Review: Sensu Brush stylus for iPad and other devices
February 20, 2013 by Beatweek
With its cap on, the Sensu Brush resembles any other iPad stylus with a rubber tip. With its cap removed and placed on the other end, the device is indistinguishable from a paint brush, right down to the bristles. But this is not a novelty product; Sensu is aiming to deliver a stylus for touchscreen devices with two very different kinds of functionality.
The rubber tip stylus is common for users who either don’t want to use their own fingertips, or who want more precise control for use with a creative app such as a drawing program. The brush stylus is a more niche product aimed squarely at artists who want to “paint” on their touchscreen using brush strokes. Of course in the iPad era, anyone can be an artist if they like. And so the Sensu becomes a nice starting point for those users who are looking to evolve beyond digital fingerpainting, so to speak.
In my tests with the Sensu Brush, I tried using both the rubber and brush tips in not only artistic apps, but also in basic navigation of my iPad and iPhone. I found that it worked well in each of the various scenarios. It seems the product was designed to be used more often in brush mode than rubber mode, as the configuration of the former gives your a nicely rubber padded grip right where your fingers are inclined to hold it, while the latter leaves you simply gripping the metal material of the cap. So I’d recommend the Sensu more for users who intend to put both ends of the device to good use, rather than users who only really plan to use the rubber tip with regularity.
At $39, the Sensu Brush is not inexpensive as far as the stylus market goes. But its combination of dual functionality and a nice solid look and feel makes it a worthy consideration for artists and wannabe artists alike.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 • Price: $39 • sensubrush.com