In­tuos Cre­ative Sty­lus

join the cl ub Graph­ics tablet king Wa­com yields to the iPad with a ded­i­cated, pro­fes­sional sty­lus Price £85 Com­pany Wa­com Web www.wa­ Con­tact 020 7744 0831

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Wa­com yields to the iPad with the re­lease of a ded­i­cated, pro­fes­sional sty­lus. But how good is it?

The iPad has es­tab­lished it­self as the de facto elec­tronic sketch­pad for many artists, be­cause it’s more ver­sa­tile than a graph­ics tablet and cheaper and more por­ta­ble than a lap­top. So it’s no won­der that Wa­com has fi­nally launched a pro­fes­sional-grade sty­lus for the iPad 3, 4 and later mod­els.

It’s made of rub­ber and alu­minium, mak­ing it pleas­ingly light with­out be­ing in­sub­stan­tial, and comes with a carry case and two spare nibs. There’s 2,048 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity (in sup­ported apps) and the fa­mil­iar Wa­com dual-short­cut but­tons, which can be cus­tomised to per­form what­ever app func­tions you like.

The sty­lus works via Blue­tooth, run­ning off one stan­dard AAAA bat­tery, so it needs to be paired with the iPad to be­gin with. Oddly, it doesn’t show up as a stan­dard Blue­tooth de­vice in the iPad’s sys­tem set­tings; you need to pair it with each sup­ported app in­di­vid­u­ally us­ing what­ever method it em­ploys, which is easy to for­get when you’ve just down­loaded a new one.

At the mo­ment, 15 apps pro­vide spe­cific sup­port for the sty­lus, in­clud­ing ArtRage, Pro­cre­ate, Sketch­Book and Wa­com’s own Bam­boo Paper – al­though not all of these apps sup­port all the fea­tures of

The big­gest bone of con­tention for sea­soned iPad sty­lus users is likely to be the squashy, bul­bous rub­ber nib

the sty­lus. A fur­ther six apps are promised to have in­te­gra­tion soon.

The big­gest bone of con­tention for sea­soned iPad sty­lus users is likely to be the squashy, bul­bous rub­ber nib, es­pe­cially when com­pared to the clear, fine-tipped nib of some­thing like the Adonit Jot Touch. Pre­sum­ably this is nec­es­sary to sup­port pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, but it does some­times ob­scure smaller de­tails on the screen, and can make draw­ing finer de­tails more dif­fi­cult than it needs to be.

Mean­while, the rocker switches that act as de­fin­able but­tons are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble with your fin­ger. How­ever, their ac­tion is so loose that it’s all too easy to press one by mis­take – some­times just brush­ing it with your fin­ger­tip ac­ti­vates it. It’s not a mas­sive bother, but for a sty­lus cost­ing this much, you’d ex­pect such lit­tle de­tails to be ironed out.

That said, the sty­lus is a joy to use gen­er­ally, with flow­ing lines and a pre­dictable re­sponse to pres­sure, and palm re­jec­tion works well in most apps. Zoom­ing in and out of your im­age usu­ally takes care of any prob­lems with the larger nib, while the bat­tery seems to last for­ever – and is cheap to re­place.

If you own a newer iPad and want a Cin­tiq-style ex­pe­ri­ence mi­nus the ex­tra ex­pense, this is the clos­est you’re go­ing to get. How­ever, the rel­a­tive lack of app sup­port, its high price and that squishy tip should be borne in mind.

The pres­sure-sen­si­tive In­tuos sty­lus comes with a carry case that con­tains two spare nibs.

The sty­lus uses Blue­tooth and re­quires one stan­dard AAAA bat­tery that seems

to last for­ever.

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