Renaisser Raphael 520 gives Surface Pen a run for its money at half the price

Renaisser Raphael 520 Surface Pen
Renaisser Raphael 520 Surface Pen (Image credit: Renaisser)

What you need to know

  • The Renaisser Raphael 520 is a stylus built just for Surface devices.
  • It's getting solid reviews with positive comparisons to the official Surface Pen.
  • You can buy the Raphael 520 at Amazon for $40.

If you misplace or damage your Surface Pen, there are plenty of third-party replacements out there vying for attention. One that recently came to our attention is the Renaisser Raphael 520, which is drawing positive comparisons to Microsoft's official Surface Pen. The kicker is, it's less than half the price.

The stylus comes in three colors: silver, black, and burgundy. It packs 4096 levels of pressure, tilt, and is compatible with the Microsoft Pen Protocol. That means it works with every Surface ranging from the Surface Pro 3 through the Surface Pro X, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface Pro 7.

A Reddit user who just got their hands on a Raphael 520 recently raved about it on the official Surface reddit.

I just got the Raphael 502 stylus for my SP5 and OMG is it good. 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt, rechargeable, and even has magnets to stick to the side of the Surface! The only drawback is no eraser, [but] you can erase by holding down the barrel button.

Youtube channel Tablet Pro gave the Raphael an in-depth review, and came away calling it the "best stylus for digital artists and notetakes."

We'll have to withold judgement until we can get our hands on one, but it's a positive sign that the Raphael 520 is getting solid reviews. If you're in need of a Surface Pen replacement for yourself, you can grab the Raphael 520 at Amazon now for $40.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl