Testing Adonit Note+, a legit Apple Pencil replacement for budget-conscious illustrators

May 22, 2020

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Working on Wacom (@wacom) displays for so long have taught us a great deal of appreciation for the little touches (no pun intended) that make a lot of difference in digital documentation. One gets easily accustomed to drawing on the matte etched glass surface of a Cintiq, with its tactile, paper-like feel; a feature that would be more than welcome on future iPads. ⠀ ⠀

It’s undeniable that the Apple Pencil’s ease of use and exceptional precision are hard to beat, however adopting the Wacom Pro Pen's tactile and ergonomic feel, not to mention its convenient shortcut buttons, could instantly upgrade the drawing experience on the iPad. ⠀ ⠀

Upon this realization, one would think that Wacom has a wide range of styli, designed specifically for the iPad. Although this is more or less the case, however with lots of caveats. Most importantly, Wacom hasn’t updated its iPad stylus range in years, therefore they are poorly optimized on newer tablets. While Wacom is struggling to serve the iPad artist community, other well-established players are closing the gap with the Apple Pencil and – in many regards – exceeding Apple’s stylus by offering enhanced functionality in a more affordable package. ⠀ ⠀

One of the more satisfying options among these newest crops of Apple Pencil alternatives is the Logitech Crayon (@logitech): basically an Apple Pencil in a cheaper package. If you are looking for a more professional experience, but don’t want to spend $99/$129 on the Apple Pencil, Adonit’s new $69.99 stylus, called Adonit Note+ (@adonitusa) could very well be your best option...⠀

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