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Looking to buy Tablet Styluses?Whether you're a creative soul looking for the perfect tool to create a masterpiece, or just want to make your tablet easier to use with a capacitive stylus - we have a wide range of stylus pens at affordable prices. Not all digital tools offer the same ease of use as pen on paper, but the stylus is the perfect choice for those looking to upgrade their tablet experience.
Active Stylus vs Passive Stylus
Depending on what you'd like to use your surface pen for, making sure you pick the best type of stylus for your tablet is important. Active styluses have internal electric parts that communicate with your tablet screen and write like it would on a normal piece of paper. Additional features include pen memory, varying sensitivity to pressure, and an eraser to make the most of your active writing time.
Usually, active styluses are bigger than their passive counterparts and let you rest your hand on the screen without causing any unwanted scribbles, which is known as 'palm rejection.'
Meanwhile, passive styluses simply move the natural electrical charge from your fingertip to your touchscreen device and can work on absolutely any tablet with this capability.
Most styluses come with varying levels of pressure sensitivity depending on what you'd like to use your writing tool for. Most artists and note-takers will look for a pen with a lot of sensitive pressure to get the best use out of their capacitive touch screens.
Depending on the model of pen you're using and the program installed on your tablet, excellent pressure sensitivity can translate to a variety of line thickness - much like the control of ink flow on real paper.
Many styluses have the option to choose between additional nibs and points depending on your desired project, which can expand the variety and uses of your screen pen. Here at OnBuy, we offer a number of replacement marker tops for everything from a fine-tip stylus to everyday pencils.
You can find styluses to accompany all major brands, from general Android tablets and Apple iPads to more specialised drawing tablet brands such as Wacom, which have a range of nibs designed to suit more artistic pursuits.
Additional FeaturesDepending on how much you'll use a stylus and what projects you're planning, we have a range of pens to suit all touchscreen devices. Some precision styluses, such as the Apple Pencil, boast a long battery life - up to an impressive 12 hours - with multiple charging options depending on which generation you choose. Some versions require a manual battery replacement, which we stock, while the Apple Pencil 2 is charged via the magnetic connector on the side of compatible iPads. Some include built-in electronic rubbers that communicate with capacitive touch screens, while others are simply built for tapping, clicking and general scrolling. These styluses are typically found in multipacks for an affordable price, making them a popular choice for those who mainly use their tablets to surf the web.
Frequently asked questions about tablet styluses
What is a tablet stylus?
A tablet stylus is an instrument that is shaped like a pen. It has a round rubber end, which can interact with touchscreen devices. It makes navigating tablet computers and smartphones easier and more intuitive.
How does a passive stylus work?
A passive stylus, also called a capacitive stylus, conducts an electrical charge from your finger to the screen. It works on all touch screen devices - it doesn’t matter whether your tablet is an Android, Windows or iOS device.
What are capacitive styluses made out of?
The rod or barrel of capacitive styluses are made out of conductive material, usually metal, and the tip is made from rubber or foam to prevent damage to the screen.
Should I get an Apple pencil?
You should only buy an Apple pencil if you own an iPad released during or after 2018. This is because an Apple pencil is an ‘active stylus’, not a passive stylus. The Apple pencil has electronic components that make it more useful than a passive stylus, but these electronics won’t work with old iPads or tablets from other brands.
Which one is better – an active or a passive stylus?
Active styluses are generally better, because they include input buttons and touch sensitivity, but you need to make sure your tablet is compatible with the stylus before making a purchase. Passive styluses work with all tablets so compatibility isn’t a problem for them.