Do You Have The Right Pen?

It's a tough choice between the Apple Pencil and the Microsoft Surface Pen

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Companies competing in the tablet arena, thought of a way to resurrect the use of pens but this time around to accompany their mighty machines.

With smart screens replacing paper almost everywhere, the use of pens is also becoming trivial. But there's still something about holding a writing tool that will make all those precise strokes and ensure the accuracy of each line. This is why companies competing in the tablet arena, thought of a way to resurrect the use of pens but this time around to accompany their mighty machines.

For a time, the reigning king in this category is the iPad Pro Apple Pencil but as Microsoft unveils their Surface Pro 4 yesterday with the new Surface Pen, the throne is definitely at risk of being taken by a worthy opponent. Here's to give us a quick glimpse of their differences and which pen should be hailed the ultimate writing device one should have.

Apple Pencil

Designed to expand the versatility of Multi-touch, the Apple Pencil boast of familiarity from the first time you hold it.

Designed to expand the versatility of Multi-touch, the Apple Pencil boast of familiarity from the first time you hold it. It gives you the versatility you need whether you need a certain brush stroke for a virtual painting or the precision of a pen for a blueprint then the Apple Pencil is the one for you.

It works flawlessly with the iPad Pro with a subsytem that allows it to be at its top performance including drawing lines of different weight just by applying pressure.

The Apple Pencil has a magnetic cap that reveals a lightning connector as it lets you charge the pencil by plugging it to the iPad Pro. Apple is really proud of its 12 hours capacity of letting you scribble, sketch, or edit your work. It retails at $99. 

Powered to imitate the look and feel of writing on paper, the Microsoft Surface Pen will make you at ease in using it as if you're still writing on your Moleskine. 

The Surface Pen

Ironically, Microsoft's offering includes an eraser which a pencil should have, prompting a jab to its competition during its launch. Powered to imitate the look and feel of writing on paper, the Microsoft Surface Pen will make you at ease in using it as if you're still writing on your Moleskine.

It was designed with a digital ink that flows from the tip of the pen to the screen of your Surface Pro 3 or 4, just like a normal pen would on paper. They also packed it with 25 levels of pressure sensitivity that will prompt the Surface Pro to illustrate thicker and darker lines when pointedly used harder on the screen.

It also has different apps that work seamlessly with it including the StaffPad which is an awesome tool for musicians and composers. Just like a normal pen, the Surface Pen has a limited life span of 1 year and sells at $49.99. Buyers can also choose from 4 different colors.

Both of these digital pens have their strong suits but considering the price point, design, and features, The Surface Pen surely gives the Apple Pencil a run for its money. The pen and paper tandem might soon be gone but with the emergence of digital pens like these two, we surely should keep our eyes open for more innovative tools for our virtual writing needs.