famously hated the idea of adding a stylus to the iPad, summing up the experience onstage in 2007 with one word: "Yuck." But the
has since become a popular accessory for compatible iPad models -- despite being so darned expensive. The original Apple Pencil costs $99 and the second-generation Pencil, which confusingly has the exact same name without even a version number to tell it apart, costs $129. There are a number of cheaper Apple Pencil alternatives out there, but I recently found what may well be the most affordable deal yet. The Aceirst Stylus Pen for Apple iPad regularly costs $37, but you can now get it for $22 at Amazon when you use discount code 94AHMNOP at checkout. If this looks familiar, you're not hallucinating. I told you about a similar deal earlier this month, but it rapidly sold out. It's back, and Aceirst assures me this time it has much more inventory to deal with the typical Cheapskate deluge.
Like the new Apple Pencil, the Aceirst stylus has a flat side so it won't roll away like many models, including the original Apple Pencil. Also like the new Pencil, it'll magnetically stick to your iPad, assuming you have a third-generation iPad Pro. It won't charge wirelessly, though -- there's a USB-C port on the side of the stylus for that purpose.
We haven't had a chance to try out this stylus ourselves, so I am leaning a bit on Amazon's mostly positive user reviews. FakeSpot flagged a lot of the reviews as inauthentic, which is worrisome, but ReviewMeta gave the reviews a clean bill of health. And like Cheapskate Rick Broida likes to say, "fake reviews don't necessarily reflect the quality of the product itself." If you're willing to take a gamble, this $22 stylus could be a worthy replacement for Apple's Pencil.
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