For years, the manufacturer, Wacom, has been the gold standard for “pen tablets,” allowing users (e.g., graphic designers, artists, architects, etc.) to interact via a computer with a stylus on a digitizing tablet. Essentially, this aforementioned interface replaces a computer’s mouse, thereby, allowing for a more natural as well as precise method of interaction with computers.
Recently, Wacom has taken their expertise in this field to develop stand-alone products, such as their Bamboo Styluses family of products.
• Bamboo Stylus Solo – stylus with pen clip (120 mm in length, weighing 20g)
• Bamboo Stylus Duo – dual function product with one end being an ink pen (covered by a cap with pen clip) and the other being a stylus (121 mm in length, weighing 24.1 g)
• Bamboo Stylus Pocket – collapses for easier storage (89.5 mm – 118 mm in length, weighing 16.4 g) with a pen cap and tether to connect to a smart devices’ headphone jack
• Bamboo Stylus Mini – smallest form factor (47 mm in length, weighing 8 g) that too can be tethered to smart devices’ headphone jack
Every stylus is 9 mm in diameter, except for the Bamboo Stylus Pocket, that is 12 mm in diameter, allowing the barrel of the stylus to “fold up.”
The Bamboo Stylus Solo ($29.95) has received glowing reviews from both MacWorld and The Verge. This author has tried some of those competing products, spuriously thinking that any stylus from a big-box store would be sufficient. The resulting frustration was the impetus for a quest to find the best stylus on the market.
The barrel of the Bamboo Stylus Solo is metal, featuring silver accents framing one of the five following colors: black, blue, green, pink, and white. In hand, the stylus felt as comfortable as a standard pen. The point of the stylus is a broad, rubber-like point called a nib. By slowing compacting with applied pressure, the nib is revolutionary by increasing precision with a stylus. Thus, the Bamboo Stylus Solo is the closest analog to the human finger allowing various degrees of pressure, ranging from exceptionally light to extremely firm. Additionally, by using this stylus, this author was able to avoid the untimely numbness that previously resulted in his index finger from interacting (e.g., writing, drawing, and general navigation) with smart devices.
A Zen expression is that bamboo bends but does not break. In strong winds, bamboo’s flexibility allows it to remain strongly rooted in the ground, while other plants’ rigidity works against them. As its namesake suggests, the Bamboo Stylus Solo’s strength is in its resilience, clearly beating out the competition.
Rating: 5 out of 5