Stylus and pen in one: The best stylus for iPad: we review the hits and misses

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The best stylus for iPad: we review the hits and misses

Until Paper for iPad launched, we didn’t know many people who were clamoring for a stylus to use in conjunction with their iPad. And now, the Best Buy around the block from us is sold out of styli, and Amazon’s in-house stylus has reached #1 on the sales chart for tablet accessories — ahead of smart covers, screen protectors, cases, and stands. Well OK, maybe it was Draw Something that spurred the rush, but if it’s not completely evident, the stylus is making a bit of a comeback.

While no iPad stylus is perfect (how much fun is drawing on glass using a pen, really?), we’ve thrown together our favorites and given each a run with Paper, our new go-to scribbling app, to present you with the best stylus for iPad, once and for all. Check out the Verge Scores beneath each stylus, and then refer to the Wrap Up section at the bottom of the page to see complete Score breakdowns.

Update: On May 31st, eight new styli were added to the post (beginning with the Monoprice 8843), and are included in a brand new “Part II” Video Review about halfway down the page. Since this second round of styli were deliberately chosen after hearing recommendations from readers, the results tend to be a bit better.

Update: On July 14th, four new styli were added, beginning with the LYNKtec TruGlide. There is no video review for these four styli.

Wacom Bamboo Stylus

The Wacom Bamboo is highlighted by FiftyThree (the company behind Paper) in its website and video for a reason: it’s the best stylus you can buy for your iPad. It’s beautiful in a modern yet understated way, only taking what it needs from the conventional idea of a “pen.” For example, the shaft of the Bamboo is a touch girthier than a Bic pen, but it’s also about an inch or so shorter than a Bic. The Bamboo is light enough to toss in a pocket, but heavy enough to feel substantial. I just slightly prefer the Kensington’s height to weight ratio, but the Bamboo is close. The tip of the Bamboo, which is smaller in diameter than its peers, is the killer feature here. The Bamboo’s smaller tip (which is removable, in case you need to replace it) makes it the second most agile of the rubber-tipped styli I tested — only the Kuel h20 managed to beat it in this department. Also, you can even remove the pocket clip if you want. Like the rest of the rubber tips I tested, this one’s mushy and doesn’t provide the hardness I’m looking for from a writing utensil. But ultimately, it’s the most precise and more importantly the most predictable stylus of the group. The Bamboo’s going to cost you, though, checking in at just under $30.

Verge Score

8.6 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Removable tip and pocket clip
  • Great length, girth, and weight
  • Small diameter tip
  • Unique and modern design
  • Most well-rounded stylus we tested

Bad Stuff

  • Mushy tip
  • Expensive ($30)

Pogo Sketch

NERF dart foam tip = must miss

With its slender metallic body and straight-up cylindrical shape, the Pogo Sketch is the most traditional looking “stylus” of the bunch. The Sketch sets itself apart because its tip isn’t a round piece of rubber like most of its peers, but is instead a cylindrical block of black conductive foam. The closest thing I can think of that it resembles in consistency is a dart from a NERF gun. The flaky foam just feels cheap — like it’s not going to last very long, especially since the foamy material compresses as you press down it.

Because of its tip, the Pogo was unresponsive and only registered touches with the iPad if I pressed it hard against the screen. And because the Pogo’s tip is flat on top and shifts in position as your write, it can be near impossible to make a mark on the page exactly where you intend to. The Sketch will cost you $14.95.

Bad Stuff

  • Foam tip looks like a cigarette butt
  • Foam tip doesn’t work well
  • Too thin
  • Reminds us of our old Palm Pilot

Studio Neat Cosmonaut

Fast, simple, low fidelity

“The problem is, all the styluses on the market are designed to look and feel like a pen. But why?” This is the question Studio Neat asked when it designed the Cosmonaut, a heavy duty wide grip stylus wrapped in rubber for your iPad. Apart from its size and appearance, the most remarkable feature here is a rigid tip that isn’t at all mushy like the other rubberized stylus tips I tested. This means that despite the Cosmonaut’s weight, in order to make a mark on your screen, you’ll have to press down harder than if you were using the Bamboo or other rubber tipped styli. With the Adonit Jot Pro (reviewed below) on the other hand, you don’t need to press down at all.

In this way the Cosmonaut achieves its goal completely by emulating a dry erase marker—a pen that requires some force to use and is easy to hold. Whereas other styli tips compress when you push down to write, the Cosmonaut inks out smooth curves and very straight lines when you press down. The Cosmonaut, while expensive (at $24.95) and not very dynamic, is the least fragile of all styli I tested. It’s nice to be able to toss it in your bag and not worry about puncturing its tip or snapping it in half. Studio Neat’s goal with the Cosmonaut was “fast, simple, low fidelity,” and to that extent, they have succeeded, but don’t plan on doing any extended note taking or precise drawing with this one. Fine details are near impossible to produce, and it can be tough to see exactly where you’re drawing because the Cosmonaut is so big.

Verge Score

8.3 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Great design, nice rubber coating
  • Embedded rubber tip doesn’t smush
  • Excellent length and weight
  • Durable

Bad Stuff

  • Thickness not optimal for extended periods
  • Near impossible to make precise marks on screen
  • Size limits your view of what you’re writing/drawing

Amazon Stylus

Believe it or not, Amazon’s stylus is actually pretty decent. Leaving out the tacky lanyard string attached to its top, the stylus is very similar in looks to the Kensington. It doesn’t have nice details that evoke quality on the Kensington like the sense of weightiness, soft-touch grip, length, and pocket clip, which is sacrificing a lot physically considering it’s just $4 less. The AmazonBasics stylus has a rubber tip that is longer than the one on the Kensington, which means you can hold the pen at a slighter angle while using it. Yet, this stylus’ tip is not as firm as the ones on the Kensington or Wacom. This means it’s a good deal less accurate when making precise marks on the screen. For $5-7, the Amazon stylus would be a great bet you wouldn’t be sad to lose, but for almost ten dollars, it feels cheap.

Good Stuff

  • One of cheaper styli that’s usable
  • Decent tip
  • No-fuss design

Bad Stuff

  • Lanyard on top is ugly
  • Should be even cheaper ($11)

Kensington Virtuoso Stylus/Pen

If you want a stylus that feels like a pen, the Virtuoso is near-perfect

The Kensington Virtuoso is the businessman’s stylus, decked out with chrome accents and a fancy ball-clip to ensure it doesn’t fall out of your breast pocket. Its pen-length shaft is coated with a soft-touch rubber finish that makes it easy to grip. Perhaps the Virtuoso’s best feature is its cap that pops off to reveal a plenty good ballpoint pen. While I really like the overall heft and balance of the Virtuoso, its rubber tip is larger and not as precise as the tip on the Bamboo or Kuel h20. I found that while using the Virtuoso, I wrote on sharper angles and changed direction mid stroke more abruptly, which I would attribute to the weight of the product. If you want a stylus that feels like a pen, the Virtuoso is near-perfect at $15. If you want a more upscale and modern take on the stylus/pen combo, check out the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo, available April 24th for $39.95.

Verge Score

8.1 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Soft-touch finish on grip
  • Removable cap exposes ballpoint pen
  • The length of a real pen

Bad Stuff

  • “Executive” look isn’t very modern
  • Heavy, but could be ideal for some
  • Weight forces sharper lines
  • Tip is a bit imprecise

SGP Kuel h20

The h20 has a small tip like the Bamboo, and is even more accurate

The Kuel h20 looks and feels a lot like those micro Sharpie markers kids used to carry around in middle school, and that’s kind of a good thing. The h20 looks cheap but is actually heavy and feels solid. The h20 has a textured shaft to prevent slippage, and even has a dongle that pops into your iPad’s (or iPhone’s) headphone jack so when you remove the stylus’ cap, you won’t lose track of it. At the same time, the headphone-jack attachment can’t be removed which makes it a nuisance if you aren’t planning on using it. Performance-wise, the h20 has a small tip like the Bamboo, and is even more accurate because you can feel a hard nib inside the tip touching the screen as you write. Still, the stylus is too short for any lengthy periods of sketching or writing, even if you extend the stylus using its telescoping rear end (the little chrome accent you can see in the image). If you need ultra-portability, the h20 $12.95 is a great bet.

