When Microsoft released the new Surface Pro earlier this summer, it also made a new and improved Surface Pen available. But should people who use older Surface PCs, or who have last-gen Surface Pens in good working order, buy the new (and more expensive) stylus?

The new Surface Pen (about $100) not only got a visual makeover — it no longer has a pocket clip and it comes in more color options — but it's also more pressure sensitive with lower latency, which means it's more responsive, in theory, than the previous generation Pen (about $50). It also supports "tilting," for shading, though that feature will likely only appeal to very specific kinds of users, such as artists and people who use their Surfaces to draw.

See Surface Pen at Microsoft

But if none of those things appeal to you, and you're happy with your last-gen Pen, or you can still find an older model available online, the new one might not be for you. Windows Central forum member bulls96 has a Surface Pro 4 and is wondering if it makes sense to grab the new $100 Pen.

bulls96
08-26-2017 03:21 PM

So I lost my original Surface pen from my sp4. Haven't totally ruled out upgrading to a new Surface pro. Is the new Surface pen worth the difference? I'm no artist so the tilt doesn't do anything for me except that its cool.

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Shortly after Microsoft released the Surface Pen, we put together an in-depth look at the device to try to answer that very question.

Microsoft's new Surface Pen delivers (limited) enhancements to older Surface PCs

I purchased a new Surface Pen along with my Surface Pro (2017), and I really enjoy using it. But I never used an earlier version of the Pen, so I don't have the perspective to say whether or not it's worth upgrading if your older Pen is working fine.

What do you think? I have you used both the last-gen Surface Pen and the new one? If so, is the upgrade worth the extra cash? Even if you haven't used both versions, do you think bulls96 should buy the cheaper, older Pen if it's still available? Hit the link below and let us all know.

From the forums: New Surface pen worth it?