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Does HP Spectre Folio 13 work with Surface Pen?

Does HP Spectre Folio 13 work with Surface Pen?

Best answer: Yes, it's possible to use the Surface Pen with the HP Spectre Folio 13. HP's notebook 2-in-1 supports N-trig technology, which is used by Microsoft's stylus.HP: HP Spectre Folio 13 (opens in new tab) ($1,300+)Amazon: Surface Pen (opens in new tab) ($80)

Surface Pen just works

Microsoft's Surface Pen is a great accessory for any Windows 10 tablet or PC that supports a stylus. Should you be looking to purchase the HP Spectre Folio, you'll be pleased to learn that the Surface Pen works with the notebook, thanks to the support of N-trig technology.

Not only can you quickly pair the Surface Pen with the HP Spectre Folio, but it's also possible to utilize the stylus button. But what exactly is N-trig? It's the name for the technology that makes all this possible. It's also the name of an Israel-based company that developed the tech, which was subsequently purchased by Microsoft.

This resulted in Surface hardware coming with N-trig support out the box, as well as the Surface Pen, which can be paired with the Spectre Folio and other N-trig compatible Windows 10 devices.

It also means you can use any stylus with the HP Spectre Folio 13 as long as it uses N-trig technology. The Spectre Folio comes with the HP Tilt Pen (opens in new tab) that also makes use of it. There's also the Wacom Bamboo Ink (opens in new tab), which is popular amoung inking enthusiasts. Basically, you'll have plenty of options when it comes to finding a stylus you like.

The Surface Pen is a great option though for people looking to take full advantage of its 4,096 pressure levels. That sensitivity will ensure you can draw or write with precision. Since the Spectre Folio is a 2-in-1, you can lie the screen flat for an even better inking experience.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.