I am grouping these pens into one review because, apart from differences in body design, these pens write very similarly. In addition, both are standard ballpoint pens produced by Pentel, are made in India, and were included in the Pentel School Essentials Pack.
|The Pentel Superb is the black pen, the Pentel Wow the blue.|
|Pentel Superb. Back view.|
|It's the Pentel Wow!|
Rants aside, the Pentel Superb and Wow ballpoint pens actually write surprisingly well, considering their otherwise average quality. Although the lines are certainly not crisp like those of a gel pen and there is a certain amount of white streakiness when writing, the pens do not leave little blobs of ink on the page, which is a definite plus for any ballpoint, as I find ink-blobbing to be one of the most annoying things that a pen can do. Although neither of these pens is the Uni-ball Jetstream, they also write surprisingly smoothly, and I appreciate their fine line. Although they are 0.7mm, 0.7mm in a ballpoint is more like 0.5mm in a gel or liquid ink pen, so they are ideal for my small handwriting. Certainly the Pentel Superb and Wow ballpoints are a step above the average Bic.
Overall, the Pentel Superb or the Pentel Wow is an acceptable choice if you're looking for a basic ballpoint and you're not too fussy about the details. However, while they are okay pens, they're not exactly superb and they didn't make me say wow.