53 Pencil iPad stylus – Pretty but disappointing.

Have you ever met someone who was really attractive and also seemed very interested in you, but when you started talking there was absolutely no chemistry?

That was my experience with 53 Pencil.

The 53 Pencil stylus is a beautiful design, but as you may already know, beauty is only skin deep.

Part of the disappointment was my own misunderstanding, but I think it’s a misunderstanding that is intentional spread.  When I read stylus package that says it has a ‘surface pressure’ feature, I understand that to mean it has a ‘pressure sensitivity’, but of course it doesn’t.

Since that was the key feature I was looking for it was a major let-down to learn that it wasn’t available in this stylus.  

For some workflows I could see this stylus working just fine, I like the way they’ve integrated palm rejection, finger smearing and a built in eraser, but that’s not enough to cancel out my disappointment in the lack of pressure sensitivity.

Back to the utilitarian but comfortable design of a wacom stylus I guess.

Unfortunately it looks like 53 Paper has no interest in supporting the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus in their otherwise beautiful app.



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