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Hi, i was thinking on buy the surface pen, but on description says that only works with surface pro, anyone knows if this works or if there is a way to make this pen works on rt ????

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It will not work.. the rt has a captive screen.

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The Pro also uses capacitive multitouch. However, it also has an active digitizer for the stylus. The RT doesn't have any stylus digitizer.
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very sad =[, is there any other pen that hold on surface side like on pro?
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Originally Posted by saarakura View Post
very sad =[, is there any other pen that hold on surface side like on pro?
That jot pro can hold on a bit since it's magnetic, but it's not super strong.
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No, it's not possible at all. The Surface Pro has two layers of touch technology: one for fingers and one for pens, while the RT only has the touch layer.
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Any capacitive stylus will work of course. As for whether any clip magnetically I don't know. Some have the little clip at the back like a regular pen so you might find something in whatever case or bag you use to clip a pen onto. I think microsoft should release a capacitive stylus in the same form factor as the surface pro pen.
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a wacom chip is found in pro. But this is not in rt. So the pen wont work!

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He's right it doesn't work.:'(

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No, absolutely not. The plastic nib will not be recognized on the RT.

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