April 18, 2024


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Review: Renaisser Raphael 530 stylus for Microsoft Surface tablets

Review unit provided by Renaisser

Renaisser is a firm regarded for producing electronic styluses that are suitable with Microsoft Floor equipment. The Renaisser Raphael 530 stylus is the most recent addition to the line up with a retail value of USD 39.99. FYI, the Microsoft Area Slim Pen 2 (evaluation) is priced at USD 129 and the older Surface Pen is US 99.

The Renaisser Raphael 530 supports Microsoft Pen Protocol 2. (MPP2) and has tilt sensitivity, 4096 concentrations of strain sentivity and palm rejection.

The develop high-quality is great with its total steel overall body. The matte textured overall body is at ease to keep and has great grip. One particular aspect of the cylindrical structure is flat to snap magnetically to supported Microsoft Area equipment. Regrettably the pen won’t snap to the Area Pro 8 since that pill would not have flat aspect edges.

There is a facet button and eraser button at the back again.

The pen is run by a designed-in battery with USB-C charging. Charging the battery for 15 minutes provides 70 hours of use, and charging for 1 hour provides 100 hrs of use.

Here’s a size comparison with the more mature Surface Pen (middle) and the Surface Slender Pen 2 (base).

The tip is rubberised just like the more mature Surface Pen’s suggestion. This suggestion has some resistance versus glass and delivers fantastic manage for drawing.

The pill I have utilized for the checks and sketches below is the Microsoft Floor Professional 8.

These are line exams designed with Affinity Photo. I tested the 3 pens for (1) preliminary activation drive and diagonal line wobble, (2), tapering strokes, (3) stress changeover and (4) drawing dots.

1. The pens with the greatest original activation force are Trim Pen 2 and Raphael 530, adopted by the Floor Pen. Slim Pen 2 has small to no diagonal line wobble. Raphael 530 and Surface area Pen have slight wobble with diagonal traces which you can see in test #3 as effectively.

2. All a few pens have some trouble with tapering strokes. The strokes can taper but not as efficiently when compared to pen displays or pen tablets.

3. Traces are in a position to changeover from thin to thick and again to thin. This suggests the pens are ready to detect small force modifications. Note the diagonal line wobble with Raphael 530 and Surface Pen.

4. Dots can be drawn easily by tapping the pen suggestion.

Under are sketches drawn with the Renaisser Raphael 530.

This was drawn with Affinity Photo. I did not expertise any problems with the wobbly diagonal strains whilst drawing.

This was drawn with Concepts. Drawing expertise is great. No issues.

These are tilt sensitivity checks from Concepts app with the same tilt brush.

Out of the three pens, the Trim Pen 2 was ready to develop the biggest stroke selection, adopted by the Floor Pen and lastly the Raphael 530.

The Raphael 530 has tough creating thick and wide strokes with tilt. If you won’t be able to develop broad strokes with tilt, the option is to alter the brush sizing and that of course is not as effortless. So tilt sensitivity is an location the Raphael 530 can strengthen.

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Drawing efficiency is very good. There is slight wobble with diagonal traces but it is primarily a non-situation while drawing. The most important downside is it is really tricky to get truly wide strokes with tilt brushes in comparison to Slender Pen 2 and Surface area Pen.

For US $39.99, the Renaisser Raphael 530 surely supplies additional price for dollars as opposed to the Microsoft Trim Pen 2 and even the Surface area Pen. Regardless of the insignificant downsides, this is a pen I can advise due to the fact you can conserve a whole lot of revenue by not heading with Microsoft’s pens.

By the way, do verify out my evaluate for the Renaisser Pelican K8 wireless keyboard for the SP8 way too. That keyboard circumstance has a slot to house the Raphael 530 pen.


You can obtain the Renaisser Raphael 530 stylus on Renaisser internet keep and Amazon (US | CA | United kingdom | DE | FR | ES | IT | JP)