Boxwave iPad Stylus Review


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I bought my Boxwave stylus shortly after getting my iPad because Aaron had one that I liked well enough after borrowing it for a day or two. Since then, I’ve used it extensively for taking notes, including in court and at depositions. I also used it to draw the slides for some of my recent presentations.

The Boxwave stylus is a solid, durable stylus for a great price.

Writing with the Boxwave stylus

The first stylus I tried was a phone-sized Pogo Stylus with a spongey tip that felt imprecise and unpredictable. In contract, the Boxwave has a firm, rubbery tip that feels much more accurate.

To get an idea of what I mean by accuracy, try this: using a stylus, draw a line in any drawing app. Now, draw a second line that starts from the end of the first line. Or, try drawing a second line on top of the old line. With most styli, most of the time, the lines won’t match up because you can’t see precisely where the tip is. The Boxwave is no exception, but it does a better job than a sponge-tipped stylus because it is easier to predict where the tip of the stylus will contact the screen.

On the other hand, the Boxwave’s tip is almost too rubbery, because you can feel resistance as it moves across the screen. That didn’t stop me from using it a whole lot, though, and I didn’t notice the resistance until I had a few other styli to compare it to. Now that I have, I would call the Boxwave just a bit sticky by comparison.

Quality and features

The Boxwave’s tip is very durable. I haven’t been particularly careful with mine, and it’s held up without any sign of wear or fatigue. (To give you an idea of how hard I am on things, I’ve been through five or six of my favorite cheapo fountain pens in the same time period.)

It also comes with a short lanyard that clips into the headphone jack of your iPad. That may seem like a reasonable place to put your stylus, but it doesn’t work very well in practice. You just wind up with a stylus swinging all over the place while you carry around your iPad. I took mine off, and I use the pen clip to hold my stylus in a shirt pocket or pen slot in my bag, instead.

Who should buy the Boxwave stylus

Anyone with an iPad, really. The Boxwave stylus is just $8, which puts it on the cheaper side of styli. It’s worth getting as a backup stylus, even if you already have one.

I’m going to be reviewing several more iPad styli over the next couple of weeks, but I’ll give you a preview: the Boxwave is a very good value out of everything I’ve seen so far.


Boxwave iPad stylus
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .

Summary: The Boxwave iPad stylus is a solid, durable iPad stylus. At just $8, it’s worth getting for a backup stylus, even if you have another one.

With a durable, accurate tip and Boxwave iPad stylus is a solid, durable iPad stylus. At just $8, it’s worth getting for a backup stylus, even if you have another one.

Rating: 4 (out of 5)


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  • Bill

    Really? I’ve had one of these for months and have been searching for a replacement ever since. Honestly, I felt the most valuable part of this thing was the plastic attachment to hold it in the headphone jack. I found a very good DIY stylus (NOT using conductive foam) on some Japanese YouTube video (can’t find the link now). But it was not durable enough to be a long-term solution for me. Alas, I’m left waiting for the “Blue Tiger.” (

  • Tom P.

    I was thinking about getting one of these. I don’t have a screen protector on mine right now; would I need one before using such a pen?

    • Nope. It’s a rubber tip, so it won’t damage your screen.

  • Bill

    I will add to my comment above by saying that I agree the price can’t be beat.

  • jason

    I have had one of these and was using it to go totally paperless for work notes for about a month. Unfortunately, it seem that the surface has worn, and the stylus is now too sticky. I am going to try graphite powder to see if I can get things working again.

    • Try a little soap and water. It’s probably just the build-up of finger smudges.