Pen junkies have yet another reason to check out some of PaperMate’s middle class pen stock. The Plasma offers you smooth ink flow, a quiet retractable tip, a sleek and stylish look and a very comfortable write. Even though there are a lot of perks to the pen its something that I just couldn’t get used to writing with. I like to have a rubber comfort grip on my pens, that’s not to say that it is a necessity but it is nice. The Plasma has a slightly modified grip; essentially most of the barrel has an ergo style and feel to it. It isn’t all soft and squishy but it does allow you to write for extended periods of time. Even though I had trouble getting used to writing with it, it is a pen that I highly recommend any office supply junkie check out.
PaperMate Plasma Retractable Ball Point Pen
Pros: Ergo design, smooth ink flow, refillable, great appearance, quiet clicker.
Cons: Can be overpriced in some stores, prone to theft.
The Bottom Line: Even though I didn’t care for the Plasma it is still an incredible pen.
As of late PaperMate has really been pimping their “lubriglide” ink technology in their ball point pens. Yes, the ink does flow nicely and retains its color over time but using that as a selling point is like a car salesmen getting all excited about a vehicle using gas. You can’t operate a car without gas and you can’t write with a pen if it doesn’t have ink. But that’s a whole different review. The ink in the Plasma is the same as in most of the other roller ball pens from PaperMate; it’s dark, doesn’t smear under most circumstances and doesn’t have that scratching sound when you write with it.
The Plasma is a good looking pen and the ergo grip on it is nice but I’ve already voiced my opinion on that; don’t let my personal quirks about the grip sway you from trying this out because it is a really nice pen. The pocket clip has small silver accents on it and that only adds to the overall visual appeal; hey, you can have a really nice looking pen that writes like crap but that isn’t the case with the Plasma. I used this on a couple different types of paper and it looked great but when I started writing on a piece of scrap parchment paper that is when I saw the true ability of the ink. It looked so incredible on the paper that I decided to keep the Plasma instead of handing it off to someone else at the shop.
One thing that I really love about this is that there is a companion mechanical pencil available; this makes it a nice pick if you want to get matching items to give as a gift or to have a coordinated theme on your desk. The Plasma looks great and writes perfectly; it has just enough style to it to make it look classy but without a price that would make you faint. The downside to having a pen and pencil in the same series is that if you go to order line some sites don’t make it clear as to whether you are getting the pen or the pencil. The price on them is about the same so you can’t use that to narrow down your choices. Read the fine print and when in doubt, email or call them to verify the stock number.
Another huge perk is that it is refillable; if you aren’t all that hard on your pens you can save money by buying the refills; they cost about $1.45 for a two pack and that’s less than half the suggested retail price of the Plasma. The suggested retail price for this is in the four to five dollar range so it is a good thing that it is refillable otherwise it wouldn’t be a very practical pick for people who do a lot of writing. PaperMate backs this with their guarantee that you will be satisfied with the Plasma or they will refund your purchase price or offer you a replacement product.
The Bottom Line: Even though it took me a while to get used to the feel and weight of this I can’t say enough good things about it. This was given to me along with some other new pens to try out and while I don’t personally care for it, I know that it is a well made pen that others will surely enjoy. I really wanted to like the Plasma and it is rare that I come across a PaperMate product that I don’t care for. This is definitely something that I would consider buying to give as a gift, even more so if PaperMate sold it in a set with the companion mechanical pencil. Just because I don’t care for it doesn’t mean that its bad so don’t let my foible about the ergo body persuade you from giving this a try.