Should you buy the new Surface Slim Pen for the Surface Laptop 3?

Should you buy the new Surface Slim Pen for the Surface Laptop 3?

Best answer: Whether or not you should buy the Surface Slim Pen for the Surface Laptop 3 depends on how creative you plan to get with the laptop. We'd side with "no" unless you really want one since the stylus is better suited with tablets.Newest stylus: Surface Slim Pen ($150 at Microsoft)Refreshed Microsoft notebook: Surface Laptop 3 (From $999 at Microsoft)

Adding a stylus

Using a stylus with a laptop isn't for everyone, especially the Surface Laptop. The notebook isn't as portable as a Surface tablet, or even a Windows-powered 2-in-1, making any serious task with the Surface Slim Pen a little more tedious.

Where the Pen does come into play is taking notes and other minor applications, but you'll have to question yourself if all this is worth the price.

Upgraded Surface Laptop

Whether you buy the Surface Slim Pen with the Surface Laptop 3 or not, you're going to have a great time. Microsoft's latest laptop is powered by Intel's 10th Gen processors, as well as a custom CPU (Ryzen 7 with Vega 11) from AMD. Other specifications include a 13.5-inch 2256x1504 or a 15-inch 2496x1664 display, up to 32GB RAM, and up to 1TB of storage.

On the outside, you're looking at a gorgeous Surface design with a fancy new USB Type-C port — a great refresh of an already brilliant notebook.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a 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 on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.