The new $20 Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 is the right price for educational institutions

Surface And Classroom Pen
Surface And Classroom Pen (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft announced the Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 today.
  • The pen is optimized to work with Surface Go and Surface Pro devices.
  • The Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 will be available starting on April 27 for $20.

Microsoft announced a new digital pen today that's significantly cheaper than the competition. The new Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 only costs $20, which is less than all of best Surface Pen and Surface Slim Pen alternatives currently on the market. It's also cheaper than the best Apple Pencil alternatives. Microsoft announced the new digital pen in a recent blog post.

You can use the Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 with Surface Go or Surface Pro devices. Microsoft's blog post highlights that using digital ink within a classroom setting can help save paper, trees, ink, and money. Wellington College switched to Surface devices and saved 3.8 million sheets of paper, according to Microsoft.

The Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 has a longer enclosure and improved design compared to its predecessor. You can also replace the tip of the Microsoft Classroom Pen 2. It has a slot for tethering and a clip, both of which help people keep track of the pen. A video from Microsoft showcasing the pen discusses how a physical clip is more secure than attaching magnetically.

Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 will be available starting on April 27, 2021 for only $20 per pen. Microsoft says the Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 will be sold in packs of 20 for $399.80. The company does not state if the pen will be sold individually. The Microsoft Classroom Pen 2 will be sold exclusively to educational institutions.

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4 Comments
  • If artists are wondering, judging on the video, this new pen still has the "slow draw line" issue that triggers when you slowly draw a straight line and the pointer suddenly jumps, causing a jiggle to be painted, which your hand movement did not cause. See the video timestamp for example: https://youtu.be/p_j3aPr_y6k?t=270 (04:30) Looking at the same part in the video, it looks like the app or the ink-recognizing software now has a mechanic to detect and auto-correct this, but I still would not dare throw more money after this digital pen protocol from Microsoft if you're serious about taking your art skills to the digital page. Of course using it for what it is for (children and teens in school), it looks like it gets the job done :)
  • "A video from Microsoft showcasing the pen discusses how a physical clip is more secure than attaching magnetically."
    Guess that is only true for inexpensive pens. Expensive pens are much better off with magnets and no clips.
  • Reminds me of the original Surface pen. The clip worked OK, when you had somewhere to clip it, as there wasn't acrually a place for the pen to clip to, on the original Surface pro.
  • Must not be an engineer. We always have a shirt pocket. It's where we keep our pencils, pens, markers, little ruler, reading glasses..... ;)