Ledger Stax review
The Ledger Stax provides all of the security of past Ledger hardware wallets but with a whole new level of usability.
Finder’s rating: 4.5 / 5.0
- Good for day-to-day management of crypto and NFTs.
- Not so good if you’re shopping for a crypto hardware wallet on a budget.
The Ledger Stax is the latest hardware wallet from Ledger. It is available for pre-order and due to ship by April 2023.
The Ledger Stax offers the same level of security as Ledger's other wallets – including the Nano X and the Nano S Plus – but with a new level of usability.
The Ledger Stax has a touchscreen that allows you to sign transactions in a more convenient way than any previous Ledger wallet. Because the device is Bluetooth-enabled, you can use it in conjunction with your Android or iOS mobile device cord-free.
You'll be able to charge your Ledger Stax with wireless Qi charging, the same type of wireless charging supported by Samsung and Apple mobile devices. The charge can hold for months, especially if you don't use the device frequently.
And when you aren't using the device, you can customise the lock screen with one of your NFTs.
Keep in mind though that all of these new features and capabilities come at a price – a fairly steep US$279.
Ledger Stax pros and cons
- Large electronic ink (e-ink) touchscreen
- Enables clear signing for transactions with smart contracts
- Wireless Qi charging
- Strong casing (mix of aluminium and plastic)
- Sleek design (designed by the creator of the iPod)
- Most expensive Ledger hardware wallet
- Can't stake many cryptos via Ledger Live
What's in the box?
- 1 Ledger Stax
- 1 USB-C to USB-C cable
- 1 Recovery sheet
- 1 Ledger Stax guide
Ledger Stax product features
The Ledger Stax has a number of attributes and capabilities that make it stand out from previous Ledger hardware wallets.
Designed by Tony Fadell – creator of the iPod – the Ledger Stax is the most attractive and visually appealing device Ledger has created thus far.
The Ledger Stax has an e-ink display that covers the front of the device and curves around its spine. The display size is 3.7 inches (672x400px). The display's colours include 16 scales of grey.
The device itself is about as thick as a stack of 5 credit cards.
The Ledger Stax is the first Ledger device to have a touchscreen, which is used to both navigate on the device and sign transactions.
The only other hardware wallet with a touchscreen is the Trezor Model T, with a touchscreen that's less than half the size of the Ledger Stax.
Personalised locked home screen
You can use one of your NFTs as an image for your locked home screen.
The Ledger Stax supports Qi wireless charging, the same type of wireless charging that Samsung and Apple mobile devices support.
Like the Nano X, the Ledger Stax has an internal battery.
Unlike the Nano X's battery – which can remain charged for about 8 hours of use – the Ledger Stax's battery can remain charged for weeks to months, depending on how frequently you use it.
Also like the Nano X, the Ledger Stax can be used cord-free with the mobile version of Ledger Live on your iOS or Android device.
The device's Bluetooth connectivity combined with its touchscreen make it the most convenient yet secure hardware wallet for managing your crypto on the go.
The Ledger Stax has magnets built into it, allowing you to attach it to magnetic surfaces and better conceal it when not in use.
Enables clear signing
All Ledger devices enable clear signing, but it's worth noting that the Ledger Stax enables this process and why this is important.
Clear signing helps reduce your vulnerability to hacks and phishing attacks when having your assets engage with smart contracts.
The opposite of clear signing is blind signing. Often when you only use a software wallet for a smart contract transaction, you are blind signing – or approving the transaction based on trust instead of verifying all the details.
When you sign a transaction using your Ledger and a supported dapp – for instance through the Ledger Live app – you are able to verify the transaction through the clear signing process. This gives you additional details to verify, which allows you to better assess transactions and avoid scams.
Ledger Stax price
The Ledger Stax costs US$279.
This makes it the most expensive Ledger hardware wallet on the market today, as the Nano X retails for US$149 and the Nano S Plus for US$79.
The Trezor Model T is the most comparable in price, retailing for US$219.
Where to buy the Ledger Stax in the UK
You can pre-order the device for April 2023 delivery on Ledger's official site.
The device will also be available at other official retailers in the future.
Ledger Stax coin support
You can manage 500+ coins and tokens when you use your Ledger Stax with its native software, Ledger Live.
You can expand the range of supported assets by using your Ledger Stax in conjunction with a third-party wallet. This allows you to manage over 5,000 coins and tokens as well as NFTs on multiple blockchains.
Managing NFTs on the Ledger Stax
You can manage NFTs on the Ethereum and Polygon blockchains with your Ledger Stax when you use it with Ledger Live.
You can also manage NFTs on a number of other blockchains when you use your Ledger Stax in conjunction with a third-party wallet.
Ledger Stax security
The Ledger Stax is secured by a Secure Element chip – the same chip used to secure data for passports and credit cards and the same used in the Nano X and the Nano S Plus.
All Ledger devices have passed a Common Criteria (CC) for Information Technology Security Evaluation – an international standard for banking cards and state requirements – with a CC Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 5+ certificate.
The CC EAL 5+ certification ensures that a device has the highest level of security against penetration tests (hacks).
Ledger wallet specs compared
|Ledger Stax||Ledger Nano S Plus||Ledger Nano X|
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|Dimensions||85 x 54 x 6mm||62.39 x 17.40 x 8.24mm||72 x 18.6 x 11.75mm|
|Screen size||3.7in curved screen; 672 x 400px||128 x 32px||128 x 64px|
|Apps that can run simultaneously||Up to 100||Up to 100||Up to 100|
|Storage capacity||1.5 MB||1.5MB||2MB|
|Battery life||Several months when left unused with no charge||No battery||8 hours|
|Connection type||USB-C to UCB-C; Bluetooth||USB-A to USB-C||USB-A to USB-C; Bluetooth|
|Native NFT support||✅||✅||✅|
|Security rating||CC EAL5+||CC EAL5+||CC EAL5+|
|Mobile phone compatibility||Android, iOS||Android||Android, iOS|
|Supported desktop OS||Windows 10+, macOS 12+, Linux Ubuntu LTS 20.04+||Windows 8.1+, macOS 10.14+, and Linux Ubuntu LTS 16.10||Windows 8.1+, macOS 10.10+, and Linux|
|Pre-order the Stax||Buy the Nano S Plus||Buy the Nano X|
Ledger Stax alternatives
The sleek design of the Ledger Stax is highly alluring and its features and capabilities make it one of the best hardware wallets on the market today for safely managing your crypto assets on a day-to-day basis.
That being said, what the Ledger Stax has to offer comes at a price.
The device will retail for US$279, which is almost double the price of the Nano X at US$149 and more than triple the price of the Nano S Plus at US$79.
So, if you're shopping for a hardware wallet on a budget and don't plan to use your hardware wallet all that often, you might want to think twice before shelling out the US$279 for this device.
Storing the private keys to your crypto is one of the riskiest aspects of investing in the asset class. Do your homework on all crypto wallets before deciding which is best for your assets and financial goals.
Hardware wallets are widely considered the safest way to store your crypto, especially if you plan on holding for the long term.
Hardware wallet ratings methodology
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We rate cryptocurrency hardware wallets by scoring each wallet out of 10 for 3 components: security, functionality and cost. Each component is weighted based on importance, as follows:
- Security: 50%
- Functionality: 40%
- Cost: 10%
These scores are aggregated and visualised as a total score out of 5 stars.
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- Keeping our edge: Certification, Ledger
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