Lenovo Yoga 520 (Flex 5) Review Part 4  – The Active Pen

Lenovo Yoga 520 (Flex 5) Review Part 4 – The Active Pen


Minimum pressure, it draws a thin line. A
little bit more pressure and it draws the thicker line. My Yoga 520
came with a free stylus. Other than the pen, it comes with a USB pen holder and a
AAAA battery. Let’s first insert the battery and then the USB pen holder
into a USB slot and insert the pen and such. My first impression, even before I
start using it, I don’t like it for three reasons. It’s huge and heavy compared
with its cousin from the Lenovo Helix. It needs a battery to operate whereas its
cousin can run on its own. The USB pen holder is simply ugly and not practical.
It’s cousin Helix has its own pen slot built in. Oh wait, it’s also blocking my
power input. To be fair, this pen is designed for the
professional artists. The whole body is made of metal, including the clip. It has
two quick access side buttons and a tip that feels a little bit fragile. This is
the Lenovo Active Pen 1. It’s got pinpoint accuracy with 2048
levels of pressure sensitivity to provide natural pen and paper experience
when you sketch on the screen. The two side buttons can be configured to open
any favorite app quickly. Now let’s test this baby. As my pen approaches the
screen, just one centimeter before it touches the screen, a point appears. Without any calibration, it is rather
accurate. Of course, don’t use it at an angle. On a browser the pen behaves like
a finger for scrolling up and down, but unlike the finger it can’t do left and
right swipe. Tap the keyboard or write instead of type. Inside
Internet Explorer, you can add written notes. Draw a circle, write something. The
screen is a little bit wobbly, so I’m going to change it into the tent mode. If I use a little bit of pressure, I get
a thin line. When I press harder, I get a thicker line. Thin… press harder… release
some pressure. Get a thinner line. I can start with lots of pressure and
slowly release the pen… it gets thinner and thinner and of course you determine your
own maximum thickness. Now let’s try the pen with Windows Ink Workspace. Let’s
draw a line and do some shading. Add some highlight. As you can see, I’m not a
professional artist. One thing the pen can’t do, is drag and drop my events on the Google Calendar, which means it can’t highlight text too. If I want to
highlight some text, I have to use it like I’m using my finger. Press and hold
and then drag the markers which is not practical! The pen is supposed to act like a mouse pointer. If I’m using my finger and I
want to do a drag and drop or copy and paste, in a normal mode, I would use the
track pad, but in a tent mode my trackpad is on
the other side and I can only rely on my pen as the mouse pointer, but it’s not
working as a mouse pointer. This review seems to be on the negative side. Maybe
because I don’t know how to use this pen. If you know, please leave them in the
comment section below. Tell me how to set this pen to make it work like a mouse
cursor pointer or a mouse pointer. Without that, this is totally useless. A
few more questions from Ran Shem Tov… “If only the tip of the pen touches the
screen, will it draw on the screen, or do you have to apply some pressure on it to
work. Okay Ran, here’s my experiment. I’m just holding on to the pen like this
without applying pressure. It’s touching the screen now and just let gravity pull it
down. However, if I apply a little bit of pressure, just a little bit. Yes, and it
starts drawing. I hope that answers your question and if you have any more tests
you like me to test with this pen, let me know in the comment section…and if I
find a solution on a better way to use this pen, I’ll place it right here. In the
meantime, like and subscribe and share. See ya!