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Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

I recently picked up an Inspiron 5579 2-in-1 with Active Pen support, and am looking to buy a pen for it. It looks like Dell suggests the PN338M as the pen for this laptop, but I was wondering whether other Dell Active Pens, like the Premium PN579X, are also compatible.

Are Active Pens a universal accessory (e.g. any active pen will work on any device)? Are they manufacturer specific (any Dell Active Pen will work on my 5579)? Or are they model specific (ONLY the PN338M will work on my 5579)?

The PN338M is a pretty basic pen that doesn't even include a tether, so I'm hoping that I can upgrade to something a little better. 

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Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

Thank you for your message.  Yes, Premium PN579X stylus is compatible with this model.

 

An active stylus is not a universal device, this basically depends on the system model & LCD panel used (this will need a screen digitizer). Whereas, a passive pen is compatible with all touchscreens.

 

Note- These models come with both Pen-Enabled and Non-Pen Enabled panels. Only the models that have the “Support Active Pen” sticker on the palm rest support the Dell Active Pen PN579.

 

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Saltgrass
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Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

The compatibility chart does say it is compatible.  I wonder if the Bluetooth will work with your system since the 338 does not have Bluetooth.

It also shows using the linking mode MPP as opposed to AES, which is one of the options on the 579X.

And I will second the sticker comment as to will it work at all.

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Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

Good Afternoon

I have a Dell inspiron 15 5579, My pen PN338 doesn´t work.

How can I know my dell is compatible?

 

Carlos

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ejn63
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Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

First thing to check:  did the system ship with a "pen compatible" sticker on it?  If it did not,  it's a touchscreen model and will not work with an active pen.

 

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Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

I have removed the stickers from my machine 5579 when it first arrived. How can I tell if I have a pen enabled display panel?
ejn63
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Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

Under settings/system/about, what is listed under 'pen and touch'?

 

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Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

Hi

It has "Touch support with 10 touch points"

 

 

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ejn63
4 Ruthenium

Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

That's a touchscreen - you do not have an active digitizer (which is what you'd need for an active pen).
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Re: Inspiron 5579 Active Pen compatibility question.

Thanks for the help. Spent 30 mins on phone to Dell premium support only to be told active pen would work. So happy I checked here before ordering one. Many thanks.

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