Verge Score

8.3 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Top plugs into your headphone jack so you won’t lose it
  • Inexpensive
  • Ultra-portable
  • Textured grip
  • Small diameter rubber tip
  • Telescoping end makes it a touch longer if needed

Bad Stuff

  • Headphone jack dongle is cheap and not removable
  • Too short for anything but scribbling

Adonit Jot Pro

The Adonit Jot Pro looks like a finely crafted industrial tool an architect might use. It’s made out of aluminum and steel — one end is a tip attached to a plastic disc that glides across the surface of your iPad. The other end has a screw-off cap that covers the stylus’ fragile tip when you’re not writing or sketching. A couple other nice features include a rubber grip and magnetic insides that stick the stylus to to the top of your iPad so it doesn’t roll off the table. The magnetic cling bit is gimmicky, but it works.

This is the most precise iPad stylus money can buy

But ultimately, the Jot Pro is about writing and drawing precisely. The transparent tip of the Jot Pro (which is replaceable if you break it) enables you to see down to the exact point where the stylus hits the screen — something no other stylus can boast — and also lets you hold the stylus at the angle you’re accustomed to. In my tests, holding the stylus upright worked almost flawlessly, but holding it at a canted angle proved to impact where the stylus actually contacts the screen. As is evident by the image at right, the Jot Pro is quite precise but skews whichever direction the stylus is leaning in. The Bamboo is less precise, but is on average more even no matter which way you hold it. Still, the Adonit is unparalleled when it comes to making a mark exactly where you want to while drawing or writing.

The Jot Pro isn’t for tapping around and using other apps like you might while using the Cosmonaut. In fact, the Jot Pro makes an audible tap on the screen whenever you press it down to the screen to write. It sounds almost like if you were to tap your fingernail on the iPad’s screen. At $29.99 (the same price as the Bamboo), the Adonit is a quality piece of hardware that’s tough to beat. One thing to note is that while we didn’t experience many issues, several customers in the Adonit forums complained about “skipping” — Adonit products not maintaning contact with their replaceable discs after a few days/weeks of use. Apparently, a new disc and/or “one small squirt in the swivel joint” of conductive grease from RadioShack fixes the problem.

Verge Score

7.2 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Best for writing since plastic tip slides on glass
  • Great length, girth, and weight
  • Soft touch grip
  • Incredibly accurate if you hold it upright
  • Magnetic cling to side of your iPad
  • Screw-on tip protector

Bad Stuff

  • Fragile plastic discs are ugly and $8 for two replacements
  • If you don’t have any spare discs, you’re screwed
  • Inaccurate if you hold it on angle
  • Discs sometimes “skip” (from support forums)
  • Useless for browsing iPad

Griffin GC16040

Griffin’s GC16040 is an overpriced and mediocre stylus. It’s essentially the AmazonBasics stylus, but with a cheap-feeling pocket clip and a worse quality tip. While I like the tapered chrome bit surrounding the tip that enables you to hold the stylus at a more severe angle, that’s about the Griffin’s only redeeming quality. The junky pocket clip gets in the way of writing but is removable, except once you’ve removed it, it’s tough to get it back into place. For $19.99, this one’s a skip.

Verge Score

6.4 out of 10

Bad Stuff

  • Very poor value ($20)
  • Poorly balanced
  • Mediocre build quality

Monoprice 8843 Stylus

The cheapest stylus that’s still worth buying

The $2.97 Monoprice aluminum stylus is likely the cheapest stylus that’s still worth buying. For everyday games of Draw Something or quick sketches, the Monoprice does a bang up job, but it feels like a piece of junk in your hand. The stylus is pretty poor for writing, because it has a short and squishy tip that compresses underneath you as you use it so the contact point with a screen is very difficult to infer. While the product is essentially a hollow aluminum tube with a pen clip and the Monoprice logo on it, it’s a pretty amazing value for under three dollars. Add on shipping costs and you’ll be setting yourself back closer to $5.50, but that’s still a good six dollars cheaper than the AmazonBasics stylus, the next-cheapest entry. In comparison with the Amazon, the Monoprice is about a quarter of an inch shorter, but is a whole lot lighter. It’s light enough that it feels like it’s going to fall out of your hands if you don’t death-grip it. And as I mentioned, the tip of the Monoprice is shorter and mushier than the Amazon’s tip, which means it’s less precise. But overall, this stylus is a great deal.

Verge Score

6.4 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Great value for $2.97
  • Decent tip

Bad Stuff

  • Junky feel
  • Light as a feather
  • Short and mushy tip

Pogo Sketch Pro

One of the least consistent styli I tested

Some we’ve talked to swear by the Pogo Sketch Pro, but in my tests, it performs incredibly poorly, and doesn’t look great either. The aluminum unibody design isn’t up to snuff with other aluminum styli, and the rubberized grip covering its midsection feels junky. The tip Ten One Design stuck on the Sketch Pro isn’t great either. It’s perforated with circular holes that don’t seem to have any real utility, and the rubber material used for the tip isn’t anywhere near as conductive as other tips I tested. In fact, sometimes it can be downright difficult to make contact with the iPad’s screen unless you press down pretty hard, and sometimes that doesn’t even work. I realized that for the Sketch Pro to work, you must be making very solid contact with its aluminum upper shaft.

Even if you’re resting the stylus on the side of your hand as you draw at an angle, it still doesn’t always work. The Sketch Pro does come with a replaceable nib, but it’s made of the not-too-durable foamy stuff the company used for the tip of the original Pogo Sketch. The Sketch Pro looks handsome in pictures because of its inspired design, but in real life is one of the least consistent styli I tested. For $24.95, you can do much better, including its cousin the cheaper Sketch Plus.

Verge Score

4.5 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Inspired shape
  • Comes with replaceable tip

Bad Stuff

  • Poor quality rubber grip
  • Tip not very conductive or ergonomic

Cregle iPen

It’s the most popular digitizer, but is it any good?

The Cregle iPen is a “digitizer” for your iPad that aims to make writing and drawing much more accurate. Setting aside the drama Cregle created on Kickstarter, does the iPen digitizer actually work? Not so well, unfortunately. The iPen works using a receiver that plugs into your iPad’s dock connector by “gathering iPen’s ultrasonic and infrared signal” to determine its location. The iPen only works within the boundaries of specific apps — none of which are very good. Within each app, you must calibrate the iPen using small targets onscreen. You’ll actually be able to see a cursor onscreen directly beneath where you’re holding the stylus. I tested the app using Ibis Paint (updated April 17th, 2012) and Ghostwriter Notes (updated May 2nd, 2012), and had poor results with both. Despite several tries at calibrating the iPen, it just isn’t as accurate as either the Adonit Jot Pro or any of the rubber-tipped styli. There’s also a noticeable delay between the iPen sliding across the screen and the line that follows it. And the iPen does slide — to the point where it’s tough to keep it in one place. It’s at the very least nerve-racking to drag a pointy piece of plastic across your screen. Press hard enough (since the iPen clicks in to register a press), and you could even scratch your screen. I swear I did accidentally one time.

The iPen doesn’t live up to its promises

The iPen essentially a hollow-feeling white piece of plastic about as thick as a Sharpie marker. The casing around the tip of the iPen cracked within a week of using it, and the rest doesn’t feel like great quality. Compared to some of its very sturdy (albeit capacitive) competitors, the iPen feels like junk. Using the iPen allows you to rest your hand on the screen, which is nice, but this also means that you’ll have to turn off multitasking gestures, one of the most useful iPad-exclusive features in iOS. I left multitasking gestures turned on. Cregle claims that the iPen receiver will last for 100 hours of continuous writing on two watch batteries, but we doubt you’ll be able to survive using it for that long. At the end of the day, the $89 iPen doesn’t live up to its promises, and is much more of a hassle than its worth. Perhaps with a better selection of compatible apps, the iPen could be a good match for some people, but for now, it’s a definite skip — especially considering it will only work on your iPad.

