Is anyone using a 3rd party stylus with their Surface?

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  1. dangeroso

    dangeroso New Member

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    Because it is a capacitive screen, it would seem that we don't need to buy a Pro to use a stylus. Any capacitive screen stylus should work. I'm thinking about buying a 3rd party one to try out with Onenote. Just curious if anyone is already doing this, and/or has any suggestions.
     
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    I would be interested also as sometimes my fingers are just too big.....
     
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    Well, as an update to my own question, I spent some time at a co-worker's desk trying out some of his styluses with mixed results. The rubber tipped ones didn't register at all. I think the contact surface of those were too small to work. The best of the bunch by far was the Jot Pro. I tried another smaller Jot as well, but it only left a trail of dots, rather than a clean line.

    I'll be ordering a Jot Pro today, most likely. All of them were tested using Autodesk Sketchbook Express, which is a fantastic free app, for those that don't already have it.
     
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    I'm getting my jot pro tomorrow I hope! The regular old amazon stylus didn't work really well though.
     
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    Did the Jot Pro work well for writing test or just drawing on the Surface? I had looked into the Jot Pro and the thing I heard is the tip wears out really fast so you have to keep buying replacement tips constantly.
     
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    I did some writing too. It was smooth and consistent.

    I have not heard about the wearing down of the tip, but I have read some reports of micro surface scratches. I may also be getting a protective screen cover as well to avoid this.
     
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    I'm using the Jot Pro, and it is by far the best Capacitive Stylus I've used, just make sure your screen is free of dust before you use it :) My inking experience is very close to what is was with an Active Digitizer, I only use it for notes and diagrams, not art though. Sometimes I use the rubber tipped kind when I tire of getting finger prints all over the screen, but that is short lived.
     

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