So the Microsoft Surface Laptop “surfaced” earlier this week. I was disappointed that they did not announce the Surface Pro 5 on the same day. That was really what I was waiting for. I was holding off on purchasing a new laptop until that came out but to my surprise, they announced something a bit different. The Surface Laptop which is basically the Windows MacBook Pro. I decided that I would get the Surface Laptop for myself and have employer purchase the Surface Pro 5 for me when it comes out.
I’ve decided on the 7th Generation Kaby Lake Core i7 with the 8Gb’s of RAM and 256GB SSD. Now for my accessories… can’t have a Surface without a Surface Pen right? Hmm. thats where things get a bit foggy. According to Microsoft, the current Surface Pen is only compatabile with the Surface Pro 3, 4 and the Surface Book. There’s no mention of it work for the Surface Laptop. Now I don’t know if they just haven’t updated the product page to show that it works for the Surface Laptop or rumors mention that Microsoft has filed multiple patents for a new pen coming out.
So long story short, no one really knows the answer to that question but I would play it safe and hold off on buying a pen for the Surface Laptop until further notice.
Update: Another thought just popped into my head, its a Laptop, maybe it was never intended to be used with a Pen. Otherwise it would be designed as a convertible and you’d be able to flip the screen on its back and use it as a tablet.