What you need to know
- Wacom unveiled a new Bamboo Ink Plus stylus.
- The stylus supports multiple inking protocols, allowing it to work with more devices.
- It has a rechargeable battery and improves the writing experience over previous models.
Wacom announced a new Bamboo Ink Plus that launches this month at Best Buy, Microsoft stores, and Wacom.com. The stylus has a rechargeable battery, three different nibs to adjust writing feel, and has a triangular barrel.
Wacom has worked with Microsoft since 2016 regarding the Universal Pen Framework. Supporting this framework allows the Bamboo Ink Plus to meet the latest pen protocol standards and upgrade its performance.
In addition to working with the Microsoft Pen Protocol, it also can switch to work with the Wacom Active ElectroStatic protocol. The Bamboo Ink Plus can also launch pen-enabled apps in a similar way to the Surface Pen. Because it supports both protocols, the Bamboo Ink Plus will be able to work with hardware using digitizing tech from either Microsoft or Wacom. This is the second pen from Wacom that supports this dual protocol. The first was the the Bamboo Ink which earned high praise from us when it came out.
The Bamboo Ink Plus is available for $99.95.
The Bamboo Ink Plus features a triangular design and focuses on delivering an inking experience with a light touch. It works with the Microsoft Pen Protocol and the Wacom Active ElectroStatic protocol, so it works with a wide range of PCs.
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One of the nice features of the original Bamboo is that it was cheaper. Apparently they fixed that. At least it charges via USB-C, not a magnetic USB dongle you need to keep track of (Adonit).
I'd love to know if this could possibly work with a One Mix mini laptop 😊
Does the Mix use a stylus now? This is a good replacement for things that currently use MS's stylus tech or Wacom's. It doesn't add stylus support for things that don't have it. It doesn't work like the rubber tipped things or even the Adonit styli that work on iPhones or iPads (that don't support the Pencil...yet another standard)
The original was great - I almost bought it. The feel in the hand was amazing. But the ability to attach the Surface Pen to the Surface by magnets was the thing that made me get that instead. Also, how is charging superior to a battery that lasts almost a year? It still makes no sense to me ...
Having a year-long battery is superior to a rechargeable battery until that year-long battery dies and needs to be replaced.
You do that once a year. Windows tells you the battery level, so you can do it, idunno, a month ahead. OK, once every 11 months.
Yeah, if it still doesn't have a magnet to attach to the side of the Surface, that's probably a deal breaker for me. I would think they could add that if they wanted, especially in a triangular shaped stylus. Do we know for sure that this update does not support that?
I've been using digital pens since 2005, and the combination of Motion Computing LE1600 and its pen is still the best (that was a resistive screen, not a touch screen). What would get me excited these days would be functionality that accomplishes what the patents Microsoft recently filed (that recently were published) suggest: some means to change settings akin to the Microsoft wheel - maybe with a ring - so you can adjust pen size, as well as a way to erase without having to turn the pen over. I still use a Bamboo on my Surface Pro ["1" - the vapor mag one that came out in 2012]. I like it except for the lack of an eraser and that it's hard to find the right-click button sometimes. I agree with Andrew - the magnet is a significant differentiator, for instance, when you're using the Surface on your lap and you want to put the pen down briefly. The Bamboo Ink Plus looks nice but it lacks something that is distinguishably better than that of the Surface Pro. (Granted, I haven't touched and used this one...)
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