Adonit Pixel Review

The Adonit Pixel is a smart stylus for iOS that uses bluetooth to connect to your iOS device. Made out of brushed aluminium, the stylus looks right at home next to the iPad and iPhone, and with palm rejection and pressure sensitivity, it has all the features that you’ll ever need. The stylus also features two shortcut buttons that allow you to quickly do functions, such as undo and redo.

The gear I’m using to test the Pixel is an iPad Air 2 and GoodNotes, a great handwriting app.

Firstly, the Adonit Pixel only works with apps that support their SDK – for example, GoodNotes supports the Adonit SDK and you can connect the Pixel to the app to sue all the features. If the app does not support the Pixel or Adonit bluetooth styluses, you can still use it, but the palm rejection and accuracy won’t work in the app. That being said, many apps do support the Adonit Pixel, such as the most popular ones like GoodNotes and Procreate.

The Adonit Pixel replaces both the Adonit Jot Script1 and the Jot Touch, and combines features from both styluses into one. The Adonit Pixel improves on precision from both previous styluses, and also features a slightly more resistant tip that means its more like writing with a real pen instead of gliding plastic against glass. The barrel is made of aluminium, and it also has a plastic pen grip. This grip features two shortcut buttons, allowing you to assign app functions to them. For example, in GoodNotes, I have them set to undo and redo, so I can easily undo a mistake – it’s great.

A closer look at the Pixel - note the two shortcut buttons
A closer look at the Pixel – note the two shortcut buttons

If you’re an artist, you’ll find that the pressure sensitivity that the stylus offers is great for drawing. With 2048 different levels of pressure sensitivity, the Pixel is great for drawing, as you can easily and naturally change the width of pen strokes to make your art come alive.

One of the biggest features of the stylus is the palm rejection it gives you – and I’ve found it great. Instead of having your palm hover over the screen whilst you write in an uncomfortable and unnatural position you can place your wrist down like you do when you are writing on paper. As the stylus integrated with the app you use it, in knows where your wrist is relative to the stylus, and therefore does not mark where your wrist is. On some styluses this can be a hit and miss, but on the Pixel it works great and I haven’t had any problems in the apps I’ve been using.

I’ve gone over the shortcut buttons a little, but I’ll go over them again. The shortcut buttons allow you to quickly execute app functions such as erase and redo with just a press. There are two on the stylus – along one, and a short one. I find that my hand position naturally rests on the short one, so it’s so easy to quickly execute the command linked to that button.

I’ve been using the Adonit Pixel as my daily driver as a replacement of the Adonit Jot Script 2 that I used to use every day for over 3 years. I love the Pixel – the shortcut buttons are extremely useful even in note taking, and the palm rejection works great every time in my experience.

I would highly recommend the Pixel if you are looking for a stylus. It can be purchased for $74.99 on the Adonit site and on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!

  1. The stylus I have been using for a few years before I received this one.
Ease of Use
adonit-pixelA nice stylus, and is well built. I did however have occasional issue with the accuracy, and skipping lines. An Apple Pencil is worth the price upgrade, but if your iPad doesn’t support it, the Pixel is a good choice.