But $100? Come on. That’s kind of outrageous even by Apple standards. Thankfully, there’s an alternative: The Logitech Crayon, which was originally available only to the education market but went on sale to consumers last year.
Price tag: $70. Still a little steep, if you ask me. However, for a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Logitech Crayon for $50 shipped (plus tax).
Despite being priced less than the Pencil, the Crayon actually offers some advantages over it, as Scott Stein detailed in his: “Its wider, flat design is easier for me to hold, and could be easier for young kids to hold, too. The stylus also pairs instantly without requiring entering Bluetooth settings. It’s fast and angle-sensitive, too.”
It also charges via a standard Lightning cable and has bright orange tips, which hopefully make it less likely to go missing. Similarly, the cap stays tethered to the Crayon, so you can’t lose it as easily as the Pencil’s end-cap.
There’s just one missing feature: pressure-sensitivity. Although it can produce different line weights depending on how you angle the tip, it can’t make your strokes fatter or thinner depending on how hard you push.
Assuming that’s not a deal-breaker, this is a great price on an otherwise great Apple Pencil alternative.
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