Logitech Crayon for 9.7-inch iPad is ready for nationwide release at $69.99

Logitech Crayon for 9.7-inch iPad is ready for nationwide release at $69.99
Not a lot of people seem to be interested in prospective Apple Pencil support for future iPhone generations, but when it comes to the Cupertino company’s tablets, the stylus is often considered a major selling point, encouraging the user’s creativity while improving an iPad’s versatility and productivity.

Of course, if you’re on a tight budget, you were probably ecstatic to hear the affordable 6th generation iPad, unveiled last spring, can be used in combination with the Apple Pencil. But the latter’s $99 price point is not easy to swallow when the refreshed 9.7-inch slate only fetches $329 and up.

Fortunately, a lower-cost alternative for the Apple-made iPad stylus is about to hit US stores following a limited March debut as an education-focused accessory. The Logitech Crayon is up for pre-order right now through its manufacturer’s official website, spreading to Apple.com and Apple retail stores later this month, with “everywhere” availability “beginning October.”


At $69.99, the Crayon is naturally less impressive than the Pencil, lacking pressure sensitivity and downgrading the latter’s advertised 12 hours of battery life to “up to 7 hours of writing time on a single charge.”

Snazzier and more colorful than Apple’s understated stylus, Logitech’s option is just as easy to set up and use, as well as “pixel-precise”, not to mention extremely lightweight, at 20 grams, and tough enough to survive drops from up to four feet high.

The Crayon is “built using Apple Pencil technology”, which is simply a fancy way of saying it supports all the same apps as its costlier “rival”, but perhaps its biggest flaw is that it doesn’t work with any of Cupertino’s iPad Pros. Still, if you’re a “creator, artist, dreamer, or learner” looking for a relatively affordable 9.7-inch iPad companion, this bad boy definitely fits the bill.

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iPad 9.7-inch (2018)
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8827 mAh

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8 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wow, Just yesterday I was thinking about buying a 2018, 9.7in iPad and was hating that the Logitech Crayon was only available through Apple's edu channel. It isn't just the price that I care about because you can get new Apple pencils for around $70 if not cheaper on Ebay, the thing is, I hate the design of the Apple pencil, I can tell just by the shape of it that I wouldn't like using it, on the other hand the Logitech Crayon has the perfect design for me. Now T-mo just needs to give me a great deal on the iPad, I'll wait until the November deals if I have to. Yes T-mo actually has deals worth getting over buying from amazon and ebay, just gotta wait for the right one :-)

3. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I got mine for 255 with a 15% sitewide coupon on eBay. That's how I buy my tech. They appear randomly.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah, I don't buy unless there is a deal of some kind! I like T-mo deals because I don't need to pay full price right away, not that I can't I just don't want to lol. That ebay deal sounds great and I probably got the email about it and didn't even notice so FML right.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3815; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao that thing is huge

4. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I never use third party accessories for my apple devices. For me, they’re all seamless and easy to use.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Can you really call put it on the same level as your standard 3rd part accessories when Apple worked with them to create this stylus, it uses the exact same tech as the Apple pencil after all.

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1368; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Try to use Apple keyboard for iPad Pro instead of Logitech one, I dare you :-D Please don't, don't torture yourself.

7. TheNeighbor

Posts: 367; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

The $30 difference does not make sense. The crayon does not have pressure input (but has tilt input), does not connect with the iPad's wifi or Bluetooth, and 5 hours less in usage.

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