The best iPad stylus for drawing and note-taking

Three of the best iPad styluses on an orange background
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The best iPad styluses are excellent tools for digital artists, and for anyone who wants to take notes on their iPad, or even just navigate the device without getting messy fingerprints on it. We've tested and reviewed a wide range of options, from Apple's own official iPad styluses to alternative iPad styluses from other brands, including budget iPad styluses.

For drawing, you need precision and features like palm rejection, pressure sensitivity and a fast response time. For this, we found Apple Pencil to be the best option (which model will depend on which iPad you have – see the questions section at the bottom for more on this). However, if you only want an iPad stylus for taking notes or navigating, a cheaper, more basic option will do the job, and there are some attractive designs to choose from.

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Beren Neale
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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.

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