Over the years, I have developed certain preferences and biases when it comes to matters technological. For example, I am, I suppose “old fashioned” in that I will not own a cell phone that takes photos, videos, will access the internet or play MP3 files. What I want in a phone is simply that – a phone. Likewise, I have avoided combo DVD/VHS players as well as dual guitars that are built to provide a six and twelve string capacity on the same instrument! My singular exception to this guideline has been my computer’s multi-function (fax/print/copy and scan) machine – first from HP and currently from Canon, I am pleased with the range of things it does and does well for me. But, with most other multiple function things, I have remained both suspicious and reluctant.
Then, reading though on line reseller ads, I came across this Kaser multi-function pocket device. It is inexpensive (Under $30 and can be found for closer to $12.) device that combines 1) A ballpoint pen, with an unarguably small cartridge that must be jerry rigged by adapting it’s screw top with a not-quite small enough refill when it runs out; 2) a 1GB Flash Drive USB2 (unrated but pleasantly quick enough for my photo and document moving purposes, and 3) a red laser pointer, a handy device to have available for presentations, meetings, etc. It does not come with any instructions or a manual, but the component parts and battery compartment are easily accessible and rather obvious.
This pen is heavier and broader than most and would not serve well , nor was it ever intended to be, a primary writing instrument. For that, I tend to stick with my old reliable Mt. Blanc Meisterstuck ballpoint. The flash drive and laser components, however, work easily and well and while the device is too heavy to carry routinely in one’s shirt pocket, it is a welcome addition to my attache, especially when I am traveling to and from meetings where data transfer is needed. It’s also harder to loose than a small flash drive, a laser pointer or pen! For what it costs, it is well worth a try to see if it will suit at least two of your three possible needs.
I’m not sure why it is so inexpensively priced and was unable to find a site acknowledging manufacture of them on line. Perhaps someone made just too many of them and has unloaded them to wholesalers and discount retailers. In any event, it is a boon to consumers who need two or three things, and would be convenienced by having them packaged as a singular device.