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Tablet Artistry: Tools and Styluses Tested

DAGi styluses

The DAGi capacitive styluses again look more like a medical instrument than an artistic one (something dental perhaps). The $23 P501 is the same overall length as the Wacom Bamboo at 4.75” and that still feels a little short, although the stylus is so lightweight that it’s comfortable to hold and easy to manipulate. It’s so light you could almost call it flimsy, but it comes with a clip-on protector to cover the tip so it will survive being thrown in your bag.

One end has a clear acrylic clip and a hole to put a lanyard through (although not many tablets have lanyard holes – or indeed lanyards). The other end is the unusual tip; a clear acrylic disk with a red dot in the middle, held at a 45-degree angle by a slightly flexible neck. The red dot gives you the clearest indication of where your stroke is going to go and you can see through to position it accurately – depending on how well your tablet screen is calibrated. You don’t get the option to choose the angle to hold the stylus at because you need the surface of the disk to make contact with the screen, but the angle gives you control. The disk slides smoothly across most surfaces without much drag, but it will take some getting used to.