Friday, March 23, 2012

Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT 1.0 Black


Many of you may have heard of the new Paper Mate InkJoy. As indicated in the written review, there has been a lot of marketing for this new offering, and I was quite excited to find it in one of the local Big Box stores. 


As you can see, I did not love this one at all. Side note: I always thought 'Paper Mate' was 'Papermate', as one word, but I was wrong, so please disregard the fact that I wrote it as a single word. I am still not sure why there are two hearts between 'Paper' and 'Mate', but maybe someone else has some insight on this?

The performance of the InkJoy is just average - you could do worse than the InkJoy, but all of the hype and marketing about the InkJoy seems silly once you try it. The Paper Mate InkJoy site claims "revolutionary ink", "the best in effortless writing", and "crisp, clean lines every time." None of this is remotely true, not even close. 


The clip, as usual from Paper Mate, is sparse. We just have the two aforementioned hearts. The clip was adequate, but the push-button mechanism feels about as cheap as they come. 


The grip, barrel, and overall shape of the pen all feel comfortable. I can say that the InkJoy feels comfortable in the hand, but that is the best feature of the pen. In terms of performance, this pen *is* called the InkJoy, rather than the ErgoJoy, GripJoy, or BarrelJoy, so I had higher hopes for the ink itself.


You can't really see it here, but the 1.0 ball tends to glob quite a bit, which is one of the major complaints about oil-based ballpoint pen ink. 


I have yet to try a Chinese-made pen that outperforms a Japanese, German, or U.S.-made pen, and that trend is reflected here, too. With all of the other 'super-smooth' ballpoints to come out in recent years, I see no reason to purchase an InkJoy. 


Other reviews of the InkJoy:


If anyone else has reviewed the InkJoy, feel free to include a link to your review in the comments section. 


Don't forget, the April Carnival of Pen, Pencil & Paper is almost here. Feel free to e-mail submissions to your reviews, or any other pen/paper/ink reviews, via e-mail (the electronic submission form is not working very well right now). I look forward to seeing what everyone sends in! 

17 comments:

  1. This is why I am not a fan of Paper Mate.

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  2. You best bet has always been the old Paper Mates from the 50s to the 80s.

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  3. It's been most useful for me as a pen I throw into my purse and not worry about losing it. Not at all that great -- I'd take a Jetstream or Acroball in a heartbeat over it, and maybe a plain old Bic after a few moments thought.

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  4. Sebastian - I 2nd that, that I have no sampled some of the vintage stuff.

    George - Are the old Paper Mates noticeably different in terms of performance, or were they just made to a higher standard back in the day?

    Kerry - I know what you mean. I think the Paper Mate is fine as a loaner pen, something that is not heart-breaking to have lost or stolen, but they need to bump up their game in order to compete... for the money, a Bic Atlantis is a better value.

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  5. Many of the most popular Papermate pens made from the 60s to the early 2000s all used the same standard refill. It has made it very easy to get the old Malibu, Profile,Contour models up and working. I am sure that the inks in those refills over the years have been upgraded. I have never had a problem with them and it is always great to get the old pens working.

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  6. I can't stand the InkJoy... mine globs all the time, and sometimes leaves a ton of residue around the point of the pen, which gets on my fingers, all over the barrel, etc. It's smooth, sure, but it's also messy, which isn't a joy.

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  7. George - that's good to know! It's nice that they made the refill convenience to switch out between their different product lines; I wish other companies did more of that.

    ThirdeYe - Agreed. They should have put a lot more effort into making the hype true, especially when you throw out terms like "Joy".

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  8. I don't know who makes the Chinese or Korean versions of the Inkjoy, but the Indian made ones are indistinguishable from the much cheaper "Cello" pens. You can buy the Cello stick pens (I believe the Inkjoy 100) 24 in a blister pack for $2 or less.

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  9. It is a bummer to hear such bad reviews from people. I personally have not had any of your problems. My pen (now 1 1/2 months old) has not globbed once. This pen has replaced my 10 years of finding the right pen.

    I am a firm believer in this pen. The reason the clip and clicking mechanism seem cheap is because they spent more time in the smoothness of the writing than the parts that we rarely use. Also they were keeping the cost low. I really enjoy my Inkjoy pen and am so sorry that you guys have had bad experiences with yours.

    Best wishes,
    -Seth

    I use the Paper Mate Inkjoy 700RT 1.0M White

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  10. The reason for the 'two hearts' logo on Paper Mate pens is that when they first came on the market, the ink refill had a 'pump action', which allowed the writer, to actually write upside down, one of the very few pens capable of doing so.
    Since the heart is a pump, it was logical to incorporate it in the logo.
    Mike

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  11. Thanks for the information. I love getting those pesky inquiries resolved. :)

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  12. Paper Mate had a deal for 3 free pens recently so, I said what the heck and this was 1 of my choices. Not often is a pen so bad, I just throw it away but I did with this. At first it did not write, seemed dried up and the it began to write okay but then started to clump up and smear. Even a bargain basement Pentel RSVP did much better so I just dumped the pen. The other 2, can not remember their models, were no better so they joined their brother.

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  13. Ouch. Sounds like there is a real issue with quality control here.... Thanks for the anecdote.

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  15. Honestlly im not sure why there are so many negative reviews of this pen. I am injoying mine immensly... i've collected a fair share of pens over the year and this pen has made my writing experiense far more enjoyable. I am very impressed with the tip ending on this pen. It looks very durable and is designed very nice. Im very happy with the unscruable tip ending. looks like im picking up an expensive pen, something i cant say for other economy pens, the writing experience is very smooth, probbebly the best part of the pen, its something that makes you want to write an essay with it. Love this pen!

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  16. i have the inkjoy 700 rt and i love it. never leaks, never globs, writes smooth, and doesnt feel cheap at all. I feel bad for whoever gets a defective one

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  17. I really like the ink joy collocation the 550s and 700s are good. I bought the big packs of the 300s and the plungers are always stuck. Bad springs. I wish PM ink joy would make a higher end model like ink joy 1000! Or a pen/pencil combo delux.

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