Microsoft - Surface Pen - Cobalt

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Streamline your creative process. Writing and drawing with Surface Pen feels natural, with precision ink on one end and a rubber eraser on the other. Sketch, shade, and paint with artistic precision—the 4,096 pressure points respond to the lightest touch. Tilt your Surface Pen to shade your sketches just like you would a graphite pencil, using the pen tip that feels right.²
Color:
Cobalt
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Overview

What's Included


  • Surface Pen with HB tip installed and 1 AAAA battery installed

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (404 out of 423)

Features


Create uninterrupted

Write and draw with precision ink on one end and a rubber eraser on the other. Tilt your Surface Pen to shade your sketches just like you would a graphite pencil.¹

Write and draw naturally.

Sketch and shade with precision with 4,096 pressure points that respond to the lightest touch. Ink flows directly from the tip of your Pen to your screen with virtually no lag.

Reduced lag/low latency:

Ink flows out in real time with no lag or latency. No matter how fast you’re writing or drawing, the ink flows directly from the tip of your Pen to your screen.

Rest your hand on the screen confidently

Paired with your Surface and its Palm Block feature, you can rest your hand on the screen and lean in as you write or draw without worrying about ghost marks.

Bring your vision to life.

Compose a song, make an animated short, take notes, and draw 3D CAD designs. Use Surface Pen with apps like OneNote, Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and Sketchable.***

Pairs with Surface Dial.***

Pair your Surface Pen with Surface Dial* for the full creative experience. Lean in to your screen, sketching with one hand, and turning Surface Dial*** with the other.

Express yourself with Surface Pen.

Choose the color that best expresses your style. Surface Pen comes in four colors – Platinum, Black, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue.

* Sold Separately

¹Works like Surface Pro 4 Pen

²Surface Pen tilt functionality is available now with Surface Pro. Coming to other Surface devices via Windows Update soon.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 422 reviews

96%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Pen with Significant Software Hurdles

    Posted
    MizuNoHane
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is the first Surface Pen I've bought, and I chose it specifically because I wanted an easy way to mark up documents and textbooks while using my new Surface Pro 2017. Unfortunately, the tablet no longer is sold with the pen - a huge knock on MSFT to start - but the benefits of spending the extra $99 on one are substantial. It's very responsive, extremely easy to use and makes for a helpful stand-in for a trackpad/mouse (an issue iPad Pro owners are all too familiar with). Unfortunately, there are some issues with my unit. The button at the top only intermittently works - immediately after pairing, it works perfectly, but then a week after I'll try to use it to pull up OneNote or take a screenshot and it does literally nothing. I'm not sure why this is - the battery is brand new. It's not a deal breaker for me as I rarely use the shortcut, but it is an important feature of the pen that I think should have been ironed out before it went on sale. Either way, I'm happy with my purchase and it really completes the Surface Pro set for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Go for Bamboo ink if you want note taking

    Posted
    aavi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I used it for 10 days and exchanged it for a bamboo ink. This pen has its issues. READ THIS - Link has more details : https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/forum/surfpronew-surfdrivers/surface-pro-intermittent-pen-inaccuracy-when-hand/28ef8566-0003-4c68-a964-6c2562423eb0 If you want to use this for note taking then I would suggest to go for bamboo ink which is 30$ cheaper. I really liked the surface pen but it has its issues. For me it manifested in the form of a noticeable offset in accuracy around the corners of the screen while writing. Almost every other line, I had to erase the last 1 or 2 words near the edges of the screen on the OneNote app. Drove me NUTS! For note taking, I believe Ipad Pro + Apple pencil are the best hands down. However, if you want to stick to the windows ecosystem (like me) and you want to mainly take notes, then WAIT for Microsoft to FIX THE BUG with the tilt sensor in the new surface pens. Until then, you will be happy with the Bamboo ink.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very smooth!

