1. Daniel Gandolfo's Avatar
    Hello,

    Will the Surface Pro digitizer pen currently available work on the Surface 2 when it is released?

    Nevica
    10-07-2013 01:58 AM
  2. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Nope. Surface 2 has no digitizer.
    10-07-2013 02:14 AM
  3. Christian Kallevig's Avatar
    Yeah, sadly not... Hmm, I wonder if Windows RT has drivers for Wacom tablets though... Now that would be interesting.
    10-07-2013 08:33 AM
  4. coolqf's Avatar
    Need a special screen to have the same precision and the surface 2 does not have it. You can buy a regular touch pen though.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
    10-08-2013 04:16 PM
  5. SwimSwim's Avatar
    You can buy a regular capacitive/passive stylus, like the kind you can get for an iPad. Sadly, as others have said, the Surface 2 doesn't have the same special screen the Surface Pro (2) does, so an active stylus won't work.

    Please note, again, like others have said already, that a passive stylus can't deliver the same precision as an active stylus, nor can you rest your hand on the screen. Actually, many have said that trying to use a generic stylus had lower precision than just using their finger, so that's something to keep in mind.
    10-08-2013 08:30 PM
  6. KIMII64's Avatar
    I was confident to buy surface 2 until i saw this thread now i'm so confused

    If I buy the surface 2 can I still make notes with any stylus if I can't use the pro pen?
    10-13-2013 06:40 AM
  7. crash1989's Avatar
    I was confident to buy surface 2 until i saw this thread now i'm so confused

    If I buy the surface 2 can I still make notes with any stylus if I can't use the pro pen?
    be confident and go for it. Surface 2 can support styli but not the pressure sensitive input AFAIK ,..

    the video is old but you can see it works .. there might have been a lot of updates since then
    10-13-2013 06:54 AM
  8. Christian Kallevig's Avatar
    After digging around a bit, it seems there are some graphics tablets that are fully compatible (supposedly) with Windows RT... Although considering how much they cost you almost would be better off buying a Surface Pro instead.
    Windows Compatibility Center: wacom bamboo
    10-13-2013 01:30 PM
  9. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I was confident to buy surface 2 until i saw this thread now i'm so confused

    If I buy the surface 2 can I still make notes with any stylus if I can't use the pro pen?
    You may still feel free to use what's known as a passive stylus. Those are the styli with the rubbery tip that you often find being sold for tablets such as the iPad, and those emulate your finger. However, unlike an active stylus (which the Surface Pro uses), you don't get some of the benefits. These include things like:
    • Pressure sensitive (just like a real pencil/pen/brush, different amounts of pressure changes how the big or little the strokes are).
    • When the pen is in close proximity to the screen, it turns of touch input, meaning you can rest your hand on the screen while drawing/writing.
    • Increased accuracy over using your finger or a passive stylus, very close to the precision of a mouse.
    • Other stuff.

    Please note that the Surface RT was calibrated specifically for finger input, so many found trying to use a stylus actually decreased accuracy. But those same people changing a couple values in the Registry helped mostly correct that.

    Don't lose confidence. The Surface 2 is a solid product and awesome for students. You simply can't use an active stylus (but neither can the iPad or most Android tablets, for that matter), and a passive stylus might incur some problems. But it will still over all work very well, enjoy your Surface. If what others on the forum have said is true about their Surface RT's, the Surface 2 can be nothing but better.
    10-13-2013 04:35 PM
  10. tundru's Avatar
    Hi,

    Since this review is there a better Stylus out there for Surface 2. I am deciding on which tab to buy. I need to be able to mark up pdf's / underline and perhaps copy out paragraphs from contracts. Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Vijay
    01-18-2014 04:12 AM

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