Bad Stuff

  • Imprecise
  • Crummy build quality
  • Sharp plastic tip uncomfortable to use
  • Lack of great compatible apps
  • Very expensive
  • Won’t work on other smartphones or tablets

Applydea Maglus

This is your next iPad stylus

The Maglus from Irish design firm Applydea not only has an awkward name, but also has an awkward grip. It’s shaped like a carpenter’s pencil, bearing two flat sides and two rounded edges. If you hold a pen normally, the Maglus should be very easy to pick up, but if you hold your pen in any alternate fashion, this stylus might take some getting used to. And you’ll want to get used to using this thing, because it performs better than any other stylus I’ve tested. While its tip isn’t as narrow as the tips of the Wacom Bamboo or Kuel h20, it’s just as precise because it combines firmness with very high sensitivity. We’re not sure what kind of rubber Applydea is using, but the Maglus requires almost zero exertion to use and is very predictable. You can really feel the Maglus touching your screen, unlike with mushier-tipped (yet still good) styli like the Wacom Bamboo. The only potential negative here is that the Maglus produces rigid lines since its tip isn’t as cushy as many of its competitors. It’s not as great for artistic flourishes and flicks of the wrist. The line rigidity and sharpness might be intimidating at first, but then you realize that this stylus is just producing more accurate lines on the screen.

The Maglus’s stellar tip makes it stand out the most

Also, like the Adonit Jot Pro, the Maglus is magnetic and clings nicely to the side of your iPad — even if you’re using a Smart Cover. Since the Maglus is flat (an intentional design decision), the stylus lays flat against your iPad for a tighter magnetic seal. The magnets are contained inside the rubber midsection of the Maglus, which actually adds a nice visual touch to the stylus. The rubber spots help grip, but also help the Maglus transcend the “aluminum bar” look you’ll find with the AluPen, Architect, and Adonit Jot Pro.

At the end of the day, the Maglus’s stellar tip makes it stand out the most. It’s ultra conductive, and since the Maglus is heavy to begin with, it requires the bare minimum amount of exertion to make a mark on your screen. Most styli I tested require you to press down, which can get tiring — especially since apps don’t respond to a soft press versus a hard one. The tip is a bit larger than I’d like, though it’s still average in size. At €20 (about $26), the Maglus is near impossible to beat — assuming your hands can endure its somewhat odd shape.

Good Stuff

  • Highly conductive tip
  • Strong magnets to latch on to iPad
  • Great build quality
  • Require little exertion to use

Bad Stuff

  • Shaft shape can be troubling
  • Tip a little too big

AluPen Pro

The Just-Mobile AluPen Pro is a thinner and more dynamic take on the AluPen, and it also includes a pen to boot. Twist the stylus’s tip to extend the pen, and twist the opposite direction to retract it. Twist further and the tip comes off so you can replace the stylus’s ink cartridge. The aluminum AluPen Pro is built incredibly well and feels quite solid in the hand. It’s much thinner than the AluPen, and is feel much more natural to hold for extended periods. Unfortunately, while the AluPen Pro is a great size and weight, its rubber tip is large and mushy, and overall less precise than the AluPen. Perhaps this is because the Pro’s tip is replaceable, and is thus less embedded in the product’s design. It comes with a replacement tip in case something happens to the existing one. The AluPen Pro is your best bet if you’re looking for a pen/stylus combo, but is pretty pricey at $39.95 plus shipping. Well, at least you get a nice leather slip-case out of the deal.

Verge Score

8.2 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Retractable pen tip
  • Hexagonal prism shape is nostalgic
  • Great build quality
  • Perfect pencil-like girth
  • Replaceable tip, leather case

Bad Stuff

  • Tip protrudes a lot
  • Mushy tip

Architect

The Arctic Architect is a thin cylindrical anodized aluminum stylus — the antithesis of the hexagonal AluPen Pro. While I like the screw-off top on the Architect, I can’t help but feel like I’m wasting time constantly screwing and unscrewing it. The tip on the Architect is less fragile than many (like the Adonit Jot Pro, which has a screw-off top), and is thus more durable, yet I’m protecting it to an even greater extent. It ends up being a hassle, and the lanyard loop isn’t nearly as handy as a clip to attach it to your pocket. Additionally, the stylus is a bit too light in the hand, and ends up feeling like it’s not made out of durable aluminum at all.

The twist-off top is a beautiful hassle

The Architect performs very well, but the tip is a bit grippy, which makes it tough to slide across your screen. The tip also doesn’t protrude much from the shaft of the stylus, so it’s tough to hold it on an angle. Ultimately, the matte aluminum body of the Architect leaves something to be desired (versus competitors like the AluPen Pro and Maglus), and its tip is a little too grippy. It’s still a great stylus, but there are better options at the same price point of $24.95.

Good Stuff

  • Lanyard top looks nice
  • Decent build quality

Bad Stuff

  • Unscrewable top feels ornamental
  • Short tip
  • Aluminum not as sturdy as in other styli

Pogo Sketch Plus

It’s the same stylus as the Pogo Sketch, but with a rubber tip

The Pogo Sketch Plus is the same stylus as the Pogo Sketch, with the addition of one detail: a rubber tip perforated with small circular holes. To reiterate, the stylus has a sleek metallic body that reminds me a lot of old Palm Pilot styli — which is not a good thing. Since it’s so thin, it’s not particularly comfortable to hold for extended periods of time. The Pogo Sketch Plus is also short enough that its pen clip gets in the way unless you deliberately position it a certain way in your hand each time you use it. The rubber tip I touched on earlier isn’t made out of the same rubber you’d find in other stylus tips. It’s thinner, and seems to be a lot less durable. The holes in the tip are also of mysterious value, and didn’t seem to affect the stylus’s performance one way or the other.

Somehow, the Pogo Sketch Plus performs better than its more expensive sibling the Pogo Sketch Pro, which features the same perforated tip but with more oval-shaped holes. Since the Sketch Plus has a not only thin but shallow rubber tip, when you press down on it, you can feel the plastic nib inside it. This is a good thing, because you can feel the stylus pressing against your screen, but once again, the rubber doesn’t seem all too durable. At $14.95, the Pogo Sketch Plus is just OK. The Kuel h20 is a much better bet for the price range, especially considering it too has a shallow nib that provides hard contact with the screen.

Verge Score

6.8 out of 10

Bad Stuff

  • Too thin
  • Reminds us of our old Palm Pilot
  • Tip doesn’t seem durable

AluPen

The AluPen is a great looking hexagonal aluminum prism of a stylus that feels almost like a thicker Dixon Ticonderoga pencil in your hand. The body of the AluPen is a matte aluminum that’s heavy enough to evoke quality without weighing down your hand as you write. Because of its chunkiness, the AluPen inevitably falls into the same category as the Studio Neat Cosmonaut, which is a hair better because of its embedded tip and soft feel. Using the AluPen (or Cosmonaut) for extended periods is difficult because of its girth, and while its aluminum edges are sanded down, they are larger and than those on a Ticonderoga pencil, and are thus a bit uncomfortable to deal with. The tip on the AluPen is very good — it’s large, which obstructs your view a bit, but is firm, which means its simple to write with. Combined with the inherent weight of the AluPen pressing down on the screen, it’s a very easy stylus to use.

So, is the AluPen an “essential accessory for creative tableteers” as its makers pronounce? If you want a flashy stylus without any fluffy features, the AluPen ($24.95) won’t disappoint. Yet, given it inhabits the same category as the stellar Cosmonaut, it will have to settle for second place.

Verge Score

8.4 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Attractive design, nice length
  • Hexagonal prism shape is nostalgic
  • Made of durable aluminum
  • Large, but great tip

Bad Stuff

  • Shape makes it tough to hold for extended periods

LYNKtec TruGlide

Looks like steel wool, feels like a t-shirt

The TruGlide may sound like a sexual lubricant, but it’s actually a new stylus for your iPad featuring an odd but effective microfiber tip. The TruGlide feels light in the hand and is pretty ugly, but boy does it perform well. In fact, it’s perhaps the most conductive stylus I tested. The TruGlide’s tip looks like steel wool, but feels as soft as a t-shirt. The tip is about the same size as the small tip of the Bamboo, and feels a touch firmer. It does indeed “glide” across the screen, unlike many of its rubber-tipped counterparts, which makes it simple to make wavy lines but harder to make lines with sharp corners. It’s an odd feeling — the TruGlide exhibits almost zero resistance from the screen, which is ideal for games like Fruit Ninja or for watercoloring on screen.

Plus, Lynktec claims that the microfiber tip on the TruGlide is ten times more durable than rubber tips, but I didn’t test it long enough to find out. At $15.95, the TruGlide is a great deal for a person who cares more about silky smooth performance than looks. Just watch out for the clip on its side: it’s attached tightly enough that it nearly ripped my shirt pocket open.

Verge Score

8.5 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Incredibly conductive and innovative tip
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable tip

Bad Stuff

  • Light
  • Mediocre build quality
  • Ugly

Sensu Brush

The definitive paintbrush for iPad

The Sensu Brush looks like a Space Pen, but when you pull off its cap, it reveals itself as a paint brush / stylus hybrid. Attach the cap to the stylus’ other side, and the tool instantly becomes the longest entry in my stylus round up. Even if you hold the Sensu by its rubber grip, it still works (unlike with the Pogo Sketch Pro).

As promised, the brush head on the Sensu is highly conductive and requires little exertion to use. Since iOS recognizes a touch input as a circular mark and not a brush stroke, using the brush feels a bit odd, but it’s still a lot of fun to use in specific scenarios (like shading or filling in a background). Since you can extend the Sensu using its cap, holding the stylus at an angle feels great. With a conventional rubber-tipped stylus, shading or filling in can be tiring, and will likely wear down a the tip much quicker.

The Sensu Brush is exactly what it sounds like — a brush. While its rubber tip is decent, you should buy this thing if you want a paint brush for your iPad. To that extent, the Sensu Brush is a killer solution, but at $39.99, it’s definitely not for everyone.

Verge Score

8.5 out of 10

Hand stylus

“The world’s smallest tip”

Aesthetically, the $29.95 Hand blends the good looks of the Bamboo with the nostalgic and comfortable pencil-like hexagonal shape of the AluPen — and adds in a great retractable tip that makes you feel a lot better about tossing the stylus in your bag. The Hand’s tip is exactly what I’ve been looking for: a tiny and firm rubber nib that enables me to make more precise marks on the screen. While large stylus tips are plenty responsive, their size can make it hard to see exactly where you’re drawing unless you crane your neck down to the screen’s level. The Hand promises “the world’s smallest tip,” and from the outside, it seems perfect. There’s even a magnetic and removable pen clip, that when combined with the Hand’s just-right length (unlike the Lunatik), makes it easy to clip in your breast pocket.

Despite the Hand stylus’ flawless design and ideal tip diameter (4mm), it’s ultimately held back by the tip’s less than perfect sensitivity. Unlike with many of its competitors, dragging the stylus across the screen sometimes doesn’t make a mark. “For any size tip to work on a capacitive touch-screen it has to be compressed until the tip forms a circle on the screen’s surface that measures approximately 4mm in diameter,” designer Steve King told me. He’s right — press down, and the Hand works perfectly. Yet, one of my favorite things about the Maglus (my overall winner) or TruGlide is that they require such little effort to use. When you’re meticulously shading a man’s mustache onscreen, you want to make light pencil-like strokes.

If the Hand’s tip were more reliable in making marks on the screen without you actively thinking about it, it would be the perfect stylus — but it looks like we’ll have to wait for version 2.0 for that. If you’re cool with pressing down a tad as your write (King admits that people have various preferences for tip firmness), then the Hand is impossible to beat.

Verge Score

8.4 out of 10

Lunatik Touch Pen

Its dynamic tip isn’t precise enough for serious sketchers

Unlike other stylus / pen combination tools, the $39.99 Lunatik Touch Pen requires only the press of a button to switch between pen and stylus modes. It’s the best execution I’ve seen so far, but this design does come with its share of sacrifices.

The body of the Lunatik is made out of durable matte aluminum alloy that feels great in the hand. The Lunatik has a nice heft to it but is long, and most of its weight lies in its upper alloy part. Interestingly, while the Lunatik is meant to be the one tool you keep in your pocket all day, it doesn’t even fit comfortably in a conventional shirt pocket. Because of its very tall stature, the tool’s clip hardly makes contact with the front of the pocket. Yet, it’s heavy enough that it’ll stay put wherever you decide to toss it. The Lunatik also comes in a totally plastic variety for $19.99 dollars cheaper. The tip works the same, but the stylus’ shaft (and especially its clip) feel substantially less sturdy. I’d definitely recommend springing for the alloy version if you want a TouchPen.

The tip on the Lunatik is one of then most conductive I tested, and is very responsive on the iPad’s touchscreen. You hardly need to exert any pressure to make marks on the screen, and since the tip is embedded in the grip, you can hold the stylus at almost any angle and it still works (like with the Cosmonaut). But, despite the tip’s great conductivity, it isn’t anywhere near as precise as its competitors by virtue of its combination pen/stylus design. There’s a hole in the stylus’ tip where the pen cartridge pops out, so it’s hard to determine exactly where the Lunatik is contacting your screen. In the end, the very handsome alloy Touch Pen is quite well-built and easy to use, but its dynamic tip just isn’t precise enough for serious sketchers or writers. Making precise marks is too frustrating to justify recommending its $39.99 price tag.

Verge Score

8.2 out of 10

Good Stuff

  • Sleek design
  • Innovative pen/stylus tip combo
  • Great build quality

Bad Stuff

  • Large
  • Top-heavy
  • Imprecise tip
  • Expensive

The Verdict

If you’re purchasing a stylus so you can write notes on your iPad, you’re going to be disappointed. None of the styli I tested had narrow enough tips to provide the agility to scrawl anything but quick notes, doodles, and scribbles. But, if you’re interested in drawing with apps like Paper, you can’t go wrong with a few of these options. The Applydea Maglus, with its combination of good looks, durability, excellent responsiveness, and magnetic capabilities is our winner for everyday use. It just edges out the Wacom Bamboo, my original winner, because while the Bamboo is exceptionally well-rounded, its mushy tip doesn’t deliver anywhere near the responsiveness or feedback you’ll get from the Maglus. Additionally, the Maglus sticks to your iPad, which is a lot more useful feature than you’d expect.

If you’re serious about writing on your iPad, the Adonit Jot Pro is the clear choice, while you’ll have to be pretty careful with it. If you break the plastic disc on your Adonit, you’ll have to wait for a replacement. The Kuel h20 is a fantastic and tiny won’t-mind-if-you-lose-it stylus, while the Cosmonaut is unbeatable for diagramming or writing flash cards. These styli will do you just fine — at least until the Blue Tiger comes out.


Writing: adonit jot pro
Diagramming: studio neat cosmonaut
Quick scribbling: SGP Kuel h20
Painting: Sensu Brush
All-around: Applydea Maglus

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Stylus pens bridge the gap between the digital and analog worlds in one handy tool. If you love pen and paper but don’t go anywhere without a smartphone or tablet, a stylus pen is just what you need. In this article, we’ll be introducing stylus pens that work on capacitive touch screens. Capacitive styli work by distorting the screen’s electrostatic field the way your finger does when it’s touched–without causing unsightly finger smudges.

Most of the pens on this list are ballpoints, but read until the end to see a fountain pen and mechanical pencil that come with styli.

Ballpoint Pens

This pen combines Fisher Space Pen’s pressurized ink with a stylus. We’re huge fans of pressurized ink pens–they let you write dependably upside down, underwater, over grease, and in extreme temperatures. To use the pen, simply press down on the stylus end and the refill will extend. The pen is top-heavy, so we find it easier to use the stylus (where most of the weight is) than the pen.

Don’t let its pocket size fool you–the hefty Kaweco AL Sport Touch is made of solid, high-quality aluminum, featuring a fixed clip and nose cone of chrome-plated brass. You twist the nose cone to extend and retract the pen. Although it’s short, its substantial body also suits larger hands. Read our Kaweco Sport guide to learn more about the rest of the line.

The Poquito is the cutest pen we have on this list. It’s extremely slim and short, making it a great everyday carry pen to put in your pocket or bag. Although it’s handy to have with you, we probably wouldn’t use it for extended periods of time. It uses a twist mechanism to extend the pen.

