Why I Switched From My Stock Wacom Stylus To The Classic Pen Stylus
I’ve been using Wacom tablets for almost ten years now to the date. I picked one up on a whim during the holiday season and have become hooked ever since. For these past few years, I’ve never considered changing the stylus that came with every tablet I’ve used. The stock stylus always felt great to me. Recently, I decided to give the Wacom classic pen stylus a try.
I was at B&H last week with a gift card ready to spend. Unsure of what to buy, I went through isle by isle and my eyes naturally set itself on the Wacom products and accessories. I realized that I had never really tried any of the accessories and found the classic pen in front of me. I typically work on the Intuos line of tablets so it appeared the pen was compatible to my Intuos 4 and 5.
Looking at the design, it suddenly hit me. Coming from a drawing background, the standard stylus grip is far too wide and not representative of the typical width and weight of a pencil. This classic pen looked more in line with what I’ve always been used to. Going over to digital, I always felt a slight disconnect with the transition and this may have been the reason why.
I bought the pen and tried it right away. It immediately felt natural to me and I switched over. Keep in mind, it took a little while to get used to it as you are so accustomed to your old habits. After a few days of use, I went back to the stock stylus to realize that it felt like drawing with a marker rather than a pencil. It still had the comfort and ease of use that you would expect, but the classic pen felt more natural now. The other benefit is that it was noticeably lighter, and I almost felt like I had nothing in my hands while working. I could feel the pace quicken with my work as well.
I wondered why I never decided to give this a shot before. I am glad I did.
You can find more information about the stylus here On B&H’s page.
Here’s a couple of comparison pictures between the original stylus vs the classic pen:
Is this a stylus you should consider?
Plainly, if anything you have read above connects with you, it may be worth a try. However, do know that the grip is thin, very much like a pencil. It is also lighter. If you use your tablet often, this will become immediately apparent. A visual analogy is to take a pencil or mechanical pencil with a rounded grip and place it in your hands as though you are about to use it as your stylus. The heft and width of the stylus is representative of what you would expect. If it feels favorable, it may be worth trying out.
If none of this matters to you and/or you are just getting used to a tablet, then this may not be worth getting.