A few weeks ago, Tombow contacted me, and asked me if I wanted to review one of their latest products : the new Zoom L102 multifunction pen, and who would I be to say no to that, right?
I was able to choose between four juicy colours: a turquoise-like green, dark blue, gold and pink. I went for the green one, and I think it looks very nice, it's a shiny, bright-coloured pen!
Underneath the push button, you can find a small eraser. It does a decent job at erasing small mistakes, but I would suggest keeping a full-size eraser handy for more serious erasing!
It comes loaded with a black and red ballpoint refill and a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. The pencil refill looks a bit different than some other multipens I own, so I'm not sure if there are replacements available for that one, but the ballpoint pens can be swapped out for any D1 refill you want. And even better (for all those OCD people out there, including me!) The pen functions aren't colour coded, instead they have a symbol (I always hate inserting a blue refill into a slot that has a red colour code on the barrel!)
|symbols indicate the different writing tools,|
the pen is retracted by pushing the silver button next to the clip.
The refills that come with the pen are actually very good, I really enjoy using them! The ballpoint pens leave a very fine line on the paper, but they are still very smooth and I didn't experience any blotting or skipping. These Tombow refills can be bought separately as well. Which is great because I really like them, which says quite a lot, because I normally don't really like this kind of refill! The pencil works fine as well, it comes with a few leads that are quite smooth. The pencil tip looks like a mixture between a normal mechanical pencil and a drafting pencil, so it can be used for both writing and drawing as well as technical drawing (though you should keep in mind that the pencil obviously doesn't have a fixed sleeve, so it does wobble a bit).
The Tombow L102 is a definitely a good pen for it's price, at around 30 Euros/ 45 USDollars (I'm not sure about the American MSRP!) The fun colours make it a great pen for students, but I would suggest it to anyone who wants a multipen. As it is a good alternative to the more expensive Lamy Accent if you don't feel like spending 80-90 USDollars on a pen!
Note: I received this product at no charge, but the opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Some people might have a different opinion about some things, that's why reviews serve only as a guideline,