Digital pens: they're a wonderful and confusing lot. In this video, we explain the different pen technologies available for Windows tablets and convertibles, Android tablets (and smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3) and the iPad. We primarily focus on Windows, since that's where you'll find the greatest variety of choice and functionality. We use the MS Surface Pro 3, Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, Lenovo ThinkPad 10, Dell Venue 8 Pro, Sony Vaio Flip 15, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the iPad mini with Retina display in our video.
We look at Wacom, N-Trig and Synaptics active digitizers and pens as well as capacitive styli that work with all of today's capacitive touch screen devices. Pressure sensitivity, palm rejection, parallax and precision are all on our radar. And the all-important point: your device must have the required pen-compatible digitizer layer under the glass, or you won't be able to use anything except capacitive pens. Granted, there are some newer solutions for the iPad that use Bluetooth, but that's a subject for another day.