Today, I wanted to write my review on the Staedtler Noris Digital Pencil. I have owned this pencil for a little over two months now, and after a lot of use, I am ready to give you guys my thoughts on this device.
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Overall, I am extremely pleased with the Digital Pencil, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is drawing on their Samsung device for long periods of time. If you would like to watch my video review and demonstration of the pencil, please click the YouTube link below, otherwise, scroll down to read my thoughts, and the pros and cons I have encountered while using this device.
I was drawing with my Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition almost exclusively once Sketchbook released version 4.0 earlier in the fall of 2017. Having all the tools I needed on my android device was absolutely amazing, and so much easier, in that I was able to draw wherever I went. However, the small S-pen that comes in the slot of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 leaves something to be desired when drawing for hours on end. I began scouring the internet, looking for alternate stylus options when I stumbled across this device. I did a lot of research, and decided to go for it.
It arrived within a couple of weeks of ordering it, and was nicely packaged. It has the traditional Staedtler logo on the top, and the Samsung logo on the bottom right. On the back of the box, it lists all of the compatible devices. For phones, it can be used with the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and Galaxy Note Edge. For tablets, it can be used with the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, Galaxy Tab A 9.7 with S pen, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S pen, Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S pen, and the Galaxy Book lineup. It also works with the Chromebook Pro and Plus, and the Notebook9 Pro 13.3″ and 15.0″.
When I opened the box and lifted the pencil for the first time, my thoughts were, “this thing is really nice!” It felt like I was holding a traditional pencil. It has a great length to it, and the weight distribution is very well designed. It is made in Germany, with a wood casing wrapped around the S pen technology. The outside is a nice soft waxy texture which makes it quite comfortable to hold.
Since this pencil is the same size as a traditional pencil, I was able to go to a stationary store and buy a 5 pack of soft pencil grips for $2.00. With this added addition to the pencil, it is extremely comfortable to use for long periods of time.
The tip of the pencil has a nice taper, and it allows for some grip on the screen, so it doesn’t feel like your gliding along glass. I would say though, at the beginning I was concerned with how small the tip was. I had a fear that it might break or wear down quickly. Since the pencil comes with no replacement tips, and Samsung and Staedtler have not confirmed if the new S pen tips will work, it means a broken tip would require a full replacement of the pencil. I can now say after two months of almost daily use, I am seeing no sign of wear and tear on the tip at all. I do draw with a light touch though, so if you like to put pressure into your stylus, this may be something to be aware of.
The pen supports 1056 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt. My device only recognizes 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, so I wasn’t able to feel any difference in pressure, and I could not test tilt at all. If I ever get a new device, I’ll be sure to update this post. The pressure sensitivity works very well with this device. The pressure curve is nice and gradual, so there are no harsh increases in brush thickness when drawing.
When drawing on my device, there is some parallax between the tip of the pencil, and where the brush ghost appears on screen. The offset is worse depending on how far away the pencil is from the screen, and gets better as the pencil gets closer to the screen. I personally never rely on the tip of the pencil to determine where the stroke will end up. I always find myself looking at the brush ghost, so this is not an issue for me.
There is also a small amount of brush lag, but not enough for me to ever notice it when I am drawing in real time. I have never had an instance where I am waiting for my stroke to appear on the canvas, unless my tablet is what is lagging. The lag has only been noticeable to me when I slow down a recording.
The pencil is also quite expensive, however not as expensive as the Apple Pencil. When you are buying devices like these, expect to pay a higher price point. The positive thing about this device is how well it works with the Samsung devices. You do not need to charge it, or pair it. Simply remove it from the box, and start drawing. You are essentially paying the higher price point for a product that does what it is supposed to do, and does it well, with no compromise.
Overall, I think the Digital Pencil is a great tool for any digital artist using a Samsung Device. As someone who used to do a lot of drawing with graphite, the familiar feeling of working with a pencil was very welcome. The drawing experience is smooth, and makes my digital sketchbook feel a little bit more traditional.
I hope this has helped you decide whether or not you might like to buy this pencil. If you have a question, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
See you soon!