Wacom Bamboo Stylus Pocket review

We're finding ourselves using our touchscreen devices more than ever, so it can come in handy to have a stylus at hand while out and about. Wacom's Bamboo Stylus Pocket is small enough to fit into any pocket, and can be extended to become a full-length pen for comfortable use.

The Bamboo Stylus Pocket's design is stylish and durable, with a smooth metal body and black rubber grip for more precise note taking, doodling, photo editing and game playing on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or other capacitive touchscreen device.

It comes with a sturdy cap that also allows you to attach the stylus to your iPhone or iPad via the headphone jack for safekeeping.

The coloured rings are a fun touch to enable you to customise the stylus, by swapping the silver rings surrounding the rubber grip for blue or red rings. It's a bit fiddly though.

In the box, you'll have two nibs in total: a firm one already fitted onto the stylus, and a soft nib in a little plastic bag. We tested both nibs and found that the firm one was more precise for handwriting and line drawings, while the soft one was a little less precise but smoother to use for colouring or photo retouching. Both feel durable and it is quick and easy to switch between the two.

The Bamboo Stylus Pocket's only real downfall is the price. Wacom charges £29.99 for the accessory. Aside from being extendable, and having a touch of customisation, the Bamboo Stylus Pocket doesn't offer much more than competing styluses available for around half the price.

Overall, if you think you'll make use of a stylus every day, then the Bamboo Stylus Pocket could be a good investment that is both convenient to carry and comfortable to use, and is also great quality and pleasing to the eye. If you're looking for a stylus to give you advanced precision, then the Adonit Jot Pro might be a better choice. Alternatively, if you want a cheaper stylus to use occasionally, the £9.99 Scribbly stylus or the £14.99 Incipio Inscribe Stylus could fit the bill.

OUR VERDICT

The Bamboo Stylus Pocket's only real downfall is the price. Wacom charges £29.99 for the accessory. Aside from being extendable, and having a touch of customisation, the Bamboo Stylus Pocket doesn't offer much more than competing styluses available for around half the price.

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