Cross Penabled Executive Tablet PC Pen
Overall Rating: 5 stars
Editor’s Note: We’d like to thank Jim Gilliam, who is a contributing writer on BargainTabletPC.com for taking the time to work with this exciting accessory from Cross. Based on Jim’s review, this Cross Tablet PC Pen sounds like an attractive option to enhance your user experience with the Tablet PC. Although most Tablet PC models come with a descent pen, the Cross option seems to have better style and options than just the average standard pens included “in the box”. The other big plus – Why not butter up that boss or manager at work who has a Tablet PC by scoring a Cross Tablet PC Pen for them? You’ll be sure to move up on his or her list for the next promotion!
If one word besides “sleek” and “stylish” can describe the functionality, comfort, and design of the Cross Executive pen, it is the word “fabulous.” For those who know me professionally and personally, you know that I do not offer that word easily!
Although Cross representatives mentioned that they had not tested the pen with any software other than MS Journal, and therefore could not guarantee that the pen eraser would work with other software, I tested the pen with MS Office after installing the Wacom driver update (located at http://www.wacom.com/tabletpc/driver.cfm).
I use the Fujitsu ST4121 tablet pc. After installing the Wacom driver, the Cross pen and eraser performed flawlessly in MS Word, Exccel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Journal. The pressure-sensitivity is a very nice feature that works in these applications. The eraser on the end of the pen is the best feature, in my opinion. I can use the Cross pen with my tablet just like a typical pencil with paper… all without a battery in the pen! In addition, the executive weight and thicker style of the pen make for an ideal and very comfortable fit in my hand.
The programmable feature of the button on the Cross pen is a good, quick way to perform your routine tasks at the touch of a button. For myself, I programmed the button to perform the erase function so that I don’t have to turn the pen around to use the built-in eraser. Programming the button for a variety of tasks is simple with the Wacom application (this application is installed when you download the driver update).
Overall, Cross honestly earns five stars for its Penabled Executive Tablet PC Pen, and at a price of around $43 (shop around), it’s a good buy. The Cross pen is a stellar leap above the plastic, uncomfortable pen that Fujitsu packages with its ST4121.
Thanks, Cross, for truly being a Third Wave company!
Be sure to check out the official Cross site for further information: http://www.cross.com/catalog/productcategory.aspx?cat_name=PDA+and+Tablet+PC+Tools