For anyone with an iPad Pro or a newer iPad model, the Apple Pencil is hard to beat.
The optional device is a great way to create art or even take notes, using several features not available to any other stylus. This is thanks to Apple’s grasp on both the hardware and software parts of the tablet equation.
But many iPad owners still use older tablets or are looking for a more reasonably priced option to help add a new layer of usefulness to their experience. So we’re highlighting five great alternatives to the Apple Pencil compatible with many iPad models.
The Logitech Crayon offers many features similar to the Apple Pencil, but at a more reasonable price tag. The stylus works with the 11-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, sixth-generation and later iPad, third-generation iPad Air, and iPad mini 5.
There’s no need to worry about pairing the stylus. Just press the power button, and you’ll be ready to go. The Crayon also features some of the same technology found in the Apple Pencil. That means that any app that is compatible with the Apple Pencil will also work with Logitech’s option.
If you need a thicker or thinner line while drawing, just tilt the stylus. The smart tip will adjust the line weight depending on the exact angle that it’s being held. Palm rejection technology will also make sure that the iPad only registers the stylus instead of any input from your hand.
Perfect for any age, the stylus is made with lightweight material, and its flat shape will make sure that it won’t roll off a desk and get lost. The built-in battery provides up to 7.5 hours of drawing use on a single charge. And to help preserve battery, the Crayon will shut off after 30 minutes of idle time. You can charge it with a regular Lightning cable, something any iPhone or iPad user likely has lying around.
2. Adonit Note+
Adonit has been creating styluses for iPads long before the Apple Pencil, and the Adonit Note+ has several great features. Just like the Logitech Crayon, it works with the 11-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, sixth-generation and later iPad, third-generation iPad Air, and iPad mini 5.
The stylus is compatible with a number of popular note-taking and drawing apps. You can customize both of the shortcut buttons on the stylus to quickly access features like erase, undo, or redo. While drawing, the stylus can support up to 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
It also supports a natural title feature that allows you to create a shaded effect when using certain brushes. It even features natural palm rejection. A single charge provides up to 10 hours of use of the stylus. You can charge it with the included USB-C cable. In a pinch, a five minute charge will give an hour of use.
Wacom created input devices long before the iPhone and iPad even hit the market. The Wacom Bamboo Duo is a stylus for an iPad or iPhone, but also lets you go analog with the built-in ballpoint pen. And the Bamboo Duo doesn’t require power, so it’s compatible with any touchscreen device.
On the stylus side, the smooth carbon fiber tip featuring a mesh end is completely replaceable. The pen end is compatible with standard D1 ink refills. The triangular design is made for ergonomics and makes the stylus feel comfortable in your hand during use.
When on the go, the magnetized cap stays secure on the pen and even fits onto an iPad cover.
Anyone on a budget looking for a great stylus for both writing and drawing should take a look at the MoKo Active Stylus Pen. One end of the stylus features a 1.5mm fine metal point that delivers a realistic feel of a pen when writing on the screen of most iPad models and newer iPhones. To do so, the stylus uses a built-in battery that can charge in around an hour.
It provides up to eight hours of continuous usage and will automatically shut off after 30 minutes of inactivity to conserve power. The other end sports a soft rubber tip for use without a battery, which works on any touchscreen. An integrated clip allows it to fit onto a tablet cover or in a pocket while on the go.
Don’t let the size of the Studio Neat Cosmonaut fool you. While it looks more like a dry erase marker instead of a slim pen, the stylus features a solid aluminum core and soft rubber exterior. The tip of the stylus is firm and responsive on any iPad or iPhone touchscreen.
The larger size makes the stylus a perfect choice for anyone who wants to let their children have a turn writing or coloring. It can also be used by those who have trouble gripping smaller alternatives. You don’t need to charge the stylus, and it’s compatible with any app.
The Best Apple Pencil Alternatives
With one of these stylus options, almost any iPad user can unlock a new level of productivity.
Whether you’re using one of these iPad note-taking apps , channeling a creative side while drawing, unwinding with an adult coloring book, or something else, one of these choices should definitely help out.