Dell introduces the “Dell Active Pen” with Wacom AES technology and a rear button that, via Bluetooth, enables additional features – and looking at the compatibility list, some interesting news are unveiled.
Dell introduces a new stylus for its slate and convertible Tablet PCs: it is a very particular solution, based on Wacom AES technology, which differs from the Venue 10 Pro Active Stylus launched in the middle of last year for the introduction of secondary functions related to a Bluetooth button.
The Surface Pro 3 made history – not only because many manufacturers released clones of this tablet, but has also because it pushed to develop new active pens. The Surface Pen has been the first to add a Bluetooth button, and it becomes inspiration for Dell, which now offers the new “Dell Active Pen” model 750-AALT (Europe) or 750-AAMI (USA).
Equipped with two side buttons and a third rear-located button that, using a Bluetooth connection, can be personalized to quick access a number of applications including OneNote, the new pen is compatible not only with the Dell Venue 10 Pro but also with other unexpected devices, that are revealed as equipped with Wacom technology. As revealed by Dell Technical Support through YouTube, the new “Dell Active Pen” is compatible with the Dell XPS 12 (model 9250), the Dell Inspiron 15 2-in-1 7000 series (model 7568), the Dell Venue 8 Pro (model 5855) and the Dell Venue 10 Pro (model 5056). For unspecified reasons, the Dell Inspiron 15 would have limited compatibility with this pen and some secondary functions are not available.
The list could be incomplete, however: the new pen should in fact have at least partial compatibility with the current “Bay Trail” Venue 10 Pro (the first Dell device to use a Wacom AES digitizer). Maybe the compatibility can be extended to the new Skylake-based Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 7000 series, which is not compatible with older Synaptics-based Dell Active Styluses. To confirm this compatibility we have to wait a few more weeks and some tests by enterprising users.