Should you buy the Surface Slim Pen for Surface Laptop 4?
What makes the Surface Slim Pen good?
Compared to other digital pens that have a cylindrical shape, the Surface Slim Pen is flatter and thinner. This makes the pen lighter and easier to hold overall. On top of this, the stylus also features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt functionality so you can draw or write with industry-leading precision. The back of the pen can also be used as an eraser, and the button on the pen can be assigned three different shortcut functions based on how it's pressed. Lastly, the Surface Slim Pen can last up to 15 hours before needing to be recharged, and the device comes with a wireless recharging cradle that you can take with you wherever you go (it can be charged over USB-C).
We think the Surface Slim Pen is great, but if it's not right for your needs, make sure to check out our roundup of the best Surface Pen and Surface Slim Pen alternatives available.
Why get a Surface Laptop 4?
The Surface Slim Pen may be awesome, but why should you get a Surface Laptop 4 to use one on? The main reason is because with its wide selection of available Intel 11th Gen and AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, the device delivers all the power artists and notetakers could ever need — especially since these CPUs come with Intel Iris Xe or Radeon RX graphics, both of which have great performance. Additionally, the availability of up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage space means that users will never have to worry about their creativity being limited by memory or storage shortages. The excellent 13-inch 2256 x 1504 and 15-inch 2496 x 1664 displays on the Surface Laptop 4 are also perfect for drawing or writing on. The 17-19 hour battery life also provides the user with plenty of longevity, so worrying about having to stay tethered to a charger is a thing of the past.
The Surface Laptop 4 is also great in terms of connectivity, as it comes with full Wi-Fi 6 support and a suite of ports including USB-C, USB-A, Surface Connect, and 3.5 mm audio. Bluetooth 5.0 is included as well, which will no doubt be useful if you've got Bluetooth accessories you want to use. Finally, the laptop is also only 2.84 lbs (13-inch) or 3.4 lbs (15-inch) and is only just over a half-inch thick. This makes it incredibly easy to take with you on the go, which is always a nice thing to have with laptops.
Overall, the Surface Laptop 4 is awesome across the board, and since it's arguably one of the best Windows laptops you can get right now, it's a great device to pair with the Surface Slim Pen.
The pen is mightier
The ultimate creativity tool
With its excellent performance and form factor, the Surface Slim Pen is one of the best digital pens on the market.
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Excellence all around
The Surface Laptop 4's capable hardware and portable design make it a strong contender for the title of best laptop, and it's definitely one of the biggest releases we'll see in 2021.
Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.
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