Wacom announces new Bamboo Ink stylus built for Windows Ink

Wacom has taken the wraps off of a new digital stylus, the Bamboo Ink, built to take full advantage of Windows Ink on most Windows 10 devices. As what looks to be an evolution of last year's Bamboo Smart stylus, the Bamboo Ink looks more refined and should work with a larger range of pen-enabled devices.

Out of the box, the Bamboo Ink supports inking with Wacom's own Active Electro-Static (AES) protocol. Where the Bamboo Ink diverges from the Bamboo Smart is that it also supports switching to the Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP) by pressing and holding its two side buttons. That opens the pen up to a working with a whole lot more devices that might only support MPP.

Otherwise, the Bamboo Ink supports Windows Ink in full, including jotting notes with the Sticky Notes app and more. You can even easily open the Windows Ink Workspace by clicking the top button. Bamboo will also have three different nib types available to change up the on-screen feel of sketching.

Bamboo Ink will be up for grabs at Best Buy, U.S. Microsoft Stores, and Wacom for $80 on June 1. Other regions will get access to the stylus starting in August. Wacom typically provides a list of devices that their pens have been tested with on its website, but the Bamboo Ink isn't listed in the compatibility section just yet. You should be able to make sure your device is covered soon, though.

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  • Lots of positive news. Great to see Wacom finally deliver on this. I'm sure it will be a boon to the Windows-based designers and other pen-using professionals.
  • By not bundling SP 2017 with Surface Pen, MS gives way to Wacom to expand its market. I think it is a good move.
  • That too. A win-win.
  • Nah. People who WANT the stylus can just go and buy SP3/SP4 stylus and get on with life. Just because Wacom releases this doesn't change that. Plus Wacom is Wacom and n-Trig is n-Trig.
  • Let's wait for some reviews of Wacom with MPP instead of AES. Hope the activating pressure is lowered. And a review of using it with SP2.
  • Except the old stylus doesn't support tilt.
  • True.
  • Neither does this one apparently :-(
  • I guess Surface Pen > Wacom Bamboo Ink
  • No mention of tilt support :-( Rumors were that it would be there, but from the video and the press release, that doesn't seem to be the case. Here's hoping the firmware update for the SP4/Book come soon so I can buy the new Surface pen.
  • Next, Adobe Pen & Ruler for Windows Tablet.😊
  • How many levels of pressure sensitivity does it have?
  • Website says up to 4096 depending on digitizer hardware. Hope that helps.
  • Does this work with n-trig devices like sp3-5?
  • List at Wacom says it does, 3-4 anyway. That makes me curious, since N-Trig is it's own technology, competing with Wacom. How is Wacom supporting their competitors tech. I have some styluses that are electrostatic that work on iPads (Jot) but they are nothing like Surfave or Wacom active stylii.  Guess some reviews need to happen.
  • Thanks I looked as well after my comment it seems anything that is MPP is both Wacom-AES and N-Trig capable, so seems legit.
  • There was an article back then mentioning MS was working with Wacom to integrate different pen technologies. I guess the result is Windows Ink & MPP.
  • Bamboo caved in.
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  • Wow this is exciting and it's green, too, won't need to keep buying new pens all the time. 
  • Will the buttons work with the Surface Pro (1)? If so I might stick with my SP1 and just get a new Pen instead of going with the new Pro.
  • Not sure about the bluetooth button, but in terms of writing/drawing, it only works w/ ES pens (Wacom AES and N-Trig so far).  SP1 uses Wacom older EMR, not ES