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Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition review: A solid iPad stylus that falls a little short

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MSRP: $59.99

The Good Elegantly designed and lightweight, the Adonit Jot Script 2 feels comfortable in the hand. The Evernote Penultimate app has some nice features, plus the stylus comes with six months of Evernote Premium for free.

The Bad It's easy to lose the charger, and the stylus can't quite keep up with faster note-taking.

The Bottom Line A fine option for note-taking, especially if you're big into the Evernote ecosystem, but it requires some adapting.

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7.0 Overall

The newest generation of Adonit's note-taking stylus for the iPad , the Jot Script, gains some useful features -- most importantly, rechargeability with longer battery life. While it retains the same size 1.9mm Pixelpoint fine point, Adonit has tweaked it for better performance.

Available for $75 (£50, AU$99 directly converted) from Adonit, the Jot Script Evernote Edition launches in conjunction with the latest version of Evernote's Penultimate notetaking iPad app, along with a free 6-month subscription to Evernote Premium.

The Jot Script is shorter and has a slightly smaller diameter than the Wacom Bamboo Fineline. Lori Grunin/CNET

Aside from the battery, the stylus design hasn't changed that much from its predecessor's. It's metal with a ribbed area for better gripping, a button with LED midway up the barrel, and a magnet on the end that attaches to a USB charger.

Pairing via Bluetooth operates seamlessly. Although I never tried the first Jot Script, I guess the battery would go into standby and you'd lose the connection to the iPad -- that doesn't happen with the new model.

While Adonit's USB chargers are cleverly designed, they're also too easy to lose. Sarah Tew/CNET

It shares the same weaknesses as its primary competitor, the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline ($60, £50, AU$80): it skids a lot on the slick surface of the tablet and tends to drop out strokes when you write too quickly, forcing you to change your writing to adapt to the stylus and app. With apps that haven't been optimized for it yet, there's a little lag between the tip and the stroke, a common problem.

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