    Posted
    Nick
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The pen is smooth and the digital ink glides across the screen without any noticeable delay and an impressive level of sensitivity! The surface settings also allow you to adjust the pen’s shortcut buttons and sensitivity settings. I can’t say whether it makes a difference on previous surface models, but using this on the Surface Book 2 is excellent for graphic design, writing and anything else one might use a stylus for. I used my friend’s pen that she got with the surface 4 pro and although both pens look similar, this new model is a big improvement! I probably wouldn’t get it if I had a Surface Book 1 or anything before that because Microsoft reported that not all surface models support the updated sensitivity with this pen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hi Nick,

      We're pleased to hear that you've been in love with your Surface Pen! We've shared your review with our team for a read, and hope you continue to enjoy your experience.

      Kindly,

      Victoria
      Surface Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    easy to use, best pen available for surface pro

    Posted
    Troy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This pen really should be included with the surface pro, but not mandatory for good user experience. I don't use it every day, but when I want it, I'm glad it's there. I wish the magnetic hold was stronger to the side of my surface pro, but I'm grateful that it is as good as it is. I debated about getting the previous model pen or the bamboo pen (I borrowed a friends bamboo pen for a few days) but I'm glad I splurged on this one. It was very difficult to find in stock though. I thought I would want a clip for it, but being clip free and using the magnet on the left side of the surface pro screen is the slimmest and most convenient option for me. It does come off if I bump it sometimes and I worried I might bump it off and not notice ... then will lose a $100 pen

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    Posted
    DRIFTER
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Not a big fan of the stylus, however the surface pen has out-preformed any that I have used before. I watch other class-mates that have to plug their pens into their tablets to sync them, I never have that issue. I do not know how long the batteries will last, but for now it has given me no issues. I have purchased a set of different tips to try with this, but they are currently "on a slow boat from China" literally. Very interested to try out the different tips, but even before that, I would highly recommend this product. P.S.- Love the magnetic feature that holds the pen to the side of my surface book 2. works very well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hi there,

      Thanks for leaving such a detailed review about your experience. We're glad the Surface Pen could surprise you. We appreciate you recommending the device to others!

      You can use #CreatedonSurface on Twitter or Instagram to share your creations. We can't wait to see what you make.

      Take care,

      Amanda
      Surface Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK Stylus

    Posted
    Overpriced
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I purchased it to try compared to my original Surface Pen. From what I saw, the "new" Surface Pen didn't work much better or worse than the old. It still took pressure to change the width of the pen on screen. I recently tried the Apple Pencil and I was hoping for similar performance, but Surface Pen didn't track the angle of the pen, only how hard I was pressing with it. I ended up returning since it's the same as the old. Oh! And they removed the clip from the pen. I want to put it in my suit pocket so I don't lose it, but now you have to use the magnets or let it flop around in the pocket. Bad design decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hi there,

      Thanks for leaving this detailed review. We're sorry the Pen did not perform as you expected. Surface Pen tilt functionality is currently available with Surface Pro and Surface Book 2. It's possible that your Surface model was not supported, which is why you did not experience the tilt functionality. Sorry for any confusion here. We appreciate your honesty and will be sure to forward your design and performance feedback to our team for consideration. Thanks for letting us know about this.

      Take care,

      Amanda
      Surface Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Writes nicely on Surface Pro4

    Posted
    RobW
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was using the previous version of this pen and liked it. But then, when I dropped it one too many times, I had to get a replacement. I really love the way this one writes. The sensitivity is fantastic and the writing is an improvement over the previous one that I had. The one thing I don't like is that this one no longer has a pocket clip on it. I rely on that clip to hook it too my surface case, hook it over a divider in my backpack so it doesn't slide to the bottom and also be a little more confident that it will stay in my pocket when I put it there. Overall though, it works really great and makes note taking in meetings and marking up slides and photos very easy,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Like It, but $100!?

    Posted
    SlayerX7
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I like this Surface Pen very much, but it's just so pricy! It's very comfortable writing in your hand and holding. The pressure point feels close enough to act like a real pen as the more pressure you apply the thicker the pen stroke (tested on 2017 Surface Pro, settings can be tweaked here as well). The button on top of the pen can function as an eraser and used to be set as a shortcut key for sketchpad, etc. As for the button near the bottom I haven't figured it out yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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