With Apple expanding support for the Apple Pencil from the their iPad Pro to the regular iPad, it seems logical that there would be some competition coming through. But good Apple Pencil alternatives have been a little thin on the ground. That’s about to change with Logitech making their Crayon available broadly, after initially launching it to the education sector.
The Crayon mimics many Apple Pencil features such as palm rejection and tilt recognition. But it lacks the Apple Pencil’s pressure sensitivity making the Crayon a note-taking device rather than a tool for digital artists. Battery life is rated at seven hours although it’s easier to charge than the Apple Pencil as it has a female Lightning connector so you can use your iPad’s charging cable to juice it up rather than having to either carry Apple’s small and easy-to-lose adaptor or have it awkwardly hanging off the side of your iPad.
If the battery life is low, a two-minute charge will give another 30 minutes of writing time.
With Apple highly likely to release updated iPads next week, there will likely be lots of people updating to a newer model who are keen to try out the Apple Pencil. For what it’s worth, if Apple release an updated iPad mini that supports the Apple Pencil, I can see the Logitech Crayon being a great complementary accessory that could render the old-fashioned notepad and paper almost redundant. I’ve often said that an Apple Pencil enabled iPad mini with Notability would be a killer device for me.