Stylus Comparison: iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, Surface Pro 4

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  1. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a

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    Here's a comparison of the stylus accuracy on the 3 devices. Tried to do all three as similarly as possible.

    Filmed in 240 fps.

     
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    And that's with one of the best styluses and software enhancements.
     
  4. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    Does anyone remember those old Windows TabletPCs?

    I had a Toshiba one back in the day. I swear there was no lag in the stylus input back then and it had great pressure sensetivity. Granted the screen was not touch-screen, and only responded to the stylus; and it was otherwise a not very good system. However, drawing on that thing was awesome.
     
  5. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    I had one... Toshiba M100(?) from back in 2003. Think I paid $2200 for it at the time, so it wasn't cheap but MAN, could it draw like a beast! I still have it lying around but haven't booted it in years. It still draws better than my current Surface Pro (which I think I'll be selling the second I get a Pencil).
     
  6. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    Yea, I think I had the same one!! It was M100 or M120, something like that. It had an NVidia graphics card - for a tiny little laptop I ran Half-Life 2 on it on nearly full settings without a problem. I ended up selling it after about 3 years for $400 on ebay once the battery started to go.

    If you do boot it up, and you happen to have a gopro or iphone that can shoot at a higher fps, see if you can draw some quick circles on there to see whether the sensitivity is better or worse than the iPad Pro. :)
     
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    Yeah I pretty much gave up on getting a good stylus for the iPad Air 2. I realized if you really want to use a stylus on an iPad, it needs to be made by Apple or it's going to be an inferior experience no matter what. Now I just wish I could get my hands on one of those silly hard-to-find Pencils....
     
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    Latency looks better on the SP4 but is still even further ahead if the on-screen hover pointer is disabled like how it is on the iPP.
     
  9. mikezmac macrumors 6502a

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    Lag lag. I guess this is a good way to sell why the new Apple pencil is so important. Based on what they're saying it's going to increase the scan rate a lot when using the Apple pencil.
     
  10. Bbqthis thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The latency on the iPP is basically the same as the SP4. Small differences can be chalked up to drawing speed differences and just variance in general. Where I think the Pencil beats the Surface Pen however is accuracy. You can see the iPP line end right where the pencil stops, on the SP 4, it's quite off. Either from parallax or from plain old inaccuracy.
     
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    mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Not clear if you performed this yourself or just sharing the video but whoever did it needs to repeat it with a ruler since it looks like the tester curved up at the end on the last test. Also, as mentioned earlier turn off the hover pointer on the SP4 since it adds latency and there isn't one on the iPP.
     
  12. Bbqthis thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I might redo it, but honestly it's not high on my to do list. but we'll see. That Adonit stylus actually broke about 10 minutes after I filmed the test, so it'll be a week or so before I can redo the test...
     
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    Would that be comparable to the old hackbook mods from the mid 2000s?
     

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