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Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Review

Daniel Bell reviews the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus. It is designed to work with certain iPad apps and connects via Bluetooth 4.0.

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The Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus is a professional stylus for use with the iPad. It has a pressure-sensitive pen which enables palm rejection, meaning you can draw, sketch and paint easily on your iPad. It comes with a case, two spare tips and a AAAA battery and costs £59.99.

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Features

  • 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Connects with iPad Mini, iPad 3 or iPad 4
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Smart
  • Palm rejection
  • Right or left handed use
  • Shortcut buttons
  • 6mm diameter nib
  • 135mm in length, 10mm in diameter
  • Weighs 25g
  • Aluminum body and soft touch grip
  • Compact carrying case with storage for extra nibs and battery
  • Uses a AAAA battery (over 150 hours use)
  • Available in both blue or black
Works with the following apps:
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Ink
  • ProCreate
  • Artrage
  • Bamboo Paper
  • ArtStudio
  • Inkist
  • Flipink
  • ibisPaint X
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Adobe Ideas for iPad
  • Zen Brush
  • MyScript Notes Mobile
  • Sketch Club
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Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Handling

The Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus feels just like you're holding a normal pen - it's tempting to hold it with your fingers over the shortcut buttons, but this mean you'll accidentally press them in use. The shortcut buttons can be set to eraser, undo, redo and full screen mode.

Either end of the stylus screws off - the bottom is where you place the battery, the top screws off so you can change the nib as they will eventually wear down and need replacing. The case has enough space for five spare nibs and battery.

Connecting the stylus to your iPad isn't the same as connecting other bluetooth devices. It won't show up in the list of bluetooth devices - you have to open a compatible app and connect there.

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Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Performance

Having used a stylus previously using a notepad app, I know how frustrating it is when your wrist touches the screen, leaving unwanted marks. The best thing about the Wacom Intuos Creative Styles is that this just doesn't happen. When drawing, the harder your press, the darker the colour is, just like when using a pencil.

The stylus will work as a normal stylus, but without any of the benefits offered when connected via Bluetooth, but there are much cheaper ones available for this type of usage.

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Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Verdict

The Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus has no issues with performance, but there are a couple of drawbacks, which has meant we're not able to recommend it. It is quite expensive and only works with a select number of apps. If you happen to be a heavy user of the apps and are looking for a stylus, the Creative Stylus from Wacom won't let you down, it's easy to use, lightweight and has good battery life.

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Pros

You can rest your wrist on the iPad without leaving marks on your drawings
Easy to use
Comes with a case and spare nibs
Decent battery life
Pressure sensitive

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Cons

Quite expensive
Only works with certain apps
Possible to accidentally press the shortcut buttons


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