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Dell partners with Tile to help find lost styluses

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Dell’s new stylus, the Premier Rechargeable Active Pen, has a neat trick up its sleeve that makes it easier to find when it’s misplaced. It features built-in search technology provided by Tile, which means you can use the object tracking company’s app to buzz the stylus and blink the LED lights to help you find it when it’s nearby. If you lose it further away, Tile says its app can show its last known location and use its network to track it down.

The stylus is Tile’s latest effort to build its tracking technology into third-party devices. It’s been working with Intel for a few years to track down lost laptops, and says Tile’s tracking network can now help find compatible HP, MSI, and Fujitsu PCs. The tracking technology can also be found in headphones from Sennheiser and Skullcandy, wearables from Fitbit and even a dog ID tag from Qalo. That’s in addition to Tile’s core line of standalone devices, which keeps track of personal items like keys and wallets.

Dell’s Premier Rechargeable Active Pen costs $110 and is on sale now. With that money, you get a stylus that lasts for up to 40 days on a single charge, and can be charged to 80 percent in 20 minutes via USB-C. There is no mention of wireless charging on Dell’s product page, but the stylus can be attached magnetically to compatible Dell 2-in-1 laptops. The stylus has three hotkeys and 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels.

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