Bamboo Ink Plus is an alternative pen for Windows Tablets

There are a lot of Windows tablets out there that use different technologies in their pen interfaces.  Some use Microsoft’s N-Trig tech or the Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP).  Some use the Wacom Active ElectroStatic (AES) protocol. Well, Wacom has a new pen made for Windows 10 tablets that supports AES 1.0, AES 2.0, as well as MPP 1.5 and MPP 2.0. The Bamboo Ink Plus is made to work with a wider range of Windows 10 tablets than the likely single-protocol pen that you might get from your Windows 10 tablet manufacturer. Not all Windows 10 pen capable tablets and computers come with a compatible pen either. In many cases the pen is sold separately for another $100.  Well, the Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus is also sold separately for another $100, but now you get to choose.

The box contains the rechargeable pen, a small plastic container with alternative pen tips, and a USB-C to USB-A charging cable. Depending on which Windows tablet you have, you may have to change the tip and/or hold down the two barrel buttons for a few seconds to change the protocol type.

There’s a shirt clip on the pen, but no magnets for attaching to the edges of tablets.

No need to search for AAAA batteries. The Bamboo Ink Plus is rechargeable with USB-C.

Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus barrel buttons

The barrel buttons give you easy access to both double-click and right-click functions.

It supports pressure sensitivity in most Windows Ink compatible tablets, and tilt-sensitivity in many of the newer ones.

See below for the list of Windows 10 tablets supported by the Bamboo Ink Plus pen. Really it should work with anything that uses AES 1.0, AES 2.0, MPP 1.5, or MPP 2.0. For example, it works great with the Eve V tablet PC which is not listed as being supported.

Tilt supported devices

  • LG gram 2in1 14T990, 14TD990, 14TB990, 14TG990 *2
  • Microsoft® Surface® Pro (2017)
  • Microsoft® Surface® Pro 6
  • Microsoft® Surface® Book
  • Microsoft® Surface® Book 2 (13″)
  • Microsoft® Surface® Go
  • Microsoft® Surface® Studio
  • Microsoft® Surface® Studio 2

Non-Tilt supported devices

  • Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51N, SP513-52N)
  • Acer Switch 3
  • ASUS TransBook Mini R106HA
  • ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA/ TransBook Mini T102HA
  • ASUS Transformer Mini T103HAF/ TransBook Mini T103HAF, H103HAF, R107HAF
  • ASUS Transformer 3 Pro T303UA / TransBook 3 T303UA
  • ASUS Transformer 3 T305CA / TransBook 3 T305CA
  • ASUS Transformer Pro T304UA/ TransBook T304UA
  • ASUS VivoBook Flip 12 TP203NA
  • ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA
  • ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401NA
  • ASUS ZenBook Flip S UX370UA
  • ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 UX461UN
  • ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GD
  • ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
  • ASUS ZenBook S UX391UA*1
  • Dell™ Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7373)
  • Dell™ Latitude 5285 2-in-1 *2
  • Dell™ Latitude 5289 2-in-1 *2
  • Dell™ Latitude 7389 2-in-1 *2
  • Dell™ Venue 10 Pro™ 5000 Series (5055) *2
  • Dell™ XPS 13 2in1 (9365) *2
  • Dell™ XPS 15 2in1 (9575) *2
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® P727 *2
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® P728 *2
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® T937 *2
  • Fujitsu LIFEBOOK® T938 *2
  • Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q738 *2
  • HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 *2
  • HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 *2
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 *2
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G2 *2
  • HP ENVY x360 15-bp000
  • HP ENVY 8 Note Tablet *2
  • HP Pavilion x360 14-ba000
  • HP Pavilion x360 15-br000
  • HP Pro x2 612 G2 *2
  • HP Spectre x2 12t
  • HP Spectre x360 13-ac000
  • HP Spectre x360 13-ae000
  • HP Spectre x360 15-bl000
  • Sprout Pro by HP G2 *2
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad X1 Tablet *2
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad Yoga 260 *2
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad Yoga 370 *2
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad® X380 Yoga™ *2
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad® X1 Yoga™ *2
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad® P40 Yoga™ *2
  • Lenovo™ ThinkPad® 10 (2nd Gen) *2
  • Lenovo™ Miix 510 *2
  • Lenovo™ Miix 720 *2
  • Lenovo Yoga 520 (14″) *2
  • Lenovo Yoga 720 (13″) *2
  • Lenovo Yoga 920 *2
  • Microsoft® Surface® 3
  • Microsoft® Surface® Pro 3
  • Microsoft® Surface® Pro 4
  • Microsoft® Surface® Laptop
  • mouse MousePro P120A
  • mouse MT-WN1201
  • Toshiba dynabook V82/D *2
  • Toshiba dynabook V72/D, VZ72/D *2
  • Toshiba dynabook V62/D, VZ62/D *2
  • Toshiba dynabook V82/B, VZ82/B *2
  • Toshiba dynabook V72/B, VZ72/B *2
  • Toshiba dynabook V62/B, VZ62/B *2
  • Toshiba dynabook V42/B, VZ42/B *2
  • Toshiba dynaPad N72 *2
  • VAIO® A12 *2
  • VAIO® Pro PA *2
  • VAIO® Z (flip)
  • VAIO® Z Canvas

*1: Only compatible with touch screen models.
*2 : Blue nib recommended devices. The blue nib can enhance your pen experience.

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