Wacom has introduced another stylus in an attempt to address the never ending question, Can I get a better stylus to simulate writing on my iOS device?
The newest stylus, the Bamboo Fineline, is a bluetooth, USB charged, pen like device that is compatible with the latest iOS and several apps, including Bamboo Paper. When you link the new stylus to Bamboo’s Paper app, you are provided with a fineline bonus pack of extra notebooks that normally require an in app purchase.
The device is compatible with iPads featuring Bluetooth® Smart technology: iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini (1st and 2nd generation) – or newer.
You can watch the device in action below.
After having used the stylus, the usual concern of the slight clicking sound when the nib touches the screen comes to mind but, it is really not that big of a deal. The other option is a squishy nib that feels like you are writing with a thick wet noodle and is quiet. So, the slight tap should really not be an issue.
The nib is 1.9 mm thin and feels solid instead of squishy like the other Bamboo stylus nibs. As to the way the pen feels, it is comfortable and there is palm rejection with apps that support the pen. This rejection allows you to comfortably rest your palm on the iPad if you want.
The sensation of ink flowing from the pen nib using Bamboo’s app is pretty good. If you have bad handwriting with pen and paper, don’t expect to see any difference.
The pen is charged using a USB connector that plugs into the rear of the pen. You flip up the rubbery end piece to expose the slot where the USB plugs in. There is some concern that that piece will soon disappear or break off…We’ll see.
The stylus comes in a variety of bright metallic colors.
The cost is about $59 US. You can get a pen from the Wacom Store, Best Buy and other stores.
If you have been waiting for a stylus that feels solid and is capable of writing fine lines, you will enjoy this one.