The Yoga Tablet 2 8 with Windows 8.1 is the first tablet to feature Lenovo’s new AnyPen technology. That means that in addition to using your fingers to interact with the tablet, you can pick up just about any device with a metal or graphite tip and use it as a pen for writing, drawing, or tapping.
Dell’s showing off the new tablet at CES this week, and I put AnyPen to the test with a real pen, and a Swiss Army Knife.
The verdict? It certainly seems to work as promised.
The tablet doesn’t have an active digitizer or resistive touchscreen. You won’t be able to get pressure-sensitive input from a pen. But you also won’t need to use a special device: just pick up any old pen and you can use it for handwriting, drawing, or to tap items on the screen that might be hard to select using just your fingertips.
Lenovo’s 8 inch Windows tablet has a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, an Intel atom Z3745 Bay Trail processor, and a starting price of $299. It should be available for purchase later in January.