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.
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.
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.
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 yet for managing your crypto on the go.
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.
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$219.
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 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
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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|
|Screen type||E Ink||OLED||OLED|
|Apps that can run simultaneously||Information not yet available||Up to 100||Up to 100|
|Storage capacity||Information not yet available||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|
|Buy the Ledger Stax||Buy the Nano S Plus||Buy the Nano X|
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Hardware wallet ratings methodology
★★★★★ — Excellent
★★★★★ — Good
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★★★★★ — Subpar
★★★★★ — Poor
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%
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