Best Touchscreen Stylus Pens for 2022
(Pocket Ribbon) – Touchscreens rule the world, but they are not without their shortcomings. If you have fat fingers prone to misclicking or if you find that fingerprints are ruining your viewing experience on a sunny day, a stylus pen could be just the thing.
However, not all stylus pens are created equal. Some are two-in-one devices with a capacitive end on one end and a ballpoint pen on the other, while others allow you to change the size of the rubber stub.
And while most of the choices below are entry-level devices, there are also a number of alternatives to the top-tier stylus pens, which are ideal for those creating digital drawings.
Check out our top picks below to help you find the best pen for your touchscreen adventures.
What is the best stylus pen?
Our top pick: the best stylus pen
Meko universal stylus (two pieces)
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Interchangeable nibs High accuracy with ballpoint style nibs
Meko’s pair of stylus pens are ingeniously designed to give you two-in-one control over your touchscreen.
On one end you have a ballpoint-like feel for more precise control, with clear discs on the end so you can see where your notes are being taken.
For sketches or rougher notes, just flip the aluminum barrel and use the fiber tip, which can also be swapped out with more fittings.
Stylus pens we also recommend
While the Meko Universal Stylus tops our list, there are a ton of great alternatives out there for different use cases. Here are four other excellent options worth checking out.
Bargain Depot Stylus (Pack of 4)
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You get four pens. Additional tips included
Paint is sensitive to scratches
Bargains Depot offers users the same two-in-one style as other stylus pens, with one end for precise control and another designed for drawing.
Both tips are replaceable, thanks to the additional 20 tips, and the four pack is available in a number of different color combinations.
It’s a really neat and affordable way to always have a dual purpose stylus on hand.
Ankace Stylus Pen
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Long battery life Type-C charging
If you’re looking for a more powerful stylus, Ankace would do well to add some useful features to enhance the experience.
The price tag is a bit higher, of course, but if you value quality over quantity, and have an iPad released in 2018 or later, you can enjoy precise control, palm-rejection (meaning you don’t have to wear an anti-friction glove with drawing) and the tilt-to-thicken function.
You need to charge it, although the battery life is very solid, giving you 20 hours of continuous use or 90 days of standby time.
Liberrway 2-in-1 Stylus Pen (12 Pack)
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They also work like regular pens Incredibly cheap
The construction is not very sturdy
If you’re constantly flitting between actual notepads and your touchscreen device, Lirrway has a different kind of two-in-one stylus to consider.
Instead of two types of touchscreen-ready nibs on either side of the barrel, one is a regular ballpoint pen that can be twisted into action, while the other is a regular rubber nib for electronic devices.
This pack also represents excellent value for money, allowing you to lose a dozen in bags, in the office, or to give to lucky strangers in need.
Werpower Stylus Pen
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Great price Palm rejection works
Vulnerable charging connector
Werpower gives those considering the Apple Pencil a budget-friendly alternative – and while you’ll need to have a 2018 or later iPad, the company’s stylus pen offers a number of useful features.
Palm rejection means you can rest your hand easily on the screen without it interfering, and the 1.5mm nib gives better accuracy than entry-level nibs, which are essentially just wider rubber nibs.
You have to keep it charged of course, but the battery life lasts about 8-10 hours and it only takes about an hour to get back to 100%.
Other products we considered:
When we initially decided on what we think are the best stylus pens currently available, we spent hours testing and researching. Regardless of the topic, we always consider a range of factors when it comes to recommending devices — and apply the same process before a new device makes it into our top five picks. We consider not only our own testing, but also consumer reviews, brand quality and value.
In all our roundups, there are also many products that we test that do not make the final cut. Since they may be suitable for some people, we have listed them below.
Choosing a stylus pen
With such a variety of stylus pens available, it’s hard to know which one to buy. So, to help you decide, here are a few things worth thinking about before making your purchase.
What will you be using the stylus for?
For some people, it’s all about keeping their screen smudge-free. For others, accuracy is very important for drawings or handwritten notes.
If you know you need the utmost accuracy, we recommend a ballpoint stylus, or better yet an active stylus for devices like the iPad.
Regular rubber-tipped stylus pens work great as a fingering alternative for everyday use, but you’ll find they’re a bit lacking when it comes to the finer details.
Do you also need a real pen?
Some of our top picks are two-in-one designs that let you take notes on paper and use them with your phone or tablet.
If you’re the type of person who often needs both a pen and a stylus, these can make life easier as you only have one thing to take with you, well worth considering.
More about this story
Each product in this list has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure it will perform exactly as a recommended choice should.
We’ve thought of everything, keeping in mind how each model will perform when used for drawing, annotating and when used with different devices. This meant a dive into key specs and features such as tip width, pressure sensitivity, charging compatibility and more. From there, we crossed our judgments with each individual price tag to ensure they represent good value for money as well.
As with any collection, it’s not possible to provide a list that will work for every type of user, but we draw on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team – as well as a thorough assessment of the areas above – to help our best in this regard.
What we always avoid when putting together these picks are unnecessary spec comparisons and marketing rules; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that will give you an idea of how each stylus should be used. Our statements are concise, but this is purely for the sake of brevity.
Written by Conor Allison. Editing by Luke Baker.