IOGEAR PenScript Active Stylus – Review

On November 18, 2015, in Android, Apps, iPad, iPhone, Review, Tablet, by Jason Kube

PenScript Active Stylus
Price: $49.95

IOGEAR Kube stylus company

This new IOGEAR stylus is great, as long as you have a tight fitting glass or absent screen protector.

I fired it up after I put the battery in and a happy greenish blue light came on. I tried to open my iPhone from sleep: press the Home button and try and swipe to go to lock screen. Nothing. Goes back to sleep. Try again. Still nothing.

I happened to see the back of the box while wondering if this product needs an app: “…may not work with some mobile devices with screen protectors.”  Great. Took off my expensive OtterBox mega-case and tried it again and everything worked perfectly.


The stylus performs with great accuracy and rapidity. I open up Civilization Revolution 2 by 2K  and poke around. Due to the small target area of some game elements I know this will be an excellent test for accuracy. Wow is all I can say.

Playing the game with your finger is a good experience, with some target misses due to fat fingers, but otherwise very playable. With this stylus the experience is 1000% better. Granted I only played for 5-10 minutes (it’s a civilization game, therefore time is different while playing) but there were no missed targets and gameplay seemed to flow together better.

Deciding that using my phone bareback for a stylus was, in the long run, probably a bad idea, I decide to try it out on my wife’s iPhone with a tempered glass screen protector on it. PenScript works — not as well as on a bare screen but I think since the protector is in airtight contact with the screen there is no buffer to stop the capacitance from doing its job. Only the thickness of the screen slows things down.

Knowing how the stylus responds on Apple devices is one thing, and how it works on other systems is another. So I grab my daughter’s Kindle Fire to see how it reacts. Unpowered it reacts like you’re trying to activate it with a stick, that is to say not at all. With power the stylus writes, taps and more, perfectly.

Final test. My son has my wife’s old iPhone 5 with a Survivor case on it. The stylus works great except for where the screen is cracked. I assume this is because the crack causes some sort of interference and bounces touch signals.


I have tried many other styli, mostly the soft and squishy tip kind. This item is by far the best I have come across. Especially with a hard tip. I give the IOGEAR PenScript a rating of 9 out of 10 on a naked screen.

Cinder – The World’s First Curved Glass Screen Protector
Price: £25.50 (UK), €34.99 (EU), $39.50 (US)

One of the biggest tech fails I’ve had in recent years, aside from my shocking lack of backups, was not to protect my iPhone 6 with a screen protector. Now every time I look down, I know the scratches are there no matter how small they might be.

With something so expensive why put a cheap eBay type screen protector on it when you could give it the protection it deserves, the Cinder Glass Screen Protector? What makes this protector different, other than being glass?? It’s curved for full protection.

The Science Bit

Just like the iPhone’s own screen, Cinder is made from Corning Gorilla Glass, and as it’s a minuscule .2mm thick there is no need to worry about bulk being added to the iPhone 6.

Putting this into relative figures, the iPhone 5 has a depth of 7.6 mm (0.30 inches) vs the iPhone 6 at 6.9 mm (0.27 inches). Even with the  Cinder on the iPhone 6 it is still substantially thinner than the iPhone 5.Cupert Screen Protector Installed 1

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About Mark Chappell

Mark’s a guy who lives in a shack by the sea in far western England, binge watching Netflix series in between reviewing tech and Mac related goodies. The switch to Macintosh was easy when using dreaded WinVista and adding a printer proved neigh on impossible. That tipped him over the edge and since getting a Mac he’s never looked back, including the Hackintosh years. Wanna be guitar player, intermittent podcaster, and a Taylor Swift fan.

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Aerospace Aluminum iPhone Bumper (iPhone 6 Plus)
Designed by Many
Model Number: AL13 v3
MSRP: $79.99

AeroSpace iPhone Bumper

A robust yet sleek bumper case and screen protector that provides some added protection against accidental scrapes and dings. Available in silver, black, grey, champagne, space grey and green, the silver bumper particularly compliments the design of the iPhone 6/6 Plus without detracting from the design of the phone.

The aerospace aluminum iPhone bumper is presented in a stylish metallic case that fully houses the bumper case and shows off its contents nicely. Along with the two-piece bumper case a screen protecting mPact Film is also included to protect the glass display. It is worth noting that this is a case designed to protect the vulnerable edges and display from incidental scratches, scarring and the everyday damage that might accrue, but it will not protect against the breakage of the glass that can result from dropping onto a hard surface.


