in the day when I had my trusty Palm III, I also owned a custom stylus
from PDA Panache. Now that
I have a Handspring Visor, I can throw away the piece of plastic that came
with my Visor and use this instead. PDA
Panache has always been one of the leading replacement stylus makers
for the Palm operating system (OS). The newest custom stylus from
Panache for the Handspring Visor looks much like its predecessor, with
some minor improvements.
The custom stylus includes
the EasyView™ orange tip that is synonymous with PDA
Panache. The bottom third of the stylus has ridges that makes
it easier to hold, similar to the ridges on the Handspring plastic stylus.
The top of the custom stylus juts out so it is easy to pull out of the
Visor silo. Unscrew the cap, and you have a handy reset pin for those
times the Visor misbehaves. One thing I noticed about the custom
stylus is that it takes longer to unscrew than my Palm III custom stylus
did. This is a good thing because after a while of use, the Palm
custom stylus would become loose too easily. The Visor custom stylus
has narrower threading that seems to keep this from happening. The PDA
Panache Visor custom stylus comes in two colors -- black and chrome.
Panache Visor custom stylus does what the stock stylus from Handspring
cannot -- make handwriting easy. The custom stylus is weighted perfectly
for writing on the Visor, and will actually improve handwriting recognition.
When not in use, the stylus can be "soft inserted" into the Visor silo
for easy retrieval or inserted completely for a very secure fit.
In fact, it is almost "too secure," because it can be difficult to remove
when the stylus is fully inserted into the Visor.
When inserted into the Visor,
the custom stylus slightly juts out at the top just over an eighth of an
inch (2mm). This makes it easier to pull the stylus out of the Visor,
but could potentially cause problems for replacement cases that tightly
fit the Visor. Note that the hard cover and soft leather case
that come with the Visor have no problems.
One interesting thing I noticed
was when I tested the custom stylus with with the RhinoSkin
Ti Slider. The black one at first would cause the Visor to come out
of the Ti Slider when opened. Once I pressed the stylus all the way
in it fit fine. I also tested the chrome custom stylus, and that
did not go inside the Visor silo as far. This caused the chrome stylus
to slightly press against the Ti Slider when the case was closed.
Opening the case causes the Visor to come out of the case. I spoke
with PDA Panache about the differences
and they will shorten the tips in their next batch of chrome custom styli.
One thing that I wish was
a little different is that the custom stylus had a hex top similar to the
Black Nail instead of the rounded top. This would prevent the custom
stylus from rolling off a table. Not a major problem though, since
the main reason for getting the custom stylus is that it fits in the Visor.
The stylus can also be a little tough to get out when it is fully inserted
into the Visor.