Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil for iPad Review, & Manual Setup
Crayon happens to be a French word for “pencil.” This is a fitting name for Logitech Crayon, who took the Apple Pencil concept and approached it from a different angle, especially those centered on the rough-and-fall in love we associate with “crayons” in English.
When it was initially announced, Crayon sales were only for schools using the 9.7-inch iPad 2018. But on September 12, Apple and Logitech chose to let other public participation in the party, and it was a useful tool for the right type of iPad user. It’s a little more pragmatic than Apple Pencils. Certainly more difficult. But most importantly, it costs only $ 69.99 – useful, considering that Apple Pencil costs $99.00.
It’s quite simple to set up, provided you have a 9.7-inch Apple 2018 iPad. (And yes, for some reason, that’s the only iPad that works, so don’t expect to run away and take one for your fancy iPad Pro. It’s not clear if it’s a Logitech or Apple decision.) Hold a Crayon near your iPad, press the power button near the Crayon “eraser,” which lasts about two seconds, and the device automatically pairs.
Yes, it’s that easy, even to the point that Logitech only includes a scanned QR code that directs you to additional tips on the website. The idea is so intuitive that you don’t even have to look at the instructions, and generally – generally – it’s true. If you have already set up Apple Pencil on your iPad, you must delete it from your Bluetooth list before you can use Crayon. Hey, I don’t make rules.
This might be called Crayon, but it seems like nothing more than a carpenter’s pencil. Instead of being cylindrical like an Apple Pencil, its body resembles a 6.5-inch metal rod with a thin edge of 0.3 inches, and the top and bottom of the half-inch are full. Each end of the metal body is covered with a surprising orange, save it for the plastic area that wraps the nib and the rubber cap that surrounds the charging port.
Critics of the seemingly awkward Apple male Lightning charger (which is connected to the Lightning port on the companion iPad) will like this because the Crayon female port allows you to use the Lightning cable to charge. And because the rubber port lid is neatly attached to the same button that was used to power the Crayon, there is little need to worry about losing it, as is the case with the slippery Apple magnet. The worst that can happen is your child tore it.
Practicality informs the whole Crayon design. There is no doubt a reason for that. Because Crayon is intended for school children, the design of a wooden pencil keeps it from rolling on the table and forgotten, just as the carpenter’s pencil shape prevents it from getting out of the bench. And this is better than the workshop tool. If your Logitech Pencil falls, you should be able to find it relatively easily with the tips of the screaming orange.
- Sturdy design that aims to prevent roll-off
- Write precisely and lag-free
- Easy to arrange
- There is no pressure sensitivity
- Needs to be turned on with every use
- Height: 6.5 in/163 mm
- Width: 0.5 in/12 mm
- Depth: 0.3 in/8 mm
- Weight: 0.7 oz/20 g
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen)
- iPad Pro 11-inch
- iPad (7th gen)
- iPad (6th gen)
- iPad Air (3rd gen)
- iPad mini (5th gen)
Logitech Crayon Manual Setup
Setup Guide (PDF):
Materials to support classroom (PDF):
Crayon (8.5 x 11)” class posters:
Crayon (11 x 14)” class posters: