The Best Stylus for Your iPad

The Best Stylus for Your iPad

Our pick

Apple Pencil (1st Generation)

Apple Pencil (1st Generation)

The best iPad stylus

The best stylus for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd Generation), 9.7-inch iPad (6th Generation),10.5-inch iPad Air, and iPad Mini (5th generation).

Buying Options

$95* from Amazon
$100 from Apple

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

The best iPad stylus

A more advanced take on the original, compatible with the 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd Generation).

Buying Options

$130 from Apple
$130 from Staples

If you own an iPad Pro or a sixth-generation iPad, plan to do a lot of writing and drawing, and have the cash to spare, the first- or second-generation Apple Pencil is the absolute best stylus. It blows away its Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth competition alike, thanks to Apple’s proprietary system-wide integration. Its main drawback is that it works only with recent iPads—you can use the original only with the older iPad Pro models, 9.7-inch iPads sold after March 2018, the 10.5-inch iPad Air, and iPad mini (5th generation); the second-generation model, with improved performance and easier charging, works only with the 2018 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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Budget pick

Adonit Mark Stylus

Adonit Mark Stylus

A great, affordable stylus

Sleek, comfortable, well-performing, and affordable, the Mark is one of the best tablet styluses we’ve ever used, especially for its price.

Buying Options

$10 from Amazon

The Adonit Mark’s triangular anodized-aluminum body fits in your hand as perfectly as a grade-school pencil, and it writes smoothly on the iPad’s screen without offering too much or too little resistance. As cartoonist and designer Rich Stevens explained after testing the Mark, “For the cost of a pizza, it’s definitely worth doing some drawing with it.” Both of our experts cited it as their must-have stylus after the Apple Pencil.

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Our pick

Apple Pencil (1st Generation)

Apple Pencil (1st Generation)

The best iPad stylus

The best stylus for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd Generation), 9.7-inch iPad (6th Generation),10.5-inch iPad Air, and iPad Mini (5th generation).

Buying Options

$95* from Amazon
$100 from Apple

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

The best iPad stylus

A more advanced take on the original, compatible with the 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd Generation).

Buying Options

$130 from Apple
$130 from Staples

Budget pick

Adonit Mark Stylus

Adonit Mark Stylus

A great, affordable stylus

Sleek, comfortable, well-performing, and affordable, the Mark is one of the best tablet styluses we’ve ever used, especially for its price.

Buying Options

$10 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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