There’s no shortage of styluses available for the iPad. If you want as close an experience of putting a real pen to paper, however, it’s hard to do any better than the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline.
Designed for precise drawing and note-taking, the digital writing tool features a fine tip that’s as close to pointed as you can get without scratching the tablet’s Retina display. Seriously, it even looks more like a real pen than a capacitive stylus, so the tactile experience of scribbling on a notebook or doodling on a sketch pad can be fully recreated.
The Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline can instantly pair with the iPad using Bluetooth Smart, allowing you to quickly use it for drawing and handwriting, as well as with apps that require precision controls. When used with the Bamboo Paper app, the pen functions in a pressure-sensitive manner (1,024 levels of sensitivity), allowing you write thinner or thicker lines depending on the amount of pressure you’re putting on the screen. Like the Surface Pro 3’s stylus, it will also let you put your hand on the screen and not have it affect what you’re doing, similar to drawing on an actual paper. A programmable button on the pen lets you use it as a shortcut to quickly launch your favorite drawing or note-taking app.
Pen construction is brushed aluminum, with a premium design that makes it look more like a fancy fountain pen than a cheap, disposable ballpoint. It’s compatible with iPad 3 and newer, iPad Mini, and iPad Air.
Available now, the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline retails for $59.