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    what is an alternative to pencil gen 1?
    I just bought a 10.5" iPad Pro, it seems like I am the only one who is not an artist and wants a pointing device.

    -I like controlling the tablet with a stylus, just because its more accurate and keeps finger prints off
    -no artistic sketching or drawing whatsoever
    -don't care about pressure sensitivity
    -just want to mark up PDF's, highlight, write comments in margins, etc.

    I am using one of those cheap pens with the rubber nubs and it is almost accurate enough for what I want to do, but isn't precise enough for writing. I looked at the Logitech Crayon and its only about $20 cheaper than the Apple Pencil....you lose pressure sensitivity which I don't need...but that's a lot to give up for only a $20 savings.

    Any suggestions?

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    what is an alternative to pencil gen 1?
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    I usually do an internet search for "best", like this, The best iPad stylus: top iPad styluses for drawing and note-taking | Creative Bloq. Then read some reviews on the different choices.
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    what is an alternative to pencil gen 1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pne View Post
    I just bought a 10.5" iPad Pro, it seems like I am the only one who is not an artist and wants a pointing device.

    -I like controlling the tablet with a stylus, just because its more accurate and keeps finger prints off
    -no artistic sketching or drawing whatsoever
    -don't care about pressure sensitivity
    -just want to mark up PDF's, highlight, write comments in margins, etc.

    I am using one of those cheap pens with the rubber nubs and it is almost accurate enough for what I want to do, but isn't precise enough for writing. I looked at the Logitech Crayon and its only about $20 cheaper than the Apple Pencil....you lose pressure sensitivity which I don't need...but that's a lot to give up for only a $20 savings.

    Any suggestions?
    I assume you don't want or can afford Apple's Pencil which comes with this iPad at an extra cost?

    Ian
    Ian

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    what is an alternative to pencil gen 1?
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    It should be noted that Apple currently sells refurbished Pens for the iPad Pro. Check the Apple on line refurbished store. The Pens are fully warranted and have a new battery installed. Savings can vary but generally are around 15%.

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