We asked an oStylus user if they could send us a report about how the stylus worked with their HP2310ti touchscreen monitor. We designed the stylus for touchsceen devices like the iPad, so it was good to hear how well it worked. This is a 23" monitor, 1920 X 1080. The oStylus was tested on this monitor using Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketchbook Pro. This is the report we got back.
What was the reason for buying an oStylus?
I purposefully bought this monitor for sketching and have tried a few styluses on it even ones referenced by Hewellett Packard and none seemed to have the right feel in the hand or when sketching on the screen. So this is when i decided to try the oStylus.
What i first thought when receiving the oStylus?
The oStylus is unique, well designed and comfortable to use. With other styluses I have used there has been a length issue, which when sketching you need something the same size of a brush or pencil for it to feel right in the hand. The oStylus provides this. When touching the screen with the stylus, the slight bend of the wire on by the o-ring allows you to have more control over the stylus, much like a brush or pencil. Another thing with my monitor is that it is pretty sensitive to touch with the finger, palm or even clothing. The oStylus gives you adequate length away from the screen.
The main question on my mind when buying this was will it work, so did it?
The stylus works amazingly well, compared to other ones I have used, the major problem I was having was that the other styluses seemed to lose contact with the screen, not click items etc. Only half of a line would sometimes appear when sketching plus accuracy was off. But with the oStylus, the cursor on the screen is directly in the centre of the ring, much like using a finger, where the cursor would appear directly underneath your finger tip. This give the oStylus another advantage of being able to see where your cursor is, so for precision drawing it is excellent as you can keep to a line with ease.
How do i think the product compares to using a finger?
Well first of all, using a stylus means no finger marks, which we all know are a pain when on a screen. My fingers are pretty large so sometimes selecting or clicking things in the far corners is difficult. The oStylus makes this a lot easier to do with the end of it being small so selecting is easy. Friction can build up between your finger and the screen when dragging a finger across it -- this is eliminated using the stylus. Being able to see the cursor is very good for precision drawing.
What Programs I've tested with the oStylus?
Photoshop cs3 / cs5. Works perfectly, very precise for all tools used in Photoshop, sketch wise, suppose it could be used for lasso tool but I still use a mouse for all editing.
Sketchbook Pro 2010. As accurate as Photoshop but this program is notorious for lagging a bit when you draw, not the stylus's fault but the program.
Illustrator Cs3 / Cs5. Brush and pen tool has been used and they are very accurate.
General browsing. Stylus works well as a mouse as well -- very easy to double click due to its weight; its a bit like using a pencil to tap the screen, also does not scratch the screen at all.
Contact: ANDREW GOSS
oStylus Design Studio
781 Second Avenue West Owen Sound ON N4K4M2 Canada