I would like to share my experience with the stylus replacement “LAMY AL-star black EMR” for my Boox Note 2. This won’t be a full review. Let’s start:
The pen comes in a glued stylish little box. Simply open the flap on the top and you can pull out the inner box. There you will find the pen, a ring to remove the old nip and two replacement nips. That’s it. The pen is a passive pen, so no battery and no charging is necessary.
Look and Feel
You can obviously see, that this pen is much thicker and also heavier than the original stylus. Because of the weight and thickness the pen fits very well in the hand. It is like holding a real pen and the writing experience is very good! While the original Wacom stylus is made of cheap feeling plastic, the LAMY Al-star black EMR’s material is matt black anodised aluminium, except of the metal clip and the plastic finger rest. But even the plastic gives me a high-quality feel.
Let’s start with the good news: The pen is fully compatible with Boox Note 2 and should be also compatible with Max 3. The manufacturer claims compatibility with Note and Max 2. So Note Pro should be also compatible. You will find more details on the product page.
On the finger rest of the pen you will find an easy reachable small button. This button switches from writing to erasing, like the button on the Onyx pen does. This is the only way to erase directly with the pen, as there is no eraser on the back.
As was be expected, the pen is too thick for the pen holder of the Onyx case. Here you have to find another solution
Maybe I am wrong, but the reaction time of the screen feels shorter with the LAMY Al-star black EMR. I think that the main reason is the better rest in my hand. There is also a difference in the material of the nip. While both are made of plastic, the nip of the Onyx pen seems to be softer and a little rough. The size of them is equal.
Writing with the LAMY Al-star black EMR is more like writing on glas, while the nip of the Onyx pen give you are more textured and rough feedback. But to be honest, I prefer the writing experience with the “harder” nip of the LAMY Al-star black EMR, because it is gliding better over the screen and lets me write faster.
For around 42 € (in Germany) you will get a fully compatibly high quality replacement pen, that rests really nice in your hands and comes with two replacement nips. For comparison, Onyx’ price for the original Wacom pen that comes with the Boox Note 2 is around 40 € and you won’t get any replacement nips. In my opinion the “LAMY AL-star black EMR” is a good replacement and absolutely worth its money.