The US$69.99 Adonit Note-UVCis a good accessory for Apple’s iPads and iPad Pros (2018 and later models) if you don’t want to spring US$99 or $129 for an Apple Pencil. It’s a non-Bluetooth stylus that’s sleek, sexy, lightweight, and easy (even, fun) to use.
What really differentiates the Note-UVC is that it sports built-in sterilizing lights to disinfect just about any surface (not just your iPad) according to the folks at Adonit. They’ve received a special license to include built-in UVC ultraviolet lights that users can guide over their tablet to sterilize the surface within one-minute of use. The built-in G-sensor will automatically shut off the LED lights when they’re not pointed downs, so users don’t accidentally damage their eyes.
Can I prove that the Note-UVC disinfects as well as claimed? No. However, if it disinfects at all and you’re not an illustrator, it offers a valid alternative to the Apple Pencil.
By the way, did I say “non-Bluetooth”? Yep. Just hit the “on” button on your Apple device and the Note automatically pairs with it. Note (pun intended) that you should first disconnect any previously connected digital stylus, such as the Apple Pencil.
The Adonit Note works with a variety of apps. For example, just tap on your iPad to active Apple’s Notes app.
What’s more, the Note looks and feels great thanks to its sleek aluminum construction in a slim, ergonomic body (six inches long and 0.37 inches in diameter). It uses a spiral tip that can be easily replaced. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spring for any replacements, as Adonit includes none with the stylus. A pack of three will cost you $15.
The Note also has good “palm rejection.” This allows you to rest your hand naturally on the screen while writing without making unwanted marks. And unlike the Apple Pencil, it has a grooved pen clip for attaching the stylus to your pocket or bag.
I didn’t notice any difference in latency between the Note and the Apple Pencil. However, I found the latter to be much better for illustration purposes. The Adonit stylus lacks pressure sensitivity, so pressing down on it has no effect on the width of the line being drawn on the display. However, it’s great for taking handwritten notes and marking up documents.
The Note — available in gold and black— charges via micro USB, so you can use it while it’s charging, which is very convenient. A four-minute “quick charge” proves an hour of battery life, while a full charge provides 12 hours of battery life.
I still prefer the Apple Pencil for daily use. But I have no trouble recommending the Adonite Note-UVC for those who don’t need or want the Pencil’s features and price tag.
Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★