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stylus for iPad -- active, with palm rejection; free shipping $17.27+tax

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[Primecables.ca] stylus for iPad -- active, with palm rejection; free shipping $17.27+tax

This deal has just started and ends early tomorrow (Thursday).

This is an inexpensive substitute for an Apple Pencil. Roughly a fifth of the price. I'd love to know if this is serviceable.

There are purely passive substitutes that are even cheaper. I'm pretty sure that they are much cruder (less precise).
https://www.shopperplus.ca/p-392719-cab ... b-pc-14078

@bb_00 says: EXTRA 10% OFF ON ALL PRIMECABLES® BRANDED PRODUCTS CODE: EXTRA10
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Highly suggest removing iPhone from the thread - the product description does not claim compatibility for iPhones!
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bb_00 wrote: EXTRA 10% OFF ON ALL PRIMECABLES® BRANDED PRODUCTS CODE: EXTRA10
Thanks. I bought without using the coupon. After you pointed this out, I "chatted" with PrimeCables.ca and they quickly applied the coupon, refunding the 10%. That's great service at a little after midnight.
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Not a bad deal, looks like the same one on Aliexpress goes for at least $20+

Picked up one for my mini5 and a second as a gift. Thanks OP!
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EDIT (regarding the second cheaper one)

I have this type of stylus (bought from a Canadian store on eBay), and I currently possess an iPad Pro 2020. I am not an artist. This thing is hard to write with due to that weird flat disc. It feels nice in the hand and the cap is magnetic but I just can't write with the main pen tip. I have to use the back of the pen with the microfibre tip to write. It feels far more comfortable. No idea how you could train yourself to draw with something like that.
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I have one that looks identical to this from aliexpress. No way to tell if it's the same white label product, but I used it a few times, forgot about it for a long time and the battery drained. Could not charge it up again when I tried.

Having said that, it worked well.
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cellnerd wrote: I have this type of stylus (bought from a Canadian store on eBay), and I currently possess an iPad Pro 2020. I am not an artist. This thing is hard to write with due to that weird flat disc. It feels nice in the hand and the cap is magnetic but I just can't write with the main pen tip. I have to use the back of the pen with the microfibre tip to write. It feels far more comfortable. No idea how you could train yourself to draw with something like that.
Doesn't sound like you're talking about the same product as in the OP.
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generaltao99 wrote: Doesn't sound like you're talking about the same product as in the OP.
No the the same at all. These Stylus work just like the apple pen, without pressure sensor.
They're great for handwriting, my kids use them for school, I bought one for me as well, it's very precise. It's not capacitive, not a fake finger.

They were around 30$ last year on amazon, lots of model names but kinda same pen.

For 19$ it's a great deal, even if it's just for fun.
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been looking to get an apple pencil - but couldn't justify paying $100ish for it as I don't really have much to do. but $18 could be a good try out, maybe for doodles or taking notes...
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Finger wrote: No the the same at all. These Stylus work just like the apple pen, without pressure sensor.
They're great for handwriting, my kids use them for school, I bought one for me as well, it's very precise. It's not capacitive, not a fake finger.

They were around 30$ last year on amazon, lots of model names but kinda same pen.

For 19$ it's a great deal, even if it's just for fun.
Yup I have the same for my 2018 iPad pro. Great alternative to the official Apple pencil.
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Finger wrote: No the the same at all. These Stylus work just like the apple pen, without pressure sensor.
They're great for handwriting, my kids use them for school, I bought one for me as well, it's very precise. It's not capacitive, not a fake finger.

They were around 30$ last year on amazon, lots of model names but kinda same pen.

For 19$ it's a great deal, even if it's just for fun.
generaltao99 wrote: Yup I have the same for my 2018 iPad pro. Great alternative to the official Apple pencil.
Can either of you confirm the only feature missing is pressure sensitivity? One of the reasons Apple pencil is nice (not a deal breaker at this price for sure) is that it's somewhat pressure sensitive. Plan was to use for some drawing. I also know the Apple Pencil Gen 2 has tap to erase/switch tool. Does the rear power touch sensitive button do the same? Again, no deal breaker, great price.

Thanks!
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No pressure sensitivity. Also the rear button turns the power on and off, it doesn't interact with your tablet.
Not very good for drawing, it's great for writing.


Kazushi wrote: Can either of you confirm the only feature missing is pressure sensitivity? One of the reasons Apple pencil is nice (not a deal breaker at this price for sure) is that it's somewhat pressure sensitive. Plan was to use for some drawing. I also know the Apple Pencil Gen 2 has tap to erase/switch tool. Does the rear power touch sensitive button do the same? Again, no deal breaker, great price.

Thanks!
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Finger wrote: No pressure sensitivity. Also the rear button turns the power on and off, it doesn't interact with your tablet.
Not very good for drawing, it's great for writing.
awesome, thanks for the quick reply.

The other thing is, the compatibility they mentioned is weird. It doesn't line up with what Apple says the Pencil 1 or Pencil 2 is compatible with.

It explicitly says 2018 and up iPad Pro, I have an older 2016 Pro and a Mini 5, was hoping it'd work on my older pro (which says Apple 1 compatibility) if not, it does explicitly say it works with the mini 5.
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Finger wrote: No pressure sensitivity. Also the rear button turns the power on and off, it doesn't interact with your tablet.
Not very good for drawing, it's great for writing.
Confirming mine does this as well. As for using for drawing, unless you're a pro artist with an established workflow or way of sketching, you can work around it. For example, manually selecting an eraser tool or using gestures to undo in Procreate.
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What about replacement tips? Do they wear out?
Finger wrote: No pressure sensitivity. Also the rear button turns the power on and off, it doesn't interact with your tablet.
Not very good for drawing, it's great for writing.


generaltao99 wrote: Confirming mine does this as well. As for using for drawing, unless you're a pro artist with an established workflow or way of sketching, you can work around it. For example, manually selecting an eraser tool or using gestures to undo in Procreate.
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Zhopa wrote: What about replacement tips? Do they wear out?
I've had mine for a couple years. Haven't had to replace the tip. I think there's a replacement in the box but I bought mine off amazon. At this price you could buy half a dozen before you come close to the price of a genuine Apple pencil though.
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User381785 wrote: No pressure sensitivity is a deal breaker.
Well it's a $20 product. Apple sells theirs for $140+.
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Kazushi wrote: awesome, thanks for the quick reply.

The other thing is, the compatibility they mentioned is weird. It doesn't line up with what Apple says the Pencil 1 or Pencil 2 is compatible with.

It explicitly says 2018 and up iPad Pro, I have an older 2016 Pro and a Mini 5, was hoping it'd work on my older pro (which says Apple 1 compatibility) if not, it does explicitly say it works with the mini 5.
Don’t have it but 95% of Apple Pencil knockoffs use the same technology introduced in the Logitech crayon in 2018. The iPad needs some special hardware from 2018+ for it to work. So iPad 6th gen, Air 3, Mini 5, and iPad Pro 2018 (and later)

And they all seem to have the same features too. Tilt sensitivity and palm rejection, but no pressure sensitivity or wireless charging.

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