Alternative Make-Shift Pen Holder (Pictures Included)

Discussion in 'Microsoft Surface Pro 2' started by felixwon9, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. felixwon9

    felixwon9 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2013
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    So I've been loving my Surface Pro 2 so far after replacing my first Surface and I'm seeing a lot more mileage with this lovely device. I can honestly that every improvement (Kickstand and Battery) have fully enhanced the experience of using this powerful machine. However, there was one thing that MS didn't address that I see people talking about from time to time. It's really a personal preference thing but I've been using the Surface in tablet mode a lot since 8.1 is really helping me navigate the interface very well. I'm not a heavy pen user but I do use it for Sketchbook and Photoshop when I need to do some work but I also see it being integral to the desktop experience if you were to use the machine in tablet mode. I never liked the Pen being magnetically attached to the power slot for 2 main reasons:

    1) It takes up the charging port. Therefore it can't be always be on with the device.

    2) Even when on the device; it can be easily knocked off... Also this may be just me but when using it in tablet mode, I like holding the Surface on the two sides and having the pen there just doesn't allow me to do so. It's either I take the Pen off or have it eventually be taken off with my grip or just it being intrusive to the experience of holding a 2 pound tablet comfortably for 30 minute sessions.

    I know many people may not see the need of having the pen (if you don't take notes or draw) but if you want to access files easier and get more of a traditional windows experience, you're either using mouse + keyboard or you'd have to rely on the stylus which is to me; a great replacement if I'm mobile. This led me to thinking about ways on how to use a cheap, alternative method of attaching the pen to the Surface. My first idea led me to "Self-Adhesive Pen Loops" (Link Below) which can be attached to your keyboard. It could also be attached to the Surface itself but I just don't see the adhesive lasting the heat and potentially leaving all sorts of residue on the back of my Surface. If I go the keyboard route; it doesn't make sense since I want a solution for having just the tablet & Stylus with me.

    self adhesive pen loop | eBay

    Here's when it hit me. I had seen some mini styluses in stores when I was vacationing in Hong Kong and came upon an ingenious idea. The styluses are attached to a string that locks into the headphone jack. I was thinking that if I were to just use the string and tie a knot around the Surface Pen, I'd have a clear-cut solution. I found a lot on ebay (link below) and I got the package that had 10 of the mini styluses and waited about a few weeks for this experiment to start. The pictures shown below illustrate how simple it is. I hope that this could stand as a cheap solution for anyone who has the same issue as me with the Surface. I also want to request for some help since my creativity ends here. I can't figure out a way to tie the string concretely to the Pen to make it foolproof. It stays on but there is still a possibility that it could fall seeing that I just tied a knot and me a circle, and looped it in.

    I really hope you folks here can think of a better way of using the string to attach the pen or innovate on this idea with even different materials if ideas come to mind.

    [​IMG]
    Styluses
    headphone jack stylus | eBay

    [​IMG]
    As you can see here, if you were to put this in a bag or have it pull the wrong way, the pen could fall off. I use it mostly around the house and never put it in a bag together yet but during normal use; it shouldn't fall

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Well Voila! It's not the best solution and I did a crappy job of putting it together but it goes to show that it's a cheap solution and doesn't require much work and money to make happen. I don't really need to continue further with this idea since it just works for me but like my situation, you could have a different sort of scenario which leads to some more refined thinking on how to make this foolproof!
     
  2. beman39

    beman39 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Messages:
    433
    Likes Received:
    77
    Trophy Points:
    0
    ha! very crafty bud! :excited:
     
  3. shazada

    shazada Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2013
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location:
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Cool!
     
  4. jumpjump

    jumpjump New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2014
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Pictures are gone; repost?

    Excited to see what you came up with felixwon9. I have the same problem of losing my Surface Pro 2 pen.
    Unfortunately ur pictures are no longer up on photobucket. Can you please repost them?

    Thanks!
     
  5. Sir Face

    Sir Face New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2014
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    There's No Pictures!

    The photos are not visible. I'd really like to see them.
     
  6. The Toy Man

    The Toy Man New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2013
    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I just put a small strip of Velcro tape on the pen and top edge of the SP.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
microsoft surface - where paste pen holder
,
microsoft surface 3 pen holder loop fell off
,
microsoft surface pro loop stylus holder
,
pen loop leave residue surface pro keyboard
,
stylus holder for surface pro
,
surface 3 stylus holder
,

surface pen loop alternatives

,

surface pro 2 pen holder

,
surface pro 3 stylus holder
,
surface pro pen holder