Wacom Intros Bamboo Stylus for iPad

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Wacom is extending its scope beyond its own graphics tablets with the introduction of the Bamboo Stylus for Apple’s iPad. The stylus was designed specifically for the iPad, and offers a narrower tip compared to many other styluses on the market.

Wacom Bamboo StylusWacom’s Bamboo Stylus for the iPad

The Bamboo Stylus includes a 6mm-wide tip, where many other products offer an 8mm-wide tip. It sports a metal body with satin texture, and offers balanced weight.

Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus for the iPad is priced at US$29.99 and should be available in mid-May.

Comments

geoduck

Can somebody explain why it cost’s $30?
I can get an actual pen that writes with real ink, clicks and everything for a buck or two. This is just a conductive stick with a rubber tip. I’d like to get a stylus, both for our upcoming iPad and for our iPod Touch. But come on, $5-$6 is what I’m willing to pay. Maybe, $10 if it were really nice.
But $30?

John Molloy

“I can get an actual pen that writes with real ink, clicks and everything for a buck or two.”

Good luck with making that work with an iOS device…

KG

They cost 25? to make in China.

You can get 3 Touch styli on Ebay from China for 99? with free shipping.

They?re not as heavy and use thin metal but you get the idea.

Thanks ... Ken

geoduck

Good luck with making that work with an iOS device?

LOL true.
The point is though that an actual pen does something. It has a mechanism, springs, a ball, ink and such.
This is just a stick. I’m giving them benefit of the doubt and not insisting that it cost no more than a Bic pen. $30 seem like a lot.

geoduck

You can get 3 Touch styli on Ebay from China for 99? with free shipping.

OK that’s what I’m talking about. The Wacom stylus is the Cross pen of styli. I’ll stick with the 3/.99 model.
‘Couse it’s not like I’m made of money.
Thanks

Duh

The reason it is 30 dollars is that it is hard to get something without heat to respond

bigPaise

Back when the iPhone first arrived I and a buddy tested many items for styluses. I believe we settled upon a Slim-Jim but alas ... to greasy!

furbies

I believe we settled upon a Slim-Jim but alas ... to greasy!

Isn’t a slim jim a burglary tool ?

Lee Dronick

Of course there is more to the cost of a product than the production cost, but it does seem like quite a markup. Maybe to imply a better value by being more expensive.

BurmaYank

Is $9.99 too exorbitant?

(and what do you think about this?)

Pat Mahon

Wacom are just p***** off at the thoughts of Apple making a tablet that doesn’t need a stylus.

This device is designed to be used without a stylus. Steve doesn’t like buttons, never mind lengths of aluminium dangling off the side of the iPad. Ergo all the apps are designed to be used without a stylus (with the exception of one or two drawing apps that can be used either way). Then there is the text input to consider. Whatever speed you can reach typing on the iPad that all goes out the window when you start hunting & pecking with a lump of metal. If you leave it down to do this you run the danger of losing it. And you WILL lose it meaning a consistent user experience will not be achieved. Very un-Apple like.

I’m sorry guys but IMO anyone using a stylus on an iDevice are like a school in July… They have no class.

geoduck

Whatever speed you can reach typing on the iPad that all goes out the window when you start hunting & pecking with a lump of metal

You are assuming that I don’t already hunt and peck with my fingers. Touch typing never worked for me

I?m sorry guys but IMO anyone using a stylus on an iDevice are like a school in July? They have no class

Can’t say about the iPad, don’t have mine yet, but I really want one for my iPod Touch. I have big hands. My little finger is bigger than the wake up button. Typing is tricky but I can do it. However for particular games, like SimplePhysics, my finger is just not precise enough. It’s tough to put items exactly where I want them. A stylus would make that much easier.

Lee Dronick

I?m sorry guys but IMO anyone using a stylus on an iDevice are like a school in July? They have no class.

Suppose they are in an art class, I am thinking a stylus would be handy for sketching on the iPad. For typing, yes then maybe fingers would be faster. There is the situation where the user is wearing gloves for what ever reason.

Lee Dronick

Can?t say about the iPad, don?t have mine yet, but I really want one for my iPod Touch. I have big hands. My little finger is bigger than the wake up button. Typing is tricky but I can do it. However for particular games, like SimplePhysics, my finger is just not precise enough. It?s tough to put items exactly where I want them. A stylus would make that much easier.

I have too have big fingers. On the iPhone I also have a parallax thing where my eye sees one key, but my finger hits an adjacent one. Not as much of a problem for me as was when I first got my iPhone as I have learned to apply Kentucky windage when typing. When texting, the send key is right above the I, O, and P keys so sometimes a text goes off incomplete. The keyboard on the iPad is of course much bigger and broad finger tips is not a problem for me.

Pat Mahon

@geoduck My friend I have hands like shovels. Thankfully one’s accuracy does not have to be pixel perfect when it comes to typing or ‘playing’ on the range of iOS devices. But of course if you feel you really need this then by all means be my guest.

Just one point of fact though. It is not ‘touch typing’ on an iDevice but I do know what you mean. What I did say was “whatever speed you can reach…” if you stop thinking about it and just type the iOS will learn your idiosyncrasies and compensate. An advantage using software as opposed to hardware. But each to their own. I was only offering my opinion.

archimedes

Can somebody explain why it costs $30?

1. Because that is the price which maximizes profit. If they sold them at cost (25 cents each), they would have higher volume but would lose money.

2. Because Wacom needs to make money while the iPad is killing their Cintiq and graphics tablet business!

KG

1. Because that is the price which maximizes profit. If they sold them at cost (25 cents each), they would have higher volume but would lose money.

They can also put them on sale at 50% off and still make an outrageous profit.

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