Pencil by FiftyThree

7.9/10 AVG.
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  • Pencil by FiftyThree
  • Pencil by FiftyThree
  • Pencil by FiftyThree
  • Pencil by FiftyThree
  • Pencil by FiftyThree

Specs / Features


Connects to iPads 3+, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone 4s and above. | Connects to Paper by FiftyThree, Microsoft OneNote, Procreate, Sketchbook Mobile, Note shelf, and others. | Surface Pressure: Pencil's unique tip is shaped to create lines of all sizes without any settings. | Erase: Pencil's builtin eraser lets you try anything knowing an eraser is only a flip away. | Blend: Use your finger to smooth rough edges and blend colors directly on the page. | Palm Rejection: Rest your hand on the screen and write from any angle. No calibration or setup. | What's included: Pencil, USB rechargeable batte... More

Connects to iPads 3+, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone 4s and above. | Connects to Paper by FiftyThree, Microsoft OneNote, Procreate, Sketchbook Mobile, Note shelf, and others. | Surface Pressure: Pencil's unique tip is shaped to create lines of all sizes without any settings. | Erase: Pencil's builtin eraser lets you try anything knowing an eraser is only a flip away. | Blend: Use your finger to smooth rough edges and blend colors directly on the page. | Palm Rejection: Rest your hand on the screen and write from any angle. No calibration or setup. | What's included: Pencil, USB rechargeable battery, Extra Tip, Extra Eraser | Graphite model

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Specification

Brand FiftyThree
Model 53PA08
Size 13 x 1 cm (5.1 x 0.4 in)

Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


iPad Insight

Recommended to people interested in doing more drawing on their iPad

from iPad Insight

I bought the $60 wooden Pencil because it liked the way it looked, and I also thought it would be cool to hang the stylus off of my Smart Cover. The former is still totally true, but the magnetic cling isn’t quite as useful as I had anticipated. I can stick the Pencil to my Smart Cover before I stick the iPad into my bag, but I still end up finding the Pencil at the bottom of my bag when I get home anyway. Knowing what I know now, the cheaper graphite version would have been just fine...

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I bought the $60 wooden Pencil because it liked the way it looked, and I also thought it would be cool to hang the stylus off of my Smart Cover. The former is still totally true, but the magnetic cling isn’t quite as useful as I had anticipated. I can stick the Pencil to my Smart Cover before I stick the iPad into my bag, but I still end up finding the Pencil at the bottom of my bag when I get home anyway. Knowing what I know now, the cheaper graphite version would have been just fine.

It’s been over a year since the Pencil was released, and FiftyThree has yet to announce any successor. Instead, they seem to be focusing on the software end of things and finding more cool ways for the iPad to work even better with the Pencil that’s already in people’s hands. I think this is a really great product strategy and shows that FiftyThree still has their eyes on the prize as a software company. It’s very common for tech companies to release hardware updates on an annual basis, and I like that FiftyThree is bucking the trend with the Pencil. I’m quite happy with my purchase, and I can honestly say that this stylus is the only one I would recommend to people interested in doing more drawing on their iPad. 

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PC Magazine

Affordable, beautifully designed hardware

from PC Magazine

FiftyThree's Pencil is one of the best looking and most comfortable styli we've tested, and if the Eraser feature were more reliable, it would have nabbed our Editors' Choice. Adonit's Jot Touch and Fifty Three's Pencil are equallly precise, but the Pencil's wide rubber tip makes it a little hard...More

FiftyThree's Pencil is one of the best looking and most comfortable styli we've tested, and if the Eraser feature were more reliable, it would have nabbed our Editors' Choice. Adonit's Jot Touch and Fifty Three's Pencil are equallly precise, but the Pencil's wide rubber tip makes it a little harder to draw accurately at times. Eventually, the Jot Touch and Adobe's Ink and Slide will be compatible with a longer list of apps than the Pencil, but the latter is still a fantastic iPad stylus at a great price.

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The Telegraph

Exquisitely designed stylus

from The Telegraph

It all works well to create an environment where you don’t have to delve into menus or options when drawing. With nothing more than a single jab of the finger or stylus you can pick new drawing tools and ink colours, you can erase simply by flipping the Pencil upside down or step backwards...More

It all works well to create an environment where you don’t have to delve into menus or options when drawing. With nothing more than a single jab of the finger or stylus you can pick new drawing tools and ink colours, you can erase simply by flipping the Pencil upside down or step backwards with a swipe of two fingers. This means that it’s more continuous and intuitive to sketch. One of the most impressive things about Pencil is how little you have to think about it.

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GadgeTell

Awesome and so much fun to use

from GadgeTell

The Pencil is awesome and so much fun to use. It’s sturdy and comes with a spare tip and eraser, so I estimate that I could use this pencil for years to come. As I develop my digital skills, and get as good as those talented jerks on Instagram, the Pencil will probably become my favorite art tool.

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The Pencil is awesome and so much fun to use. It’s sturdy and comes with a spare tip and eraser, so I estimate that I could use this pencil for years to come. As I develop my digital skills, and get as good as those talented jerks on Instagram, the Pencil will probably become my favorite art tool.

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iCreate Magazine

A great stylus to use with any other drawing app

from iCreate Magazine

While using the stylus, Paper is also able to distinguish between your hand and the Pencil. This means that if you rest your palm on the screen, it won’t accidentally mark the canvas. However, if you do want to get hands-on with your work, Paper will recognise finger movement and enable you to smooth edges and blend colours....

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While using the stylus, Paper is also able to distinguish between your hand and the Pencil. This means that if you rest your palm on the screen, it won’t accidentally mark the canvas. However, if you do want to get hands-on with your work, Paper will recognise finger movement and enable you to smooth edges and blend colours.

As all of these features suggest, the Pencil is geared more towards creative use. However, its nib is extremely accurate so is just as good for writing or navigating. This is fortunate because, if you’re not a fan of Paper, this is all you’re left with. The eraser, palm rejection and even the Bluetooth connection are only compatible with Paper, though the Pencil’s unique look, comfortable weight in your hand and tapered tip will still make Pencil a great stylus to use with any other drawing app.

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Macworld

If Paper is your drawing app of choice, then you may want to consider the Pencil stylus

from Macworld

If Paper is your app of choice, the Pencil is certainly an appealing accessory for drawing, writing, and sketching. Its software-based palm rejection is excellent, and the pen’s construction and balance in the hand is top tier. But it suffers from Paper’s odd mapping of both the pen a...More

If Paper is your app of choice, the Pencil is certainly an appealing accessory for drawing, writing, and sketching. Its software-based palm rejection is excellent, and the pen’s construction and balance in the hand is top tier. But it suffers from Paper’s odd mapping of both the pen and eraser nib, and doesn’t quite live up to other Bluetooth brethren in the field. I have faith in FiftyThree’s team to get the software kinks worked out in short order, but even so, this stylus seems best suited for the Paper diehards who want access to palm rejection and the Blend feature rather than the general iPad community.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

759 from Amazon.com

759 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Pencil by FiftyThree. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.7 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

7.4/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

94 from Amazon.ca

94 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Pencil by FiftyThree. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

7.2/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

359 from Amazon.co.uk

359 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Pencil by FiftyThree. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.9 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

7.8/10

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