Adonit’s Note is a good alternative to the Apple Pencil for non-illustrators

Adonit’s Note is a good accessory for Apple’s iPads if you don’t want to spring $99 or $129 for an Apple Pencil. It’s a non-Bluetooth stylus that’s sleek, sexy, lightweight, and easy (even, fun) to use.

Did I say “non-Bluetooth”? Yep. Just hit the “on” button on your Apple device and the Note automatically pairs with it. Note (pun intended) that you should first disconnect any previously connected digital stylus, such as the Apple Pencil.

The Adonit Note works with a variety of apps. For example, just tap on your iPad to active Apple’s Notes app.

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What’s more, the Note looks and feels great thanks to its sleek aluminum construction in a slim, ergonomic body (six inches long and 0.37 inches in diameter). It uses a spiral tip that can be easily replaced. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spring for any replacements, as Adonit includes none with the stylus. A pack of three will cost you $15.

The Note also has good “palm rejection.” This allows you to rest your hand naturally on the screen while writing without making unwanted marks. And unlike the Apple Pencil, it has a grooved pen clip for attaching the stylus to your pocket or bag.

I didn’t notice any difference in latency between the Note and the Apple Pencil. However, I found the latter to be much better for illustration purposes. The Adonit stylus lacks pressure sensitivity, so pressing down on it has no effect on the width of the line being drawn on the display. However, it’s great for taking handwritten notes and marking up documents.

The Note — available in gold and black— charges via micro USB, so you can use it while it’s charging, which is very convenient. A four-minute “quick charge” proves an hour of battery life, while a full charge provides 12 hours of battery life. 

The Adonite Note costs $49.99 and is compatible with the  third generation iPad Air, fifth generation iPad Mini, sixth generation iPad and third generation 11 inch and 12.2 inch iPad Pro with iOS 12.2 and above. 

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★