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7 Best Stylus Pens for Lenovo Yoga, ThinkPad, and IdeaPad

7 Best Stylus Pens for Lenovo Yoga, ThinkPad, and IdeaPad

When searching for the best stylus pens for Lenovo, it’s common to be stuck choosing between third party alternatives or an official lenovo replacement digital pen. This article will cover the pros and cons of using inexpensive choices vs official pens made by lenovo, such as the Lenovo active pen 1 & 2. 

Beware of the low-priced, third-party stylus pens that don’t require batteries. While no battery appears to be a great feature; it can also mean there may is no bluetooth connectivity-causing you to lack a certain type of pressure sensitivity artists and work professionals typically desire.

This means you’ll be missing out on the best drawing adjustments for a thicker or thinner line depending on how hard you press on the Lenovo display. 

The majority of lenovo pens listed in this post are active pens, meaning they allow for pressure sensitivity and adjust lines you draw depending on how hard you press.

Related: Lenovo Active Pen 2 vs 1 (Review & Compatibility Guide)

If you’re Lenovo Pen is not working, then you may also want to view our guide on how to fix that (before you spend extra on a new device)

The digital pens covered in this post are useful for everything form drawing, note-taking, work presentations and digital whiteboarding on the Lenovo model laptops, tablets and 2-in-1 devices.

The Lazarite M Pen is one of the best alternative stylus for Lenovo laptops. Be sure to check its compatibiltiy with your specific device.

Best Stylus Pens for Lenovo Yoga ThinkPad and IdeaPad 1

The following list of stylus are our top choices of the best stylus for Lenovo Yoga, Thinkpad, ideapad and MIIX models.

1. Lenovo Active Pen 2: Best Stylus for Lenovo Yoga & Thinkpad 

Best stylus for lenovo yoga

Who it’s for: Those in search of the best possible stylus for Lenovo. The Active Pen 2 by Lenovo is the most compatible stylus and is for those searching for a pen that is both reliable and works as intended.

Precision: 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Compatibility: This pen works with the following models for Lenovo: Lenovo Yoga 920, 720 models. Lenovo MIIX 510, 520, and the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Gen 2. ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2, Lenovo Miix 720, Lenovo Miix 510,Lenovo MIIX 520, Lenovo Yoga 720, Lenovo Yoga 920; box includes Lenovo Active Pen 2

This is actually the pen that is bundled with some Lenovo models… and there’s a good reason why. It comes with replacement tips and pen holder and has bluetooth connectivity allowing for ‘true’ pressure sensitivity control that even a top-tier level artist would be proud of. This pen does require a battery as it uses bluetooth.

Related: Lenovo Yoga vs Flex: which is better? (Comparison)

I noticed a significantly better drawing experience compared to cheap alternatives and older models due to the improved features. It’s no surprised this pen works best as it’s created and designed by lenovo. It’s also fairly priced, especially compared to that of Apple’s flagship Apple Pencil (Which is only worth it if your not using windows/Lenovo)

New active 2 compared to the older model has some extras including Pen clips and a new back button in addition to the two side buttons. You can configure the 2 side buttons to a mouse click or assign a shortcut by configuring via the lenovo driver/software. 

Best for Lenovo Yoga…

Unlike other stylus for Lenovo, the Lenovo active pen 2’s nibs provides a textured surface and significantly more control when drawing. Additionally the tip is longer so you can see the lines you are drawing (compared to cheap stylus options). 

Related: Lenovo Thinkpad vs Ideapad: Which is better? | Comparison

When tested, the Lenovo Active Pen 2 proved to be incredibly impressive vs the older version due to the mentioned updates and improvements including, but not limited to it’s shortcut buttons and extreme compatibility for seamless drawing & note-taking experience.

2. Tesha Pen: Best budget Stylus for Lenovo Yoga, Thinkpad Ideapad, and MIIX

Tesha Pen Best budget Stylus for Lenovo Yoga, Thinkpad Ideapad, and MIIX

Who it’s for: Casual users such as w ork professionals or students looking for the best budget stylus pen for the Lenovo Yoga, thinkpad, and miix

Precision: The Tesha boasts 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. This is a truly impressive amount when considering it’s significantly lower price point and is a budget pick.

Compatibility: This pen is extremely compatible and works with the Lenovo yoga C640, C740, C940, 720, and 920 (and many more). This pen can also be used with the Lenovo Miix 700, Lenovo flex and many additional Lenovo touchscreens.

In search of the best stylus pen, I was fairly impressed with the Tesha stylus for my Lenovo as it was roughly half the price and had the shortcut buttons I was in search of. This pen does not use bluetooth connection meaning you can expect slightly less intuition regarding pressure sensitivity than the official lenovo active pen 2 (mentioned previously in this post). 

