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Microsoft debuts new hardware for education, including Surface Go Classroom Pen

Microsoft is kicking off its appearance at the Bett educator conference by announcing a refreshed lineup of devices for educators. Along with showing off seven new affordable Windows 10 PCs from partners like Acer, Dell, and Lenovo\, Microsoft is also using this opportunity to debut its new Classroom Pen, a digital inking pen "optimized" for use with the Surface Go.

Here's a look at the seven new devices, all of which are being shown off at Bett as affordable options for the upcoming school year:

  • Lenovo 100e
  • Lenovo 300e (2-in-1)
  • Lenovo 14w
  • Acer TravelMate B1(B118-M)
  • AcerTravelMate Spin B1(B118-R/RN)
  • Acer TravelMate B1-141
  • Dell Latitude 3300 for Education

The new laptops will start at $189, with 2-in-1 devices from Acer and Lenovo starting at under $300. Speaking of Lenovo's offering, the 2-in-1 Lenovo 300e sets itself apart by not only including a garaged stylus, but also allowing students to write on the screen with a regular No. 2 graphite pencil.

New Surface Go Pen for education.

New Surface Go Pen for education.

Today also marks the launch of the Microsoft Classroom Pen a new digital inking pen that's build for K-8 students and optimized to be used with Surface Go. The Classroom Pen is built with a hardened pen tip that should stand up to heavy use, but it also comes with an additional pen tip in the box. A slot at the end can keep the pen tethered to students' devices so it doesn't become lost.

The Microsoft Classroom Pen will launch as an exclusive accessory for education customers, with prices running $40 per pen. It will be sold in packs of 20 at a price of $800. The Microsoft Classroom Pen is expected to launch in February.

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  • Wow, packs of 20 for $800. Quite the savings. Guess they had to lower the price to entice the education market to buy pens. (as opposed to the normal $100 pen) The slot in the pen top is a good idea so you can tie a string to it, but where are you going to tie the other end to on a Go?
  • well, they're smaller, so that's one reason they're cheaper. also, i don't see any specs on how sensitive they are, but based on how they tried to basically ruggedize them, i wouldn't be surprised if they don't have the same pressure resolution. The tether can probably be attached with an adhesive to the device. Sorta how pens are attached to counters at banks and post offices. The 'anchor' is just stuck to the device and can easily tether to the pen. In regards to a string, attachment to a device is an easy problem to overcome, but the pen would have been difficult without a slot like this, so I can see why they bothered with solving the problem only on one end of the issue. Edit: they're smaller not just to make them cheaper, but because kids have smaller hands. from pictures, it looks a lot better fit for kids in regards to being a bit thicker and a bit shorter.
  • Oh Brother- Lookout for $20 digital eraser to go with the "#2" Pen.
  • The second button on the pen usually is the erase tool.
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