The pens do have quite a basic look and feel to them on first viewing. The plastic caps are very reminiscent of cheap children's pens and don't inspire confidence that they will perform well (luckily the opposite is true). The narrow barrels are identical in appearance to other products in the Conté range, with their uniform black coating and simple silver stamp. The caps and pen tips are coloured, which is handy for selecting one at a glance. Again there is no colour name or number to identify them with. Some of the caps don't correlate well with the ink colour, so I'd recommend doing a swatch chart before using.
These pens come in a 20 pack for around £11, which is a reasonable price to pay if only for spares. The pens do feel very light and quite insubstantial so I'm not sure how long they will last, only time will tell!
Overall I would certainly recommend these pens even if you're just wanting to supplement your Staedtlers with those extra colours.
I was given these pens in exchange for an honest review. You can find them on Amazon here: