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.
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