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Review: Adonit Jot Script 2

B+
Recommended

Company: Adonit

Model: Jot Script 2

Price: $75

Compatible: iPad 4 or later, iPad mini or later, iPhone 5 or later

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Phil Dzikiy

Adonit's new Jot Script 2 ($75), also referred to as Jot Script 2 — Evernote Edition, is a slightly slimmer version of Adonit's previous Jot Script. Whereas the prior Jot Script used a single AAA battery, Jot Script 2 recharges via an included USB-powered charging dock. According to Adonit, the rechargeable battery should last anywhere from 20 to 50 hours of use, depending on device — it's said to get up to 30 hours of battery life when used with an iPad Air 2, which is the device we used for testing. Indeed, the Bluetooth Jot Script 2 offers full iPad Air 2 functionality, and though the stylus is said to work with any app, Adonit has offered a list of preferred apps to get the best out of Jot Script 2's abilities.

Jot Script 2 has a mostly aluminum body with a chrome-plated stainless steel tip. It’s about 5.5” long, but its barrel is now only about .41” in diameter — according to Adonit, it’s “designed to feel like a pen,” and that’s pretty accurate. The stylus also retains the tiny 1.9mm tip found on the original Jot Script. The recharging dock is also small — about 1.75” long and .69” wide. Simply plug it into any USB port and place the Jot Script 2’s end inside — it holds magnetically, charging the stylus as it remains vertical. It’s an effective, clever solution, as long as you’ve got an open, accessible USB port.

Connecting via Bluetooth is also a simple process. The stylus doesn’t require users to enter the iOS’ settings menu to connect. Rather, the button on the stylus is switched on, and then you pair from within one of the preferred apps. This way, if you’re done using the app, you can close it out and simply set the stylus aside.

As we found with the prior Jot Script, writing is mostly a pleasure. It’s accurate and quick, even though you’ll sometimes notice that the line you’re making is slightly trailing the point where the stylus currently is. And even though the experience was enjoyable, we did run into some rare occurrences of the stylus not getting any marks to show up at all when used with the Penultimate app. A second attempt usually did the trick.

Drawing was even more fun than writing. Using Adonit’s own Forge app, we had a good time drawing and creating. Both the Forge and Penultimate apps allow users to switch through stylus and sizes within the app — Jot Script 2 doesn’t offer shortcut buttons for doing so. For most people, this will be more than adequate.

Taking notes quickly was a bit more of an issue. If you’re planning on writing hurriedly, your chicken scratch might be a bit more scratched up than you’d anticipate. Also, Adonit doesn’t advertise any pressure sensitivity for Jot Script 2 — if you’re looking for that as a specific feature, look to another (more expensive) stylus, such as Adonit’s own Jot Touch with Pixelpoint.

Adonit claims the compatible apps have improved palm rejection. We’d describe the palm rejection as good, but not perfect. Of course, much of that is dependent on how you hold Jot Script 2, as someone apt to dragging their hand all across the screen will obviously see more of an issue than those with a lighter touch. We noticed little palm marks from time to time, but those marks were infrequent and relatively small. (You’ll notice these little marks on the right bottom side of some Penultimate screenshots pictured in this review.)

Overall, Jot Script 2 is a better value than its predecessor. Debuting at the same price, it offers full iPad Air 2 compatibility, strong battery life and recharging capabilities. Adonit is also offering six free months of Evernote Premium with the stylus, further enticing users to buy this new edition. We can’t say it all goes off without a hitch, but overall, it’s one of the better available Bluetooth stylus options available.

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