Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro 4 Color Pen

Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro Package

Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro Package

The Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro is a refreshed looking version of the classic Old School Bic Color Pen.  The standard white body with 4 color options of green, blue, black and red make this type of pen a staple for many looking for a basic multi color pen.  The one reviewed here today is a 1.omm Medium tipped version.

Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro Body

Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro Body

The reason I said that the Paper Mate Ink Joy Quatro is a good “basic” pen is because nothing about it really jumps out and makes you really want to use this pen.  While the body looks fairly streamlined and clean, it feels a bit uninspired.  The plastic bodyand rubber grip are both very rigid and tell you right off the bat that this is a pen that is designed for penny pinchers, not that there is anything wrong with that.  Saving money and having inexpensive pens are both fine, but for the readership here its probably not the type of pen you are looking for.

Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro Plungers

Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro Plungers

Besides the cheaper look and feel of the Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro, I also had a minor issue with the chambers that house the plunger for each color.  The top edges of the white plastic that surround the chamber could definitely stand to be a little smoother.  I’m not saying they are sharp by any means, but they definitely start to wear on you if you find yourself switching colors frequently.

Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro Writing Sample

Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro Writing Sample

Overall the Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro wrote fairly nicely leaving some pretty bold colors with a smooth writing experience.  To be honest, I wouldn’t expect anything less from a pen with a tip that large.  It was a nice surprise to see that it seemed a hair more consistent when writing than the last time I reviewed anything from the InkJoy series.  Its hard to say if they somehow improved the quality of the InkJoy line, or if you should just expect to get varying degrees of consistency on a lower end pen like this.  If you need a basic multi color pen , the Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro will help you get by with pretty good performance and at a very inexpensive price.

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    Bree says:

    I’ve got 3 of these Quatro pens, and many of the stick and click single color versions. I bought them all in a short window of time at Target, because they were inexpensive and had a wide range of colors. If I had to do it over again, I’d skip them all.

    The ink is very inconsistent. When it flows smoothly, it is a joy to use. But if it starts to skip, that’s a warning there is a mess about to happen. Shortly after skipping, the ink blobs up and releases all at once, leaving a mess on the page or the tip. And then it takes forever to dry, smearing easily.

    Paper quality doesn’t seem to be a factor. I’ve used them on everything from copy paper to Quo Vadis and Tomoe River – same blobby performance. A shame, as the vibrancy of the inks is very enticing.

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