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Best Surface Go 3 Pen Options: Microsoft, Tesha, and more

Best Surface Go 3 Pen Options: Microsoft, Tesha, and more

Microsoft launched the all-new Surface Go 3 at the company’s fall 2021 event. While the Surface Go 3 is a great machine, it unfortunately does not come bundled with a pen. Of course, you can buy the official Surface pen separately from Microsoft or another vendor, but there are plenty of other options to consider. When searching for alternative Surface pens, make sure they support the Microsoft Pen Protocol or MPP. In this article, we’ve curated a selection of the best pens to use with your Microsoft Surface Go 3 at any budget.

Some of the key considerations when selecting a new pen are tilt, pressure sensitivity, and battery life. If you do a lot of drawing with your Surface, you’ll want a pen that has accurate tilt and excellent pressure sensitivity. These aspects are key to achieving high precision when sketching or coloring with your pen. For those who do an exceptional amount of writing each day, make sure you get a pen with solid battery life. Several of the pens below are rechargeable, but some of them still take regular AAA batteries. Keep in mind that having a rechargeable pen will increase flexibility when traveling. In the case of a rechargeable pen, you can throw a portable charger in your bag and not worry about running out of juice.


    Microsoft reliability

    If you want to match your new Surface Go 3 perfectly, the official Microsoft Surface Pen is the way to go. Writes like pen on paper. Surface Pen is a natural writing and drawing tool, with precision ink on one end that now enables tilt and a natural-feeling rubber eraser on the other. Responds to an artists touch. Effortlessly express the finest sketches and lines with Surface Pen. Rest your hand on the screen of your Surface device, just as you would writing on a notebook.

    Best affordable alternative

    At under $30, the Tesha Surface pen has just about everything the Microsoft version offers. It features 1024 pressure points is designed for writing, drawing, and notes taking. Instant response, low latency, truly accurate handwriting reproduction. Palm rejection technology allows you to rest your hand naturally on the screen while writing, no need wearing anti-friction gloves. Super convenient for kids.

    Cheap and versatile

    The Renaisser 520 is a an affordable stylus pen that still offers some great capabilities. It has 4,096 levels of pressure and tilt support, so it can handle writing, doodling, and even more advanced art just fine. It also has a rechargeable battery so you don't have to worry about buying new batteries, and it even supports magnetic attachment. For this price, you can't ask for much more.

    Excellent pressure sensitivity

    The Dell Premium Active Pen features flexible, multi-protocol compatibility with select Dell 2-in-1s with a Windows Ink compatible display. Quickly launch OneNote by clicking the top button and write notes (even on a locked screen), capture a screenshot, or activate Cortana. Efficiently erase or launch the context menu with the side buttons. Install Windows Ink Workspace to customize buttons to your needs.

    Dual protocols

    The Wacom Bamboo Ink is a very cool pen in that it supports both the Microsoft Pen Protocol and Wacom AES, meaning it will work on the Surface Go 3, but also a lot of devices from other brands. It has 4.096 levels of pressure, too, so you get a fantastic experience for a very reasonable price.

    No charging

    This pen from iafer is relatively basic, but it does everything you need, with 1,024 levels of pressure and palm rejection. It comes with a replaceable AAAA battery that can last for over 1,000 hours, so you never have to worry about charging it. It also has a pen clip so you can easily store it in a pocket without losing it.

Those are our picks for the best Surface pens available today for your Microsoft Surface Go 3 tablet. If you’re looking for the best value, the Renaisser Raphael 520 is probably your best option. It’s affordable, yet it has very good pressure sensing capabilities and tilt support, along with other niceties. For those that want the full Microsoft Surface experience, the official Surface pen is of course still your best bet. We’ll keep this list updated as new products arrive. Let us know which Surface pen you use in the comments below.

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Jeff Springer
Jeff Springer

Applied mathematician with a love for Android. I am interested in inverse problems for imaging and integration with camera software for mobile phones.

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