Review: DAGi Stylus

on Design, Make  

Over winter last year I fell into what I’ll call a creative siesta – I spent most of my spare time consuming rather than creating, and my drawing skills started slipping away through lack of practice.

So towards the end of the winter, I decided to make myself spend fifteen minutes a day doing something creative – sketching, lettering, calligraphy, anything to get those old wheels turning again. That fifteen minutes a day started me off on calligraphy and lettering, and brought me back to drawing again. I love messing around with new tools and have done a lot of digital painting in Photoshop before, so it seemed a logical choice to try out some tools with my iPad Mini.

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I was just drawing with my fingers in the Procreate app for ages, but it didn’t take long for me to start looking for something with a bit more precision. So when MobileZap approached me about trying out one of their iPad accessories to review, I took the opportunity to try out a stylus. I chose to try the DAGi Capacitive Touch Stylus P507 ($34.49) mainly because the clear teflon tip allows for a much more precise line than the finger-sized rubber tip of most styluses (styli?).

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The clear disc glides smoothly across the screen (unlike the slight stickiness of rubber tipped styluses), and after a slight learning curve I’m almost as comfortable using it for drawing as a real pencil or paintbrush. The small spring holding the disc takes a bit of getting used to, but allows for writing or drawing with the screen at different angles. It does look quite fragile and I’ve tried to be very careful to always put the lid on when not in use, although a spare is provided if this one gets mangled.

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None of the apps I use have palm rejection, so I do have to use the stylus without resting my hand on the iPad’s surface. I was surprised at how easy it was to get used to this for drawing though – I suppose it’s similar to painting, holding your hand off the page to avoid smudging the wet paint. I have however found that resting my hand on my glasses cleaning cloth over the corner of the screen doesn’t register as a touch, which is much more comfortable for writing.

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The aluminium construction feels sturdy but not overly heavy, and at a slightly shorter length than a regular pen it fits nicely into my pencil box. I did originally want a pressure sensitive stylus, but as they are three times the price, significantly heavier, require batteries and have many issues, I’m pretty happy with my “dumb” (non pressure-sensitive) stylus.

The DAGi Capacitive Touch Stylus P507 works with any capacitive touch screen, so it’s fine for Android Windows devices as well. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s definitely earned its spot in my toolbox.

 

P.S. If you’re curious, here’s the example sketch I did for these photos – I love Procreate’s video feature!

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