What you need to know
- The new Surface Slim Pen 2 features new haptic and zero-force inking features.
- Tactile signals will immitate the feeling of writing on real paper.
- The Surface Slim Pen ships later this year for $129.99.
In addition to all the new Surface PCs unveiled today, Microsoft is also announcing an updated Surface Slim Pen with a new revolutionary feature that it calls "tactile signals" which provide real-time haptics when using the pen on a Surface Pro 8 or Surface Laptop Studio running Windows 11.
Microsoft says the new Surface Slim Pen 2 also features a new "Zero-Force Inking" experience that makes digital ink "flow fluidly out of the pen the instant it hits the screen." In addition, Microsoft has also added haptic feedback that will send taptic signals to immitate the feeling of drawing of writing on real paper.
|Category||Surface Slim Pen 2|
|Pressure Sensitivity||4,096 pressure levels|
Zero force inking
|Dimensions||5.38 x 0.44 x 0.25 in (136.8 x 11.3 x 6.3 mm)|
|Weight||0.03 lb (13 g)|
|Battery||Rechargeable, up to 15 hours|
|Haptic Support||Surface Pro 8|
Surface Laptop Studio
|Pen Support||Surface Pro 3 and up|
Surface Pro X
Surface Duo 1/2
Surface Go 1/2/3
Surface Hub 2S
Surface Laptop 1/2/3/4
Surface Studio 1/2
Surface Book 1/2/3
Non-Surface devices that support MPP
Tactile signals can also make it easier to identify when you've correctly used natural gestures such as circling to select a group of words or crossing out items. The haptic feedback will be one of those things you have to use to really understand.
So far, these are the Windows 11 apps that support haptic feedback with the Surface Slim Pen 2:
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Journal
- Microsoft Whiteboard
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Adobe Fresco
The Surface Slim Pen 2 can be wirelessly charged via its own Surface Slim Pen charging cradle, or if you have a Surface Laptop Studio, via the included charging area located underneath the front of the device. Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 8 users can charge the Surface Slim Pen 2 via the Type Cover, which is sold separately.
The Surface Slim Pen 2 is available for pre-order today for $129.99 in the United States. What are your thoughts on the Surface Slim Pen 2 so far? Let us know in the comments.
Feels like real paper
Updated with a new taptic signal engine, the Surface Slim Pen 2 can make it feel as if you're writing or drawing on real paper thanks to a tiny haptic engine on the inside that vibrates as you use the device in certain apps.
Sounds wonderful, but the device and app support makes me not want to be an early adopter at all. Maybe in a year?
I mean it's not going to be any worse than the current pen. There's no risk in buying this one.
OneNote isn't on the supported list. Word is. Think about that for a second. That's about as much thought as Microsoft has put in this.
You're assuming a lot. OneNote is going through major changes right now.
It. Is. Not. On. The. List.
Look at the list. Does it say OneNote?
Xa. Na. X. You should take some.
Rather than haptics, I'd have preferred they focused on the awful latency problems every single Surface has had since day one.
Maybe instead of getting feedback from ONE artist do mostly does "careless" art, they should also gather feedback from artists who actually need to do more precise drawings like comic-book and animation artists, architects etc.
'cause while the latency is irrelevant when you draw and paint with broad fast strokes, if you need to do slow precise lines, it's a nightmare. Apple has got this down since the first iPad Pro. It's unacceptable that Microsoft - who had the head-start on this sort of portable drawing tablet - has still not fixed these issues.
It has improved "zero" latency.
Awful? I mean, latency was bad like 5 years ago, but not now.
They've both improved the pen latency AND improved the refresh rate of the Surface Pro to make it more responsive. So, it did what you asked AND added haptics.
So, let's ignore software for a moment, haptic feedback requires not only the new pen, but Surface Pro 8 or Laptop Studio too? No haptic feedback on a Surface Go 3 or previous generation surfaces, regardless of Windows 11 or not?
That really sucks. Especially for the Surface Go 3 considering it is released the same day. This has Surface Dial vibes all over it: abandonware the day its released.
The haptics are a two-part action helped along by the processor on the device being drawn on. It makes sense older devices don't support it when that chip wasn't a thing. It's just too bad they couldn't get that into the Surface Duo, I think.
No support for the haptics on the X is a bummer considering they demo'd it back in June at the 11 announcement event. Hopefully that's something that can be added via firmware like they did with tilt on the Pro 4.
I was never unhappy about the latency and response. I hope they solved the diagonal line jitter problem though. It makes inking (for drawing) difficult. They got close w/ the SP7 vs the other SPs, but it was still not at the level of Apple or Samsung who can achieve smooth lines even at 60hz refresh. I'm hopeful this will be the year they bridge that gap.
So how about making type covers for the pre-8 Pro Surfaces, and any of the Surface GOs that can store and charge the pen. Either pen.
Microsoft should figure out a way to get rid of the keyboard altogether. It is the biggest obstacle to artificial intelligence right now. The sooner Microsoft gets rid of the keyboard, the sooner it can lay a foundation for the comprehensive computing that AI makes possible.
Is any of the updates also improving the experience on Duo/Duo 2?
will a former surface pen still "stick" to the side of sp8?
$190 Australian? Tell 'em they're dreaming.
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