The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Bamboo Stylus for iPad

I use my iPad for almost everything, including daily to-do lists and memos. Sometimes it’s a pain to have to type everything in on the touchscreen, so I decided to buy a stylus and note taking app. After checking out some recommendations, I decided to go with the Bamboo stylus by Wacom.

The Bamboo stylus has the length and heft of a regular pen, so it feels good in my hand. It also works very well with Penultimate. All of my brushstrokes are recorded and the handwriting rendered looks VERY close to what it does on real paper.

The only thing I have a problem with is that I can’t quite get used to its wide nib. This was my first stylus purchase for a touchscreen device, so I didn’t know that this is how they all are. I can control the line width in Penultimate, but even when I select the finest option, I can’t get used to writing that way. I prefer the thickest line option in Penultimate, in which case the Bamboo stylus works like a champ.

Overall, I think this is a good product. It does what I need it to do, which is general note-taking for daily life. I’m not in school and I’m not an artist, so if that’s what you plan to use your stylus for, you might have different criteria.

At $30 this was the priciest stylus at the store. I chose it anyway because I have used cheap accessories in the past and been burned. I don’t feel I was ripped off on this purchase, though.