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About Mike Edwards

Mike first encoutnered a mac when he was allowed to spend his breaktimes playing with his school's only Macintosh Plus in the early 1990s - it was hard to know then it would become an obsession! After years of frustration with Windows he returned to Mac with a beloved powerbook G4 in 2004 and hasnt looked back; this rapidly evolved into purchasing most things with an i-prefix! In the real world he teaches Chemistry to undergraduates and undertakes research in Medicinal Chemistry. His spare time is spent trying to make the most of the beautiful British countryside, excepting the frequent downpours, and watching his beloved Scarlets play Rugby.

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SLIMCase Ultra Thin Polycarbonate Case for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
Manufactured by: Designed by Many
Price: $19.99

SLIMCase Translucent  Clear and Smoke variants

The SLIMCase from Designed by Many is a polycarbonate “ultra thin” snap on rear shell cover for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. It is available in Space Gray, Gold, White, Black, Translucent Smoke and Clear Translucent. It comes complete with an mPact film screen protector.

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About Simon Parnell

I am British, and now the "wrong" side of 50 years old, I am married and have 3 children. I started working in a design studio in the early 80's back in the days of Cow Gum, Rotring Pens and Scalpels. I moved on to using Macs in about 1989 (way back when 40MB Hard Drives were BIG and 8MB RAM was a top end spec, System 6.0.3 was the cutting edge and the IIcx I worked on set me back about £5000... eek!). Since then I have worked on pretty much every generation of Macintosh and every Mac OS Apple have released. I have done design and pre-press work with a wide variety of "DTP" applications old, new, well known and obscure. I have a fascination with finding cheaper alternatives to the "big guns" so DTP can be accessible to everybody! For the last 15 years I have worked in a small print works close to my home doing design and pre-press work.

Alpha Glass Privacy Screen Protector – Review

On January 20, 2015, in iPhone, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Alpha Glass Privacy Screen Protector for iPhone 6
Company: Otterbox
Price: $34.95 USD

Alpha Glass Privacy

Apple’s iPhone 6 is a beautiful engineered and designed communication and entertainment device. Users want to protect it so they take the time to purchase cases to protect their investment. The one thing that worries a lot of iPhone users is the durability of the iPhone’s screen. How strong is it and how resistant to everyday wear and tear?

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

Commando Screen Protector – Review

On July 1, 2013, in iPhone Cases, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Commando Screen Protector
Designed for iPhone 5

Commando is a military grade screen protector. The product consists of a polyurethane film, a durable material developed for military use. The original use was in protecting helicopter rotor blades from abrasive desert sand. The You Tube video demonstrating the ability of an iPhone protected by Commando  to withstand the impact of a hammer and scratches from nails is dramatic. A quick review of customer comments revealed many testimonials of how going Commando is the best method to protect an uncased iPhone.




The Commando screen protector has four layers of protection: scratch resistant, shock dissipation function, shock absorption, and silicon adhesion. The scratch resistant property includes a self healing capability.  Surface scratches on the screen protector miraculously disappears. Shock dissipation and shock absorption protect the phone from regular daily impact. Hence, the limited lifetime warranty which includes a disclaimer that the screen protector is not indestructible. Drops from less than tested heights on non-smooth surfaces may lead to a damaged phone.

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

iVisor AG anti-reflective screen protector

On December 17, 2009, in Macintosh, Review, by David Weeks

iVisor AG anti-reflective screen protector

Company: Moshi
Price: US $38.00

Over the past few years, in spite of veritable howls of protest from LCD-haters, Apple has slowly but surely moved towards offering only LCD screens, and away from offering matte screens, for both their laptops and stand-alone monitors. Matte screen lovers say that LCD screens have too much glare, and color fidelity is lacking.

Only recently has the Steve caved somewhat. For $50, you can now custom order a matte screen on the 15″ MacBook Pro. Standard configurations are still LCD only. Oh yes, MacBook buyers are out of luck — no matte screens for you!

The Weeks Division of MyMac Labs just happens to have a late 2008 15″ unibody MacBook Pro with the glossy LCD screen to evaluate Moshi’s iVisor, an anti-reflective screen protector.

The iVisor is a combination glare reduction and scratch protection film sized to fit screens for either a 13″ or 15″ unibody MacBook Pro. We tested the 15″ size.

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