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Bamboo Stylus Feel for Microsoft Surface and Other Active Digitizer Displays

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The new Bamboo Stylus Feel gives users of the Microsoft Surface Pro, and other devices with an active digitizer like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, a high-quality stylus that looks like something one might give a college graduate or retiring executive.

The pen arrives in January with a classy look and a pressure sensitive tip.

With three color and texture options, black matte, carbon fiber or white matte, the Bamboo Stylus Feel lets users of supported tablets ink with accuracy.

Those who’ve used this kind of stylus know that it makes using a capacitive stylus, like those that work on most touch screens like the iPad, feel like writing with a big crayon. Styli like the Bamboo Stylus Feel are pressure sensitive and far more accurate for intricate detailed writing or drawing.

Wacom, makers of the Bamboo Stylus Feel, offers a list of compatible devices. It’s pretty short. Here’s the tablets that work with the stylus:

  • Fujitsu Lifebook T902 Tablet PC
  • Fujitsu Lifebook T732 Tablet PC
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 1 Smartphone
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Slate
  • ErenEben T6 Slate
  • Dell Latitude 10 Tablet PC

Notice the Galaxy Note 1 smartphone listed, but not the Galaxy Note 2. We’re assuming this oversight should get corrected since the two phones use the same S-Pen technology.

Bamboo Stylus Feel carbon

So why should someone invest in a pen like this instead of just using the stylus that came with their tablet?

A stylus like the Bamboo Feel is a higher quality replacement that likely offers a better value than buying another stock stylus. A good third-party stylus like this is often more comfortable to ink with for long writing sessions and might offer a more precise inking experience, something we’ll need to test when the Bamboo Feel is released on January 7, 2013.

bamboo carbon fiber

The Carbon options offers a carbon fiber texture at a premium price of $79.95. The Black and White both offer a matte finish and retail for $39.95.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

3 Comments

  1. lennartp

    12/04/2012 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks Kevin, i was looking for something like the Wacom Cross Executive Pen for quite a while!

  2. Bob Graham

    01/07/2013 at 3:25 pm

    I was really looking forward to using this with my Note II. However, after contacting Wacom I learned that Samsung’s implementation of “Feel IT” technology is slightly different from the 10.1 and the Note I. Hence they will not be adding it to the compatibility list and I’m pretty disappointed!

    Bob Graham

  3. David Black

    08/15/2013 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Kevin. Great article, thanks. Do you know if the Bamboo Stylus feel will work with the Toshiba Z10t? New to capacitive screens and trying to understand the differences and which stylus works with which screen type. Thanks…David

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