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Stylus Showdown – Top 3 iPad Stylus with Mesh tip

When it comes to the Apple iPad, a stylus is mightier than the finger, so why wouldn’t you get your hands on one of the top 3 iPad stylus with mesh tip? More than just an oversized iPhone, iPad has become the symbol of modern productivity and designing. While the iPad Pro is taking the brand in an artsy direction, note taking and drawing some of the many reasons why your iPad needs a stylus.

Why do you need an iPad stylus with mesh tip?

Ever since the origin of the stylus pen, synthetic polymer, and treated rubber nibs have been the go-to choice for manufacturers. If you’ve ever used an iPad stylus with rubber tip, you know exactly how annoying the friction between the latex and the glass surface can be. This is exactly where the metallic and fabric mesh tip stylus come in to save the day, offering the natural friction you experience with pen and paper.

iPad Stylus with Mesh tip - Rubber tip vs Mesh tip

Stylus rubber tip vs Stylus mesh tip

Admittedly, there is precision drawing stylus like the Apple Pencil that outclasses even the top iPad stylus with mesh tip. However, mesh tip styluses not only offer a surreal drawing and writing experience but cost a fraction of what the premium styluses do.

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Lynktec TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus

TruGlide Pro has been sitting on the throne of the most popular iPad stylus with mesh tip, and it’s all thanks to its performance and affordable price. With a length of 4.75 inches, the TruGlide Pro is shorter than your average pen but looks the part with its anodized aluminium body.

Rubber tip vs Mesh tip - TruGlide Pro

Lynktec does not offer a cap to protect the mesh tip of the stylus, but since it does not come with detachable parts, that’s hardly a problem. The plain and simple design is complemented with two classic color schemes – black with a slate silver tip and a matte black tip with a slate silver body. The tight metallic clip is directed to make TruGlide Pro a friend of your pocket, along with the carrying tube and carrying case accessories.

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Measuring 5mm in diameter, the conductive microfiber mesh tip is highly durable and can be easily replaced by simply unscrewing. TrueGlide pro offers even more with its Artist Paintbrush Stylus Tip, so you don’t have to buy a stylus especially for painting.

Rubber tip vs Mesh tip - detachable tip

Detachable tip makes TruGlide easy upgradable


  • Simple design and metallic body with minimal friction when writing.
  • Strengthened mesh tip makes it last longer than any rubber tipped stylus.
  • Detachable tip makes it easily replaceable and upgradable for painting.


  • The mesh tip would be safer and more durable with a protective cap.

New Trent Arcadia Stylus

Being unique pays off, especially for being one of the best iPad stylus with mesh tip. The New Trent Arcadia Stylus looks like your typical click pen with a certain twist to it.  Instead of the ink nib, the pen comes with a retractable microfiber mesh nib.

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Micro woven stainless steel tip feels good on the iPad and leaves behind no scratches even with regular use. Measuring 4.3 inches when retracted, the Arcadia Stylus is available in a pack of two (black and white).

Rubber tip vs Mesh tip - protective cap

Arcadia comes with a removable protective cap around the mesh tip

While the micro-knit mesh tip is ideal for writing and drawing, it does feel less natural with its strokes and friction. Although Arcadia excels in durability , the overall build of the stylus is formed of hardened plastic and not aluminium.


  • Smart retractable tip makes the stylus highly durable.
  • Smooth gliding experience with micro-knit stainless steel mesh.
  • Two styluses available at the price of one.


  • Build quality somewhat inferior compared to others.

Adonit Mark

Since Adonit is the most popular Stylus brand and Mark is its only iPad stylus with a mesh tip, the product deserves a spot on the list. Being the most basic stylus from Adonit, you cannot expect “Jot Pro” quality, yet the stylus performs well. Built out of anodized aluminium and a triangular design, the stylus fits snuggly into the fingers.

Rubber tip vs Mesh tip - Adonit Mark

Adonit Mark comes with a fabric-based microfiber tip

Unlike the two other contenders on the list, Adonit Mark comes with a fabric microfiber mesh, instead of stainless steel. The mesh tip offers a smudge-free writing and drawing experience which the rubber tip stylus cannot match.

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Despite being superior to  Arcadia and equally good in comparison to Lynktec TruGlide, Adonit comes with its own caveats. One being the absence of a clip to  carry around the stylus or simply attach it to the cover. Moreover, since fabric can never possibly be durable as micro-fiber steel, the durability of the stylus is questionable.

Rubber tip vs Mesh tip - available in two colors


  • Phenomenal writing and drawing experience despite being a starter model.
  • Angular design and supreme build quality.
  • Fabric-based mesh tip makes no squishy noises like the metal ones.


  • No clip attachment or replaceable tip option.

Have you tested out any of the above iPad stylus with mesh tip? Which one do you personally prefer using for your daily activities? Let me know in the comments down below.

About the author

    Dean Duke

    Dean is a father of 2, working full time as an IT consultant. He is an experienced tablet user spending many years honing his skills and learning to be more productive while using his iPad. After meeting the founder of, Chris J. Lee in 2015, he has been a main contributor to the blog ever since.

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