Just Mobile AluPen Pro Review


As much as I have tried to go paperless, it’s been impossible for me to totally quit writing down shopping lists or jotting quick notes to myself or others. Whether I like it or not, I think I will always need to have a pen handy. Add to that my occasional need for a capacitive stylus — one that will work on the iPad or iPhone’s screen — and you’ll understand why the AluPen Pro caught my eye when I was visiting the Just Mobile booth at CES.


Sculpted from aluminum, the perfectly weighted AluPen Pro features a high-quality, retractable ballpoint pen at one end, and a soft rubber nib at the other. So you can seamlessly switch between jotting notes on paper and sketching ideas on a tablet.

The AluPen Pro is available in three colors — black, silver or red; I was given the silver version. The AluPen Plus comes in a  package that includes a spare stylus tip and a leather carrying pouch.


The pen measures 5.4″ long including the stylus tip on the top (which looks a bit like a black eraser), the pen is 0.4″ wide, and it weighs o.7 ounces.


Whether because they expect you to wear it out or because it might get lost, a spare stylus tip is included with the pen.


The writing end is the tip of a short Pelikan refill, which probably prompts my only real gripe — I do wish that pen took full-sized refills. The writing tip retracts into the body of the pen with a twist of the pen’s bottom; a twist in the opposite direction extends the pen.


I like that Just Mobile chose to go with the Pelikan refill, because it writes very smoothly.


The AluPen Pro is a comfortably sized and weighted writing instrument. I love the fact that it is a substantial metal pen. The angles on the side making up its hexagonal shape are defined enough that they will keep the pen from rolling off your desk. They are subtle enough that they do not make using the pen uncomfortable.

Whether you want a stylus so that you can tap things out on your screen while wearing gloves, or because you don’t like looking at finger grease on your screen, or because you just like drawing with one, there are reasons why it makes sense to carry a combination pen and stylus. The Just Mobile AluPen Plus happens to be one of the better looking and performing ones.

The Just Mobile AluPen Pro is available directly from the manufacturer.

MSRP: $39.95

What I Like: Beautiful aluminum pen with capacitive stylus end; comfortable weight and length for extended writing; includes a leather pouch to keep the pen from clinking against other items in your bag or pocket

What Needs Improvement: I do wish that it accepted full-length ink refills

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct smaller.com; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.

18 Comments on "Just Mobile AluPen Pro Review"

  1. Bruce Brown | January 24, 2013 at 9:15 am |

    Love good pens and this looks like a classic.

  2. Hmm. I need to check and see of Rotring has a tripen that has a stylus that works on tablets/phones. I loved my Rotring pen I had years ago. I had one with a black pen, a red pen and a mechanical pencil. Which one came out depended on which color was up when you pressed the button down.

  3. I love using a fine writing instrument (and stylus). I makes me feel important!

  4. I looked. Nope. Just the Tikky pen …..they don’t even have the old stylus for the palms any more.

  5. I haven’t yet found a great stylus for my iPad, but this looks awesome!

  6. Because i want to use it with sketchpad 😛

  7. I’d like to win this because this seems like a very nice pen and stylus.

  8. I need this stylus simply because I lost my old one and winning one sounds better than buying one! Prrety awesome that it doubles as a real pen too!

  9. I’d like to win this because I’ve never had a stylus and have always wanted one!

  10. I have some cheap versions that are ok but this looks like the real deal.

  11. I love using a fine writing instrument (and stylus). It makes me feel important!

  12. I’m always wearing gloves at work (I work in a great office but they have the air conditioner on year round) and a pen/stylus would work great for me.

  13. I want to win this AluPen Pro because i love that its multifunctional as a pen or stylus and the fact that it looks like it would fit my hand better. The stylus I currently have is too short and light, not comfortable to use for long periods of time but with the size and weight of the AluPen Pro I could see it being more of a natural pen feel. Thanks for the chance.

  14. i love pens in general and this is an amazing one. i would love to win this so i can impress the folks i go interview with.

  15. volcombrandon | January 26, 2013 at 2:17 am |

    because it just looks super amazing i would love to have this awesome product !

  16. Madison McPheeters | January 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm |

    I would love to win this pen because I love the way it looks.

  17. where did the giveaway go?

  18. It was announced in the newsletter… just like we said it would.

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