Tue, 03 Apr 2012 Studio Neat Cosmonaut review
The Cosmonaut was born out of the desire to create a great stylus that didn’t try to replicate the feel of pen on paper
- Manufacturer: Studio Neat
- Pros: Greater control than we could have ever hoped for, considering the size; lovely tactile feel; ideal for creative types; should appeal to small and big kids alike; well made
- Cons: Big crayon look won’t be to all tastes; body appears to attract marks and dirt more easily
- Price: £15.00
- Star rating:
The Cosmonaut, from US-based Studio Neat, was born out of the desire to create a great stylus that didn’t try to replicate the feel of pen on paper. The makers say the idea was to feel more like a dry erase marker, which should mean more responsive mark-making on iPad.
Despite concerns about the size and shape, which resemble a child’s large crayon, we were impressed. The Cosmonaut offers a control and precision lacking from slighter, more traditional pen-like options, working well with not only the iPad, but iPhone and iPod touchscreens too.
The all-rubber build is nicely tactile and pleasingly comfortable, and should appeal to anyone who struggles to grip a smaller stylus. The tip is responsive and doesn’t suffer from the soft, rubberised feel of some rival offerings.
As well as designing, drawing and painting on the iPad, the Cosmonaut produces nicely legible results when it comes to writing. Designed and manufactured in the US, it feels solid and well made, and comes with either a subtle cherry wood or aluminium accent.