Any touch-screen device
Do you remember the Transformers
cartoons? How these robots could change from one form to another when needed –
just in time to do the job at hand. Well I want to tell you that there is a way
that you can carry two ballpoint pens, a highlighter, a stylus, a fountain pen
and/or a roller-ball around with you, by using a multi-pen that seems to have a
little bit of Transformer blood running through its veins. I am talking about
the Cross Matrix
multi-pen. You won’t even need a pocket-protector to carry all this gear!
|When you first see the Matrix, it simply looks like a cool,
fat, silver pen with black rubber accents. You might be tempted to dismiss
it as such, but if you did you would be missing out on something
The large black end of this pen is actually a stylus, while
The stylus tip is fatter than most I have used, but I like using it. It
While this in itself might be enough for some – there is even more to
|As this diagram shows, things aren’t always as they appear.
The Matrix hides a multitude of writing implements…
|The Matrix uses cartridges that can be removed and
reinserted depending on your writing needs.
Here you can see the black ink roller-ball installed in the cartridge,
By unscrewing the roller-ball and replacing it with the highlighter, you
You can keep the highlighter or the roller-ball stored in the body of the
|Here is the fountain pen cartridge, which is also backed
with a stylus end. As you can see, the top of the Matrix has been twisted,
exposing one of the two ball-point tips.
You can also store the fountain
|There are so many choices when using the Matrix that I
almost feel embarrassed wishing for one more writing tip: a mechanical
I honestly don’t know where a mechanical pencil would even fit –
|Here you can see the fountain pen removed from the barrel of
the pen. The stylus tip is now exposed.
|The Matrix is a thick pen, yet it is not heavy. In my hand
it was surprisingly comfortable, and the rubbery surface of the black
plastic bottom felt good while writing.
This pen measures 6" (15.2cm) long
The pocket-clip is nice and fat, which is great for storing it in your
The Matrix is expensive – there is no way to get around that. But it is also
a very high quality writing implement from a very respected company. I like
using it, and I have to tell you that although I am no expert on fountain pens,
this one is so easy to use that I have discovered that I quite like the
Amazing selection of writing tips in a single pen
Only multi-pen I know of that includes a fountain pen
Comfortable for extended use
Stylus tip is almost always exposed