Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT Review

Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT Package

Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT Package

A few weeks ago I picked up a few of the new Paper Mate Ink Joy 700 RTs along with a few other of the InkJoy models, and I completely forgot that I even had them to review.  The recent review by Brad over at the Pen Addict reminded me that I still needed to review mine, so here we are today.

The Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT in 3 Colors

The Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT in 3 Colors

Paper Mate has billed the InkJoy series as being an incredibly smooth to write with, easy starting, and having crisp consistent lines.  I do agree that this particular 1mm  version that I tried was very smooth to write with, however I did notice some issues when it came to providing a clean crisp line.  In my use of the pen (and as can be seen in the writing sample below) I experienced some situations where the line was not crisp and clean, and there were actually small globs or splotches of ink that were put down on the paper.  In addition to a not quite perfect writing experience, the pens are a bit bottom heavy due to the plastic body and metal nose cone.  It is not horribly unbalanced, but it does create a slightly heavy feeling in your hand which can lead to some writing fatigue.

Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT Review Findings

Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT Writing Sample

Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT Writing Sample

The writing sample above shows some of the inconsistency I saw with the line that the InkJoy puts down.  You can really see it at the top of each loop where I drew the chain of loops next to each color scribble.  Another issue with these pens is my personal preference for what a true red ink should look like.  The red with these pens seemed to have a bit more of a pinkish-orange hue as opposed to the ones that I compare it to in the bottom of the writing sample.

Personally I think that if you are looking for a nice hybrid ink ballpoint pen, the Uniball Jetstream is the way to go.  They do cost a slight bit more, but you do get what you pay for.

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Comments

  1. 1
    ThirdeYe says:

    I have noticed that they write smooth, but glob like crazy. Mine get so messy that the ink eventually gets onto my hands and all over the barrel, the paper I’m writing on, etc. I won’t be buying anymore.

  2. 2

    I’ve got a paper mate that looks similar to these, but they must have been manufactured before the Inkjoy line was thought up.  Either way, I love them – including the heavy feel.

  3. 3
    Anne Staszalek says:

    They have a set of these in a rainbow of colors– all smooth, and even though I am left handed, there was no smearing. They’re perfect for doing work on cardstock, if you’re into paper art, and the range of colors is amazing. I found my set at Target for under 5 bucks, and they *do* go on sale occasionally. 

  4. 4
    Allison Stein says:

    I noticed a similar problem with the 300 RT multi-color pack. Blotchy is so disappointing, but they are less scratchy than some others I’ve tried.

  5. 5
    Rick says:

    I wish I could say that I love the Uni Jetstream.  Unfortunately I have had nothing but problems with the Uni 1.0mm version.  I even returned one to Sanford and got another but still not great.  Which is weird, as I love every other Uni product I’ve tried.  

  6. 6
    Rick says:

    I wish I could say that I love the Uni Jetstream.  Unfortunately I have had nothing but problems with the Uni 1.0mm version.  I even returned one to Sanford and got another but still not great.  Which is weird, as I love every other Uni product I’ve tried.  

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    Penacious H says:

    Agreed on the Ink “joy” line; better but not good.  Jetstreams are better…though the new ZMulsion line from Zebra (I found accidentally at Staples) is also very nice and similar to Jetstream. Haven’t checked whether the cartridges are swappable with other barrels yet…

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