To some people, a stylus is a stylus. Of course, anyone who has used one of the nicer options out there knows that simply isn’t the case. The Apple Pencil that will launch alongside the iPad Pro later this year is a perfect example of a stylus that stands apart from most other options out there. Of course, before the Apple Pencil was even a glimmer in Jony Ive’s eye, there was the Pencil by FiftyThree.

FiftyThree makes one of the greatest drawing apps that has ever existed for tablets, and the Pencil complements it perfectly. This great stylus looks and feels like a large graphite pencil, but we know it’s really so much more. Pencil supports surface pressure recognition to change the width of lines as you draw, it features palm rejection so you can rest your hand on your iPad as you use it, and the battery lasts for a month on a single charge.

In fact, you can tell how great the Pencil is right from the moment you start using it: To pair this nifty stylus, simply press the Pencil’s tip to the screen.

The Pencil by FiftyThree is typically $50, but right now the graphite color Pencil is on sale for $40 shipped.

Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad and iPhone (Graphite), $39.95 with free Prime shipping

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