Microsoft Issues a Small Firmware Update for Surface Pro 3

Microsoft has increased the pressure sensitivity levels on the new Surface Pen to 4096, alongside a 12-gram activation force.

As noted by Engadget, the new pen is approximately $40 more expensive than the previous version - which puts it in line with Apple Pencil.

However, the new Surface Pen is listed in only one color option and the others are shown as "coming soon" on Microsoft's online store. The pen costs $99.99, and for now, it appears that only the platinum version is available.

Unsurprisingly, there's no way of knowing what's included in the update - while it's available, Microsoft hasn't provided any details about it on the Surface Studio update history page.

Furthermore, the platinum version has a June 15th release date.

The Surface Pen has 21ms of latency, which is nothing to snub one's nose at.

Microsoft's claim of the new Surface Pen being the fastest pen in the world is backed up by the stylus' enhanced features. If this sounded like the ideal accessory to match your new Surface Pro tablet, then you'll be happy to learn that the accessory is now available for pre-order. The new Surface Pros support it, and Microsoft plans to add the functionality to existing Surface Studio desktops and Surface Books later this year. This makes it twice as fast as the earlier version and also two times more responsive vis-à-vis the Apple Pencil.

  • Arturo Norris