Which Windows 8 Capacitive Pen... Part Deux


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You know, if you'd told me in 2011 when I was rocking my Thinkpad Tablets practically full-time that I'd be reverting to being an iPadesque kiddiefingerpainter with the 'special' pens from time to time, I guess I'd have snorted a bit.

Joke's on me then, I guess. It does come in handy from time to time, especially in desktop mode - but also when amusing myself on the likes of Fresh Paint. (and of course, neither Windows 8 nor RT is

So a few months ago I asked what was the best fake finger to get for the Surface. Since then I've acquired a few Windows 8 touch notebooks and desktops, and what I've noticed (along with the behaviour on the Surface) is how bad the pens I chose were - the Maglus and Wacom, both of which are highly reviewed iPad pens.In fact, I've given up using them altogether and have instead worked on mentally willing myself to make my fingers pointier.


A pic from the Maglus blog - the Wacom with a Maglus, with a JustMobile Alupen in the middle - which I've not owned.

The Wacom for example is about as good as a capacitive pen can probably get in terms of the results onscreen - on my iPads. But the response is downright horrible on the vast majority of my Windows PC's. And it's not like the Windows machines have a worse touch response than the iPad, or the screens feel significantly different in terms of finger-skateability: if I use my finger, I can scribble away - if not always on the somewhat sluggish Surface, then certain on my other machines - perfectly well.But the moment I switch to the pens - broken lines, lack of lines, etc. The Maglus has a more positive feel than the squishy but sensitive-at-least-on-the-iPad Wacom, but the end results tend to be the same.

So my guess is that choosing the best-reviewed iPad pen is not necessarily the best route. Have any Windows touch users (i.e. those without digitisers) tried out a variety of pens and figured out which works best?