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Wednesday, 14 July 2021

The Kobo Elipsa supports the Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP)

It was surprising that Kobo released the Elipsa's without a Wacom layer (most 10.3-inches note-taking e-readers use Wacom's EMR technology). This raises the question: What pen technology does the Elipsa use? It turns out the Elipsa supports the Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP). As many devices support the MPP, it is relatively easy to obtain an alternative stylus to use with the Elipsa. 

Wacom, for example, has two styluses that support the MPP - the Wacom Bamboo Ink and Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus. It is also useful that the the Wacom Bamboo Ink Plus comes with a set of soft, medium and firm nibs. The previous generation of the Bamboo Ink also came with the nib set but Wacom decided to make it an optional purchase with the updated model. Other than the official Microsoft Surface pens, there are further options from Adonit, HP and Lenovo.

An issue to consider is that the buttons on alternative styluses might operate in a different way when used on the Elipsa. 

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