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Last week while still McGyvering a stylus to use with my iPad…

I was intrigued by another stylus I’d seen demonstrated by a sketch artist in one of the many YouTube videos I’d come across.

The Dagi Capacitive Stylus.

The Dagi stylus stood out from every other stylus by its construction.

Different in several ways.

First, construction of the barrel. It’s much fatter than the barrels of any other stylus I’ve seen or held.

Second the tip of the stylus. Which is easier to just show you than explain to you how it looks, but I’ll try. The tip of this stylus is actually a flat clear plastic disk with a red dot in the center, attached to the barrel with a semi-flexible-open- ‘hoof-like’ construction. Told you. See the image below.

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What I liked about the tip is the clear disk with the red dot in the center. This red dot is for you to see the contact point. Like the pen tip touching a piece of paper. By the tip being flat, the attaching hoof holds the tip at an angle. A more natural drawing angle. Your line is drawn originating from the red dot.

The disk is soft and glides across the surface of the iPad. Like other stylus models out there, the Dagi stylus is short and almost weightless. Not an attribute that I’m fond of with any of the models I’ve tried and seen.

So what is my take on this particular stylus after trying it out for a few days?

Barrel Construction:
Pro: I like the fatter barrel; makes the stylus easier to hold than the other stylus models.
Con: The surface is really smooth, makes it slippery.

Performance:
Pro: Very responsive
Con: None

Registration:
Pro/Con: Depending on the app I was using, the preciseness of the registration dot to the line drawn was either on point or offset.

Tilt:
Pro: I could hold the Dagi stylus in a tilt normal for drawing.
Con: While I could hold the Dagi stylus in a tilt normal for drawing, that tilt could only go so far because of restraints and specs of the capacitive pen and iPad.

 Disk Contact with surface:
Pro: Works fine, line drawn even when disk was not fully in flat contact with surface of iPad
Con: None. Works as designed.

Conclusion:
I like the Dagi Capacitive Stylus and presently it’s my stylus of choice for drawing. I like the clear tip and being able to see where my line is being drawn to and from.

Can it be better? Yes.

Have I given up my search for a better stylus? No

Have I given up my McGyvered lead holder with the capacitive foam tip? By no means. For some things I do, it works the best still.

I decided to purchase my Dagi Capacitive Stylus from PetesGear, LLC, http://www.iusestyli.com because a protective tube came with the stylus. $19.95 plus shipping.

Here’s a video of the Dagi Capacitive Stylus in action.

 

Demonstration of writing with a Dagi Stylus.

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  • Weirdsci

    So, is using the Dagi stylus like drawing with the old style calligraphy pens? You had to hold those at a certain angle also. Also, can you vary the thickness of the line while you draw?

  • http://tiny.cc/hunterdesigns Chita

    “So, is using the Dagi stylus like drawing with the old style calligraphy pens? You had to hold those at a certain angle also”

    It’s not that restrictive. As long as some part of the flat disk is touching the iPad, you will get a line. It actually is quite fluid and responsive.

    “Also, can you vary the thickness of the line while you draw?”
    Yes, from the settings in the app you are using. This is not pressure sensitive like a wacom tablet stylus. I don’t think any of them are.

  • jack

    I am looking at doing a lot of writing, and no drawing. Would you recommend this stylus for this application?
    Thanks.

  • http://tiny.cc/hunterdesigns Chita

    Let me first say that writing with any type of stylus is so far away from the experience of writing with a pen/pencil.

    I’ve added a Quicktime movie to show me uisng the Dagi Stylus to write with in Penultimate. You can draw your own conclusion based on my writing speed and legibility.

    Would I use it to take notes? Yes.
    Am I still waiting for something more pen-like? Yes