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Do You Write with a Loose Grip?



italian-tablet I have to plead guilty to a ‘no’ answer to the question in the headline. But Mark ‘Sumocat’ Sumimoto may have convinced me to change my ways. He’s argued before about using a loose grip when writing with a pen or stylus, and he’s pointing to an article on D*I*Y Planner that seems to reinforce this.

You certainly can’t argue with Sumocat’s results as his handwriting is a pleasure to read.



  1. sbtablet

    05/17/2009 at 11:56 am

    I grip hard and press down hard enough that I can’t even use a mechanical pencil. I break their leads every three seconds or so. And yes, I used to get cramps in my writing hand when took long essay exams back in the day. I wish I COULD learn to loosen my grip. On the bright side, I never had a problem with the complaint of having to press too hard when I was using the passive digitizer on my HP TX 1000!

  2. Clayton

    05/17/2009 at 1:25 pm

    I write with a pretty loose grip. Which leads me to a question that maybe someone here can answer. I’ve taken very good care of my X61 and I don’t press hard on the screen at all, but occasionally the LCD goes all funky in the middle when I’m using the stylus. (Like any other LCD when you touch it.) Is it normal for tablets to do this occasionally or should I call it in before my warranty expires? I know it’s nothing I’ve done…

  3. Snowii

    05/17/2009 at 7:09 pm

    funky as wobbly?

    search the forums here, I had an issue with wobbling of the lowest 3rd of the screen… it’s something with the digitizer, had to replace it.

  4. Clayton

    05/17/2009 at 8:37 pm

    It’s the same thing as when you (theoretically, I never do) poke an LCD screen. It goes all discolored. The hard/glass/plastic/thingamabob cover over the LCD probably just isn’t doing its job well.

  5. SAM

    05/17/2009 at 9:03 pm

    Pencil breaker here.

    When I first tried Painter, my lines were 25% the size of the screen! Guess I was pressing too hard.

    I just buy extra pen nibbs and keep a couple of spares with my bag…

  6. Sumocat

    05/18/2009 at 4:33 am

    Warner, thanks for the compliment. :)

    Clayton, my old tablet has the same issue. The screen cover is a bit too close to the LCD, causing it to touch the LCD when the center is pressed. But it never caused me any problems.

  7. Clayton

    05/18/2009 at 6:24 am

    Oh, well that’s reassuring. Thanks Sumocat! :D

  8. Sumocat

    05/18/2009 at 7:02 am

    No problem. BTW, the downside I’ve noticed to having more space between the cover and LCD is a greater tendency to trap dust (easy enough to clean with a lift of the cover and spritz with an air can). There’s always a trade-off.

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