iPad Pro Paperlike Screen Protector - Anyone using it?

TomSolid

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After a lot of trial and failure I finally found the perfect combination of screen protectors for my iPad Pro 12.9! I use tempered glass and on top I use the PaperLike protector. I wanted to save my iPad Pro with real tempered glass but also wanted to get the "paper feeling" and, very important, there is NO drop in responsiveness! I made a review of both if you want to see what my experience was using the protector for the first time.

 

AlliFlowers

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After a lot of trial and failure I finally found the perfect combination of screen protectors for my iPad Pro 12.9! I use tempered glass and on top I use the PaperLike protector. I wanted to save my iPad Pro with real tempered glass but also wanted to get the "paper feeling" and, very important, there is NO drop in responsiveness! I made a review of both if you want to see what my experience was using the protector for the first time.

Exceptional review!
 
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MacInTO

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Paperlike is a just a clever marketing campaign. I bought one thinking that it’s worth a try, but took it off after a few weeks. The short answer is that the “Paperlike” is really no different (actually a bit worse) than other cheap $5 antiglare film screen protector. I previously used iCarez antiglare film ($8 for two on Amazon) and it felt virtually the same as this Paperlike, and Paperlike has worse clarity. The product you really want is one that is only for sale in Japan (unfortunately), it’s made by Elecom. This thing is amazing. It’s not cheap ($25 USD), but it actually feels like paper. It’s as rough as regular laserjet paper and it has MUCH better clarity and less rainbowing than Paperlike.

https://www.amazon.co.jp/エレコム-2017* ** ** *-* ** ** ** *フィルム-ペーパーライク-TB-A17FLAPL/dp/B06XH5M4B4
I use the iCarez antigare film and it's good. However there is a bit of rainbow effect. It also got rid of the fingerprints and I really like it because of that.

Have you personally tried the Elecom product? Is it that much better in terms of clarity? It's reduced to ¥1750 (~US$15). I've got several friends in Japan that can get me one. Wondering if it's worth it.
 

Rugbydman

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I use the iCarez antigare film and it's good. However there is a bit of rainbow effect. It also got rid of the fingerprints and I really like it because of that.

Have you personally tried the Elecom product? Is it that much better in terms of clarity? It's reduced to ¥1750 (~US$15). I've got several friends in Japan that can get me one. Wondering if it's worth it.
I would love to know more about this elecampane product
 

spesifikbrush

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I would love to know more about this elecampane product
OP here, I just bought a normal matte screen protector. I don’t remember the brand, but it’s decent. The surface of the iPad is now very slick with fingers, but there’s a veeery low feel of friction with the pencil. Still feels better than the bare glass, but the friction is not like a Wacom screen. I got one from Amazon that ships to my country. iCarez doesn’t ship to my country.
 

Eichhorn

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Hi I just registered to give my two Cents on the Elecom screenprotector.
I have been using the paperlike for about 4 weeks and while i was happy with the the drawing
feel it provided the screen distortion really bothered me (and the few airbubbles i got while applying it, but thats my fault). After 4 weeks of daily use the paperlike started to get way smoother in the heavy use areas which sort of negates the reason for using it. What I really liked was the matte non glare effect. So I did some research and stumbled over this thread.

Enter Elecom:
Getting hold of this screen protector was not easy. I went through buyee ( a japan-based site that orders stuff for you and ships it to your adress for a fee). All in all I paid about 40€ or so including fees and shipping to the EU. The Elecom protector is amazing.

It doesn‘t interefere with the recognition of theApple pencil in any way. There is no lag and no jaggyness in the lines like you might get with thick protectors.

The texture is noticably more rough compared to the paperlike and while not quite like real paper it feels very good and provides very good control when drawing/writing. I can‘t yet say how it will hold the texture over time, but it feels more durable than the paperlike did. Due to the roughness it might wear out the Apple pens tip faster than other products, but I doubt it will be a problem.

Also the clarity is no comparioson to any other matte protector I previously used. Sure you‘re gonna make a trade of compared to thick clear protectors or the bare screen, but next to the paperlike the prisma-effect on the elecom is barely noticable. If you‘re like me and your biggest gripe with all the textured protectors is the image quality I would be suprised if you can find anything better than this one.

