General usage of the surface 4 pen compared to other laptops

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  1. mystvearn

    mystvearn New Member

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    Hi,

    I was wondering since Surface 4 and 3 does not come with a storage for the pen, do you find it annoying dangling like that? The Lenovo Yoga 260 has a slot, the Hp spectre elite has a slot. As a heavy pen user, do you think other laptops like some sort of convertible where the pen is hidden in the case would be better or is the surface 4 still better?

    Also, is it wise to get a surface now, or will microsoft release something new in future?
     
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    There is always something new to buy and I'm sure there will be a surface 5 and i find the magnetic attachment fantastic, but i do have a case on mine that i can hold the pen in the back. The magnetic holder great when using the device, you put it back there. No good to travel with. You need a bag or something to hold it in so its not lost.
     
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    My device is always in a messenger bag with pen loops inside. It is never something that has bothered me, and I'd hate for the pen to be slimmed down so that it could fit in a solo. Sometimes. If is better.
     
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    Agreed the pen is the perfect size, weight and balance (same as a normal pen,pencil)
     
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    Yeah, if they decided to go down the slim s-pen route I would probably look at a different product. I'll take functionality over convenience any day.
     
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    As someone who has used Windows Pen based Tablets since 2003, the dark side of the Silo/Pen Barn is that they have typically used mechanical releases that fail or the pen clip breaks or they use a "stick" stylus that suck to write with for any length of time.
     
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    The alternative would be something like the "stylus" that comes with the Note Phablet. OK for jotting down notes but you wouldn't want to spend much time doing much more.
     
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    Pen storage doesn't bother me. I just keep mine in my Surface bag and when I need it and will be using it, I stick it in my shirt pocket.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I have not used a full size pen and use the stylus on my Note 3 with Onenote a lot-especially for meetings I only bring a conventional pen to sign the attendance sheet for meetings. Everything else is done on the Note. Acceptable. Bigger would be better, though I doubt that I would bring the pen if it was not stored in the phone all the time. I would like a 10" tablet with pen support, though not sure which one. I was thinking of SP4, but it is 12". My wife uses the Note 10.1, and I think that size is more than enough. If something is too big, I am afraid I will not bring it everywhere. Unfortunately, I am not sure if there are good 10" touchscreen 2 in 1 either convertible or detachable keyboard. Surface 3 is kind of old now.

    Lenovo 900s? Asus Transformer mini? Samsung TabPro S?
     
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    surface 3 is indeed old, but it still performs just great for office use. Im typing this on a surface 3. just because something is old doesnt make it obsolete.
     
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    True. I believe fanless is the future for all portable devices. I'm typing this on my Asus U46SV laptop. SSD makes everything fast. Lightest with a built in DVD writer. Not so light when compared to newer devices.
     

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