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Wacom Creative Stylus 2 review: Wacom's Creative Stylus 2 draws a softer, finer line

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MSRP: $79.95

The Good The Wacom Creative Stylus 2 is well designed, reasonably priced and comfortable to use.

The Bad The rubber cap on the USB connector will likely rip off.

The Bottom Line The Wacom Creative Stylus 2 is a great, well-priced pressure-sensitive stylus for iPad artistes.

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8.0 Overall

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Artsy types with tablets looking to duplicate their desktop pressure-sensitive stylus experience finally have a nice set of options to choose from these days. Gone are the fat-tipped, clunky styluses of previous years; now there are choices like Adobe Ink , with its technology soulmate the Jot Touch, and now the Creative Stylus 2 from veteran stylus company Wacom. In a significant update from its first-generation product, it eschews the fat 6mm carbon-fiber coated rubber tip and replaceable batter in favor of a fine 2.9mm nib and an internal USB-charged battery. The price is also more attractive than before, dropping to $80 (£65/AU$100).

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Like its desktop tablet styluses, Wacom's CS 2 has two programmable rocker buttons. Sarah Tew/CNET

If you're familiar with the original Creative Stylus, you'll find the new version has a similar but refined design. The CS2 is slightly longer and has shed about 0.1 oz/6 g, but the barrel is roughly the same width. It retains its 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. At review time it was supported by a handful of apps including ArtRage, Autodesk Sketchbook and Zen Brush, with more on deck. (You can find the complete current list on Wacom's site.) Like the original, the Creative Stylus 2 comes with a nice hard case, plus a replacement nib and USB charging cable.

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Like the Bamboo Fineline, the CS2 charges via a USB port at the end. Sarah Tew/CNET

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