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Microsoft shows off new Surface Pen for the Surface Pro 4

Microsoft shows off new Surface Pen for the Surface Pro 4


Surface Pen or Apple Pencil?

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During its hardware event today, Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Pro 4 and showed off it's new Surface Pen, which it claims is the best stylus to date, going up against the Apple Pencil. While it looks very similar to the Surface Pro 3 Pen, the new Surface Pen has been substantially improved over its predecessor.

Read next: The Surface Pro 4 review.

The Surface Pen comes in five different colors and will come with interchangeable pen tips for different styles of writing and drawing. It comes with 1,024 points of pressure and is magnetized so it can be stored right in the top of your Surface Pro 4. The new stylus even comes with an eraser on the top, for which Microsoft device chief Panos Panay remarked, "It's kind of funny, there's a Pencil out there without an eraser."

As with the Surface Pro 3 pen, the Surface Pen can be double clicked to open OneNote, and if you hold down the pen eraser it will activate Cortana. Although it isn't rechargeable like the Apple Pencil, the battery in the Surface Pen will last for one year. The Surface Pen will come with the Surface Pro 4, which will be available on October 26th for $899.

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