Alongside the launch of the new iPad, Apple has teamed up with Logitech to launch a budget version of its Apple Pencil designed for those that don't need all the precision. But how do the two devices compare and which one should you buy? We've played with both to find out.
The Apple Pencil is a thin slender device made cased in white plastic. It's well balanced with a lightning plug at the end for charging that's hidden by a small magnetic cap. It measures 175.7mm in length and 8.9mm in diameter. It weighs 20.7g. The tips are replaceable if you damage them. It's design is, like a Brio, understated.
The Logitech Crayon is made from aluminium and rubber, features bright orange ascents and also comes with a replaceable tip. Charging is via a Lighting socket which is hidden by a rubberised end cap. It measures 165mm x 12.7mm x 7.62mm and weighs 20g. The design is flatter and wider, more akin to an artist's drawing pencil, and less likely to roll off a desk. The Crayon also features an on/off button (something the Apple Pencil doesn't have) and a battery meter so you can see how much charge is left. It can also withstand being dropped up to 1.2m (4ft). Both are comfortable in the hand.
Single vs multiple iPad connection
The Apple Pencil connects and pairs to an individual iPad or iPad Pro, while the Logitech Crayon doesn't feature Bluetooth and can therefore be used on any iPad (6th generation) instantly without the need for pairing. That's a real plus for classrooms that could have 30 iPads in them and will save you having to remember which Crayon goes with which iPad. Apple and Logitech have told us that they expect there to be a pot of Crayons at the front of the class that teachers will be able to quickly hand out to students when needed.
Pressure sensitivity vs no pressure sensitivity
The Apple Pencil is sensitive to pressure and tilt so you can easily vary line weight, create subtle shading, and produce a wide range of artistic effects, the Logitech Crayon isn't sensitive to pressure.
According to Logitech the "Smart tip dynamically adjusts line weight and shadowing according to the angle you place it down" on the screen, but won't be able to cope with pressure sensivity. If you're an artist the Crayon isn't for you, however if you are using it to make annotations in mark up, sign things, or do general note taking it will be fine.
Battery life and charging times
Apple Pencil has 12 hours on a single charge compared to 8 hours for the Logitech Crayon. Both offer speedy charging to get you going quickly if you've run out of juice. The Apple Pencil will give you 30 minutes of power from just 15 seconds of charging. The Logitech Crayon delivers the same 30 minutes of usage from 90 seconds of charging.
Which iPad can you use the Pencil or Crayon with?
The Logitech Crayon will only work with the new iPad (6th generation) at the moment.
This is an easy one. The Apple Pencil is available around the world costing £89 in the UK and $99 in the US. Consumers can buy it online or walk into any Apple store to buy one.
The Logitech Crayon is only available to Apple education channels in the US for $49 (with a minimum order of 10) and can't be bought individually. Logitech has told Pocket-lint there are no plans to release the device for the general public to buy, or for it to be available in the UK for the time being. Hopefully that will change.