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Important information. The Ledger Stax is not currently available to order. On 27 May 2024, Ledger announced it had begun shipping Ledger Stax devices to customers who had preordered and expects it to be available to order again in the next few months.
Ledger Stax Wallet
4.5
★★★★★
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Supported assets
5,500
Price (USD)
$279
Wallet type
Hardware wallet
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Our verdict

The Ledger Stax provides all of the security of past Ledger hardware wallets, but with a whole new level of usability.

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 US$149 and more than triple the price of the Nano S Plus 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 laying 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, particularly if you plan on holding for the long term.

Pros

  • Large E Ink touchscreen
  • Enables clear signing for transactions with smart contracts
  • Wireless Qi charging
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Strong casing (mix of aluminium and plastic)
  • Sleek design (designed by the builder of the iPod)

Cons

  • Most expensive Ledger hardware wallet
  • Can't stake many cryptos via Ledger Live
  • Ledger Live firmware updates can potentially enable recovery phrase extraction

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The Ledger Stax is the latest hardware wallet from Ledger. 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 very frequently.

And when you aren't using the device, you can not only keep the home screen locked, but 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.

What's in the box?

You'll find the following items 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.

Sleek design

Designed by Tony Fadell — builder 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 3.7in (672 x 400px). The display's colours include 16 scales of grey.

The device itself is about as thick as a stack of 5 credit cards.

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Touchscreen

The Ledger Stax is the first Ledger device to have a touchscreen. The touchscreen is used to both navigate on the device and sign transactions.

The only other hardware wallet with a touchscreen is the Trezor Model T, whose touchscreen is 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.

Wireless charging

The Ledger Stax supports Qi wireless charging, the same type of wireless charging that Samsung and Apple mobile devices support.

Internal battery

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.

Bluetooth connectivity

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 yet for managing your crypto on the go.

Embedded magnets

The Ledger Stax has magnets built into it, which allows you to neatly stack your Ledger Stax devices if you own more than one of them.

Stack of Ledger Stax wallets

Enables clear signing

All Ledger devices enable clear signing, but it's worth noting that the Ledger Stax enables this process and why this process is important.

Clear signing is a process that helps to reduce your vulnerability to hacks and phishing attacks when having your assets engage with a smart contract.

The opposite of clear signing is blind signing. Whenever you only use a software wallet for a smart contract transaction, you are blind signing — or approving the transaction not based on trust.

When you sign a transaction via a software wallet used in conjunction with a Ledger hardware wallet, you are able to verify the transaction through the clear signing process, which keeps you safe from hackers and fraudsters.

Ledger Stax price

The Ledger Stax costs US$279.

At this price point it will be 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$179.

Where to buy the Ledger Stax in Australia

You can pre-order the Stax 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+ fungible crypto coins and tokens when you use your Ledger Stax with its native software — Ledger Live.

And you can manage over 5,000 fungible crypto coins and tokens as well as NFTs on multiple blockchains when you use your Ledger Stax in conjunction with a third-party wallet.

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.

And you'll be able to manage NFTs on a number of other blockchains when you use your Ledger Stax in conjunction with a third-party wallet.

Ledger Stax against mobile device

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 chip used in the Nano X and the Nano S Plus.

All Ledger devices have passed a Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation — an international standard for banking cards and state requirements — with a CC EAL 5+ certificate.

CC EAL 5+ certification ensures that a device has the highest level of security against penetration tests (hacks).

With that said, Ledger made its users second guess just how secure its devices were when it announced its Ledger Recover feature in May 2023.

Ledger Recover is a backup service for the secret recovery phrase that protects the devices' private keys. Ledger users who opt to use the service will give permission to Ledger to extract their secret recovery phrase via the Ledger Live firmware before the key is sharded (broken into pieces) and stored with three different custodians in three different countries.

Prior to the Ledger Recover announcement, Ledger users were unaware that Ledger had the power to extract the private keys from their devices. The fact that Ledger has the power to do this calls into question the level of security their devices actually provide.

And this issue may not be exclusive to Ledger. In July 2023, a developer from Trezor, another crypto hardware wallet manufacturer, shared that the private keys for Trezor devices could be exfiltrated through a malicious firmware upgrade to Trezor Suite, the native software for Trezor devices.

Ledger wallet specs compared

Ledger StaxLedger Nano S PlusLedger Nano X
Ledger Stax
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★★★★★
Ledger Nano S Plus
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★★★★★

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Ledger Nano X
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★★★★★

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Dimensions85 x 54 x 6mm62.39 x 17.40 x 8.24mm72 x 18.6 x 11.75mm
Weight45.2g21g34g
Screen size3.7in curved screen; 672 x 400px128 x 32px128 x 64px
Screen typeE InkOLEDOLED
Touchscreen
Coin support5,500+5,500+5,500+
Apps that can run simultaneouslyInformation not yet availableUp to 100Up to 100
Storage capacityInformation not yet available1.5MB2MB
Bluetooth
Battery lifeSeveral months when left unused with no chargeNo battery8 hours
Connection typeUSB-C to UCB-C; BluetoothUSB-A to USB-CUSB-A to USB-C; Bluetooth
Native NFT support
Security ratingCC EAL5+CC EAL5+CC EAL5+
Mobile phone compatibilityAndroid, iOSAndroidAndroid, iOS
Supported desktop OSWindows 10+, macOS 12+, Linux Ubuntu LTS 20.04+Windows 8.1+, macOS 10.14+, and Linux Ubuntu LTS 16.10Windows 8.1+, macOS 10.10+, and Linux
Price (USD)$279$79$149
Buy the Nano S PlusBuy the Nano X

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