Apple Pencil Alternatives

Strange as it may seem, there are some very capable Apple Pencil alternatives to be had, and there are lots of reasons you may want to opt for a non-Apple product here. Perhaps the two Apple Pencils are out of your budget, or maybe you just want to have different functionality and feel? No matter what your reason for wanting an Apple Pencil alternative is, we’ve researched some gorgeously designed, technically non-Apple styluses at a range of prices, all with the creative in mind. 

Of course, if it’s the iPad Pro itself you are looking to invest in, we have a number of options in our online store; starting from as little as £34.63 per month with PayPal credit. 

Logitech Crayon

The Logitech Crayon is one of the most popular Apple Pencil alternatives, and for good reason. It’s a well built, easy to use stylus that performs like an Apple Pencil for around £30-60 less. The Logitech Crayon is built with Apple Pencil technology, so you don’t have to spend any time pairing it to your iPad over a Bluetooth connection. You just use it, and it works on a whim without any input lag. Plus, the Logitech Crayon holds a 7.5-hour battery life, and it fully charges in less than an hour via a Lightning cable. Really, the only difference between the Logitech Crayon and the Apple Pencil is that the Crayon doesn’t have pressure sensitivity. But, you can adjust your drawing angle to simulate pressure sensitivity (the Crayon’s tip makes thin lines, while its edge makes thicker lines).

 

Adonit Jot Pro 3

The Adonit Jot Pro 3 is a beautifully designed stylus for a great price. Although at the cheaper end of the range, Adonit has still put a lot of time into the finer details of the pen; there’s an inbuilt clip so you can carry it around safely, a magnetic lid to protect the disk nib, and the quality aluminium build feels good in the hand. This might not be for the artists though, as it’s not pressure sensitive. But it will work on any touch screen device, and as it’s a passive stylus there’s no batteries or charging required. It comes in four colours: silver, black, pink rose and blue, but whatever colour you opt for, it’ll look and feel great to use.

 

Wacom Bamboo Fineline

While Wacom’s Bamboo Fineline 3 is well suited for detailed writing, with its fine tip, responsive pressure sensitivity, and ergonomic design, it’s also one for the creatives too. The stylus connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and has a 1.9mm nib that offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity with compatible apps. In comparison, the Fineline’s bigger brother, the Bamboo Sketch, has 2,048, but is also considerably more expensive. The stylus responds quickly and smoothly and is extremely comfortable in hand. For those that like a little weight to their stylus, this might be right for you as it comes in at 20g. On its clean, sleek shaft there’s a single button to switch on and off, and with Wacom’s free Bamboo Paper app, you can customise the button to do different tasks.

Hahakee iPad Stylus

Another top quality Apple Pencil alternative, the Hahakee iPad Stylus is a passive pen that doesn’t need batteries or Bluetooth to work, and actually works for pretty much all tablets, even though it’s advertised as iPad specific. For the £30 asking price, you’ll get the stylus and three replaceable thin tips, and with its simple on/off button located on the pen, you’ll be good to go straight out the box. Perfect for note taking and sketching, this stylus also has an inbuilt clip to easily carry it around and will last you 40 hours of drawing time.

Wacom Bamboo Sketch

If you’re a Graphic Designer or Digital Artist, then there’s a good chance that you’re already familiar with Wacom’s digital art devices. They’re durable, customizable, and extremely easy to use. The Wacom Bamboo Sketch is no exception. It’s a premium stylus that, like the Apple Pencil, has precise pressure sensitivity features, an ergonomic design, and a 15-hour battery life. In addition to these standard stylus features, the Bamboo Sketch also has two programmable shortcut buttons which can be programmed to switch through Photoshop tools, alter brush size, trigger keyboard shortcuts, or anything else you can imagine. The Bamboo Sketch however doesn’t have palm resistance features, so you’ll want to grab a graphic design glove if you tend to rub your hand on drawing surfaces.