Steve Jobs famously hated the idea of adding a stylus to the iPad, summing up the experience onstage in 2007 with one word: "Yuck." But the Apple Pencil 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 , 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 $18 at Amazon when you use discount code BBA2H6EC at checkout.
One thing I like about Aceirst's stylus is that it's solved a few problems that seem to have eluded Apple's own engineers. For example, it does double duty as both an original and a v2 Apple Pencil. It works with new Apple Pencil iPads (the and the 3rd Generation, both from 2018) and the four most recent original Apple Pencil tablets -- the - and , as well as the and from 2019. If you have an iPad model from 2017 or earlier, though, sorry -- you're out of luck.
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 an. 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, "." If you're willing to take a gamble, this $18 stylus could be a worthy replacement for Apple's Pencil.
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