Pen interoperability should improve by 2017 when Wacom releases its dual protocol pen and the USI (Universal Stylus Initiative) consortium brings its products to market. But in the meantime, if you're in the market for a pen-abled Active ES device or are looking for a replacement pen for one you already own, I offer this chart of my test results.

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From Direct2Dell, the company's official corporate blog:

Introducing More Choice: Dell Introduces Venue 8 Pro and Venue 10 Pro Tablets

Dell’s focus on continued innovation in this space is enhanced with two new professional-grade tablets we will be making available in mid-November: the Venue 8 Pro 5000 Series and the Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series - both designed to further expand the capabilities offered for organizations in the healthcare, retail/hospitality, education and manufacturing spaces. Each deliver:

  • Best-in-class security with the Dell Data Protection suite that encompasses comprehensive encryption, advanced authentication and leading-edge malware prevention.
  • Speed, reliability and fanless design, built on Intel® AtomTM Quad Core processors.
  • Advanced manageability through automated and streamlined system deployment, monitoring and updating, Dell Configuration Services and product lifecycle planning.
  • Outstanding reliability with MIL-STD testing for real-life conditions, backed by the industry’s leading support and coverage with Dell ProSupport Plus.
  • Unmatched Dell expertise as the Microsoft Partner of the Year, ranking No.1 in Windows deployment; built on the foundation of Windows 10.
  • Active pen featuring Wacom technology for a true writing experience with accuracy and natural feel.

  • 2x2 Wi-Fi, LTE and optional NFC so workers can stay connected.
  • Accessories and imaging for specialized verticals.

Venue 8 Pro 5000 Series Tablet

With a thin and light hand-held design, weighing in at under one pound, the Venue 8 Pro was created for companies that require specialized applications and on-the-go productivity. Some key Venue 8 Pro features include:

  • Handheld design for use on-the-go
  • 8-inch HD (1280x800) & FHD (1920x1200) touch display
  • Optional NFC support for additional security
  • USB Type C docking (coming in 2016) so users only need one cable for power, data, video and a desktop experience
  • 2x2 AC WLAN and optional WWAN
  • Starting at $299 in North America

Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series Tablet

With an innovative 2-in-1 keyboard, the thin and light Venue 10 Pro is ideal for workers who need a balance between mobility and intensive productivity. The Venue 10 Pro offers:

  • 2-in-1 keyboard that delivers an exceptional Continuum experience for a seamless transition between tablet and desktop modes
  • 10.1-inch FHD (1920x1200) touch display
  • High quality dual speakers and microphones for easy and reliable interaction with the Cortana personal virtual assistant
  • Multiple ports, including USB Type C, USB Type A, microHDMI, headset jack, microSD card reader and noble lock slot (on tablet)
  • 2x2 AC WLAN and optional WWAN and NFC
  • Starting at $429 in North America
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