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

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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.

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