Wacom’s new MobileStudio Pro tablet PC pairs a much slimmer and more stylish tablet with a new pen – the Wacom Pro Pen 2. It’s a rival to tablet computers aimed at creative pros that are really designed for drawing on with a pen – such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 or Lenovo’s P40 Yoga (or Apple’s larger iPad Pro, though that can’t run full apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Painter).
The MobileStudio Pro is available in two sizes – one with a 13.3-inch screen (shown here) and one with a 15.6-inch display (the Cintiq Companion 2 had one size: 13.3-inch). The 13.3-inch MobileStudio Pro is noticeably lighter and thinner than its predecessor – and better looking to boot.
I had a few minutes with the tablet in advance on its launch – but we’re expecting review units soon. Read on to discover more about the Wacom MobileStudio Pro.
Both models have widescreen displays. The MobileStudio Pro 16 (shown here) has a screen resolution of 3,480 x 2,160 pixels – the same as top-spec 15.6-inch laptops such as Dell’s Precision 5510 or HP’s ZBook Studio. The 13.3-inch model has a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel screen – like its predecessor and approximately the same as an iPad Pro (though that has a 4:3 aspect ratio). Both also have a wide-colour gamut to better show subtle differences between shades and colours – with Wacom saying that the 13 is capable of displaying 96% of the Adobe RGB colour space, and the 16 able to do 94% (for comparison, both the Surface Pro 4 and the older Cintiq Companion 2 can output about 70% of Adobe RGB).
The screens are multi-touch – so you can use gestural commands such as pinch-to-zoom in compatible applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.
New pen/screen technology means that the new Pro Pen offers four times the pressure sensitivity of the Cintiq Companion 2 (or the other Cintiqs and even the Intuos 4 tablets) – 8,192 levels of sensitivity, up from 2,048. This applies to both the nib on one end of the pen and the eraser on the other. As with other Wacom pens – and unlike the pens used by the Microsoft Surface and the Apple Pencil – the pens don’t need charging.
The MobileStudio Pro can detect up to 60-different levels of pen tilt at angles from vertical to 40-degrees – which varies the effect of your stroke depending on what’s possible in the application you’re using (Photoshop, for example, lets you vary many different parameters from stroke width to jitter).
The Pen also feels much closer to where you’re drawing than with previous models. Its design is broadly similar to traditional Wacom pens – chunkier than the Surface Pro 4’s biro-like Pen or Apple’s Pencil. It slides neatly into a newly designed case.
As before, you can trigger shortcuts and change parameters using the ExpressKey buttons and TouchRing shuttle. The MobileStudio Pro 13 has 6 ExpressKey buttons, while the 16 has eight.
There’s an optional Bluetooth hardware keyboard too. Other options include a stand with three positions.
There are four versions of the MobileStudio Pro 13 available, and two for the MobileStudio Pro 16. The 13 has either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, 4/8/16GB of RAM, a 64/128/256/512GB SSD and an Intel Iris 550 graphics chip.
The 16 has either a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia Quadro M600M graphics chip with 2GB of its own RAM – or a Core i7 chip, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and a Quadro M1000M with 4GB RAM.
All models feature a 5mp camera on the front for video calls, selfies and the like – and a 8mp camera on the back. The highest-spec versions of the MobileStudio Pro 13 and 16 both feature an Intel Realsense 3D camera on the back. This allows you to capture objects in 3D, ready for import into apps such as ZBrush or Mudbox.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro: How to use it as a Cintiq
As with the Cintiq Companion 2 you can plug it into your PC or Mac, at which point it becomes a traditional Cintiq – an additional screen for your computer that you can draw on. You can use USB-C for this, or Mini-DisplayPort and USB using an optional Wacom Link cable.
MobileStudio Pro 13 with Core i5 chip, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage: £1,399 / €1,599.90 / US$1,499.95
MobileStudio Pro 13 with Core i5 chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage: £1,649 / €1,899.90 / US$1,799.95
MobileStudio Pro 13 with Core i7 chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage: £1,799 / €1,999.90 / US$1,999.95
MobileStudio Pro 13 with Core i7 chip, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage: £2,299 / €2,699.90 / US$2,499.95
MobileStudio Pro 16 with Core i5 chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage: £2,199 / €2,599.90 / US$2,399.95
MobileStudio Pro 16 with Core i7 chip, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage: £2,749 / €3,199.90 / US$2,999.95
Wacom MobileStudio Pro: Release date
The Mobile Studio Pro 13 and 16 will both be released in late November, says Wacom.
Wacom has changed the branding and packaging around the Cintiq Companion for the MobileStudio Pro – ditching the black background for white and a brighter, lighter tone.
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