The new Surface Pen is now up for preorder at Microsoft
Preorders for Micorsoft's new Surface Pen are now live at the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) online. Don't expect to get wild with the colors, however: only the the platinum color is currently up for grabs.
The new Surface Pen, revealed alongside the new Surface Pro at Microsoft's Shanghai event in May, is much faster than its predecessor with 21ms of latency. The Pen also features 4,096 pressure levels, along with tilt detection that offers some improved control with compatible apps.
Though the Pen is only currently available in platinum, other options for burgundy, cobalt blue, and black will eventually be available as well. If you're eager to get your hands on one, you can preorder now for $99 with shipments set to go out on June 15.
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Wacom? I thought Microsoft bought N-Trig for the Surfaces?
These pens are considerably cheaper and they'll probably base demand off the SP4 pens' sales, so less of a gamble to produce loads of all the colours.
At work, people may want to be able to use Office the old fashion keyboard&mouse way, "laptop mode", and combine that with the pen for signing documents with their signature digitally, as well as take notes, highlight text and otherwise treat the screen as digital paper. At home, I think the tablet mode and pen will be a more hobby-focused drawing tool. The iPad in my view (I am a long-time iPad user myself), is great for relaxation and doing hobby things, like drawing stuff, watching videos, listening to music, social media, etc. I did use it on some occasions for writing an academic paper for university studies, but it was clunky and not very productive at all. In the end it was written on the iPad as well as different computers at home and at uni. Given the option, I would have chosen the Surface series of computers for studies, even going with the Surface Pen for taking notes. So, ask yourself what matters most and whether the software and OS matters as well.