With all the Spectrum news, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Project: V. That doesn’t mean we haven’t been working hard at it behind the scenes! We’ll soon have great things to show you, but we have a few quick questions about the pen before we get there…
A quick recap
We went more in-depth about our choices for the touch and pen experience of the new V in a previous topic. But that was a while ago, so let’s start by refreshing everyone’s memory about our pen:
We’re using Wacom’s Active Electrostatic (AES) 2.0 technology, which offers 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt support. We are already working with Wacom to make sure we get you the best performance and precision out of your pen.
The tip of the pen does what you expect the tip of a pen to do. But what can you do with the other end? The Surface Pro Pen makes use of a Windows feature called the ‘shortcut button.’ Pressing the button at the end of the pen can launch your favorite drawing or note-taking app, which can save you precious time between deciding you need to take a note, and actually taking it.
The downside of a button like this is that its wireless signal takes power, which will reduce the pen’s battery life. Also, because a pen with this feature transmits radio signals, it will require various certifications around the world, which has implications for the cost.
How do you feel about this feature?
- I don’t want a shortcut button on my pen
- I don’t care about shortcut buttons
- I want a shortcut button, but it should not add any cost
- I want a shortcut button and am prepared to pay up to $10 for it
- I want a shortcut button and am prepared to pay up to $20 for it
- I want a shortcut button and am prepared to pay up to $30 for it
Clip or tether?
Ever find that you know you have many pens, but there’s not one to be found when you need one? There are different ways to keep your pens pen from disappearing, and that’s what our next question is about!
Clips should be familiar to anyone who’s ever held a pen. They can be used to keep a pen from slipping out of your pocket, or to keep the papers you’re working on together. Or, you know, just to fidget with during class.
Tethers are a common method of attaching things to key chains, lanyards, or wrist straps. When signing or filling out forms in public, they’re also commonly found when companies don’t want you to steal their pens.
Which option do you like best?
- I like the clip
- I like the tether
- I like both
- I don’t like either
On the go
Finally, we want to ask: Where do you store your digital pen? When you’re not using it, is it stored with your tablet, in your bag, or in your pencil case? How do you carry it around? Be sure to let us know with a reply!
We’ll have some juicy V news coming soon!