The best stylus for note-takers and artists

The pen is mightier than the finger: The best stylus for all your needs

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Best tablets for styli

As laptop-tablet hybrids grow increasingly popular — just take a look at the numbers for both the iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface lineup — so does the use of styli as an accessory. Samsung’s latest tablet-laptop is the Galaxy Tab S4 which boasts powerful performance, the versatility of Android, and a 10.5-inch, HDR-ready AMOLED display. It’s big and clear, and it’s a great portable canvas to work with. Samsung also offers the S Pen as an accessory, which offers decent performance when it comes to taking notes.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 also supports an official stylus, and it certainly delivers on performance. It’s powered by Windows, so it can use the same programs as your desktop Windows PC, and it comes with support for Microsoft’s Type Cover. The Surface Pen is powerful too, with support for triggering Cortana, excellent pressure-sensitivity, and a built-in eraser. However, it’s worth remembering this still counts as an addon for Microsoft, so you’re looking at another $100 for the Surface Pen.

Our last recommendation, the updated iPad Pro range, needs little introduction. You have the choice between two screen sizes — 11 inches and 12.9 inches — and those massive displays are fantastic to draw on. The updated Apple Pencil is obviously the perfect accessory for it, thanks to its pressure-sensitive screen. If you’re looking to save some money though, then the updated iPad Air, iPad Mini, and the 9.7-inch iPad are cheaper — and just as capable — alternatives for budding artists, even if they only support the first generation Apple Pencil.

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