The XStylus Touch Makes Every Other iPad Stylus Look Like A Cheap Bic

The XStylus Touch Makes Every Other iPad Stylus Look Like A Cheap Bic

I’ve never found a stylus for the iPad that I’ve really liked. Whether an aluminum tube filled with cheap capacitive foam, or something more beefy like Wacom’s official $35 Stylus, I’ve found that more often than not, iPad stylii are maddeningly unpredictable when it comes to registering the tip of the pen and where a pen stroke actually starts.

That’s why I’m blown away by this demo of the XStylus Touch by Hong Kong inventor Elton Leung. He’s noticed that all styluses have an issue with where the pen stroke starts, and he’s designed an incredible stylus that seems to register on the iPad at the exact pixel when it first comes in contact with the display.

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Watch the video above: Leung really makes his case that current styluses are a bunch of junk compared to the XStylus. Part of the issue simply seems to be weight: most of the styluses out there just aren’t heavy enough.

There’s more to it than that, though. According to Leung, it’s also more pleasant to use. “The bulk weight XStylus Touch is distributed in the triangle formed between your thumb and your index finger in the grip. The combination of weight and grip size minimizes strain to your wrist and forearm, thus allowing you to play, create, and work longer.”

In short, the XStylys Touch is like an exquisite fountain pen compared to a cheap Bic: the competition just doesn’t come close. And it even comes with a wonderful magnetic stylus holder that has been tested to work with over fifty different cases.

I’m really impressed, especially at the price of just $25. The only problem? It’s not off the ground yet. Leung needs to raise $50,000 on indiegogo.com before he can start shipping out XStylus Touches to customers. Right now, with only 17 days to go, he’s only 1/10th of the way there.

If you draw or write on your iPad at all, do us all a favor and go kick Leung a few bucks. This is a project that deserves to get off of the ground.

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  • cyberb0b

    I would have bought today if it were available. However, I will add that the Wacom stylus mentioned in the article is the best that I’ve used.

  • breck

    that was a nicely done video of the comparisons – was hoping we would get to see this multi-function stylus by griffin in the mix  >  http://bit.ly/qXZYKq

  • Ag

    Seems like a good product, but I’d like to use it in person. When you write, you’d apply more pressure to the ipad than just the spring. Since this pen is the heaviest, it would be applying more pressure than the other 3. Looks like a great pen.

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  • imajoebob

    Kinda pricey when you’ll have to throw it away after the TSA inspector says it’s a knife.

  • Iam2ngaw

    I agree. The much praised Adonit Jot Pro doesn’t even come close. The Jot doesn’t even register taps and starts registering strokes half an inch from where you started.

  • MurderinMurphy

    “demo…”

    Crap.

  • Ignacio mangas

    It seems quite good that pen. But, Ive used the wacom stylus, i bought it also, and it Soria perfectly. I live it. I use it at college actually. If you buy the program, 1.99us, you’ll find it great.

  • Weiqi Chen

    i’m using the Griffin stylus and it is excellent

  • breck

    i agree … it’s fun too.  http://bit.ly/qXZYKq

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