Thanks to its bigger screen, tablets are very useful for note taking, drawing, sketching and the like. In light of this, having a stylus makes these tasks easier, and more efficient. In this list is our take on the top 5 styluses available on the market today.
For those of you rocking a new iPad Pro, or are saving up for the next version of the full size iPad Air, Apple has their own branded stylus available for sale. The Apple Pencil is one of the smartest Bluetooth connected smart styluses around, with impressive levels of pressure sensitivity and angle controls, if nothing else, this stylus was made for much more than just substituting your finger.
Artists, note takers and those looking for high levels input precision are sure to enjoy this accessory. With limited availability, you can find the Apple Pencil at the Apple Store, or hit up Amazon to save a few dollars.
AmazonBasics is where Amazon showcases all your basic electronic needs at very low prices. From car chargers, Bluetooth keyboards, to even laptop bags, Amazon offers it all, styluses included. Starting at only $5.99 (Yes, only $6) to $14.99, you get the quality basic stylus your every penny deserves. Consistently on top among Amazon best sellers, these styluses have been the favorites of many and it’s not hard to understand why. If you’re looking for a comfortable basic stylus which feels like an actual pen, works with all capacitive touch screens, with many color options to match your taste, and with unbeatable price tags, these styluses are the ones for you.
Instead of the conventional rubberized tip many styluses offer, the Adonit Jot Pro offers a fine point tip along with a clear plastic disk for precision and accuracy. The cushion tip dampens and sort of has a springing motion, and is very silent when coming into contact with the screen, giving users a very realistic and silent experience.
As this is not a Bluetooth-enabled device, the Jot Pro does not feature palm rejection, pressure sensitivity, and shortcuts. Andonit saves all of these features for the Jot Touch.
This stylus has received several complaints as the plastic disk reportedly scratches some screens, but other users have also mentioned that this is not the case. Whether these reports be true or not, this stylus does not disappoint in giving you a great experience for your iPad (and most touchscreen devices).
Pogo released the impressive Pogo Stylus as their entry-level stylus, but for their premium stylus, they have the Pogo Connect which is favored by many iPad users. This Bluetooth enabled device boasts being pressure sensitive in the sense that the harder you press on the screen, the larger and darker your mark will be, giving users a more realistic pen-on-paper feel than any of its competitors. Pogo boasts Smart Standby Activation on this stylus along with its Bluetooth 4.0 allowing it to survive months of usage.
One of the more useful features the Connect has is that it has replaceable tips. There are 6 of them available on their website, most of which are also compatible with all Pogo products. Whether you want to use a thinner tip for writing, or a brush tip for painting, Pogo has got you covered.
Other features also include location tracking via the Pogo Connect App, and palm rejection with very many compatible top-selling apps (so you can rest your palm on the screen while writing).
Several styluses offer you with different tips of various sizes and styles to replace the tip of your stylus. Sensu offers you with both a brush and stylus – in one product. At the end of the shiny metallic body is your standard rubberized tip like any other stylus with a pretty premium feel and performance, but remove the cover on the other tip and you have a long micro-fiber brush. The soft paintbrush also has a very premium feel and moves seamlessly when using it on your iPad.
We would have liked for Sensu to include Bluetooth capabilities on this product to provide users with pressure sensitivity, palm rejection, and the like, but this product still does not disappoint in providing users both a premium brush and stylus in one product.
Featuring one the smallest micro-fiber nib in the market today at 5mm, the Lynktec TruGlide Pro is one of the best mesh stylus you can buy. If you aren’t one to favor rubberized tips, then you cannot go wrong with this stylus as LynkTec boasts a highly responsive tip making it one of the best non-Bluetooth stylus in the market today. This product is on sale at only $15 (from $25) and includes a free carrying tube, so if you think this stylus is the one for you, you might want to grab one now.
FiftyThree’s pencil is one of the best stylus in terms of looks, design and comfort. One of the most notable features of this stylus is the rubberized eraser on the other side of the stylus, making it feel like and actual carpenter’s pencil which doesn’t roll thanks to its rectangular form. Though many would find this eraser feature extremely useful, it still is not as reliable as we expected it to be.
FiftyThree also offers palm rejection when paired with a compatible app, however, this feature also has not yet been perfected as marks sometimes appear where your palm has rested. Several users have reported having trouble pairing the Pencil with the Paper app, but the app offers you with many troubleshooting options in order for it to work again.
As mentioned above, this stylus has a rectangular form and as a result, the tip becomes too wide for some making it harder to draw accurately.
Make no mistake, this stylus is still one of the best for its price out there, especially if you are an avid fan and a constant user of Paper. If not for the bugs when trying to pair, unreliable eraser, and relatively little app compatibility, this stylus would surely make it on the top 5 of this list.