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Having managed to somehow lose my Intuos2 Grip Pen I found it necessary to buy a replacement for use with my Intuos2 Tablet. I have to say that I was quite shocked at the price of the replacement pen, much higher than I expected and made me wonder how much of a mark-up there is on it. However, without the pen, the tablet is next to useless, so having a pen is a must.
The pen itself has the same dimensions as a chunky biro pen. It has a cushion grip with just the right amount of give making it exceptionally comfortable to hold and use, and ensures the pen doesn't slide or move between your fingers. The pen is slightly heavier than an ordinary pen. This extra weight is actually advantageous when using it, and it is also well balanced, allowing for a greater degree of control.
At the "drawing" end there is a replaceable plastic tip. Changing out a worn tip is simply a case of unscrewing the end cover, sliding out the tip and replacing it with one of the 5 spare tips that come with pen. It is very easy and quick to do.
On the grip there is a two-way programmable button. The buttons can be programmed by the software to reproduce, for example, the left and right mouse button, or a particular keystroke or menu action from whichever application you are using. The pen comes with an alternative "closed" grip, which covers the two-way button if you prefer not to use them. Also included is a spare programmable button.
On the end of the pen is a rounded tip, which acts as an eraser, but again this is programmable.
Using the pen is very comfortable but can take a little bit of time to get used to if you've never used one before. Slightly awkward at first is the two-way button on the grip. At first I found myself inadvertently clicking the buttons whilst using the pen. The simple solution was to de-program the buttons whilst I go accustomed to using the pen, and the once I became more familiar, I then re-programmed the buttons, which I know use all the time.
I rarely use the eraser tip, more as I find it quicker to switch tools from the keyboard rather spin the pen around in my hand, although on occasion I have accidentally picked the pen up the wrong way around and started to erase my work!
In conclusion, the pen is very comfortable for long-term use, nicely balanced and accurate to use. The buttons can take some getting used to, but are an advantageous once you get the hang of them.