03-22-2017 03:36 PM
I actually own the new Spectre x360 AC-0XX model (the ones that come with a stylus). They do NOT work with Dell styluses, as far as I'm aware, because Dell uses Wacom digitizers on their laptops. The new Spectre x360 AC-0XX models use N-Trig digitizers (the same technology found on the Microsoft Surface line), and I personally confirmed with a friend that the bundled stylus works with a Surface Pro 4, and that the Surface Pen works on the x360.
The older W-series models with thin bezels DO NOT support active pens of any kind. The even older 2015 Spectre x360 (thinker bezels) use Synaptics pen digitzers, which means you'll have to purchase an active pen from HP.
HP reps for some reason don't really know the answer to this, and I had to research this myself.
If you're wondering how well the Spectre x360 AC-series pen works, it's decent. Not as good as a Wacom drawing tablet (I've used a friend's), nor is it as good as the Surface Pro pen (which I've also demoed extensively from my friend). Mobile Tech Review (on YouTube) claims HP claims 2048 levels of pen sensitivity, but I can't confirm that. It's suprising the HP pen doesn't work as well as the Surface, since it's the same tech. but I'd say it works about 80% well. The biggest problems I have with it is that short, quick strokes on the Spectre x360 don't render straight lines, and are usually wiggly. Okay for note-taking, but not really drawing.
03-22-2017 07:40 PM
Well, I also posted another thread trying to see if anyone at HP knows of better drivers for the Spectre x360 pen. However, be aware the first photo in that thread shows when the pen was really acting funny and exaggerating its everyday flaws. https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Video-Display-and-Touch/Better-Drivers-for-N-Trig-pen-Spectre...
More typically, you can see the quality of notes I take on the Spectre x360 with its bundled HP pen here:
I can't say whether you should buy a Surface Pen or not for notetaking. While the two pens are interoperable, I haven't used the Surface Pen on the Spectre x360 extensively, since I find the bundled pen good enough for my needs. In the other thread, however, you can really see how good the Surface Pen is on the Surface Pro 4, while in the above screenshot I used the bundled HP pen on the Spectre x360.
The HP pen is lighter than the Surface Pen, too. I'd say HP's pen is lighter by about a half, but I also really like the way the Surface Pen barrel is shaped, with one side of it being flat. Demo them, if you can! I'm sure your nearest Best Buy has both the Surface and the HP Spectre x360 w/pen on display. My local Best Buy did, at least.
03-22-2017 08:20 PM
03-31-2017 10:55 AM
Hey, I just bought the laptop and surface tylus, it doesn't seem to be working, how do you get it to work?
It just did? I literally just picked up my friend's Surface Pen and it worked immediately with my Spectre, no pairing, no set-up required. The eraser and side button worked too (although the Surface Pen's eraser bluetooth button was actually paired to my friend's Surface, so when I clicked it, it opened OneNote on my friend's Surface, not my Spectre haha).
You can try troubleshooting, although you probably already did this:
1) Make sure you put the battery into the Pen, at the very least. They use AAAA (quadruple-A batteries, that's not a typo), and you have to unscrew the top and insert the battery.
2) Make sure you have the correct Spectre x360 model. As far as I'm aware, all the AC-series x360s come with a pen, so make sure there's a pen in the box. Otherwise, you might have the W-series, which doesn't have the hardware digitizer for pen support.
3) Try out the included Spectre x360 pen on the Spectre in the first place! Make sure the digitizer is working before using the Surface Pen.
Go figure it out because I don't know what's wrong with it. I didn't do anything special to the computer to get the pen to work.