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Nomad Mini 2

Paintbrush Stylus for Touchscreens

I love drawing on my iPad, but have a love-hate relationship with various styli on the market. Some have been great, others so-so, or even terrible, so when I found out that Nomad had a new brush stylus, I jumped at the chance to test it out.

Right off the bat, I liked the quality look and build of the small, retractable brush and smaller-than-normal rubber stylus of the Nomad Mini 2. It was great not to worry about the brush getting messed up when I’d throw it in my pocket and then, with a simple twist, I’m ready to paint. The Mini 2 is designed so that it’s bigger and heavier on the brush side, making it more comfortable to hold than the rubber-tip side, which felt top-heavy.

How did this stylus work when tested? I like the idea of a smaller rubber tip so that you can see more precisely where you’re drawing; however, the tip lost its effectiveness when held past a certain angle. In fact, I had to concentrate on keeping the stylus at a more straight-up-and-down angle to ensure that it would register my stroke. The tactile quality of the tip was very good, and it didn’t skip or drag.

The Nomad Mini 2 brush handled well and, because of its smaller diameter, it was easier to see where you were painting. I enjoyed using this side of the Nomad quite a bit, with one caveat: When I made a quick brush stroke, it would only begin to make a mark a little after I started drawing—not a huge deal, but frustrating when trying to be really precise. Overall, I’d say that the Nomad Mini 2 is an okay device.

Company: Nomad Brush
Price: $35
Rating: 3
Hot: Creative option for the tablet artist
Not: Tilt angle; weight distribution a bit clunky

Posted by Pete Collins

Pete Collins is one of the "Photoshop Guys" with KelbyOne. He is the co-host of Photoshop User TV and regular contributor toPhotography Tips N Tricks and the Grid. Pete has a regular "Down and Dirty" article in Photoshop User Magazine as well as being the creator and host of "Pixel Fight Club" over on the KelbyOne member site. He has an art degree and loves photography, graphic design and illustration. He is also the tallest and most humble of the Photoshop Guys, but since he is the one writing this... the humility thing may be a lie.