Ugh. Why does it have to run Windows h8?
At long last, Wacom has figured out that artists would like to take their drawing tablets on the road.
Two models, one running Windows 8 and one running Android have been announced. Looks like they'll be running $1500 - $2500 depending on OS, RAM and SSD capacity.
Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid - Tablets - CNET Reviews
Ugh. Why does it have to run Windows h8?
That is really cool but the price is pretty high for an amateur like me. Are there any models similar to this (with a screen) that are cheeper?
The useful part of this system is the Wacom digitizer with its pressure and tilt sensitivity. The rest looks to be a pretty generic tablet (3rd Gen Core i5? ick). The regular Cintiq (monitor with embedded digitizer) is also pretty pricey and needs a host computer to run. The basic Wacom tablets aren't too bad, but there's no on-tablet display feedback.
I've read that Microsoft's Surface Pro uses generally the same sort of digitizer, but it's pretty pricey, too. I'm not sure that there is an affordable unit out there right now with pressure-sensitive input. Then again, MS just wrote down $900M on the first-gen Surface RT and Surface Pro units, so there might be places with them cheaper than might be expected.
The article also says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a pressure sensitive digitizer and it sells for less than $400. It's an Android device, though, which may limit its application for certain folks. I'm sure there's a whole host of Android units out there, but I admit that I didn't look too hard. My eyesight is too old to work with much less than a 10" screen, so I tend not to consider the smaller devices.
Last edited by waldronate; 08-21-2013 at 02:14 AM.
Unfortunately, Wacom's the only name in the game right now in terms of performance and reliability, and that lets them keep their prices high. If some legitimate competition ever enters the arena, I expect prices will drop. Plus, this is the very first product of this kind from Wacom, so those prices reflect the early adopters' tax. I doubt they'll be in the hobbyist's price bracket any time soon, but it wouldn't surprise me to see them go down to $1000 or less on the low end within three years or so. Still steep, but within the grasp of a working artist. And I know a lot of us in SoCal and the UK have long commutes on public transportation that could allow a device like this to pay for itself in short order.
As for the Windows issue, Microsoft isn't going to license a new device with 7 at this point, Apple won't license their OS at all, and Linux doesn't appeal to a large enough market share. So it's 8 or nothing for now. I'm sure the jailbreakers will immediately break it open and install TinyXP.
The price is pretty high and I'm not the biggest fan of windows 8 (I prefer 7) although at least windows 8 is on something more appropriate here (a mobile device =P).
But if I had the money I would so buy it, I really would.
I would like something like this. For instance, at the moment I'm laying flat on my back because I hurt myself and it's taking FOREVER to heal. I wish I could sit up at my desk and do some mapping right now but it's out of the question unless I want to spend the evening with back spasms. By the way, tried that, don't like it.
So instead I lay here depressed and fiddle around with my laptop because it's about all I can do right now. Moral of the story, if you are ever doing something and your back starts to lock up...don't just push to play through. Well, maybe if you are a young person it will work. Evidently at my age it's not a good idea
No, even if you're young it's not a good idea. I was flattened by a back spasm in my early 20's. Worst pain I've ever experienced. I still get paranoid about back pain after that experience.
I haven't tried Windows 8 yet. What are the common complaints about it at the moment? About the only thing I know about it is that it will cause office workers to spontaneously breakdance.
Dat price tag though....ouch.
Here's a link to my deviantART, because I haven't got better things to write here (yet).