I have found this feature useful when using the Surface Pro with the type cover/touch cover folded back (so using it in a true "tablet" mode). In this mode you can of course use the on-screen keyboards vs writing. I have found the writing to be smooth and the handwriting recognition to be exceptional, despite my poor form. I find this actually easier than the on-screen keyboard. This is particularly useful when using an app like OneNote and you want to make some drawings and then enter text, it is much easier to keep the pen in your hand and alternate between drawing on the page and then writing in the handwriting recognition area. One downside to the writing recognition though is that it uses common words to "guess" what you are writing, so if you are using nonstandard words (in my case scientific terms), then it does not recognize them unless you add each one to the dictionary which is quite cumbersome. So for specialized text the keyboard options are much better.