All we need to say can be summed up in the words Superpig Speaker Docking System. After that, all these other deals are gravy on top of our favorite deal we've ever offered. I mean, just look at that adorable thing. Impulse buys like these you never regret.
One thing Apple is great about is making you lust after their latest hardware. Another thing Apple is great at is making hardware that lasts so long you don't need to run out and buy the latest and greatest. So we've got a little mix of both of those strengths this week.
An iPad stylus is like a little umbrella in your piña colada. You don’t need one. But it’s a nice extra.
The Nomad Compose is different from every other stylus I’ve tried in that it doesn’t mimic the feel of a pen or a pencil, but rather a paintbrush--it has real bristles, blending natural and synthetic fibers. I tested the Dual Tip Long version, which has a 0.7-inch brush tip on one end, and a much shorter 0.05-inch “glide bevel tip” on the other. The bevel tip is made of the same brush material, but its beveled shape mimics the feel of classic styluses you may be used to. It works for drawing lines as well as tapping buttons in iOS apps.
Wacom’s Inkling is a fabulous concept: draw in your own notebook, with a real pen, and easily download digital versions of those drawings onto your computer. In theory, it improves on existing digital tools--support for layers makes it more flexible than a scanner, and real ink and paper offer better feel and control than a tablet. The Inkling should be a perfect bridge between digital and analog art. Unfortunately, the product still has a few kinks to work out before we can truly sings its praises. The Inkling certainly does what it sets out to do--it effectively captures a digital likeness of anything you sketch. We just wish it did a better job.
Students, teachers, and other professionals still expected to use a pen to take down notes: Targus is demoing the iNotebook at CES, a transcribing pen that automatically syncs your handwriting and translates it into text via an app on your iPad.
The iNotebook includes a rechargeable, Bluetooth-enabled writing recognition receiver, which will hook on to the iPad and work with the pen to allow transcription of handwritten notes. The pen will also include integrated stylus that lets users write directly onto the iPad.
Why is it that you can never find a pen when you need one? And though the iPad doesn’t ship with a stylus, if you do much sketching or digital note-taking, they’re handy to have around. But it’s annoying having to carry around a pen and a stylus at the same time, and constantly switching between the two. The Kensington Virtuoso Metro Stylus and Pen solves this conundrum by combining both into one handy do-everything writing utensil.
An early knock against the iPad (and the iPhone) was that people want physical keys, that touch screen typing is difficult and unnatural. As we move more and more towards a paperless world, what's a non-touch-screen-typist to do in this tabletly world? With a wealth of handwriting apps in the App Store, where do we start?
No one needs a stylus, at least according to Apple. But any artist using an iPad as a sketching tool will tell you that a stylus will take your art from finger painting to, well, actual painting. After all, Michelangelo didn’t do many hand turkeys, and he certainly didn’t draw with his finger.
The first time you pick up the Hard Candy Stylus and Pen, you’ll be struck by how it feels in your hand. It’s solid and has great balance—and sure enough, it levels perfectly on your index finger. By the time you put it down, though, you’ll be struck by how smudgy your silver stylus has become. That’s the nature of the chrome beast, we’re afraid, and this one is so great-looking that you may never want to touch it.