After trying a variety of stylus's on the ipad i gave up on digital note taking--until last night. I was in a Best Buy and stumbled on the ms mini store. I thought i'd see just how lame the surface was--and in 5 minutes i was totally blown away. The wacom digitizer has wonderful palm rejection and great pressure response. Yes the surface is a bit blocky, the type cover is only adequate, but used correctly this device is a student/designer dream. Of course the modern ui is lame--but i will be spending all my time in the "legacy" desktop--which is easily navigatable with the pen.