STM Tracer Deluxe stylus review
The late Steve Jobs may not have been a fan but stylus type pens do a decent of job of interacting with your capacitive touch screen smartphone or tablet of choice. The impressive sounding Tracer Deluxe, and yes this is a standard Tracer version, is the latest such stylus in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Manufactured by STM, a maker of quality, durable bags, the Tracer Deluxe combines a traditional pen at one end with a rubber tip at the other. The idea is you simply flip the pen to use either way, one less accessory to carry around with you.
The Tracer Deluxe comes in a choice of black or black and silver and both options are attractive on the eye, with a build and nice weight that suggests it won't fall apart after a few weeks use. As a traditional pen it's a few steps up from your everyday biro and feels comfortable in hand over extended use. The rubberised tip end for your iPad, iPhone and the like is soft yet responsive and appears to accurately interact with any touch screen.
STM have additionally found space to include both black and red cartridges, available with a twist of the barrel and tiny screwdriver and a potentially useful SIM card ejector pin. These sit neatly under the detachable stylus tip, which pops a little too easily for our liking, and would have preferred a more secure, screw type cap.
Although it took us a while to work out how to pull apart the pen without breaking it, the Tracer Deluxe thankfully does allow users to replace the black and red ink cartridges. Where you find replacements is a good question though, as they don't appear to be available on the STM website. For the best part of £25, you might have hoped STM had included spares as part of the deal.
The Tracer Deluxe from STM is a solid, if pricey, mix of traditional pen and touch screen stylus that doesn't feel like a compromise and like the company's range of bags, feels built to last. The option of two writing colours and addition of a tiny screwdriver and SIM card ejector pin are welcome, although hardly a deal maker.