The best Apple Pencil alternatives

Product shots of three Apple Pencil alternatives
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Especially if you're on a budget, the best Apple Pencil alternatives offer fantastic styluses that allow you to use your iPad for drawing. Of course, nothing quite beats Apple Pencil 2, but many of the options we've reviewed are excellent for note-taking, sketching and some light detail work; though, with the newly announced Apple Pencil Pro on the horizon, you might be better off saving up and waiting. 

We've tried and tested all of the styluses below, considering how comfortable they are to hold, pressure levels, and any extra features to assess which is best for different uses. Naturally, we've also considered the price and value for money, using Apple's own devices as a benchmark. 

Beren Neale
Ecom Editor

Beren has worked on creative titles at Future Publishing for over 13 years. Cutting his teeth as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, he moved on to edit several creative titles, and is currently the Ecommerce Editor on the most effective creative website in the world. When he's not testing and reviewing the best ergonomic office chairs, phones, laptops, TVs, monitors and various types of storage, he can be found finding and comparing the best deals on the tech that creatives value the most.