Rechargeable Apex stylus
Has the humble pen and paper finally had its day? US$70 (about £42) Manufacturer Lynktec, lynktec.com Tip 2.3mm replaceable conductive polymer nib Width 15mm (with clip) Length 15cm Weight 28g
Lynktec’s latest Apex Fine Point Active stylus is one of the best of a new breed of touchscreen input devices that do away with the bulbous, mushy nibs of previous pens. Its 2.3mm tip generates an electric field to simulate the contact point of a finger. A built-in rechargeable battery provides the power, and at 28 grams and 150mm in length, the brushed aluminium stylus feels comfortable in the hand.
Press and hold the button to turn on the pen – indicated by a blue LED – and it switches off after 30 minutes of inactivity. A twist of the cap reveals a micro USB port (and spare nib) to plug in the cable and connect it to your Mac or a USB wall adapter. The LED glows red when the battery is recharged, which took just under 90 minutes for us. We were told one charge would last between two and four weeks; Lynktec also promised at least 500 charging cycles and 20 years’ use with a year’s limited warranty.
In use, the stylus feels controlled, with good glide and tactility. It works fine as a general input device in iOS, but the real benefit is being able to follow the lay of ‘ink’ in apps, such as Penultimate, Noteshelf and ArtRage. Pen and paper isn’t quite in danger (yet), but for digital doodlers this is the next best thing. Tim Hardwick
Extra replacement nibs can be bought separately in packs of five.