The Logitech Crayon is a good Apple Pencil substitute that makes some compromises

At its education event in Chicago earlier this year, Apple
announced a $49 Logitech Crayon that was only available
exclusively to schools and educators. As of last week, Apple
has
changed its tune
, and the Crayon is now available for the
rest of us at $69.99. The question of “which stylus to get”
between the Logitech Crayon and Apple Pencil is really only an
issue if you have the latest $329 iPad, which is the only iPad
the Crayon is compatible with.

Though it can be seen as a cheaper Apple Pencil alternative,
it’s the lack of pressure sensitivity that costs it the $30
difference. Yes, you heard that right, this $70 stylus doesn’t
have pressure sensitivity. It does, however, have tilt support,
which lets you adjust line weight depending on the angle you’re
drawing at.


Logitech

You might be tempted to go for “dumb” $10 styluses, but the
Crayon’s palm rejection goes a long way toward how much you’ll
like writing on your iPad. If you’re comparison shopping
between styluses from other companies like Adonit or Wacom, and
trying to whittle down your choices in the $70-90 range, it’s
going to be a give and take between what features you value
most. Apple’s first third-party stylus is a safe bet that
performs as well as the Apple Pencil. It connects instantly
without Bluetooth pairing, and draws smoothly without lag or
jitter.

Take a quick look at the specs differences below:

Apple Pencil vs. Logitech Crayon

Features Apple Pencil Logitech Crayon
Features Apple Pencil Logitech Crayon
Compatible with iPad Pro, iPad (6th-gen) iPad only (6th-gen)
Connection Bluetooth Wireless frequency
Battery Life On Single Charge 12 hours Seven hours
Pressure Sensitivity Yes No
Tilt Support Yes Yes
Palm Rejection Yes Yes
On/Off button No Yes
Price $99.00 $69.99

You can definitely be less gentle with it as you would with the
Apple Pencil, with the flat shape preventing it from rolling
off your desk, and the rubber cap making it durable against
falls (officially up to four feet, to be exact). My biggest
fear with the precarious “stick the Apple Pencil in the iPad
Lightning port” charging situation is that I’ll somehow trip
and snap the Pencil in half, but still, I have to admit it is
convenient to be able to charge instantly without a cable. The
Crayon, on the other hand, needs to be charged through the
female Lightning port in its cap; it’s got a mini LED light
that will turn green when it’s charging, or red when the
battery is low.

There’s a big difference in battery life, too. The Apple Pencil
lasts 12 hours on a single charge, while the Crayon lasts seven
hours. But this shouldn’t play too big of a factor into your
decision-making, since no one is drawing for seven hours
straight. Also, both can charge super fast: the Pencil can get
30 minutes of usage from 15 seconds of charging, the Crayon
gets the same amount from two minutes of charging.



Drawn with Logitech
Crayon.
Illustration by Dami Lee / The
Verge


Drawn with Apple
Pencil.
Illustration by Dami Lee / The
Verge

Using the 6B Pencil brush in Procreate, I tried drawing the
same image with both the Logitech Crayon and Apple Pencil to
spot the differences. You can see the subtle changes in line
width and pen pressure, and the experience of drawing felt a
lot more natural with the Apple Pencil. Ergonomically, I found
that gripping both styluses felt more or less the same, but
kids with smaller hands may feel more comfortable holding the
Crayon.

You can’t use the Crayon while the Pencil is paired to the same
iPad, if you were hoping for collaborative work, but using
multiple Crayons at once is good to go. Apple says the Crayon
was meant to pair with any iPad so that teachers can walk
around with it and use it on student devices. For educators,
$49 is a sweet deal, but if you’re on the fence between the
Pencil and the Crayon for personal use, get the Pencil. At
least you know for sure the Pencil will be compatible with
future iPad generations. That’s a peace of mind worth more than
the $30 difference.

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