The best third-party pens for PCs with Windows Ink support

Windows Ink is one of the coolest features Microsoft introduced with Windows 10, making it easier to take notes and draw on your PC using a digital active pen. Many convertibles, tablets, and some of the best laptops support Windows Ink nowadays, but whether they don’t come with pens included or you happen to misplace yours, you may find yourself in need of a replacement. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best active pens you can buy for Windows PCs that support Windows Ink.
While there are plenty of laptops that support Windows Ink, they don’t all work the same way. Active pens work thanks to dedicated digitizers, and they’re not universal. There are two primary digitizer technologies used on Windows PCs: the Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP), which is the result of Microsoft buying N-Trig a few years ago, and Wacom AES. These two protocols aren’t compatible with each other, so if you’re buying a pen, it’s important to make sure it matches the protocol supported by your PC.

Written By: João Carrasqueira

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