Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo review: Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo has pen and stylus features in a comfortable, weighted barrel; ink cartridges are easily replaced, and the stylus tip feels silky-smooth.

The Bad The pen cap needs to be on the back of the stylus to really feel good in the hand as a pen; $40 might be too much for some to pay.

The Bottom Line Wacom's smooth, elegant stylus for capacitive tablets is one of the best we've seen, and adding a pen to the end only makes it more useful: just be prepared to pay an extra 10 dollars for the privilege.

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No, you don’t need a stylus for your iPad. Let’s just lay that to rest right now. However, you might desire one, especially if you fancy yourself an artist of the digital kind. The conductive stylus has been on a bit of growth spurt since the rise of paperlike drawing apps for tablets like the iPad, and one of the best I’ve seen is the Wacom Bamboo Stylus , a $30 nicely weighted aluminum barrel with a rubberized tip that feels gentle but effective.

Wacom has one-upped itself with the Bamboo Stylus duo, a longer version of that same stylus with a pen added to the other end. Clever, no? At $40 -- a $10 price hike for the pen feature -- you might be thinking, “that better be a damn good pen.” Strangely, I felt the opposite: once the stylus became a pen, a higher price seemed more normal.

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