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Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover is available now, here's where to buy

Surface Duo 2 White Case Pen
Surface Duo 2 White Case Pen (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover is now available for order.
  • The cover allows you to wirelessly charge the Surface Slim Pen 2 or Surface Slim Pen.
  • The Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover costs $65 and is available in Obsidian (black) or Glacier (white).

Surface Duo 2 owners can now order a Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover from Microsoft. The cover can wirelessly charge a Surface Slim Pen 2 or Surface Slim Pen. The Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover is available in Obsidian (black) or Glacier (white) and costs $65. At the time of publication, Microsoft only lists the white version in stock. Best Buy has listings for the Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover in both colors, but neither is available for order. Those listings should presumably allow orders in the near future.

The Surface Duo 2 without a cover allows you to magnetically store a Surface Slim Pen 2 or original Surface Slim Pen. The magnets in the Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover are more powerful than those built into the Surface Duo 2. Because of this, the Slim Pen or Slim Pen 2 will connect more firmly when attached to the Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover.

The Surface Duo 2 cannot charge a stylus without the Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover.

In addition to providing a method for storage and charging, the Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover protects the Surface Duo 2. It has a full backplate that protects the left side of the device and bumpers that go around the device's edges.

If you'd like to use a Slim Pen 2 with your Surface Duo 2, you're going to have to purchase some form of additional hardware. The Slim Pen 2 does not come with a way to charge the stylus. You either need to purchase a charging cradle ($35) or a Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover ($65). Alternatively, you could use the Surface Signature Keyboard that can wirelessly charge the Slim Pen or Slim Pen 2. The original Surface Slim Pen came with a charger.

We'll review the Surface Duo Pen Cover as soon as we get our hands on one. We'll break down how much more powerful the magnets are and how it compares to other Surface Duo 2 cases.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

23 Comments
  • I'm still curious how a cover, that has no obvious electrical connections to the device, will be able to charge the pen when the device itself cannot. I guess we'll know soon enough.
  • I believe there was a Windows phone that did this. It added Qi to the phone, which didn't work on its own.
  • No different than how 8 years ago Lumia 925 gained Qi wireless charging using a special clip-on case. The coil and some of the components are in the cover, the link to the battery, and a small wireless connector is in Duo 2. It saves space as you don't have to squeeze in a coil, nor endure the heat associated with wireless charging. It also keeps costs down as the pen is optional and many users won't use it (so no need to subsidize the cost of the coil and circuitry).
  • Is there any way of knowing approximately how many Duo's have been sold since September 2020? It's an interesting number, and I was wondering if WC could do some digging around on this.
  • I'm sure MS knows exactly how many have been sold. To embarrassed to reveal probably..
  • "I'm sure MS knows exactly how many have been sold."
    I mean, really. Yes, the company selling a product probably does know how much it has sold. I think we can assume this insight.
    "To embarrassed to reveal probably."
    Microsoft has never revealed how many of any Surface devices or even Windows licenses it has sold. Ever. It reports revenue, and even there, it can obfuscate by reporting only YoY changes.
  • More than 30,000, less than 50,000 for Duo 1.
  • This is about what I was thinking. Thanks for giving some type of "confirmation".
  • but like lumia 925 why doesn't Due pen cover also allows wireless charging to the device. I thought it would be a good feature for some that wants it.
  • Because it's on the front? I don't think laying down the phone face down would work; there is a difference between sending a charge TO the pen and RECEIVING a charge to the phone; like, you can't just swap those on the fly, you know?
  • Yea, right. Qi only works on the back of things, not the front. The more likely reason is the coil configuration to charge a little battery like in the pen, is different than that which would be needed to supply power to the phone battery.
  • Every Lumia that allowed for a clip on Qi charging back also had pogo pins on the device for the electrical connection.
  • Reminder that Microsoft's $130 Slim Pen 2 comes with NO WAY to charge. If you do not buy this case, a $35 standalone charger, or have a Surface with integrated Slim Pen charging, you will not have a way to charge the Slim Pen 2 for use with the Duo. Most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.
  • Not entirely accurate. You can charge the Pen 2 with the original Pen's charger but it requires updating the charger firmware which requires another Surface. It's still ridiculous.
  • It is, but here is likely some rationalization on Microsoft's part: Original Slim Pen included the charger: $150 New Slim Pen 2 does not: $130 (-$20) Most Duo owners aren't buying then pen; and if they are they'd want the Pen Cover as it's also a way to attach the pen all the time, as well as added protection It's clear MS wanted a lower MSRP for Slim 2, and if you're buying a replacement (you lost it) for your Pro 8/Pro X/SLS the charger is throw-away. Of course, that begs the question of why not offer one with a charger, and one without (my guess: low volume, doesn't make sense). But: Having no Type-C charge ability does suck, in general for Pen/Pen 2 I'm not entirely sure what happens to Slim Pen 2 when it dies and you use it with Duo 2. The Bluetooth feature does nothing (yet) on Duo 2 and there are no haptics, so I'm not even clear why it needs to be charged (via just acting like a stylus). re: point 2, I need to figure that out, obviously, lol and I know MS has plans for Slim Pen 2 and Surface Duo 2, Duo 3 line including inking on the lock screen, pop-up features, etc. But my guess is that's further down the road either for 12L or even later.
  • I let my slim pen die and it wouldn't work on the Duo 2
  • Ahh, good to know. That solves that.
  • Every Surface pen requires power to write. Either via charges or via batteries. The BT features also require power but are not required to use the pen function. You might recal the original pen actually had two sets of batteries. One AAAA for the writing functions, 2-3 (I forget) button cells in the top for BT.
  • As long as these grandiose plans do not end up as the ones for the Lumia 950 XL....
  • From the article: "If you'd like to use a Slim Pen 2 with your Surface Duo 2, you're going to have to purchase some form of additional hardware. The Slim Pen 2 does not come with a way to charge the stylus. You either need to purchase a charging cradle ($35) or a Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover ($65). Alternatively, you could use the Surface Signature Keyboard that can wirelessly charge the Slim Pen or Slim Pen 2. The original Surface Slim Pen came with a charger."
  • How is the Obsidian already sold out?.. Did they make only 3 of these?
  • Nevermind, managed to grab one 👍🏽
  • I'll wait for the reviews.