The Maglus Stylus from Applydea is one of the nicest looking styluses I've ever seen. Made from machined aluminum, the Maglus feels as nice to hold as it is to look at.
The Maglus has a few unique features that make it stand out from the crowd of other rubber tipped styluses:
- Replaceable tips
- Embedded magnet for storage
Currently, the Maglus ships with two rubber tips. It's great that a replacement tip is supplied. Not only do you get the extra tip, but it comes in a cool keyring capsule so you can easily keep track of it. Maglus also offers optional Microfibre tips, which are sold in pairs.
The embedded magnet is a handy feature which allows the stylus to be stored against the iPad or Smart Cover without any additional accessories. Do you use alternate protection for your iPad? Applydea has (aheem) got you covered by supplying a stylish magnetic sticker that can stick wherever you want it to to keep the Maglus in a handy location.
For this review, I used the Maglus for sketching on the Retina iPad Mini with the Paper by Fifty Three and Procreate apps. The Maglus is responsive and as accurate as a rubber-tipped stylus can be. The rubber tip has excellent firmness that I noticed and liked immediately. (I've since tested other manufacturers' rubber-tipped styluses and have found those to be overly squishy.)
I spent some time switching between the Maglus' standard rubber tip and the Microfibre tip. The Microfibre tip has the exact same firmness and feel but with less drag than the rubber tip. The Microfibre tip glides across the iPad's glass smoothly and accurately. Overall, I found I preferred the Microfibre tip. It would be great if the Maglus shipped with one of each tip.
As much as I've enjoyed the Maglus, it does have two negatives that I think should be mentioned. The first is something that is inherent to all rubber tipped styluses: precision of placement. Although the Maglus is the most accurate rubber tipped stylus I've used, that same large rubber tip makes precision difficult. Precision can be had, but it requires a lot of zooming in and out. The other negative is its weight. The Maglus is well built, in that I found it to be a bit heavy for long durations. One session, I sketched for over an hour and the weight of the stylus in my hand was definitely noticeable.
The Maglus is the best of the rubber tipped styluses I've used to date. I looks good, feels great in your hand and provides accurate control, which is about all you can ask from a rubber-tipped stylus. Combined with the added accessories, it's a winning combination that I highly recommend, provided the few negatives don't bother you.
The Maglus Stylus can be ordered directly from Applydea's website for $35.99, with free shipping to the U.S. The Microfirbe tips cost an extra $9.99. The Maglus Stylus also comes in anodized black for $26.99 as well as a 15% smaller mini version.
The Maglus Stylus was provided by Applydea as a review unit. Read the iPad HQ review policy here.
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