The Jetstream features one of our favorite low-viscosity ballpoint ink formulas that’s both smooth and pigmented. To extend the pen, just slide the clip forward. To retract it, click on the button that pops up on the opposite side of the pen. The pen is lightweight, making it easy to flip over and use the stylus on the other end. It comes in four stylish colors. To find out more about the Jetstream, check out our guide here.

One of the few capped ballpoints on this list, the Styluspen Stick houses Zebra’s “Super Smooth” ballpoint ink, another low-viscosity formula. Its metal barrel is surprisingly not too heavy, though it can become unbalanced if you post the cap. We recommend leaving the pen unposted as you use it, so that you can switch between the stylus and pen seamlessly.

The Twist is the slimmer, retractable version of the above Styluspen Stick. Simply twist the body to extend the pen. This is a great option for people with smaller hands. Its svelte form can be tucked into shirt pockets or clipped onto notebook covers conveniently.

Another handy pocket pen, the Wing Stylus C1 is a sophisticated yet affordable choice. It’s surprisingly lightweight for a metal body pen, and its slightly wider barrel makes it comfortable to use. This pen twists at the nose cone to extend. It’s available in five metallic colors.

Fountain Pens

The Switch Plus is a fountain pen that has a stylus on its end. The pen is made of a comfortably lightweight, rubberized plastic and features an ergonomically-shaped triangle grip to guide your finger placement. There’s even a window that lets you see when you’re running out of ink. This pen is best used unposted, so it’s easier for you to switch between the fountain pen and stylus. The stylus end also has three textured patches to help you keep a tripod grip. It comes in a variety of nib sizes and colors.

Mechanical Pencils

The stylus portion of the Rotring 800+ Hybrid is uniquely placed at the tip of the pencil. This lets you to effortlessly switch between the pencil and stylus by extending and retracting the pencil tip. To extend the pencil, twist the knurled knob near the pencil clip until it clicks. To retract, just pop it back the other way. This heavy duty drafting pencil is perfect for engineers and designers who use analog and digital tools as they work. Rotring offers an expansive range of additional drafting pencils at higher and lower price points. You can check out our video on Rotring’s entire drafting pencil lineup here.

Conclusion

Let’s face it–even if we love pens and paper, we’re still addicted to our smart devices. With stylus pens, you can easily switch from analog to digital! Do you use stylus pens? Let us know if any of these caught your eye in the comments below.

Product Name Pen Type Colors Available Special Features
Fisher Space Pen Cap-O-Matic Ballpoint Pen with Stylus Ballpoint Black Pressurized Ink
Kaweco AL Sport Touch Ballpoint Pen + Stylus Ballpoint Black, Silver Solid Aluminum Body
Monteverde Poquito Ballpoint Pens + Stylus Ballpoint Black, Cobalt Blue, Purple, Red & Black Mini Size
ONLINE Switch Plus Fountain Pens Fountain Black, Copper, Petrol, Ruby, Violet Variety of Nib Sizes
Rotring 800+ Drafting Pencil + Stylus Hybrid Mechanical Pencil Black, Silver 0.5 & 0.7 mm Available
Uni Jetstream Stylus Ballpoint Pens Ballpoint Black, Pink Gold, Shiny Blue, Silver Low-Viscocity Ink
Zebra Styluspen Stick Ballpoint Pen + Stylus Ballpoint Black, White Capped Pen
Zebra Styluspen Twist Ballpoint Pen + Stylus Ballpoint Black, Silver Twist Mechanism
Zebra Wing Stylus C1 Ballpoint Pens Ballpoint Black, Blue, Light Blue, Red, White Pocket Size



Get a 12-pack of ballpoint-stylus combo pens for $7.99

CNET’s Cheapskate scours the Web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page.


Some of my favorite deals are on the simplest products.

Like, you know how you never have enough pens? And you know how sometimes it’s easier to use a stylus on your phone or tablet than it is a finger?

Today is your lucky day, cheeps!

Teviwin

For a limited time, TeviwinDirect has a 12 pack of two-in-one pens for $7.99 when you apply coupon code Q2QTUTGD at checkout. And I’m assured they have considerable inventory, so it’s very unlikely they’ll sell out. (Watch me end up with pen on my face.)

Aren’t they colorful? As you can see, there’s a (retractable) ink tip at one end and a capacitive stylus tip at the other. And here all this time I’ve been using non-stylus ink pens like a sucker!

At this price, you would expect a pretty crummy product, all plastic and bad at actually delivering ink to paper. But these pens have aluminum barrels and nearly 1,400 user reviews averaging out to 4.4 stars.

Sold. To me this is a no-brainer. I always need pens, and now I’ll always have a stylus at the ready as well. Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: I’m writing this late Tuesday because I’m going to be gone all Wednesday morning, so I just have to hope the deal is still live: Walmart has the RCA Viking Pro 10.1-inch two-in-one Android tablet for $120 shipped (plus tax), in your choice of silver or lavender (!).

Many of the specs are better than you might expect, including 32GB of storage, a quad-core processor, Android 5.0 and, oh, yeah, a keyboard! Screen resolution isn’t fabulous, nor is battery life, but the user reviews are pretty positive. Good heavens, that’s cheap for a 10-inch hybrid. I can think of about 20 ways to make good use of it.

Bonus deal No. 2: Speaking of amazingly inexpensive stuff, Adorama has the Canon Pixma MG2922 wireless all-in-one printer for $29.99 shipped. Reviews around the Web are fairly mixed, in part because some buyers didn’t do their homework (thinking “wireless” automatically meant “supports AirPrint,” when in fact the printer supports only Google Cloud Print — which is a major pain to set up). But OMG, a wireless AIO for $30! Get one.

3 in 1 Pen Stylus for Touch Screen Devices, with Empty Refillable Spra — SyPens

SyPen’s 3 in 1 Sanitzer, Ballpoint & Stylus Pens are a safe, trendy, stylish & multi-functional tool that will serve multiple purposes for home, school or the office!

FEATURES:

• 3 in 1 Sanitzer Spray/Ballpoint/Stylus Tip
• Compatibility With All Smart Devices
• Different Color Variations (ex. Assorted, Red, Green, Blue, Purple, Orange, Black)
• Note: Colors May Vary In Assorted Packs
• Metallic Barrel
• Refillable Spray
•Empty 3 ml Spray bottle: about 30 Sprays
• Lightweight Plastic Exterior
• Rubber Grip
• Highly Sensitive
• Glides Smoothly
• Provides Great Detail
• Black Ink
• Works on SmartPhones, Tablets, and Paper

SyPen’s 3 in 1 Sanitzer Spray, Ballpoint & Stylus Pen glides smoothly across smartphone and tablet screens, which protects you from germs and the screen from scratching or fingerprints, promoting the longevity of your devices. The three in one sainitzer spray, ballpoint and stylus pen design gives you more bang for your buck, as it is truly multi-functional and will take you from home, to the classroom or office, and back again. You can use this pen for everything from spraying your hands with sanitizer to jotting notes into a notebook to doodling on your tablet. Choose from many different color variations to switch things up according to your mood and environment. The lightweight material and comfortable rubber grip make this pen the perfect choice for students, artists, avid notetakers, and anyone who writes for extended periods of time as it won’t tire you out and molds to the contours of your hand. The highly sensitive tip provides great detail and accuracy and will enhance your experience with note taking, sketching, drawing, and photo apps. Our stylus/ballpoint pens provide all-in-one convenience with sleek sophistication & style that is sure to make an impression.

  • 3 IN 1 ESSENTIAL USES: The Spray is Essential to clean harmful germs on your hands and surfaces. The STYLUS is essential to keep your Touchscreen devices free of germs. The BALLPOIN PEN is essential to write down all your vital info!
  • USES:The Empty Spray Bottle Can be filled with 3 ml of Sanitizer,Perfume, Or any Personal Essential. You can use 30 sprays until your next refill. These Pens come with a pocket clip as well and is the perfect choice for travel!
  • COMPATIBLE WITH MANY DEVICES: SyPen’s Stylus Tip is compatible with touch screen devices from various brands for your convenience. Our stylus pen is highly sensitive & smooth, providing a seamless, pen-like writing experience. The fine tip allows you to achieve greater detail in your note taking & art projects.
  • COMFORTABLE GRIP: Our stylus tip pens are made of a lightweight material and feature a rubber grip that contours to your hand for added comfort, making it the perfect choice for avid note takers.
  • MANY DIFFERENT COLOR OPTIONS: Our stylus tip pens feature a sophisticated & streamlined design in many different color variations to accommodate your personal taste and whatever mood you’re in.

Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Fountain Pens

The Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Fountain Pen is like a Swiss army pen. Multiple tools all compacted into a fountain pen. A multi-unit ruler, bubble level, phillips and flat screwdriver, a stylus. Available as a cartridge pen only. The Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Fountain Pen is a must have for the DIY fountain pen enthusiast.

This pen accepts a standard universal ink cartridge only. The body of the pen does not allow room for an ink converter. One ink cartridge is included with the fountain pen.

Get more Compatible Ink Cartridges: Standard International Ink Cartridges

*Monteverde pens purchased in 2020 or later, may be packed in the “new” Monteverde pen box, a thin, black plastic box with grey velvet lined interior. The black box is encased in a green/black cardboard sleeve featuring the Monteverde branding.

Product Specifications

Capped
Length: 6.0 in.(152.4mm)

Diameter of Body: 0.393 in.(10.0mm)

Weight: 1.4 oz.(39.69g)

Nib Material: Stainless Steel

Fill Mechanism:
Cartridge
Cartridge Type:
Standard International

Available Sizes & Colors

The Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Fountain Pens
usually ships within 1-3 business day unless otherwise specified or marked as special order.

*

Special orders on this item are eligible for dropship in 2-4 business days.

However, occasionally due to manufacturer inventory, items can take up to

1-3 months.


For a specific shipping estimate on your special order contact Customer Care.

Guaranteed Quality

Each Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Fountain Pens

we sell is guaranteed to be genuine, authentic and will arrive brand new & unused!

Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Video Script

This is the Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool fountain pen. This is a pretty unique fountain pen which Monteverde has come up with. It integrates multiple tools into one product.

First off we have the bubble level on the pen which allows you to see if your surface is level or not. It also comes with a multi-scale ruler on the pen. First off we have a four inch ruler. We also have three different metric scales around the pen. It has a chrome clip here on the pen.

The next tool on the pen is the stylus. It is a touch screen stylus which allows you to use the pen on any kind of a touch screen whether it is an iPad, an iPhone or a phone, e-readers, any kind of tablet or whatever touch screen you have.

You can unscrew the stylus off the top. Underneath the stylus we have a screwdriver. That can also be reversed so you have a philips screwdriver on the other end. You can replace the stylus back on the top.

On the other end of the pen is the fountain pen. It has a cap that unscrews from the pen. This fountain pen is only available as a cartridge fountain pen. You cannot use a converter because there is not room enough because it is quite compact.

To replace the cartridge you simply pull the the top section of the pen away from the barrel and you can insert a cartridge into the fountain pen. To insert back into the pen you align the arrow to the clip on the pen and simply press that back into the barrel of the pen.

This is a great product. It only comes in yellow but it looks like a tool and it works really well. It has a lot of unique functionality and is great for some who likes tools or just as a conversational piece. This is a great pen. Get yours today at PenChalet.com!

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Best stylus pens for touchscreens 2021

(Pocket-lint) – If you’re sick of swiping through your touchscreen tablet or smartphone and creating smudges, picking up a capacitive stylus is the best solution. 

The cosmetic aspect is just one benefit, with stylus also pens providing the user with more precision and control than the humble index finger or thumb. Plus, since many options come in multipacks, you’ll likely never have to worry about losing one, handing another out to a member of the family or keeping one spare in your backpack.

Not all stylus pens are created equally, however. Some are two-in-one devices that offer a capacitive end on one side and a ballpoint pen on the other, while others allow you to switch out the size of the rubber stub. And, while most of the picks below are entry-level devices, there are also a couple of more expensive, budget-friendly alternatives to the top-tier stylus pens, which are ideal for those producing digital drawings.

To help you find the best pen for your touchscreen adventures, explore our top picks below. 

Best stylus pens for touchscreens you can buy

Liberrway

Liberrway Stylus Pen (10-Pack)

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For the users who want a stylus pen at every turn, Liberrway’s set of 10 offers incredible value.

The anti-scratch rubber tip gives precise control over the screen, and each of the pens comes in a different color. Each of the lightweight stylus’ also remains anti-stick, meaning you can easily glide over the touchscreen.

There’s also the clip on the top, allowing users to attach them to notebooks, bags and more.

Meko

Meko Universal Stylus (Two-Pack)

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Meko’s pair of stylus pens are ingeniously designed to give you two-in-one control over your touchscreen.

On one end, you have a ballpoint-like feel for more accurate control, with clear discs fitted onto the end to allow you to view where your notes are being made.

For sketches or rougher notes, simply flip the aluminum barrel and use the fiber tip, which can also be switched out with more fittings. 

Bargains Depot

Bargains Depot Stylus (Four-Pack)

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Bargains Depot offers users the same two-in-one style as other stylus pens, with one end giving close control and another designed for drawing.

Both tips are replaceable, thanks to the 20 additional tips, and the four-pack is available in a number of different color combinations.

It’s a really neat and affordable way to always have a dual-purpose stylus on hand. 

HomEdge

HomEdge Stylus Pen (20-Pack)

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We’re not quite sure who out there needs 20 stylus pens – perhaps teachers or those extremely prone to losing things – but HomEdge’s set ensures you’ll essentially never have to worry about stocking up on the touchscreen pens again.

There is a range of different colors included, with each featuring the same anti-scratch tip and clip at the top of the barrel.

Naturally, they’re also compatible with any touchscreen you have in your arsenal, whether they’re iOS or Android.

Ankace

Ankace Stylus Pen

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If you’re in the market for a more high-performance stylus, Ankace’s does a good job of adding in some nifty features to enhance the experience. 

The price tag is naturally a bit higher, but if you value quality over quantity, and have an iPad that released in 2018 or later, you’ll be able to enjoy precise control, palm rejection (meaning you won’t have to wear an anti-friction glove when drawing) and the tilt-to-thicken function.

You will need to charge it, though the battery life is very solid, allowing for 20 hours of continuous use or 90 days of standby time.

Liberrway

Liberrway 2-in-1 Stylus Pen (12-Pack)

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If you’re constantly flitting between real notepads and your touchscreen device, Liberrway has a different kind of two-in-one stylus to consider.

Instead of featuring two kinds of touchscreen-ready nibs on either side of the barrel, one is a regular ballpoint ink pen that can be twisted into action, while the other is a regular rubber tip for electronic devices.

This package also represents excellent value, giving you a dozen to lose in bags, in the office or hand to lucky strangers in need.

Werrpower

Werrpower Stylus Pen

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Werrpower gives those considering the Apple Pencil a budget-friendly alternative – and, while you’ll have to have an iPad from 2018 or later, the company’s stylus pen does offer a couple of neat features.

Palm rejection ensures that you can easily rest your hand on the screen without it interfering, and the 1.5mm tip gives improved accuracy over entry-level pens, which are essentially just wider rubber-style nibs. 

You will have to keep it charged, naturally, but battery life lasts around 8-10 hours and it’ll only take around an hour to get back to 100%.

Writing by Conor Allison. Editing by Dan Grabham.

Ballpoint pen Casper 3 in 1 – art. (OG.71120.01) – with logo printing to order in Krasnodar

Branding
Method Engraving
Specifications
Weight 0 g.
Mechanism type removable cap
Possibility of replacing the core / cartridge no
Power supply battery LR41- 3pcs
Completeness battery LR41- 3pcs
Commodity material metal / rubber
Application method Engraving
Product size (cm) d0.9 x 12.3 cm
Bar type ball
Assembly thickness 1.0 mm
Engraved color silver
Product color silver
Ink color blue
Colors
Color silver

A ballpoint pen may not be just a writing instrument.This pen model is multifunctional – it is also a handy flashlight, laser pointer and a stylus for the touch screen. The handle is available in different colors. Can be personalized.

