XPS 13 2-in-1

Best answer: Yes, Dell's Premium Active Pen is the best option for the XPS 13 2-in-1. Although there are other pens on the market, you may run into full compatibility issues using some of them.

The best choice: Dell Premium Active Pen ($88 at Dell)

The right pen for the job

The XPS 13 2-in-1 isn't the only Dell touchscreen laptop that supports a pen, but it certainly is the best of the bunch to use one with. That's because thanks to its design, you can fold the display all the way around and use it as a tablet. And thanks to the compact size of the XPS 13 2-in-1, it's a stellar experience.

Dell doesn't include a pen in the box, but it does have one available for those who want to get their digital ink on. It's a little pricey, but it's a quality product with guaranteed compatibility. Something, sadly, that can't be said of every third-party option.

At least with the Dell Premium Active Pen, you know you've got both a great pen and one that will give you no issues with the XPS 13 2-in-1.

It's also a very good piece of hardware. It connects via Bluetooth, has a 240Hz report rate, and palm rejection for when you're sketching or writing. It has three programmable buttons and runs on AAAA batteries, so no need to worry about charging it up, just carry spares and swap out when you need to (they're pretty tiny batteries!)

Can you replace the nib?

Unfortunately, one of the biggest downsides to this pen is a lack of post-purchase replacement nibs. The pen does come with a single replacement nib, but if you wear through both, you'll be stuck buying a whole new pen.

It's not necessarily a deal-breaker, but it's worth noting. You don't need to be heavy-handed when using it to write and draw on the XPS 13 2-in-1, so with the right care you should still get plenty of life.

Our pick

Dell Premium Active Pen

A great pen with guaranteed compatibility

Dell's Premium Active Pen is your best choice as it allows for 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, has tilt support, three programmable buttons, and it has a multi-mode controller to work with Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP) as well as Wacom AES 1.0 and 2.0.

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