Sensu Brush hands-on
Naturally, there’s nothing too fancy with the stylus stub of the Sensu, since it works like any other stylus on the market. Using it with an iPad mini, there’s not much of an issue trying to peruse through the UI, since there’s a fair amount of smoothness attached with each swipe, stroke, and tap. Turning the Sensu inside-out so that its capacitive brush is exposed, the length of the Sensu extends to the size of a normal precision brush – so it’s quite comfortable to use. In addition, the bristles themselves are extremely strong and flexible to mimic the feel as if we’re really painting something.
Now there isn’t any special magic going on that makes the Sensu work with the iPad mini, mainly because the copper infused tips of the brush is registered by the capacitive touchscreen. Although it’s mentioned that specific apps are compatible to work with the Sensu (ArtRage, Sketchbook Pro, Paper by Studio 53, Procreate, Auryn Ink, and SketchTime), it’ll work with any to tell you the truth – albeit, you don’t get precision in the form that each bristle on the brush is registered independently. Rather, the iPad mini merely recognizes it as a single entity, but it’s still pretty neat that the feel of “brushing” is as close as you can get to the real thing.
If there’s one drawback that we find with the Sensu, it has to be carefully tucking away the bristled end into the cap when it’s not being using. In fact, we already noticed a couple of bristles bending because of it – so be extra gentle with this process! Knowing that there’s no need for any special batteries or wireless connectivity with the Sensu, it’s something that’ll keep on working with anything that you do. For $40 to experience that authentic brush-like feel with your touchscreen device, it’s not too shabby at all.
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1. NickPeters (Posts: 63; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Really? Was this REALLY needed? And for $40? :-/
2. Myrith (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
I agree. Overpriced and gimmicky.
It's funny that even though the goal is to provide a natural feel, when you see that the mark on the tablet is completely different from a real brush stroke, that "natural feel" dies immediately.
3. maxis3G (unregistered)
S pen much better than this !@#$%^&*