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Tablet Artistry: Tools and Styluses Tested

Kensington Virtuoso TouchStylus

The $24.99 Kensington Virtuoso is also a rubber-tipped stylus that looks a lot like a pen. It’s about half an inch longer than the Wacom Bamboo, which makes it slightly easier to grip and draw with – but it’s thinner and significantly heavier. That’s because the cap (which has a clip you can’t remove) isn’t just decorative – inside the stylus is a real pen, which could be gimmicky but might also turn out to be useful. Although the weight is evenly distributed it doesn’t balance quite as well in your hand as the Bamboo and even though it’s thinner the tip is wider.

That doesn’t mean you get broader brushstrokes though; because capacitive screens are expecting a fingertip that’s wider than either the brush stroke or pencil line is set by the software and centered on where the tip of the finger or stylus touches the screen. The Kensington stylus draws accurately on screen and although it didn’t always feel quite as fluid or responsive as the Wacom Bamboo it’s still an excellent stylus to draw with.

The broader tip has one big advantage too. Even though the length of the tip is about the same as on the Wacom, there’s more tip exposed at the side so it’s easier to draw with the stylus held at an angle – the way you would a real pen or brush.