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Cosmonaut Capacitive Stylus Review

Posted by Andrew at 12:42 AM on May 22, 2012

I’m not a fan of capacitive touch screens as they are the user interface of a 5 year old, which is great for finger-painting but useless if you want to do anything precise, such as write normally or position a cursor between two letters. And multitouch is over-rated: I’d rather be able to place one point exactly than five blurry ones.

With this in mind I’m reviewing the Cosmonaut Capacitive Stylus for Touch Screens by Studio Neat. Originally a Kickstarter project, it’s now available for general sale direct from Studio Neat and Amazon for $25.

Cosmonaut Stylus in Box

The stylus is presented in small cardboard box and there’s no need to attack the packaging with scissors which is a welcome relief. On sliding open the box, the cardboard inner has rocket fins printed on it, giving the Cosmonaut a spaceship look. A nice touch.

Cosmonaut Stylus in Packaging

The Cosmonaut is a fat rubber covered pen, about the same thickness as a whiteboard marker. However, unlike a whiteboard marker, it’s got a little bit of weight to it. Feels good in the hand, though I have largish hands.

Cosmonaut Stylus

In use, the Cosmonaut takes a little bit of getting used to; the tip is a slightly squidgy and you have to press down for the Cosmonaut to register the button press or the stroke. You can’t simply flick the stylus across the screen as you might with your finger. In some ways, this is a good thing as it prevents unwanted touches.

The Cosmonaut makes drawing apps much easier to use as the stylus mimics a pen or brush quite well. It’s also pretty handy for apps that have lots of closely spaced buttons. However writing like an adult is still out of the question, but the limitation is with the capacitative screen and the necessary fatness of the tip.

Overall, the Cosmonaut is well-designed and well-built. It’s easy to hold and works as it’s supposed to. If you want a stylus for your tablet, this should be on your short-list but just don’t expect to return to the precision days of the PDA.


Targus Stylus for the iPad

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 10:21 AM on April 2, 2012

Stylus I like to draw and doodle, so I recently brought a couple of drawing applications for my iPad including Paper by FiftyThree and Sketchbook MobileX and Draw Some. I quickly discovered that drawing with your finger maybe fun, but it is very imprecise. It is like doing finger-painting. Despite what Steve Jobs said there are times when a stylus is the right tool for the job. Sunday I went down to the local Best Buy to pick up a stylus. They had several styli available priced from below $10.00 to above $30.00 for a Wacom stylus. One of the problems I ran into was there was no way to test the stylus since they were all in packages. I ended up picking up the Stylus for the iPad by Targus for $13.77.

The Targus Stylus for the iPad is smaller and slightly thinner then a regular pen. It is about 4 3/8 inches long. It comes in black, blue and red. It was only available in black at the local Best Buy. Like a regular pen it has a clip. On the end is a small loop, where you could loop a chain on lanyard through. Unfortunately however no chain was provided. It has some weight to it so it feels you are holding a small pen. I did noticed that if I hold it the way I would a regular pen, the clasp sits in the space between my thumb and finger. After holding it for a while I noticed it started to dig in and it felt uncomfortable. Because of this I have to hold the stylus lower than I would a normal pen. The tip which you write or draw with is a small rubber nub. You don’t have to press hard for the stylus to work, but you do have to be consistent. If you are not consistent it does have the tendency to skip occasionally.  Finding a stylus you like is a very personal thing and can be a matter of trial and error. I am not sure the Targus Stylus for the iPad is the one for me because of the clip issue but it does get good reviews online by a lot of people so I do recommend trying it.  Have you found a stylus that you really like and how do you use it.

Penclic – the Pen Mouse

Posted by Andrew at 8:25 AM on February 3, 2012

Penclic MouseSwedish company Penclic think that the pen is mightier than the sword mouse so Andy gets to grips with the Penclic Mouse to see if it’s true.

A picture paints a thousand words and once you’ve seen the picture to the left, you’ll pretty much have grasped (sorry) the concept. You hold the Penclic Mouse as you would hold a pen and the base moves with your hand.

The Penclic Mouse is offered in two models, a wireless R2 and a corded D2, with all the features of a standard mouse, including left & right buttons and a scroll wheel. Available now from good retail stores at around $80 for the wireless version.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net.

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eFun Brings the APen Stylus to the iPad

Posted by Alan at 11:19 PM on January 22, 2012

apen logoThe iPad was purposely designed to be used without a stylus, but that doesn’t stop some users from wanting one.  It’s especially handy for things like editing a document, writing notes, or for drawing apps.  Now eFun has introduced one especially made for the iPad.  The new stylus comes with a lot of options as well.  You can not only write, draw, and edit, but you can do so in multiple colors and line weights.

The stylus, which debuted last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is available now for $99 from APenUSA.  To see this cool new iPad pen in action you can check out the video posted below of a live demo from the CES show floor.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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