Adonit Jot Script Pro Evernote Edition Review

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This review is going to be a bit heartbreaking to write for one simple reason: I love Evernote. DailyTekk practically runs on it—nearly all of my ideas for posts start within the app. I recently wrote a piece for ReadWrite called 10 Ways to Make Evernote Rock Harder which garnered over 7k social shares. Naturally I was excited to discover the new Evernote Market for physical products that enhance the Evernote app experience. As I got to browsing through the store one day I discovered what looked like the mother of all styli: the Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition.

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I think the official Market description is really what hooked me:

Those clunky, squishy-tipped styluses just didn’t do it for us. So we asked our friends at Adonit if they were game to build something specifically for the art of note taking. Enter the Jot Script Evernote Edition, the first true precision-point stylus that allows your handwriting to flow as freely as your thoughts.

So I ordered one. Well, I take that back—I requested a sample for review, first, to give it a try. Adonit actually didn’t have any to spare—even for a review on a tech blog—because the item was so popular. I was a bit  disappointed, but this seemed to be a good sign. People wanted the stylus. So, I took the plunge and ordered myself one.

Big mistake. Like I said, I love Evernote but I absolutely hate—even loathe—the Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus. There’s no way I can recommend it for purchase.

I’ll keep this brief, but here’s my list of grievances:

  1. It feels cheap.
  2. It writes poorly.
  3. The palm rejection technology simply sucks.
  4. The sound of the stylus writing on the iPad is loud and distracting.
  5. It’s expensive.
  6. It’s top-heavy.

I expected such an expensive stylus ($74.99) to feel premium, but the opposite is true. I could probably forgive or overlook all other complaints if it wrote well, but it doesn’t. It’s slow and cumbersome (and to be fair, I haven’t yet found a stylus that isn’t). My palm does just as much writing as the stylus. I love the idea of a “non-squishy” tip but it is loud as all get out. If I can’t use it in a meeting, I might as well not own it. Since the battery fits in at the top the whole thing feels unbalanced.

This, unfortunately, is one stylus you should avoid like the plaque. If you are looking for alternatives, they can be found in our list of The 100 Best iPad Accessories.

There are 10 comments. Comment?

  • Some harsh words because they did not grant you a sample. While the pen is not perfect, your criticism is extreme and far from the truth. As far as handwriting goes, this is the market leader.

    • Has everything to do with performance and nothing to do with not getting a sample. I am a huge Evernote fan and writing a bad review was painful for me.

  • I bought this stylus and it just doesn’t work as advertised, it’s not that accurate, in fact, the Estylo stylus that I now use is a lot better in terms of accuracy and works better with Penultimate. I really didn’t like the feel of the stylus, the mental tip makes a tapping sound with every character that you write, which is disturbing. For the price, I expected big things from the Jot Script Evernote Edition — the fact that the $20 Estylus outperforms the Jot Script both in terms of feel and accuracy is ridiculous given the differences in price. I was very disappointed to be suckered by this product. I ended up selling my Jot Script Evernote Edition on Ebay at a loss as I couldn’t get any response from Evernote Market when I wrote to them. I even wrote to Adonis, who did respond, but basically said that it wasn’t their problem. Don’t waste your time with this, it’s just marketing hype.

  • I’m confused. You linked to your “10 ways to make Evernote rock harder” article. In that article, the #2 that you list is praise for the Jot Script Pro Evernote stylus. Here’s what you say:

    “That’s where a completely re-thought stylus like the Jot Script comes in. It feels like a real pen—it’s not chunky, but it’s smart. Not only does it feature the slimmest stylus tip on the market, it uses Bluetooth 4.0 to ensure precision and to allow the tablet screen to distinguish between your palms and the stylus.”

    Seems like a bit of a contradiction between that article and this one. But maybe you are talking about two different products.

    • Nope. The RW article happened before I got the product for review. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Hi Chris, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had such a poor experience with your Jot Script Evernote edition. I have been using mine for the last 3 weeks with excellent results. Keep in mind, I don’t use PenUltimate the recommend app, rather I used GoodNotes, which has excellent Palm Rejection (right down to the angle yo write with). All the demos I had seen on Youtube showed right handed users, so I was little weary given that I’m left handed but the stylus works awesome, I’d be more than happy to share further insights with you. I did notice that the stylus starts to write a lot more poorly when the batteries are low, but once it’s replaced, it’s actually the best stylus I’ve found to date to use on my iPad.

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