Keep losing your laptop stylus? Dell might finally have the answer

If you spend $110 on Dell’s new stylus – the Premier Rechargeable Active Stylus – you should have a better chance of finding it when it slides across the back of the couch.

Dell has teamed up with the Tile Bluetooth object tracker for the new stylus, which is the first Windows Inking stylus with built-in search capability. Microsoft has made inking a priority for Windows-based 2-in-1 laptops.

Users need to open the Tile app for iOS and Android, then tap “Search” to trigger a buzzing sound and an LED light alert to help find it in the dark where it’s hiding.

The Dell Premier Rechargeable Active Pen (PN7522W) has a 40-day battery life and is compatible with Dell 2-in-1 laptops. It can charge to 80% in 20 minutes. As long as the pen is within Bluetooth range, users should be able to locate it easily from the Tile app.

The fact that the Tile chip is built into Dell’s stylus is an added convenience and adds to its lineup of devices with built-in Tile finder technology, like FitBit smartwatches and headphones from Skullcandy. Tile recently launched a new Scan and Secure feature to combat harassment threats enabled by Apple’s similar AirTag tracker.

The stylus also has programmable top and side buttons and magnetically attaches to Dell laptops.

Beyond inking pens, Tile offers a Windows app in the Microsoft Store that can find new laptops from an Android or iOS device, even when the PC is offline for up to 14 days, according to Tile. The app can also be synced with Alexa and Google Home for easier searching.

Dell has the first Tile-enabled stylus, but Tile is also working with chipmaker Intel to bring its technology to Lenovo, MSI and Fujitsu Windows laptops.

Other laptops with Tile’s built-in search technology include Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 laptops, as well as the new ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 and the latest ThinkPad T series. MSI’s Summit and Prestige Series laptops with 12th generation Intel processors are also available this month. These come pre-installed with the Tile Windows app.

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