Previously we have recommended Wacom’s Bamboo rubber tipped stylus ($30). We still believe that it is the best choice among the rubber tipped models. However, I was recently given a Zip Stylus Z-1, 2-in-1 stylus/pen by one of my Firm’s marketing professionals. We are considering the Z-1 as a marketing trinket. To my surprise, I was quite impressed. What makes this stylus different is that in addition to having a retractable ball point pen on one end, it has a fine metal mesh capacitive tip (think soft fabric instead of brillo pad) on the other. The result is that compared to a rubber tipped stylus, the Zip Z-1 Stylus virtually glides across the screen with little resistance. It is the most natural writing of the many stylus models I have tried, The price?– only $9.95 (available at the Hytech Lawyer store a/k/a Amazon http://astore.amazon.com/hytechlawyerc-20?node=7&page=4 ).
The stylus itself is compact being just 4″ long and about 3/8″ side, but feels comfortable in the hand. The ink cartridge is replaceable. If a natural writing feel is important to you, then I recommend you give the Zip Z-1 a try.