There is a fineline Between Good Art and Great Art
My preferred medium for drawing these days has been on the computer, using my Wacom Bamboo pen and tablet. Working on the computer is a lot cleaner than using traditional tools, like pencils, charcoals, paints, etc., it allows me to quickly upload my pictures online, and it allows me to add effects to my work using software editing capabilities. The only problem with my current setup, is that I have to always connect the tablet to my computer to use. I have dreamt of upgrading my Wacom to the (way) more expensive, interactive touch screen Cintiq model, but I became convinced that my multi-capable iPad had to have a similar software and hardware solution. I found several good drawing apps on the App store, but I couldn't quite find the right stylus to use with them. Until just recently, the most precise model that I had found was the Bamboo Stylus duo, but that model, like my previous stylus purchases, had a big rubber nib, which prevented me from drawing fine lines and details with any accuracy. Fortunately, for me (and mobile, iPad owning artists everywhere) Wacom recently released the Bamboo Stylus fineline.
One of the first things you will notice about this stylus (outside of its healthy price tag), is that it is a fine looking piece of equipment. There are a lot of unattractive styluses on the market, so I can appreciate the effort Wacom put into aesthetically designing the fineline. Unlike other iPad styluses with their wide rubber nibs, the fineline has a fine tip, which allows artists to add finer details to some of their digital artwork. The Bluetooth sync button is curved inward to prevent users from hitting the button unintentionally, which was a smart design choice. Speaking of the sync button, this stylus uses Bluetooth technology to sync to your iPad. Syncing is an easy and quick process, requiring a simple button push. I was able to easily connect the fineline to my iPad 2 (even though all documentation states that it is compatible with the third generation iPad and newer) with no discernible issue.
The stylus is compatible with a variety of drawing and note taking apps, including Bamboo Paper and Sketchbook Pro. The stylus is quite precise and accurate for drawing, and has 1,204
levels of pressure sensitivity, which allows for some pretty detailed iPad drawings. The stylus also has a good weight to it, however, it has a pretty hard grip and you may suffer
hand fatigue after prolonged usage. The Bluetooth connection is pretty consistent overall, however, there were a few moments where the stylus disconnected for a second. The stylus is
USB rechargeable, and a full charge should give users about 26 hours of usage. The palm rejection detection varies across apps, where some handle it well, and others don't
consistently. Because of this, when I rested my palm on the iPad screen, I ended up making a lot of stray marks on my test drawings which had to be constantly erased. Since I had
to do quite a bit of erasing, I wish that this stylus would have had built-in eraser capabilities. This would have made this stylus a little more convenient to use. That
being said, these minor gripes are not enough to ruin a pretty satisfying overall experience with the stylus. I highly recommend the Bamboo Stylus fineline for any iPad
+ Stylish, Easy to Synchronize, Also Works with iPad2, Precise, Pressure Sensitive, Long-Lasting Rechargeable Battery
- Expensive, No Built-In Eraser Capability, Not the Most Comfortable Stylus to Grip, Palm Rejection not
Consistent Across Apps