The GreenBulb SonarPen gets around the hassles of Bluetooth connectivity by plugging directly into a device’s headphone jack, for both charging and interfacing with the hardware. It uses the iPad’s built-in ADC converter to deliver a high level of pressure sensitivity.
- Good value for the price
- Palm rejection not the best
- Minimal app support
Adonit Note Plus
Inexpensive, accurate, and compatible with Apple tablets back to the 3rd generation, the Adonit Note Plus is a great budget option. Though it’s less sensitive than some models geared toward professional artists, it’s excellent for quick sketching or jotting down memos.
- Very little lag
- Programmable shortcut buttons
- Included cable is quite short
Lenovo Pen 2
The plug-and-play Lenovo Pen 2 is a great choice for users of many of the company’s powerful notebooks and 2-in-1s. It’s relatively lightweight, offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, and includes a set of replacement tips.
- Automatic shutoff function
- Textured nib for control
- Buttons easy to press accidentally
Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus
Capable of working with both Microsoft and Wacom digitizers, the Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus is quite versatile, and you can map different functions to its buttons to customize your user experience. It also has a slightly triangular ergonomic barrel that won’t roll off a table.
- Matte surface provides a good grip
- Several nib hardness options
- Can be some wobble in lines
Though it is designed specifically for use with smartphones and tablets, many users report that the Ciscle Pen works every bit as well with Windows PCs. Not only is it widely compatible, it’s also among the least expensive options.
- Sensitive fiber mesh tip
- Won't scratch screens
- Lacks palm rejection
In addition to being one of the most accurate third-party models built for iPads, the Logitech Crayon offers highly responsive tilt recognition for making lines of varying widths. Once turned on, it connects instantly with no pairing process required.
- Body shape prevents it rolling away
- Ergonomic grip for comfort
- Effective palm rejection
While it’s advertised solely for use with the majority of Apple’s popular iPads, the Heiyo Beryl works great with a number of Android devices as well. It’s a particularly affordable option, although it doesn’t have a ton of fancy features, like pressure sensitivity.
- 40-hour battery life
- 1 month of standby time
- Sturdy pocket clip
Microsoft Surface Pen
The Microsoft Surface Pen is the go-to choice for owners of the company’s renowned convertible computers. It creates smooth, precise lines with less jitter than most competitors, and lets you rest your hand against the display without disrupting your work.
- 4096 pressure levels
- Tilt recognition
- Charges through contact with screen
Apple Pencil 2nd Generation
The Apple Pencil 2nd Generation delivers a satisfying and intuitive drawing and writing experience, thanks to its double-tap gesture control and superb responsiveness. It attaches magnetically to the edge of your tablet, and charges without the need for a cable.
- Flat side to prevent rolling
- Very lightweight
- Highly durable tip
Heiyo Dia Surface Pen
A powerful internal battery affords the Heiyo Dia Surface Pen 500 hours of active use and several months of standby time before it needs to be plugged in again. And, unlike many others, it boasts excellent pressure sensitivity without requiring a Bluetooth connection.
- Works with most windows laptops
- Suffers from no lag or offset
- Anti-friction tip for smooth writing