Having recently reviewed both the Skil iXO and the Black & Decker SmartDriver, we couldn’t help but noticed the Kobalt version on the shelves at Lowes today.
It appears similar to the others externally in terms of form factor, and it features a top-mounted switch like the Black & Decker. Interestingly, Kobalt does print a torque specification on the packaging: 43 in-lbs.
Where the Kobalt really differs from the others is in terms of packaged accessories. While both the iXO and the SmartDriver come with a charging stand, the Kobalt uses a simpler wall-wart with a cord that plugs into the tool. It also ships with just two bits — a standard and Phillips.
This is reflected in the price, which at $29.97 is about $10-$15 less than the Skil and Black & Decker tools. We haven’t yet held or used one, but we’ll let you know more when we get the chance. Of course, Lowe’s sells all three, so if you’re in the market you can do your own on-site comparison.