However, if you just need a stylus to write, casually draw, and take notes, then the Tesha Pen will work wonders for you. One thing I noticed is that while this was cheaper than the official pen, it also didn’t have tilt control/pressure that changes the type of line (based on the angle you move the pen in.) 

The less-expensive stylus come at these costs, so it really depends on your needs and if you’re looking to use this in something like photoshop or just basic note taking and casual drawing.

3. Lazarite: Best Stylus for Lenovo Flex 5

Lazarite_ Highly compatible stylus for Lenovo tablets

Who it’s for: The Lazarite Pen is great for those looking for a stylus that works with the Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5. It’s also ideal for those who need high pressure sensitivity levels in addition to palm rejection as its an active pen. I reviewed the Lazarite pen in complete detail as it’s one of the best alternative stylus for Lenovo laptops.

The Lenovo Flex 5 and 14 models don’t seem to have the dedicated recommended pen in stock quite often, and Lazarite fulfills that need (and does so with a extremely response pen that responds as well as the lenovo made pens.

Why it’s good: This is one of the best stylus for lenovo because it has a complete list of features such as easy pairing, palm rejection, high sensitivity (4096) and high compatibility across multiple devices beyond Lenovo such as the HP envy, HP Spectre, HP Pavillion and other models.

Battery: The Lazarite actually turns off when you stop using it, putting itself in sleep mode after 10 minutes of no use in order to save power. Lazarite estimates a battery of 1000 hours..

While the Lazarite is around the same price as the official lenovo active pen models, it pulls ahead in terms of connectivity to other laptop models such as the many different hp models, including spectre.

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If you’re at work or you’re the type to use many different devices that require just one stylus, then the Lazarite brand is certainly your top pick. It works well for those that seek the features of a Lenovo pen, but with the compatibility of a universal device. Some users consider this the most cost efficient alternative to the Lenovo Digital Pen for the Lenovo Ideapad Flex 14 model and similar.

4. Lenovo Active Pen 1: Best budget stylus made by Lenovo

Lenovo Active Pen 1_ Best budget stylus made by Lenovo

Who it’s for: This stylus is best for those who do not require the extra features of the Active Pen 2 and desire a cheaper price-point. These extra features it does not have are the back button, textured surface nib, more control when drawing and smaller pen tip (allowing you to see less of the line you are drawing while you make strokes.

Why it’s good: 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and is fully compatible with many lenovo models. Some examples are the Lenovo c340, 300e, miix 6720, X1, Thinkpad X1 Yoga Gen 3 and many more, including the Yoga920.

The Lenovo active pen 1 is ideal for those in search of a low priced option, but still made by Lenovo. This is certainly the best budget stylus for Lenovo if you’re looking for a cheap replacement with max functionality.

Related: 7 Best stylus for Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator

If you can live with a slightly shorter nib, then this pen is for you. It has all the features you’ll need including palm rejection, accuracy, two side buttons that are built-in to be used as shortcuts in applications and a USB pen holder for storage. It also includes lenovo pen replacement tips.

Additionally, the design of this stylus is best for those in search of a very sleek and trendy look and is compatible with the Yoga 900 models, Yoga 720 as well as the miix.

5. Wacom Bamboo Ink: Best Wacom stylus for Lenovo

Wacom Bamboo Ink_ Best Wacom stylus for Lenovo

Who it’s for: The Wacom bamboo is aimed towards those who are big Wacom fans and enjoy using their style of products. This pen works with the Lenovo c740, but not the ideapad I tested.

Why it’s good: It’s compatible with many lenovo models, works well on windows 10 and has many of the ideal features such as strong pressure sensitivity and design. It also has three different nib types: soft, firm and medium. 

Cons: I was not thrilled that Wacom appears to have their focus on their own tablets and these pens have varying small flaws. However, this bamboo does work with windows 10 and Lenovo Yoga 620 laptop/tablet (2-in-1).

If you’re choosing between iPad running iOS vs a Surface Pro running Windows (as an artist), then see our post on Surface Pro 7 vs iPad Pro for Drawing & Art (Comparison).

Many whom are fans of the Wacom brand may prefer this stylus. However, If you’re only using lenovo and no other tablets, such as those from wacom. Then the Bamboo may not be as advantageous and the lenovo active pen may give you your best value per dollar.

6. Edivia Pen: Best stylus for Lenovo 2 in 1 Chromebook

Edivia Pen_ Best stylus for Lenovo 2 in 1 Chromebook

Who it’s for: The Edivia is fantastic for anyone who needs a budget replacement stylus for the Lenovo 2 in 1 chromebook.