One small knock against the Elecom is that the rough texture takes some getting used to, when using your finger to navigate the iPad. There is quite a bit of resistance and a noise when dragging, but thats to be expected and it‘s not so bad that it annoys me.
 

TinyChip

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I wanted to try this paper-like screen protector but a lot of reviews I’ve read say the texture is awesome but it reduces the clarity of the screen due to visual distortion caused by the material used to create the texture.
 
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artisticint

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Hi. How would you order this to the uk?
I live in Japan and have the Elecom mentioned above and can confirm it works well.IMHO should be bundled with every Apple Pencil. Actually ordered the PaperLike a while ago (still waiting) but this forum persuaded me to get an Elecom, for which many thanks.
 
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conan321

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Amazing! It will help to sketch and writing smoothly on iPad. is it available on Amazon or other website
 

Chileh

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Paperlike is a just a clever marketing campaign. I bought one thinking that it’s worth a try, but took it off after a few weeks. The short answer is that the “Paperlike” is really no different (actually a bit worse) than other cheap $5 antiglare film screen protector. I previously used iCarez antiglare film ($8 for two on Amazon) and it felt virtually the same as this Paperlike, and Paperlike has worse clarity. The product you really want is one that is only for sale in Japan (unfortunately), it’s made by Elecom. This thing is amazing. It’s not cheap ($25 USD), but it actually feels like paper. It’s as rough as regular laserjet paper and it has MUCH better clarity and less rainbowing than Paperlike.

https://www.amazon.co.jp/エレコム-2017* ** ** *-* ** ** ** *フィルム-ペーパーライク-TB-A17FLAPL/dp/B06XH5M4B4
I bought this instead of Paperlike and this has much better roughness and texture and the screen quality still stays excellent.
 

Rugbydman

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Finally installed my Elecom screen protector. Ordered off eBay in the uk.
It’s great. Much better than the paper like protector which was very disappointing!
Easy to install and Apple Pencil feels great when writing
 

marmiteturkey

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THis thread has led me to order the Elecom protector from eBay too - I use my pencil for note taking and diagramming all the time with an anker glass protector, which is great but just a bit too slippery. Makes my bad handwriting worse... hoping for as positive a result as everyone else.

EDIT
Installed the elecom protector today. I like it lots - it’s very oleophobic, not too rough or rainbow-y, and gives just a bit of tooth to the pencil. Went on reasonably well too, no dust spots or bubbles.
 
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extracampine

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THis thread has led me to order the Elecom protector from eBay too - I use my pencil for note taking and diagramming all the time with an anker glass protector, which is great but just a bit too slippery. Makes my bad handwriting worse... hoping for as positive a result as everyone else.

EDIT
Installed the elecom protector today. I like it lots - it’s very oleophobic, not too rough or rainbow-y, and gives just a bit of tooth to the pencil. Went on reasonably well too, no dust spots or bubbles.
Can I ask what deal you managed to get on the Elecom screen protector on the UK eBay?
 
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marmiteturkey

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Can I ask what deal you managed to get on the Elecom screen protector on the UK eBay?
Sorry for the delay

I paid about £13 for it I think with free delivery from Japan. I had to take my iPad back in and they replaced it - promptly ordered another elecom protector and it’s on there now. I love it.
 
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corny

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I'm so glad I stumbled upon this thread! I just bought the Elecom screen protector off Amazon. I live in the US, but I was still able to get 2-day free shipping with Amazon Prime. It was a bit pricey at $33, but after reading these reviews I feel like I made a good investment. Can't wait to try this out.

Can anyone provide updates on how the texture holds up after a few months of use?
 

Chileh

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I'm so glad I stumbled upon this thread! I just bought the Elecom screen protector off Amazon. I live in the US, but I was still able to get 2-day free shipping with Amazon Prime. It was a bit pricey at $33, but after reading these reviews I feel like I made a good investment. Can't wait to try this out.

Can anyone provide updates on how the texture holds up after a few months of use?
I’ve used it for a few months now. The texture still feels great and adds resistance for the pencil. I first thought that the tooth was a bit too much but I got used to it after using it for long periods of time.