Who should buy this active pen?
The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 doesn’t come with an included pen, so if you’d like to take advantage of the touch display and convertible build of the laptop, you’ll have to buy one separately. If you’re interested in drawing, sketching, or jotting down notes without the need for a keyboard, an active pen should be the right accessory for you.
Is it a good time to buy this active pen?
This active pen was designed from the start to work with a select few HP EliteBook and Pro laptops. If you’d like to take advantage of inking capabilities on your x360 1030 G3, there’s really nothing stopping you.
Reasons to buy
- Attaches magnetically to the laptop
- Supports tilt for shading
- 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity
- Comes with replacement nibs
- Rechargeable battery inside
Reasons not to buy
- Hybrid option available
HP’s Rechargeable Active Pen is your best bet for the EliteBook x360 1030 G3
The HP Rechargeable Active Pen — with part number 4KL69UT — is an ideal addition to the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 for anyone who wants to ditch the keyboard and turn their convertible laptop into a drawing pad. For the artists out there, this pen is based on Wacom AES technology and has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity for a natural drawing experience, and it also has tilt support, making it far easier to shade in your creations.
With 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt support, and seven replacement nibs, you’re going to get a lot of use out of this pen.
The pen comes with a total of seven replacement nibs — four made from polyacetal (POM) for a hard, durable feel, and three made from elastomer for more flexibility when writing — and a small tool that makes it easy to swap them out. A rechargeable battery is built into the pen and uses an included USB-C cable to recharge.
Much like the Surface Pen, HP’s option has the same barrel shape with an eraser button on the back end, plus there are two buttons on the side that can be programmed to your liking through an included HP inking app. To help keep track of the pen when on the go, a magnet is built into the silo that allows you to snap it onto the side of your EliteBook x360 1030. Walk away without the pen? You’ll be notified by sound before you get too far.
Alternative to the HP Rechargeable Active Pen
HP’s pen is probably the best option for most people thanks to its design and compatibility, but if you’re dropping the money on a pen and have more than just an EliteBook x360 1030 sitting around — like a Surface device or two — you might want to invest in something that works on both pieces of hardware.
Works with Wacom AES and Surface hardware
If you’d like to switch inking seamlessly between your HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 and any modern Surface devices lying around, Wacom’s Bamboo Ink is a top choice.
If you’d like an active pen to match your EliteBook x360 1030 G3, HP’s own Rechargeable Active Pen is your best option. It works equally well for jotting down notes or for sketching and drawing (thanks to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt support), and a built-in magnet keeps it attached to your laptop when on the move.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library.
Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.
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