Why it’s good: This digital pen’s  light, sleek and trendy appearance is coupled with accuracy that is noticeably better than the tips of your fingers and has a battery life of 8 hours.

The tip of the edivia pen gives it’s users extreme accuracy and control, something most Lenovo chromebook users will benefit greatly from.  The battery shuts down automatically when it’s not in use for 30 minutes and works well whether you have a screen protector or not. If you’re using apps like photoshop, then you’ll likely require a stronger Stylus with a stronger pressure.

Related: How to fix photoshop pen pressure not working

I found it interesting that this pen also worked well on smartphones in addition to lenovo devices such as the ideapad, Yoga 11e, and many other models. This stylus for lenovo is made by a third party and while its not overly sensitive it does the job for those looking for casual use or just need a stylus to poke around and navigate their chromebook.

7. Edivia 2 Fine tip: Best cheap, good replacement stylus for IdeaPad 

Edivia 2 Fine tip_ Best cheap, good replacement stylus for IdeaPad

Who it’s for: The Lenovo thinkpad stylus is also created by Edivia and is useful for those in search of a low-cost, cheap thinkpad stylus option.

Why it’s good: This stylus holds a strong charge of 8 hours and does so through a Micro USB. It draws and writes with sensitivity and is useful for those looking to use a stylus consistently for simple tasks such as work, whiteboards, and just navigating their lenovo device. 

Cons: This pen does not have tilt support or palm rejection, which is unfortunate and is the reason it’s ideal use is casual and more for those looking to replace their fingers, not create advanced artwork or animation on Lenovo. For example, the Apple Pencil is the best iPad Air stylus, whereas the Lenovo Active pen is ideal for most IdeaPads and ThinkPads.

This pen would not work with photoshop, even when compiled with extra software I could not get this to be fully compatible. This is a true budget pick for those in need of a basic stylus for school or work.

Related: 9 Best Stylus Pens for Surface Pro 7, 8, 9, and X

8. ThinkPad Pen Pro: Top Stylus for the Lenovo 11e Yoga (Gen 6)

ThinkPad Pen Pro Top Stylus for the Lenovo 11e Yoga Gen 6

Who it’s for: The ThinkPad pen pro is a stylus made specifically for the 11e Lenovo yoga sixth generation models. If you have the Yoga 6th Gen 20SF or 20SE, then this is the official replacement stylus for those models.

It compares to the Lenovo active pen in a number of ways; for one it have a mode that allows the stlyus to shift from active, to sleep mode – saving you precious battery life.

Why it’s good: The battery life on this stylus is impressive considering it only says 15 seconds to charge to 80% life. Essentially, you’ll never have to worry about the battery dying and this is truly practical in many situations as a professional that is using Lenovo for work or creative endevours.

It felt comfortable in my hand with a diameter of 6.5mm and fit right into the pens storage.

I compared this to my Apple pencil andZagg pro and found the pressure sensitivity and overall drawing and writing experience to be behave quite similar to both.

9. Adonit Pro 4: Best Adonit Stylus that is compatible with Lenovo Yoga

Adonit Pro 4 Best Adonit Stylus that is compatible with Lenovo Yoga

Who it’s for: Anyone who uses the Lenovo Yoga (all touchscreen models) and prefers an Adonit Stylus brand over the Lenovo Active Pen.

Why it’s good: The Adonit Pro 4 is ideal for everyday sketches, basic drawings and writing apps like Notability or OneNote because it has a disc Tip and clip; making it a very casual pen for the workspace or studio.

Since the Lenovo Yoga models are created with other the business and artist users in mind; the Adonit Pro 4 is able to satisfy the ideal note taking or sketching scenario.

Unfortunately, it’s pressure sensitivity lacks considerably compared to the Lenovo Active Pen and you’ll have to use a software in order to make more dense or more thin digital paint brush strokes.

Compatibility: The Adonit Dash, Adonit Pro 4 and the Adonit Mark & Mini 4 all work on Android devices because of its capactive style. The Adonit Ink will not work on the Lenovo Yoga. Since Lenovo has a line of Android tablets you’ll be able to use any of the Capacitive Adonit Models.

Other common models are the Zagg Pro, Adonit Pixel and Adonit Note+; which are not compatible with drawing on the Lenovo Yoga series.

Related: Zagg Pro vs Apple Pencil vs Adonit Note+ vs Adonit Pixel (Stylus Comparison)

What is the Best Stylus Pen for the Lenovo Yoga 940?

What is the Best Stylus Pen for the Lenovo Yoga 940_

The best pen for the Lenovo Yoga 940 is the Lenovo Active Pen 2. The reason is because it is created by the Lenovo manufacturer and has all the premium features one would need. These features of this stylus that the Lenovo Yoga 940 benefits most from are the intuitive shortcut buttons, an additional new back button, a longer and more accurate nib, and high levels of pressure sensitivity (4096).

