This Apple Pencil clone provides 80 percent of the experience for a quarter of the price

by | Mar 18, 2023

An Apple Pencil-like stylus next to an iPad Mini displaying artwork saying Knockoff: $30 Apple Pencil: $130
Look, you can make art on your iPad without having to pay for Apple’s Pencil.

For the past few months, I’ve been cheating on my Apple Pencil. Instead of using Apple’s $129 stylus with my iPad Mini for notetaking, I’ve been using an alternative I purchased off of Amazon for about $25. It looks nearly identical, works nearly as well, and even snaps onto and charges from your iPad. And while this $25 stylus doesn’t quite match all of the Apple Pencil’s features, it comes awfully close to providing a similar experience for a fraction of the price.

The stylus I’ve been using is from a random brand called “StylusHome,” but there are many similar ones listed on Amazon for around the same price. It apes the styling of Apple’s second-generation Pencil exactly — if it weren’t for the logo on the first-party one, I wouldn’t…

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