If you misplace or damage your Surface Pen, there are plenty of third-party replacements out there vying for attention. One that recently came to our attention is the Renaisser Raphael 520, which is drawing positive comparisons to Microsoft’s official Surface Pen. The kicker is, it’s less than half the price.
The stylus comes in three colors: silver, black, and burgundy. It packs 4096 levels of pressure, tilt, and is compatible with the Microsoft Pen Protocol. That means it works with every Surface ranging from the Surface Pro 3 through the Surface Pro X, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface Pro 7.
A Reddit user who just got their hands on a Raphael 520 recently raved about it on the official Surface reddit.
I just got the Raphael 502 stylus for my SP5 and OMG is it good. 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt, rechargeable, and even has magnets to stick to the side of the Surface! The only drawback is no eraser, [but] you can erase by holding down the barrel button.
Youtube channel Tablet Pro gave the Raphael an in-depth review, and came away calling it the “best stylus for digital artists and notetakes.”