The V as a creative power tool


I’ve had my V since march this year, and I’m chuffed to bits - no problems to report so far, other than the quickly solved keyboard pairing issues. I’ve got an i7 with 16gb ram
I’ve since tried a couple of things, such pairing it with a razer core with an nvidea 1080, and guess what: thing becomes a monster capable of running high graphics programmes such as Revit, illustrator or even enscape rendering tools.
I’m chuffed to bits with this - I actually thought the razer core would only power a side screen, but it’s actually powering the V.
Best gamble ever!

Could I change something? Yes, the pen is just rubbish. I ended up buying this year’s surface pro pen, and they’re worlds apart. Still not apple pencil, but good enough to draw!

1 year update and eGPU

So the Surface Pen is working well for you? Could you go a little more in-depth on the whole pen topic. Don’t have my V yet, but it should hopefully arrive this month. So I’m wondering if I should just order a surface pen right now, so I have it around for my v.


hi M_K, the V pen seems to match the original surface pen in specs - however, it’s just unfit for purpose - i struggled to write and draw with it - apparently, it only works properly when standing near vertical.

however, with this years surface pro pen, which apparently comes with 4x the level of pressure points, allows for drawing/writing in a more natural tilted way, all of that is gone; the pen also seems to have a more grippy rubberised tip, which helps immensely in having a proper “feel” for the writing and drawing.

i’ve used adobe photoshop and Autodesk sketch - the latter seems to be properly designed for a pen - photoshop is still great though.

one thing i love about the newer pen is the “eraser” back tip, which i find myself using just as i would with a normal pencil.

that said - my pen came with my V as an offer - i’d wait for it and test it before buying a new one - who knows, they may have improved its design?


I don’t have the problem where the pen needs to be near vertical, but palm rejection is an issue and i’m definitely looking for a better pen experience.

I think several people like myself would be interested in an indepth comparison between the two as well as a detailed review of the surface pen (used with V).

So if you have the time, please try to post more about it!


hi Wickedly, good point on the palm rejection - i remember now i could barely touch the screen with anything other than the V pen - there is still some issues with the newer surface pro one, but i’ve only experienced them on Photoshop, and not on Autodesk sketch - this may be related to using the pen with software didicated to it, rather than a wholesale approach.

with the newer pen i can rest my knuckles and still draw/write, but with the palm it gets a bit sensitive.


I find that if you bring the tip of the pen to the screen first then your palm, then the palm rejection works perfectly - however the lift-off distance is very small and any gesture other than continuous writing causes it to freak out.


Thanks a ton for your input, I will see how I get along with the V pen and whether or not I’ll get the surface pen. I will definitely share my opinions as well once I have everything here.