90,000 2 in 1 Universal Stylus Pen with Soft Semicircular and Thin Metal Tips AliExpress 2 in 1 Multifunction Fine Point Round Thin Tip Touch Screen Pen Capacitive Stylus Pen For Smart Phone Tablet For iPad For iPhone – ✍️My Essential 2 in 1 Stylus Pen with AliExpress ✍️ Advantages of a thin tip👍How I lived without it before❓Review »

Yes, this is the same review, in the writing of which the subject itself is involved ✍️

How I love this stylus ❣️

But first things first

✍ SHOPPING 💠

As soon as the era of multifunctional smartphones, tablets and computers came and I got my favorite phone and laptop models, I never ceased to upset me only one thing that there is no way to write by hand.More precisely – there was such a function, but with a finger it turned out imperfect and very large.

And I am a fan of writing with a pen, but in the age of information technology, I really wanted to digitize what was written not only with the help of a photo or a scan , i.e. mix business with pleasure.

I even bought a regular stylus first, then a pen with a stylus on the other end, but it was all wrong.

I wanted thin lines, my own handwriting…

And at the beginning of last spring, I nevertheless found a fairly attractive option for myself both in price and quality on the AliExpress website.

Stylus 2 in 1 AliExpress

💠 ABOUT 💠

2 in 1 Multifunction Fine Point Round Thin Tip Touch Screen Pen Capacitive Stylus Pen For Smart Phone Tablet For iPad For iPhone

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2 in 1 Universal Thin Round Thin Tip Touch Screen Pen Capacitive Stylus for Smartphone Tablet for iPad for iPhone

Exactly so ⤴️ in the translation of the application the name of the product sounds on AliExpress .

I want to note that it is compatible not only with apple products. With my Xiaomi Mi Max 2 made friends perfectly and expanded its functionality very tangibly 👍

Stylus 2 in 1 AliExpress and Xiaomi Mi Max 2

I was not interested in a regular pen, so the double-sided stylus turned out to be ideal .

On the one hand, the common soft semicircular tip is sufficient, which is used instead of the finger.

Stylus 2 in 1 AliExpress

And on the other – thin metal ball simulating a regular pen . The dream has come true: you take a “regular” pen and write not in a notebook, but in your phone! This is exactly what I needed! 👍

Stylus 2 in 1 AliExpress

The special silicone nozzle protects the screen from the pressure of a sharp tailbone, which does not particularly affect the operation and the resulting lines.

This accessory can be easily removed for cleaning. And this is perhaps the only drawback of of this item: can be lost.

Stylus 2 in 1 AliExpress

There are several color solutions on the site, but I liked the black version, which perfectly matched the smartphone and headphones.

💠 HOW DO I USE THE STYLUS PEN 💠

〽️ I use instead of my finger to control the smartphone

〽️ Writing notes by hand

clearly

〽️ Draw or delete small details

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By the way, this wonderful stylus also helped me to make a watermark.

Generally used as a regular pen, pencil or eraser.

And no expensive phone with similar advertised features. Just buy a stylus and download the necessary application to your smartphone.

I would also like to learn how to use it as a graphics tablet with the ability to broadcast – it would be simply unrealistic to be great, but I have not yet figured out how to implement it with what we have. Oh, those dreams… 🙈

It will be even more convenient to use this stylus when working with a tablet or laptop with a touch screen. And although I have the latter, but more often I work from the phone because of a small child. And, again, this is mega-convenient 👍

2 in 1 stylus AliExpress

⏺️🏁⏺️🏁⏺️🏁⏺️

I do not just recommend, but highly recommend this 2 in 1 stylus for those who wish to expand the functionality of their smartphone with handwritten notes and drawings.

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Thank you for reading my review ☀️

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📲Mobile application Diagram wizard – exit 👍 when there is no time to sit at the computer💻

Pen for drawing with a touch screen 2 in 1, stylus with a conductive touch suction cup , microfiber touch head for tablet pc, smartphone | pen stylus | touch screen drawing pencapacitive pen

2 in 1 capacitive touch screen stylus tablet stylus

Features:
1.Unique 2 in 1 design: Includes a conductive sensor suction cup and a micro fiber sensor head.
The touch pen suction cup is designed with a silicone connection, it offers more protection than the needle connection.
2. Perfect for mobile phone, good pen feel
3. Great for reducing fingerprints on your touch screen.
4. The soft tip on the end of the stylus will not damage your touchscreen device.
5.Compatible with: Smartphone i Pad Tablet PC (capacitive touchscreen)

Specifications:
1. Material: metal
2. Color: black, silver, red, rose red, gold, purple, green, dark blue , light blue.
3. Body Diameter: 9mm / 0.35 “
4. Length: Approx. 133 mm / 5.23 inches
5. Transparent conductive sensor suction cup (7.0 mm)
6. Conductive tissue micro-fiber sensor head (7.0 mm)
7. Compatible with all capacitive touchscreen devices

Note:

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Baseus stylus pen, mini review from the artist.

Under the cut is an overview as well as several examples of how it turns out to draw with both a stylus and a pen.

Delivery

Delivery was carried out by the method “AliExpress 无忧 物流 – 标准”
Order date: October 16, 2019
Date of shipment: October 16, 2019 It is commendable that they sent the same day.
Date received: November 6, 2019

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Unpacking

The stylus comes in a branded Baseus box, which looks pretty good.

On the back of the box there is a mark about the passed quality test, as well as a small presentation of what the stylus can do, namely to be a stylus and a pen =)

Everything inside the box is in the Baseus style, very nice to look at and beautiful.

There is a small compartment at the top of the box where you can find a spare tip.

Inspection

The first impression of the handle is that it is simply weightless. similar in weight to a thin, lightweight plastic handle.
The appearance is pleasant, the body is made of aluminum, the processing looks very rough, but it feels very smooth, the rubber insert on the bottom is not in vain.

Rubber insert on the side of the stylus, which suggests the conclusion that the device is still focused on long-term use as a stylus rather than a regular pen.

The other side is a completely ordinary gel pen.
The paste is black, the body is standard, a replacement can be easily found in any store.
Like the cap on the stylus, this one is screwed on, while the threads on both sides are the same and the caps can be swapped.

Separately pleased with the rubber gaskets on the caps. Dust or moisture will definitely not get inside.

Use

Let’s start with an ordinary test.

The stylus failed the test with IpadPro, unfortunately it does not work with it.

Picking up the iPhoneXS, everything started up without any problems.
An interesting point is that Iphone from 6s to XS have 3D Touch function, which allows the phone to detect pressure on the screen. Some drawing programs support this function and easily change the line thickness depending on how hard you press the stylus on the screen.

Unfortunately I am not an artist and everything that I could paint is in the photo below. From my feelings I can say that the accuracy of the lines is several times higher than with a finger. It is just as easy to start a line straight away from the desired point, since the stylus area itself is small in relation to the screen, and in general it does not cause problems with aiming.

Separately, I will say about the unpleasant moment with the tip.
The manufacturer promises that the stylus can be bent 180 degrees, as in the picture below.

In reality, the safe angle is approximately 100 degrees.
And when trying to bend the tip as in the photo, the black base moved slightly away from the transparent backing, and the stylus began to work only with the clamp.

Now let’s give this device to a person who has an art education.And find out her opinion on the Baseus stylus.

Material
The metal part of the case is very pleasant to the touch. in appearance – a granular surface. The rubber band looks like plastic, it is soft and non-slip to the touch. It turns out that the pen lies between the index and middle fingers, and the thumb holds it, the hand does not get tired of the pressure, because it responds well and does not require any effort.

Outsole
The sole of the stylus perfectly collects dirt from the screen, if it has not been removed beforehand with a microfiber cloth.Otherwise, the actions on the screen become jerky.

The rubber material is transparent, placing the cursor in the text is not a problem at all, as well as drawing thin straight lines along the edges of the picture the first time.
It walks quietly on the screen “- it really does not make any sounds, creaks, and also does not slow down like a rubber stylus.
And I just noticed that the sole is very smooth and does not wear out.
“Do you remember the moment from Rick and Morty where the old man showed the fellow what the real level is? so smoothly, this is the feeling of morty when he entered that level, without the level, life has lost its colors.so here too, working with the stylus makes you come back to it again and again. ”

Use in non-artistic tasks
Usually we flip through the news feeds with our thumb, the accuracy suffers, especially if we quickly scroll through the feed to some particular news.
It is much easier to control the speed with the stylus, as well as to stop the fast flying tape at the desired post.

