Best stylus pens for the Google Pixel Tablet: Get extra control

Google's tablet has stylus support - here are the best options for it.

Google's new Pixel Tablet aims to shake up the tablet market by offering a well-priced native Android tablet from a huge name that you can hopefully trust - it looks like a new competitor for the iPad.

One of the nice features that the Pixel Tablet brings to the table is support for fancy stylus pens - it works with what's known as the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI 2.0) to unlock welcome features in styluses that support it. Since it'll also work with older styluses (just with fewer features), we've gathered the very best options for you right here, starting with USI 2.0 styluses.

  • HP Rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen

    HP

    HP Rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen
  • Lenovo USI Pen 2

    Lenovo

    Lenovo USI Pen 2
  • Penoval USI2.0 Stylus Pen

    Penoval

    Penoval USI Stylus Pen
  • PCTC USI 2 Stylus Pen

    PCTC

    PCTC USI 2.0 Stylus Pen
  • Metapen USI Stylus Pen G1

    Metapen

    Metapen G1
  • HP Rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen

    HP

    HP Rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen

    Great quality

    This stylus from HP has a really nice shape to it and a thick cone head that makes drawing easy, along with other tasks. It's nice and light, too, and easy to charge.

  • Lenovo USI Pen 2

    Lenovo

    Lenovo USI Pen 2

    Simple to use

    $42 $50 Save $8

    A great little stylus from Lenovo with a thinner tip that's very simple to use but can be tilted to work at an angle for different functions.

  • Penoval USI2.0 Stylus Pen

    Penoval

    Penoval USI Stylus Pen

    Sturdy build

    Penoval's excellent stylus is really well-made and sturdy, with great tips and really good fast-charging that ensures you can keep using it in a pinch.

  • PCTC USI 2 Stylus Pen

    PCTC

    PCTC USI 2.0 Stylus Pen

    Value pick

    This pen is from a less well-known brand but therefore offers value that is hard to argue with, with a raft of great features to match.

  • Metapen USI Stylus Pen G1

    Metapen

    Metapen G1

    Long battery

    A pen that doesn't have USI 2.0, but is still great to use and has really impressive battery life, which is a key factor day-to-day.

  • Alogic USI Stylus

    Alogic

    Alogic USI Active Stylus

    Build quality

    Alogic's excellent stylus is expensive but with good reason, thanks to great build quality and some really excellent features, plus solid battery life.

  • Andana USI Stylus

    Andana

    Andana USI Stylus

    Solid option

    $35 $40 Save $5

    Andana's pen is very solid value, with nice features and a comfortable grip, and can often be found at a discount.

  • HP Rechargeable Universal Active Stylus

    HP

    HP Rechargeable Universal Stylus

    Old but gold

    $50 $77 Save $27

    HP's older stylus is still really impressive, and can be found cheaper than its newer USI 2.0 version, with a lovely fine tip and a nice design.

How we found the best styluses for the Google Pixel Tablet

The reality is that there aren't too many USI 2.0 styluses on the market right now - that makes finding the best options a bit simpler, as there are fewer to sift through. Still, for both 2.0 and 1.0 styluses, the variables are largely the same: they have to feel great it the hand, work flawlessly with your tablet, and ideally have some features that you wouldn't get from just using a simple non-powered stylus.

That's embodied by the HP Tilt Pen, which has a great depth of functionality including tilting to be able to vary your thickness and much more, and also by the option from Penoval, which really feels excellent to use. For those looking to keep their budget a bit tighter, older styluses like that from Andana offer great value, although you'll miss out on a few features.

So, finding a great stylus to go with your new Pixel Tablet shouldn't be too hard, and will set you up for a whole bunch of extra functionality and options, especially if you're a creative person.