I’ve had my V for 2 weeks, so still learning about it, but I come from using a Surface 3 which whilst a pretty low spec machine, nonetheless had quite good performance in note taking in Onenote.
TL:DR - The pen is pretty good when it works, it just doesn’t work consistently (yet) due to software issues
You wanted detail, here you go… my thoughts on OneNote performance on my m3 V . I’ve generally put this all over the place on the forum, but I’ll try to address your points (and more) all in one place:
(note all of the below is my experience of using the pen with the standard Onenote for Windows 10 software)
- initially felt very good, pretty much the same as the Surface 3
- I get straight lines using the ruler function
- OneNote for Win 10 has more functionality than the old version I had on the Surface 3, e.g. now there is voice recording, maths, ink to text etc
- A cool feature I haven’t tested in anger is voice recording. You can record voice (e.g. your lecturer) and Onenote will sync it up to your writing. So half way down your notes, you can automatically go to half way through the voice recording if you get what I mean.
- ink to text isn’t very good. I don’t know if there is any kind of learning, but out of the box it converts with about 60% accuracy. If I write slower and neater and on a level line obviously this % goes up, so this is dependent on the user’s handwriting. To do ink to text on the standard OneNote for Win 10 software you draw a circle around the text you want to convert and then click on the “Ink to Text” button. i.e. it isn’t instant as you write. Once converted, it is very clear, though care to write with the same sized characters as you may find different font sizes. Personally, when I take notes, I leave it in my handwriting, i.e. as if I wrote on paper. I like to use different colours and shapes to annote/ illustrate my thoughts.
- Not tried these functions as yet, but you can easily insert pictures and screenshots and annotate these
- The feel of the pen nib on the glass is like plastic on glass, i.e. a little hard. Personally I don’t mind it, but I hear that those who have used SP4 or SP2017 pens which have a softer set of nibs availabe, it is closer to (but not quite) like writing on paper
- The levels of pressure are so-so imho. The level of force to activate the pen is reasonably strong, i.e. you can’t do super light strokes. The line does get thicker as you push harder, but not massively so.
- There is some random scrolling/ zooming with my palm when I initially place it on the glass. My Surface 3 did the same. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, putting the nib closer to the screen stops it. I might need to try wearing a glove (looks silly imo) or change my behaviour to put nib first before palm.
- Subsequently performance for me became very frustrating. I got missed strokes especially when the charger was plugged in (circa 60 to 70% of strokes were missed). In the end, some trial and error discovered that reinstalling the touch driver and / or just simply restarting solved the issue… but only temporarily and it would come back… really hoping this bug can be tracked down and fixed
- the distance between the nib and the point it draws on the screen isn’t bad, about one mm or less I would say
- I’ve not had any issues with jittery lines, generally the lines feel smooth and little to no lag either (e.g. I can draw fast circles with no perceptible lag)
- Not having the ability to turn the pen around to erase isn’t an issue for me. Again I’m used to the two button style from the Surface 3. Then again others used to SP4 style pens might find this annoying. For me, using the nib to erase gives much more accuracy.
- the pen clip has sharp edges. so if you have the sleeves where there is a loop for the pen, be careful to turn it so the clip faces away from the V, else you may get a nasty scratch
- the magnets to hold the pen to the V aren’t that strong, but I don’t use this very much to be honest. It kinda blocks USB A port on the right hand side in any case so i don’t bother.
- whilst I’m going off on a bit of a tangent, when I take notes I usually fold the keyboard back behind the tablet, but when I do this the keyboard magnets get pulled and the pogo pins can come out (no biggie), or the cover comes off (a bit more of a biggie).
EDIT: no review would be complete without a rating. See my general review in the link below, I gave it an 8 out of 10 (when it works), but ongoing intermittent performance is making me rethink this and mark it down, but I’ll give it a bit longer before changing the score. M3 LB - user view - with regular updates over time
Happy to help with any other questions you might have