This is the new Staples DuraPoint that I first heard about from The Pen Addict. These are very similar to a Sharpie Ultra Fine, and the comparison is a good thing. (Important: see update at the bottom of the review. My opinion of this pen has changed.) I noted that there is a strong marker smell. The pen feels cheap. The ink bleeds through, even on Rhodia paper. And I would still recommend this pen because they come in at $1.00 (U.S.), which is great considering the ink is bold, the tip writes smoothly, and the performance, for the most part, is pretty good. I think this pen is going to be a love-it-or-hate-it type pen. I have noticed that the end might start off dry, so the point might have to be primed a bit. Overall, worth trying. I still prefer the Sharpie, but I like to see the big stores trying new things, too.
On the bottom of this writing sample, you can see how the color compares between a Staples DuraPoint, a Sharpie Ultra Fine Permanent, and a Sharpie Pen Grip. If I could get a Sharpie Pen Grip with a needle point and the $1.00 price, I would be a very happy pen geek.
Sharpe Ultra Fine (left) and Staples DuraPoint (right)
** One week of use update: After trying this pen over the course of a week, I have noticed that the pen has a difficult time writing when first uncapped. I didn't have this problem initially, so I have to say that this is characteristic takes the pen down quite a few notches. After having some more time with this pen, I'd recommend sticking with a Sharpie.