Pre-orders for Microsoft’s new Surface Pen go live

Arif Bacchus

A few weeks ago at an event in Shanghai, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro and a Surface Pen. The company recently updated the product page for the new Surface Pen, and it’s now available for pre-order, but in just one color.

As seen here, the new Surface Pen is available for the price of $99.99, though it qualifies for an education discount, which brings the price down for certain customers down to $89.99. Currently, only the Platinum pen can be pre-ordered, and the Burgundy, Black, and Cobalt Blue models are grayed out on the pre-order page. Pre-orders, nonetheless, will start shipping on June 15th, 2017, the same day as the new Surface Pro models.

Featuring tilt detection, 4,096 pressure levels, and 21 milliseconds of latency, the new Surface Pen was called “the fastest digital pencil on the planet” and”natural and responsive,” by Panos Panay. Apple, however, recently gave Microsoft a run for the money, and announced the next generation Apple Pencil, which has 20 milliseconds of latency.

Do you think you will be picking up the new Surface Pen? Or will you settle for the older generation pen because it’s much cheaper? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.