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This design comes at the expense of visual precision, however—even the best 8 mm stylus will feel a bit more clumsy than a precise pen nib.

But the i Pad doesn’t require only a capacitive touch—it also demands that touches be of a certain size.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, our pick for i Pad Pro owners.If you can’t find our main pick, you need a great option for kids, or you want a wider stylus body, we also highly recommend Studio Neat’s Cosmonaut: Its thick rubber body feels great in the hand whether you’re 6 or 60, and it offers surprisingly good precision for a large-tipped rubber stylus.(People who don’t enjoy handwriting have other options, such as a Bluetooth keyboard or i Pad keyboard case).And with the right stylus, digital artists can enjoy an experience closer to that of a pencil on paper than they would get by simply using a finger on the tablet’s glass display.I’ve been writing about i Pad styluses since the very first Ten One Pogo Stylus debuted in early 2010—between my previous gig at Macworld and my current position as managing editor at i More, I’ve tested more than 75.

If you’ve tried a stylus since 2010, there’s a good chance I’ve used or owned it.

It blows away its Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth competition alike, thanks to systemwide integration with the i Pad Pro; it also offers low latency, excellent palm rejection, and flawless pressure sensitivity.

Its main drawback is that it’s limited to use with the i Pad Pro.

Popular among Wirecutter staff, it’s also one of the most durable styluses we’ve ever tested.

If you own an i Pad Pro, plan to do a lot of writing and drawing, and have the cash to spare, the Apple Pencil is the absolute best stylus in its class.

Today, rubber and mesh nibs are the most popular and least expensive options.