Alternatives like the Rennaiser and the Wacom Bamboo Ink are a great way to get around the high cost of a Surface Pen. Each alternative offers different features like pressure sensitivity levels, compatibility, Surface pen tips, tilt support, palm rejection, and more.
After extended research, we found that a well-treated Surface Pro 7, 8, and 9, will last 5.5 years on average. Of course, the lifespan also depends on your usage. Many users will replace their Surface Pro after 4.5 years of usage, mainly because the battery can’t cope with their daily tasks anymore and new technology has developed in modern laptop models.
Only two styluses were found to be both affordable and also match the quality of the official microsoft surface pen: the Renassier and the Wacom bamboo. (The Bamboo pen is nearly impossible to find now).
If you’re surface pen isn’t working, you’ll need to update Drivers & Windows OS. be sure the batteries are charged or replaced. You can reset the Pen using a one or two button shutdown. You can also Unpair and then pair the device again to the surface pro. You can also disable, then enable the Graphics card again.
There are 3 variations of the official Surface pen tip kits. The best replacement tips for the Surface Pro pen will be from the official Microsoft (Manufacturer).
Some newer models of the microsoft surface stylus pen models require you to pull the top straight off in order to replace it.
When deciding between the Surface Pro 7 vs the iPad Pro and which is best for Digital Art; it’s important to understand that each device has it’s clear pros and cons. For example, the iPad Pro is great for 2d Art, graphic design, drawing and digital paint. While the Surface Pro is best for those who need a laptop in addition to just a drawing tablet.
When tested, the Apple Pencil 2, Surface Pen, and surface slim pens had similar pressure sensitivity and are very similar regarding drawing and note taking capability (with some slight pros and cons). Which you choose will largely be based on which iOS you prefer and which apps you plan on using the stylus pen for.