Microsoft announces Surface Slim Pen 2

Microsoft has updated its slim stylus to fit a keyboard that magnetically fits into the Surface Pro 8 keyboard. Notably, the Surface Slim Pen 2 has a custom chip called the Microsoft G6 and a haptic function that aims to make writing and drawing more realistic.

The stylus can work with Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, Surface Pro X, and Surface Duo 2 products via its own stylus cap. And it can be attached magnetically alongside the new Surface Laptop Studio. The company says it is expanding the touch technology to work in many applications and offered the pen used in Adobe Photoshop. And the artist claimed that its sharper tip made it easier to use and more responsive.

Microsoft explains that the Surface Slim Pen 2 offers increased resolution and greater shading. The most notable new feature of the $129.99 Surface Slim Pen 2 is the haptic functionality that aims to make writing and drawing more realistic. Additionally, the device feature can send haptic cues when using gestures in supported apps.

In Microsoft Word, for example, you feel the vibration when you scribble a word to delete it, or when you circle text to select or highlight it. This smart touch feature works across select devices, including the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio running Windows 11.

Surface Slim Pen 2 from Microsoft

The pen is compatible with a wide range of new and old Surface devices, as well as devices that support the MPP protocol. Here is the full list of compatible products:

Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 6, Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro 8, Surface Pro X, Surface Duo, Surface Duo 2, Surface Go, Surface Go 2, Surface Go 3, Surface Hub 2S, Surface Laptop, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Laptop 3, Surface Laptop 4, Surface Studio, Surface Studio 2, Surface Book, Surface Book 2, Surface Book 3.

The Surface Slim Pen 2 supports Bluetooth 5.0, and the company says it can last up to 15 hours per charge. As for how to ship, there are several ways. There is a charger sold separately. The Surface Slim Pen 1 USB-C Charging Dock is soon receiving an update to be able to charge this new pen. In addition, it can be charged wirelessly. This is while magnetically attached to the Surface Pro Signature Keyboard. Or next to the Surface Laptop Studio or with the Surface Duo 2 Pencil Cap. The company says the Surface Slim Pen 2 is available for pre-order for $129.99.

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