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Apple Pencil alternatives: The best non-Apple styluses in 2021

Apple Pencil Alternatives
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Believe it or not, there are some very solid Apple Pencil alternatives to be had. And there are lots of reasons to opt for a non-Apple product. Perhaps the two Apple Pencils are out of your budget, or maybe you just want to have different functionality and feel? 

No matter your reason for wanting an Apple Pencil alternative, this guide has you covered. We've reviewed some gorgeously designed, technically non-Apple styluses at a range of prices, all with the creative in mind. 

Of course, if it's budget that's making you look for an Apple Pencil alternative, below are a couple of current deals on both the first and second generation Apple Pencil. 

Apple Pencil alternatives: Top today's deals

Adonit Note-M: £89.99 £69.99 at Amazon
Save £20: With left and right click mouse settings, an impressive multi-angle sensor and a super-fine 1mm tip, this is a fantastic multi-purpose Apple Pencil alternative – and it can even magnetically attach to the side of your iPad Pro or iPad Air.
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Apple Pencil alternatives: Logitech CrayonCB

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01. Logitech Crayon

Apple-approved palm rejection makes this a close second

Size: 12mm x 163mm | Connectivity : Pressure sensitive | Weight: 20g | Nib: Tilt sensitive | Power: Rechargeable

Seven hour battery life
Palm rejection technology
Tilt support
Not as sensitive as Apple Pencil

This stylus is the only Apple-approved pen in the list, and an affordable option to boot. The grey and orange design reveals a durable, solid stylus – it'll last up to seven hours of continuous use, and its quick recharge means you'll have 30 minutes of use from just two minutes charge. All of which really makes this one of the best Apple Pencil alternatives.

Of course, as it's Apple-affiliated, it works like a dream on iPads and with all Apple apps. It's especially good for digital artists who dart around the digital page a lot as its palm-rejection tech will ensure no mark mistakes. Combine that with the tilt support that will allow you to use different shading in your work, and you've got one of the best Apple Pencil alternatives out there.

Apple Pencil alternatives: Adonit Pro 3CB endorsed

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02. Adonit Pro 3

The best value for money option

Size: 9mm x 126mm | Connectivity : Wireless | Weight: 18g | Nib: Disk | Power: No batteries

Built to last
Really responsive
Textured grip
Not pressure sensitive

The Adonit Jot Pro 3 is a beautifully designed stylus for a great price. At the cheaper end of the range, Adonit has still put a lot of time into the finer details of the pen – there's a 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 FinelineCB endorsed

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03. Wacom Bamboo Fineline

Precision tipped, affordable Wacom stylus

Size: 10mm x 142mm | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Weight: 20g | Nibs: Fine and firm | Power: Micro USB

Programmable side button
Great quality
15-hour battery life
Comfortable to use
Side button can be pressed accidentally 

While Wacom's Fineline stylus 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 in compatible apps. For context, the Fineline's bigger brother, the Bamboo Sketch, has 2,048, but is also considerably more expensive. Like the Sketch, the Fineline is also compatible with palm-rejection apps. 

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

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04. Hahakee iPad Stylus

Sleek design and a great price

Size: 15mm x 144mm | Connectivity : Wireless | Weight: 13.6gg | Nib: 3 fine nibs | Power: Micro-USB rechargable

Great quality for great price
Very light stylus
Quick recharge time
Compatible with all iPads
Takes a while to charge

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/£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.

Apple Pencil alternatives: Wacom Bamboo Sketch

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05. Wacom Bamboo Sketch

Still the best technical Apple Pencil alternative available

Size: 10mm x 142mm | Connectivity : Pressure sensitive | Weight: 17g | Nib: Soft and firm options | Power: Charging via USB dongle

Pressure-sensitive fine tip
Triangular ergonomic design
Two shortcut buttons
Cheaper than Apple Pencil
Only comes in black

If there's a quality stylus out there that can compete with Apple Pencil's precision and durable build, it's Wacom's Bamboo Sketch. It's beautifully weighted, comfortable to hold for prolonged periods of time, and its jet black exudes class. 

But really, it's the pressure sensitivity that makes it stand out. It excels in drawing and sketching, and will capture quick, gestural strokes beautifully. With the two bluetooth-enabled shortcut buttons handily fitted on its side, there are loads of possibilities to customise how you use the pen as well. And, this not being an Apple Pencil, deals are far more likely to come up. 

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