Alternative Stylus pens for Lenovo touchscreen laptops

The official lenovo stylus boasts a more accurate stylus than many low-cost, third-party alternatives and has a sleek, trendy, modern feel. The pairing of the device synergizes well making it one of the best stylus for the lenovo Yoga.

There is also the Lenovo ThinkBook Yoga model that uses its own integrated pen, to learn more, visit our post on Lenovo’s ThinkBook vs ThinkPad: What are the differences? (comparison). If you’re using a tablet for drawing, the iPad may work best in this scenario.

What is the Lenovo Stylus Pen?

Lenovo Stylus Pen

The Lenovo Stylus pen is also often known by its official name, Lenovo Active Pen 2. The Lenovo Stylus for yoga is also ideal for other models as well of the Lenovo line-up. The Active pen 1 model also works well on models such as the Lenovo Yoga, Thinkpad and Lenovo Miix.

The Lenovo Stylus pen is created by Lenovo and has two different versions. The Second model of the active pen (the active pen 2) has bluetooth connectivity, an extra shortcut button, and also double the pressure sensitivity than it’s previous model, the active pen 1.

The active pen one uses AES connectivity, and the tip is slightly ‘shorter’ than the active pen 2. the nib is also textured and works very well for drawing, note-taking, and advanced stylus usage on the Lenovo compatible touchscreens.

It works as a great replacement pen rather than a lesser priced third party stylus because these alternatives don’t have the connectivity that Lenovo Stylus pen provides.

Can the Lenovo Stylus Pen be used for drawing and note-taking?

Can the Lenovo Stylus Pen be used for drawing and note-taking_

The Lenovo Stylus pen is ideal for drawing and note taking and works well for work, school, and digital art. It has the pressure sensitivity.

that you want for drawing or highlighting notes on text, and its advanced pen features make it a must-have for digital artists.

The active pen 2 is also compatible with Windows Ink. With Windows Ink, you can sketch, write notes, sign documents, and do more with your tablet’s touchscreen. All without touching the screen at all – as long as the active pen is attached to your tablet.

In-depth look at the Best Lenovo Stylus pens: Lenovo Active Pen 2 vs Lenovo Active Pen 1

In-depth look at the Best Lenovo Stylus pens_ Lenovo Active Pen 2 vs Lenovo Active Pen 1

The Lenovo Stylus pen is ideal for drawing and note taking and works well for work, school, and digital art. It has the pressure sensitivity that you want for drawing or highlighting notes on text, and its advanced pen features make it a must-have for digital artists. This is 4096 for the active pen 2 and 2048 levels for Lenovo Active 1.

The active pen 2 is also compatible with Windows Ink. With Windows Ink, you can sketch, write notes, sign documents, and do more with your tablet’s touchscreen. All without touching the screen at all – as long as the active pen is attached to your tablet.

Depending on which app you use, you’ll need to configure the Lenovo Stylus to your liking. For example, on OneNote, a double press screenshots the device, while a Long hold will pop up the sketch pad. (This may vary). The device is great for getting a lot accomplished, and it can be used for work purposes to sign documents or fill out forms. It’s also great for students.

The best Lenovo stylus works with many writing apps

The active pen 2 is a highly compatible tool for tablets with touchscreen displays and can be used by artists on their digital tablet to create even pro level art or whiteboard work.

The active pen 1 requires batteries, which is different than the apple pen which is rechargeable.

Once the batteries are in place, take off the cap and confirm that the tip is clear of any debris. Afterwards, you can use your new Lenovo active pen with all compatible Lenovo touch screen devices. To ensure proper usability, turn on Windows Ink and calibrate the pen against the bottom of your touchscreen device’s screen for a better experience.

Bottom Line

Choosing the best stylus for Lenovo yoga models as well as Lenovo Thinkpad, Lenovo Ideapad and Miix means understanding the type of stylus you require, if you’re creating advanced drawings or just working, as well as what pressure sensitivities you desire most. 

If you’re in search of a just a budget pen to casually draw, write, make notes, and navigate your Lenovo better… then a cheap stylus may work for you. The best stylus for Lenovo Yoga C940, 910, 710, 720, 740 and 900 are the stylus created by lenovo themselves because of the synergistic build of the Lenovo pens. The alternatives, such as the Lazarite Pen, works well with the Lenovo Yoga flex 5.

The more expensive stylus for lenovo (the best ones) are the digital pens with extra features and benefits such as extremely high sensitivity, seamless pairing, capability of high level digital art for designers and photo editing. Theser stylus typically have a bluetooth connection for maximum communication between your Lenovo tablets, 2-in-1’s and laptops.

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