Surface Pro 3 Pen Specs

Surface Pro 3 Pen with two buttonsSurface Pen with 2 side buttons
CompatibilityDesigned for: Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3
Compatible with:
Surface 3/Pro 3 and newer models
Surface Go
Surface Book
Surface Laptop
Surface Pro X
Surface Duo
Surface Studio
Surface Laptop Studio
Operating System: Windows 8 Pro, Windows 10, Windows 11
Connector typeBluetooth 4.0 low-energy
ButtonsRight-click and select (side button)
Erase (side button)
Top button – For pairing and quick actions
DimensionsLength: 135 mm
Diameter: 9.5 mm
Pressure Sensitivity256
Battery1 x AAAA battery
2 x 319 coin cell batteries
Magnet attachedNo
Tilt sensingNo
Wireless chargingNo
In the boxSurface Pen
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty
Table of Surface Pen for Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 specifications

Surface Pro 3 Pen Features

The Surface Pro 3 Pen features a premium design and look with an aluminum casing. It is equipped with palm block technology that ignores the pressure from your hand as you use the Pen, allowing you to rest your hand on the screen without any concern.

On top of that, it also introduces new wireless connectivity that allows you to pair and quickly launch applications with the pen’s top button. You can configure it to take a screenshot or instantly open a blank OneNote document even if the tablet is locked or in sleep mode. The pen is free and included in the box of all Surface Pro 3 purchases. However, this is not the case for Surface 3 models.

Surface Pro 3 Pen Buttons

Surface Pro 3 Pen with two side buttons
Credit: Microsoft

Every Surface Pro 3 Pen has the following three buttons:

  1. Top button – For pairing and quick actions
  2. Right-click and select (side button)
  3. Eraser (side button)


Here are some common questions related to the Surface Pen for Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3.

Question 1

Can I use the Surface Pro 3 Pen (with two side buttons) on older Surface devices?


No, you can’t. The Surface Pen technology used in newer models of Microsoft Surface devices is not compatible with older models released before 2014, such as the original Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. This is because Microsoft switched from using Wacom technology to N-trig technology in 2014 with the release of the Surface Pro 3.

Question 2

What is the retail price of the Surface Pen for Surface 3 and Pro 3?


The official retail price of the Surface Pen introduced with Surface Pro 3 is $49.99.