Pen-powered editing on the go: Wacom introduces Windows 10-equipped MobileStudio Pro tablets
posted Friday, October 7, 2016 at 3:12 PM EDT
How would you like to run Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC on a large, high-resolution display that you can use with Wacom's newest pen technology? Wacom MobileStudio Pro is for you, then. Coming this November, these lightweight, mobile, pen-equipped computers are available in two sizes, one with a 13.3-inch display and the other with a 15.6-inch display. Of the new product, Ed Neumann, Senior Vice President of Wacom's Creative Branded Business says, "Unlike most general-purpose mobile tablets created for the mass market, Wacom's MobileStudio Pro was designed specifically for the needs of the creative professional and how they work...[MobileStudio Pro] provides the best, most natural and precise creative experience imaginable."
The computers are available in a wide variety of configurations, but they all run Windows 10 and utilize the new Wacom Pro Pen 2. Regarding the Pro Pen 2, itself, it offers a wealth of performance improvements over previous Wacom pens. It is four times more pressure sensitive and accurate than the original Pro Pen, has "virtually no lag," offers natural tilt support, no parallax and doesn't require batteries or recharging.
There are four MobileStudio Pro 13 models and two Pro 16 models. In the 13.3-inch models, two utilize Intel i5 processors while the other two come with i7 processors. All four 13-inch computers come with Intel Iris 550 graphics processing units (GPUs). All four have WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution displays that offer 150cd/m2 brightness and can display 96% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. They include UHS-II Micro SD slots and a trio of USB-C ports. Full pricing is not yet available, but the 13-inch models start at around US$1,400 (4GB of RAM and 64GB solid state drive (SSD) storage). The 13-inch model can be upgraded to include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
As mentioned above, there are two 15.6-inch MobileStudio Pro models, as well. One comes with an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and an NVidia Quadro M600M GPU with 2GB of VRAM. The Intel i7-powered top-end model costs just under US$3,000 and has 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage and an NVidia M1000M GPU that has 4GB of VRAM. The 15.6-inch display has 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) and displays 94% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, which is slightly less than its smaller sibling, but it does have a 1000:1 contrast ratio versus the 800:1 contrast found in the MobileStudio Pro 13 models. All of the 13-inch and 15-inch models have a 5-megapixel front camera and 8-megapixel rear camera, but the premium 15.6-inch computer has an Intel RealSense R200 3D scanning camera, letting you scan real-world objects into 3D modeling software.
There are a variety of accessories available for the Wacom MobileStudio Pro as well, including a wireless keyboard and mobile stand, which lets users switch between three different drawing angles. There is also a Wacom Link available. When connected to a compatible Mac or PC, you can use the MobileStudio Pro as a standard Cintiq tablet.
For much more information on the new computers from Wacom, including physical dimensions, full specs and a gallery of images, visit Wacom.com.
(Seen via Photography Blog)