Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Pentel EnerGel-X Gel Ink Pens - 0.7mm

I was honored (and super excited) to receive a parcel from Pentel, pretty much one of the most drool worthy pen manufacturers ever and magical like a liger. I had no idea what would be inside, so opening it up was truly a pleasure. I mean, I knew there would be Pentel goodies inside, and you can't go wrong with that.
Pentel EnerGelX
Unbelievably pretty. Note there's a 0.5mm, and 1.0mm, along with all the 0.7s!
Pentel EnerGelX Basic Colors
The basic set!
And go wrong, they did not. The most exciting thing was the eight pack of EnerGel-X gel pens that I have been searching for as if my life depended on it. What's so amazing about this eight pack? THE COLORS. It has the new pink, orange, and sky blue that I desperately coveted. Since they are so delicious, I thought it most appropriate to review the 0.7mm EnerGel-Xs first.

Features (from Pentel):


  • Medium point, 0.7 mm
  • Assorted includes 1 each Black, Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Light Blue, Purple, Pink
  • Soft latex-free grip for comfort and control
  • Attractive color-tinted barrels with curved clip design match ink color
  • Quick drying ink formulation is ideal for lefties
  • Made of 84% recycled plastic
The Pentel EnerGel-X pens are good looking, hands down. Honestly, when I walk down the stationery aisle at Staples, they're always one of the gel pens that catch my eye. Vivid, intense, brightly-colored barrels, with perfectly color matched clips and grips. 


These gel pens write very, very smoothly, with solid tips, and great-flowing, wet ink. The 0.7mm tips put down solid, consistent lines. Even on cheap paper, the ink does not feather and spread - therefore, the lines always look crisp and precise.

I can't even accurately describe how comfortable the EnerGel-X pens are to hold. The grip is perfect. It's not too squishy, and not too firm. It has ridges in it to add texture, but they don't cut into your thumb if you're gripping the pen tightly. And the other thing - you don't even need to grip the pen tightly to write, because the ink is so smooth, it practically glides off the tip. I absolutely love writing with these pens!!
Pentel EnerGelX Basic Colors
Just a little writing sample.
Pentel EnerGelX Basic Colors
Ok I tried to be creative.
Having the whole set is awesome. I'm so happy that Pentel actually makes a whole variety of colors, not unlike the Pilot Hi-Tec-C (whose range is of course far greater) but cannot be found easily unless you're online. I mean, if you're in the mood for an EnerGel, you can just stroll to Staples. Which is great for when you need an immediate stationery fix. 
Pentel EnerGelX Doodle Dots
Dots with the 8 pack of colors! I love dots. It's one of the few things I can draw.
Pentel EnerGelX Doodle
Eghhh this I'm a little ashamed of. Please don't judge me based on this writing. I was just messing around. The point was that these pens are GREAT for doodling because of the smooth, crisp lines, low smudging, and fabulous ink coverage.
Pentel EnerGelX Doodle
Apparently I can draw hearts too.
Another thing I love about these pens is that they're made of 84% recycled plastic, and they are part of Pentel's Recycology program. While I believe the next step is to make these pens refillable with ALL the colors - because the bodies are solid and durable - having 84% recycled material in its parts is a great start, and having the main colors as refills is great. So unless you're only interested in the main colors - black, blue, red, purple, and green They are one of the best looking recycled plastic gel pens on the market.

The Pentel EnerGels also come in 0.5mm needle tips and 1.0mm tips. A whole spectrum of tip sizes! How perfect.
Pentel EnerGel 0.5, 0.7, 1.0
Just so you can see what the other tip sizes are like.
Pentel EnerGel 0.5, 0.7, 1.0
Neat.
Pentel EnerGel 0.5, 0.7, 1.0
Mmm.
If you are looking for another gel pen to compare the Pentel EnerGel-X pens to, think the Uni-ball Signo 0.7mm. Pentel has produced a great quality pen here, and a great writer.

Pentel EnerGelX vs Signo RT 0.7
Pentel EnerGelX vs Signo RT 0.7
Sitting next to a Uni-ball Signo RT 0.7mm in blue. 
Pentel EnerGelX vs Signo RT 0.7
Not to toot Pentel's horn or anything but the grip is pretty good looking, isn't it?

Be aware though, these pens are NOT water resistant! In my opinion, it's more important that they don't smudge. You can avoid water more easily than you can avoid smudging.
Pentel EnerGelX Basic Colors Water Test
NoooOOoooOO!!!
Price
Staples - $11.99 for the 8-pack
JetPens - $1.25
Refills at JetPens - $1.00

Overall
Highly recommended. In my humble opinion, these are one of the best looking, best writing gel pens on the market, so long as you aren't looking for a micro tip pen. Solid, bold colors, and comfortable bodies are a great combination. If you have not yet tried the Pentel EnerGel-X, well, not only is that an atrocity, it is complete insanity. We must remedy that immediately.

See my review on Pentel's blog!

**I was provided with one or more of these products for review, but all opinions are my own!

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