Adonit Announces New Pen-Like Jot Dash Stylus

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Adonit, known for its range of styluses, today announced the Jot Dash, the company's latest stylus that aims to closely replicate a standard pen. The Jot Dash is a thin-tipped active stylus that has a plastic 1.9mm tip that offers more precision than a standard rubber-tipped stylus.

Priced at $49.99, the Jot Dash bridges the gap between Adonit's inexpensive Jot Pro and Jot Mini and the pricier Bluetooth-connected Jot Touch and Jot Script. Like the Jot Touch and the Jot Script, it has a small battery-powered tip, but it lacks the Bluetooth connectivity that enables features like palm rejection and pressure sensitivity.

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Like any active tip stylus, the Jot Dash works with all capacitive touch screen devices, including all of Apple's iPhones and iPads. Notably, it works with the iPad Air 2, which includes a different screen technology than other older iPads.

Adonit's goal with the Jot Dash was to imitate a standard ink pen, so the Dash is just 8.5mm in diameter (about the thickness of a BIC pen) with a lightweight, rechargeable battery and a clip. According to Adonit, the Jot Dash is its most intuitive stylus to date, because it "looks like a pen, feels like a pen, and acts like a pen."

A quick click on the back of the Jot Dash turns it on, and once activated, it's usable within any drawing or note taking app. The battery lasts for 14 hours, so depending on usage it will only need charging every couple of weeks, and charging is done with a magnetic USB dongle.


The Jot Dash is available in black or silver from Adonit's website and it is priced at $49.99.

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64 months ago

Sorry... am I missing something? Why does it need a battery if it doesn't have Bluetooth?

It's an Active pen, meaning the tip generates an electric field that simulates the thickness and conductivity of a human finger.
Without the characteristics mentioned above, a thin stylus like this one wouldn't work on an iPad and iPhone.
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64 months ago
The latency between pen action and actual drawing on the iPad/iPhone was awful in that video.

I've used everything from the old fat tipped stylus to the Pencil by 53 and the Jot Script. The experience with all of them is lacking compared to what you get using the S-Pen on Samsung's Note products or the Surface Pro 3 and until Apple incorporates an active digitizer into their devices, I'll pass. I'm keeping eye on the iPad Pro but not getting my hopes up.
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64 months ago
Styluses on ordinary iPad's is straight up stupid. Just stop.
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64 months ago
I'm starting to like the stylus options for the iPad now. It took 6 years to get rid of those chubby awkward pens that were iPad user's only options but I think the wait was worth it. These may be something that my paper and pen loving wife may actually find useful.

p.s. I need these video to have less crappier music.
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64 months ago

Sorry... am I missing something? Why does it need a battery if it doesn't have Bluetooth?

I have the same question.

I think it may have something to do with the tip needing to conduct electricity? Like... maybe it selectively changes the conductivity in response to certain motions or something?
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64 months ago

Styluses on ordinary iPad's is straight up stupid. Just stop.

I have to agree. I really want a good stylus support on iPad for note taking but none of the existing crop of styluses are any good (I tried a bunch) because they are hamstrung by the hardware limitations of the iPad itself. Until that changes (and it hopefully will in the rumoured iPad pro) iPad styluses are really not worth the trouble. I wouldn't waste money or any of them including this one.
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