Does Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus enhance image editing on the iPad? Michael Topham finds out
- Price: £38
- Website: www.wacom.com
If you own an iPad, and use it regularly to review, edit or share your images, you’ll appreciate the responsiveness of the touchscreen and the way it reacts to the lightest of touches. Operating the screen with your fingers is great when you want to work quickly, but if you’d prefer to have the finest level of control possible, a stylus that allows you to draw, write and move around the screen more precisely is your best option.
Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus fineline connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, features a 1.9mm nib and offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity in compatible apps. As well as being useful for taking notes and doodling, it’s an excellent tool for more precise editing tasks in photography apps like Lightroom Mobile and Snapseed.
In use, the Bamboo Stylus fineline responded quickly and proved to be particularly effective for applying selective adjustments and precise crops. It’s very comfortable in the hand, thanks to its clean, tapered design. There’s a single button to switch it on and off, and Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app (free to download via iTunes) allows you to customise the button to different tasks and configure your writing posture.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus fineline – Key features
The battery is charged via a Micro USB port and features Smart Power Off functionality for when it’s not in use.
The Bamboo Stylus fineline is available in grey, silver, orange, pink and blue colours.
The stylus is compatible with palm rejection apps and thereby allows you to rest your hand on the screen and write comfortably.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus fineline – Verdict
The only disadvantage of using the stylus compared to your finger is the noise it makes when it comes into contact with the surface of the screen, and any quick movements can result in rather loud tapping against the glass. However, if you want finer control of your iPad and fancy editing on it like a pen on paper, then the Wacom Bamboo Stylus fineline is worth a try and superb value for money.
SCORE: 4 out of 5
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The Cregle Ink R is designed with a long-lasting tip and a rubber nib that produces no noises or scratches when in use. Like the Wacom Bamboo Stylus fineline it features Smart Power Off functionality to preserve battery life.
The Bamboo Stylus Solo is the cheapest stylus in Wacom’s range and features a thick carbon-fibre nib. If you’d also like it with a ballpoint pen on the opposite end, the Bamboo Stylus Duo is worth a look and costs £25.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2
This is Wacom’s top-end Stylus and features a thinner, firmer tip, as well as providing a higher 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Like the Bamboo Stylus, it’s compatible with iPad Mini 1, 2 and 3, iPad 3 and 4 and the iPad Air 1.