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Best Apple Pencil alternatives 2022: Get a different stylus for your iPad

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(Pocket-lint) - The Apple Pencil has been a superb addition to Apple's tablet ranks, letting you use stylus controls on a variety of apps for easier and more precise movements, which is particularly great for creatives and designers.

However, whether you pick up the first version or the refined follow-up, it's a pretty pricey bit of kit, for all its slickness, and that puts plenty of people off. If you want a stylus but don't want to break the bank, though, you're in luck - there are options. Here are some of the very best alternatives to the Apple Pencil for your iPad. 


Best Apple Pencil Alternatives in 2022

  1. Logitech Crayon
  2. Meko Stylus
  3. Adonit Pro 4
  4. Wacom Bamboo Fineline
  5. Adonit Note-M

Our Tip Pick: Best Apple Pencil Alternative

Logitech

Logitech Crayon

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The very best alternative to Apple's own Pencil is the equally simply-named Crayon from Logitech, which makes so many excellent peripherals. It's no surprise that this is another impressive one, with an interesting shape that's comfortable to grip.

It's easy to pair with your iPad, works with an impressive range of apps, and is really satisfying to use whether you're handwriting notes, or doing more complex design tasks. It's not the cheapest, but it's one of the very best. 

Meko

Meko Stylus

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This stylus from Meko is a superb alternative to Apple's pricier offering. It's got most of the same features including palm rejection, tilt sensitivity and magnetic attachment but it comes at a significantly lower price point.

What's more, you get up to 10 hours of use on just a 20-minute charge, it's super handy. The only major thing you lose out on is pressure sensitivity, so be sure that you won't need that before picking one up.

Wacom

Wacom Bamboo Fineline

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Wacom makes brilliant graphic tablets and styluses, so it's no surprise that it makes a great pen for the iPad in the form of the Bamboo Fineline (one of a few options it has, in fact).

It's nice and affordable, while this model has quite a distinctive look thanks to its brushed gold finish. More importantly, though, it's a good precise stylus that has solid app compatibility and feels great in the hand.

Adonit

Adonit Note-M

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Up at the other end of the pricing scale is this alternative option from Adonit, which is a little less focused on design use, and perfect for all-around usability. 

It's got a bunch of buttons for functionality, and will also work great with a range of other tablets, in case you're not just on an iPad, which makes it a useful all-rounder, in our books. Plus, if you've got an iPad that has magnets to store an Apple Pencil, this model will snap on there as well, which is super welcome. 

Adonit

Adonit Pro 4

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This interesting stylus from Adonit has a specific design point that may take some getting used to but lends you real precision - that little plastic dish on the end of it, which anchors you on the screen for smoother drawing.

It might not look too normal, but it works really well, and the attractively-designed stylus is also really nicely made, so it all comes together into a great package that's quite a lot more affordable than the Crayon above. 

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.
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