Artists are pretty familiar with Wacom tablets; if you’re working on digital art, it’s among the best tools to translate the stroke of a pen to a screen. But it’s been tricky to do art on the go with a tablet, especially with the demands of both space and processing power. So Wacom has decided to fix that with two new tablets.
Essentially it’s the spawn of a tablet computer and a Wacom tablet: The Cintiq Companion runs Windows 8 so you can get at all your files, has an Intel i-7 processor, up to 512GB of drive space, and a high-resolution 13 inch screen. It’s also pretty heft, at nearly four pounds, and the screen acts just like a Wacom tablet, as well, with more than 2000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The Cintiq Companion Hybrid has the same features for drawing, but it’s more like a standard tablet; it’s Android powered, runs a Tegra 4, and has either 16 or 32 GB of space. Wacom tends to differentiate the two by saying the Companion is designed for on-set and on-the-go tweaks for items such as CGI and green screen effects or industrial grade photo editing, while the Hybrid is more for personal projects and digital artists who want a drawing effect on the go.
The main difference is that if you’re just looking for a tablet, you’re going to want to look elsewhere: The Cintiq Companion Hybrid starts at $1500 for the 16GB version, with an extra $100 getting you the 32GB upgrade, while the Cintiq Companion? That starts at $1,999.99 and goes up to a whopping $2500.
If you’re a digital artist, on the one hand, this seems pretty much exactly what you’d want out of a tablet, albeit the price puts it well out of the hands of most artists. But if you’re just looking for a tablet? We might recommend a Nexus 7. These tablets arrive in October.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.