http://twitter.com/yashgorana Yash Gorana

      for artists.
      who use sketcbook

  • Kurt

    Needs to be integrated into the OS as is the case with the note. Many awesome features. If not, its not needed for the ipad/iphone

    • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

      Trol trol trol big time trol, the only thing u need to take a “note” of is that you is a TROL!

  • http://twitter.com/mwagg123 Mark Waggoner

    The Adonit Jot was first…

  • http://twitter.com/AmpxMC David Morones

    I used a stylus on my ipad for taking notes at school, it was a lot faster then typing them; unless i had my bluetooth keyboard with me.

  • Bob

    That’s all great but when you can’t block the input from your wrist, which makes this very awkward to use.

    • http://twitter.com/JavHasAChubby Javier Martinez

      Wear a thin cotton glove. DUH!

      • Jonathan

        two of my friends who use iPad to do work use gloves and have cut of the top of the finger and thumb so they dont have to take it off to touch the screen, the teachers thought it very strange (wearing a glove on one hand just looks creepy anyway) until the explained

  • http://twitter.com/callmedario Dario Antweiler

    I really like the Bamboo Stylus from Wacom, especially for the nice tip!

  • http://twitter.com/TheToddNewberg Thanks be to Todd

    Having a stylus is essential for artists.

  • Jonathan

    I use an iPad do work at school, I bought a wacom bamboo, I’ve had to replace the tip 5 times in the last 5-6 months and the black paint on the actual stylus has completely worn away, couldn’t be more disappointed in a product. My friend who also does work on an iPad bought a cheap amazon one and it has lasted much longer and was much cheaper.

    The iPad’s touch screen precision is awful, but you don’t notice normally because our fingers are bigger than the precision which is fine. Apple never intended people to use a stylus with it, but it is much easier to do work on it with a stylus, the feature I hope most for the next ipad is more precise touch, so we can have thin tips without discs. (the disc is not to keep contact, its because the tip is too small to be registered by the ipad with accuracy).

    I do maths and physics, maths you cant do with a keyboard there are far too many symbols and possibility you can write (eg integrals, and fraction powers in a fraction). And if you use something like LaTeX its much too slow.

    Physics theres more writing, and I can type faster than I write, its easier to read and I dont have to worry about spelling.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Nothing better than the GoSmart stylus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JLJames5880 Jonathan L. James

    My titanium wedding ring works very well touching my i5 and any other capacitive touch screen. Maybe someone should make a stylus with a titanium tip.

  • R Skse

    Wow AWESOME…I couldnt use those fat tips on my iPod, If i get this i will be on Sketchbook Mobile again all the time!

  • http://twitter.com/khalids19 Khalid Salim

    i tried buying BUT 99$ for shipping..really??????:/