Wacom Bamboo Stylus review

The Bamboo Stylus from Wacom extends the graphics tablet brand to the iPad with some success. 

Looking not unlike the stylus bundled with Wacom’s range of pressure-sensitive tablets for creative endeavours, the Bamboo Stylus is well designed and attractive. Available in a sleek black and silver with a satin-textured metal body and balanced weighting, the Bamboo feels good in the hand. The makers insist that the rubberised tip of the stylus is 25 per cent slimmer than many rivals, and in practice should mean more precise, controlled mark-marking. 

That said, the tip is still on the soft side, which can mean interaction between stylus and iPad is less than ideal. While the tip is replaceable (at a price) user feedback on the Wacom website suggests wear and tear can accumulate quite quickly, especially if you use your iPad to design, draw and paint – Wacom’s specialist areas.

That said, during the test period the Bamboo Stylus excelled, and helped create iPad images rich in detail. 

OUR VERDICT

Despite concerns about pen nib durability, the Bamboo still appears to be a great choice for creative iPad users. Stylish and beautifully weighted, the stylus also offers more precise, controlled mark-making thanks to Wacom’s slimmer tip design.

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