Handle
A completely standard pen dries quickly, does not flood with ink, which is a big plus just barely changes the thickness when you write at an angle, the line is almost uninterrupted
good for sketches.

Painting

The easiest way was to work with close-ups, such as the sky or stars, which did not require a variety of textures.

With smaller objects, such as Kiki’s dress, I had to enlarge the screen and work in confined spaces, constantly moving it around.

Despite this, the pen is pleasant to work as a brush, painting objects or moving objects, which had to be done very often.

Just as fast work required changing brushes and their parameters.Thanks to the transparent sole, you can clearly see the change in the settings sliders and the “path” of the line in the picture.

Conclusion

Well, a conclusion from the artist.

Little artists will no longer cry over their fat fingers, which occupy 4 \ 20x of the screen. The work will be done faster, and the nerves will be burned less.
The pen will be an ideal option for a novice artist and his little sketches.
Professional artists will also like the toy, for quick and important sketches

That’s all for this sim, thanks for your attention.

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Pen with laser pointer flashlight and stylus 4 in 1

New high quality 4 in 1 laser pointer pen with soft rubber tip that can be used as a stylus. The gadget includes a laser pointer, LED flashlight, ballpoint pen and stylus.Has 2 buttons: 1 to activate the laser, the second for the LED flashlight. Can be used as a ballpoint pen. The stylus will protect the screen of your gadget from scratches and fingerprints. Compatible with iPod, iPad, iPhone and any other capacitive touchscreen. The pointer is made of durable metal. The handle is compact in size and light in weight, so it is very easy to carry. Thanks to the existing clip, the pen can be placed in a pocket or notebook.


Basic parameters:

  • Beam color: red;
  • Power: 1 mW
  • Wavelength: 650nm;
  • Laser beam distance up to 100 meters;
  • Powered by 3 LR41 batteries;
  • Material: aluminum;
  • Weight: 22 g.

Complete set:

  • laser pointer – 1 pc .;
  • batteries LR41 – 3 pcs.
  • polyethylene packaging – 1 pc.

Specifications
Power (mW) 1
Wavelength (nm) 650
Beam distance (m) 100
Weight (g) 22
Body material aluminum
Power supply 3xLR41
Voltage (V) 1.5
Beam color red
Number of modes 1
Number of diodes (pcs) 2
Manufacturer information
Country China
Warranty 30 days

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Connection type no
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Weight 70
Pointer range 20
Length 160
Number of batteries 3
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Volume 0.0007
Power supply LR41
Country China
Pointer type Laser
Thickness 15
Functionality LED torch
Body color silver
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90,000 Are you still buying styluses? Then we go to you / Sandbox / Habr

Hello, I hope grateful, reader!

From the first lines I would like to assure you that I will not advertise anything here, but just throw in, in my opinion, a useful idea.

So, actually, to the point.

Background:

Once upon a time, an animal named iPad settled on my desk. Everything was fun and perky, until he turned from a curiosity into an ordinary thing.
It so happened that, without looking at technical progress, I still, like in my student days, write notes and keep diaries. At the same time, it is handwriting that gives me pleasure. I also love beautiful and sometimes expensive pens.
I noticed that the iPad is almost the same size as a standard notebook (synopsis). Immediately an idea was born: maybe move all your “madman’s notes” to the iPad?
Without going into the programmatic aspects of the implementation of such an idea, I began to look for a suitable writing tool (that is, a stylus), but came across a problem with the minimum meaningful touch area in Apple products.All styluses were just awful in appearance, with a tip that looked more like the end of a thick marker. There is no need to talk about the subtle elements of the handwriting (and I have it sweeping and ornate).
The strangest thing in this whole story is that Steve Jobs, who was so fond of calligraphy, did not foresee the possibility that there are citizens with the same broken brain, and they will want to write on the iPad.

Problem statement:

I needed a stylus as much as possible, tactilely and in use, reminiscent of a regular pen.
Almost desperate, I stumbled upon Jot Sylus. What was needed, I thought, and my hands reached out to the instruments. Yes. I, like all of us, first try to do it myself.

Realization:

The task turned out to be quite simple. If you have the necessary tools, engineering ingenuity, straight hands and patience (with the latter, however, it is a disaster), you can do anything.

I needed the following parts:

  • metal handle with metal balloon rod
  • silicone feet-stickers
  • aluminum tape
  • thin transparent plastic
  • napkins
  • Dremel (jewelry drill)
  • nail D = 2.5-3 mm

At the first stage, I repeated the idea and even used this solution for some time.

Everything was implemented as follows:

A tip with a ball was machined from the nail, cut and ground to the size of the working part of the rod. The working part of the rod was removed, and this very nail was inserted in its place. It turned out such a rod, and it could still be hidden, as usual. Let me explain: the metal rod touches the metal handle (or at least the spring), and the handle, in turn, touches the hand.It is important to make electrical contact with the body.

The tip was made like this:

A hole with a diameter just under the ball was punched in the silicone sticker leg with a thin tube. Aluminum tape was glued onto thin transparent plastic and a cross was cut with a scalpel. And already on this good, a silicone foot-pad was glued on top. The photo shows a version without a cross – modified, but, as always, in a hurry.

In the end, this is the handle.No worse than the aforementioned Jot. In this case, the “rod” could be inserted into any standard metal handle.

Everything looked very positive at work.

However, both the original and my sample had a couple of shortcomings, such as:

  • the aluminum cross is rubbed with a ball over time and contact is lost – gaps appear
  • an extra device has appeared in the stationery set

Actually to the main idea (the dessert begins)

Just recently, a good friend of mine recruited me to his own forum about gadgets (in the days of Windows Mobile it was very popular on the Internet) and created a section for me on Apple devices.Having decided to earn a little extra money, I decided to make several similar styluses and sell them (fortunately, this very friend more than once asked me to make the same to his girlfriend).
There was a question about serial production. Having pondered the evening and morning today, I discovered that in fact it would not work to make money on this, since a new idea came to my mind, so simple that it would not work to try to help out even a ruble or two. All it needed was “Think Different”.

I have already mentioned two problems that I encountered.And a simple solution came to my mind. Now I will describe the production of a working prototype.

For manufacturing we need:

  • the same metal handle with a metal rod
  • steel mesh with a very fine pitch, on the order of hundredths of a millimeter (used as a filter and as a wick for e-cigarettes)
  • super glue “master” water- and frost-resistant (or anything that can harden, while maintaining transparency and elasticity)
  • any silicone (preferably transparent).In my case, I came across a half-consumed tube of some kind of sealant
  • 2 identical pieces of thin transparent plastic (thickness <1 mm). I used plastic from the package from a flash drive, later a protective film for the screen
Now in stages:

We take one piece of thin plastic and a metal tube (the same metal canister rod with the sting removed will serve as the tube). Holes are knocked out in the plastic with a tube at a distance> = minimum significant area of ​​contact.

Next, grease these pieces of plastic with an adhesive (in my case, this very super glue) and make a pie: plastic without holes, steel mesh, plastic with holes. A small note: the glue is well applied with a thermal paste spatula.
Press firmly and let dry. At the exit, you should get such a blank (as always, there was not enough patience, and I did not let the glue dry properly). As you can see, if the author could endure the right time, there would be much more useful cells:

Next, we take the used (necessarily, of course) syringe and fill it with silicone.In each hole we put a small drop of silicone and with the moistened end of the handle we make a recess against the stop with the mesh. Let it dry. We cut out circles (well, or hearts, which is closer to whom) with the area of ​​that same damn least significant touch. As a result, we get such a circle.

Now. Drumroll!

With that favorite metal pen we poke into the silicone, the attachment is put on, the pen turns into elegant shorts excellent stylus.A small digression. Of course, many will think that such a tip will fly off from the tapered end of the handle, however, please note that the end of the handle is very well polished and the silicone adheres so well to it that it does not slip. And here is the confirmation.

And finally

Now I am almost completely satisfied (I would like, of course, to just poke a pen on the screen.

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