Microsoft’s new Surface pen feels like it’s alive

Microsoft’s new Surface pen feels like it’s alive


The new Surface Slim Pen 2. | Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 8 has a gorgeous 120Hz display and updated internals, but it’s really the new Surface Slim Pen 2 that has caught my attention. Microsoft has added haptics features to its stylus for the first time, thanks to a new custom chip inside. It has transformed inking on the Surface Pro 8.

I thought the haptic feedback would be a gimmick until I started testing it this weekend. In the Sketchable Windows app, you can select from a variety of drawing tools, like brushes, pencils, markers, inking nibs, and even chalk. They all feel totally different now, thanks to the haptics in the Surface Slim Pen 2.

Apps like Sketchable support the new Surface pen.

This isn’t the buzzy haptic feedback you’re…

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