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Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch Review

Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch Review

The Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch is what I expected the high end of the digital illustration device world to be. It doesn't feel as "magical" as the iPad Pro, but it's a whole lot more powerful - and professional. It feels like a real professional piece of equipment, something that's been perfected over several iterations - a tool that a top artist would buy again and again. While (as always) there are some changes I might make if I wanted the ideal touch- and pen-friendly display/tablet, at the moment, this is as good as it gets.

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Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

This week the fellow that introduced us to Microsoft Ink at BUILD 2016 also let loose word of a new writing tool. This stylus, he somehow neglected to mention onstage, will be made in collaboration with Wacom, and will "work across a huge number of pen enabled devices." This word comes from Microsoft's Bryan Roper who also mentions that this is "something big", as it were.

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Toshiba dynaPad 2-in-1 puts Wacom back in the spotlight

Toshiba dynaPad 2-in-1 puts Wacom back in the spotlight

When Microsoft switched to N-Trig for the Surface Pro 3 and again for the new Surface Pro 4, it necessarily had to push Wacom to the background. While the higher profile maker of graphics tools might not have been affected dramatically, it became less the talk of the town when it came to stylus-enabled Windows tablets. But with Toshiba's new dynaPad 2-in-1, Wacom is again front and center. Even Microsoft dubs it a digital notebook, putting emphasis on its writing and drawing talents, thanks to Wacom's active digitizer.

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Wacom Bamboo Spark turns ink on paper into digital notes

Wacom Bamboo Spark turns ink on paper into digital notes

Wacom has just announced the Bamboo Spark, a pen and notepad solution that turns handwritten notes into digital files. Users that prefer a physical writing experience on real paper can take notes or doodle just like they're used to, but don't need to worry about keeping and organizing the paper afterwords. Bamboo Spark features a real ink pen that communicates with a "smart folio" with an Electro-Magnetic Resonance board, tracking pen strokes and sending them to an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth.

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Hack puts OS X Yosemite on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Hack puts OS X Yosemite on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Macs and OS X have a reputation of being the preferred hardware and platform of designers, but quite ironically, there is not a single official Apple computer that comes with an integrated Wacom display. Perhaps Apple considers it unnecessary because Wacom's Cintiq displays work perfectly with Macs anyway. But there is still a class of people that want to get the best of both worlds, like this latest hack that puts Apple's latest operating system inside a Cintiq Companion 2 tablet, though not everything is fine and dandy just yet.

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Wacom Cintiq 13HD touch launches this month

Wacom Cintiq 13HD touch launches this month

Wacom has introduced a new Cintiq tablet for artists and related professionals, the Cintiq 13HD touch. This joins the maker's other myriad of slates (including those we saw during CES), giving many of the features users have come to expect alongside a relatively small display and a stand upon which the device can be propped up. Those interested won't have to wait long to get their hands on the device: it arrives early this month, though an exact day hasn't yet been provided.

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Toshiba Portégé Z20t offers a 2-in-1 detachable experience

Toshiba Portégé Z20t offers a 2-in-1 detachable experience

Joining Toshiba's new products at CES 2015 is the 2-in-1 Portege Z20t, a pen-toting tablet that transforms into an ultrabook with the use of a detachable keyboard component. The entire system is promised to be a mixture of sleek and lightweight while offering precise input via Wacom technologies and some features not entirely common on systems like this, such as a keyboard that is resistant to accidental spills. Despite its small size, this is no toy -- the system covers all the bases, and comes with a price tag to match.

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Toshiba Encore 2 Write tablets: it’s all about the pen

Toshiba Encore 2 Write tablets: it’s all about the pen

Toshiba has introduced two new tablets, the 8-inch and 10-inch Encore 2 Write slates. With both these new Windows 8.1 tablets come a stylus tailored towards those who want precise input. Says Toshiba, these are the first slates of their kind to offer Wacom's newest "feel pen technologies", making them usable in a variety of stylus-based tasks, including drawing and writing. As with Wacom's newest Cintiq tablets, these Toshiba offerings utilize a pen offering 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

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Wacom Cintiq 27QHD and 27QHD Touch slates arrive this month

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD and 27QHD Touch slates arrive this month

Joining its new Cintiq Companion 2 Windows 8 tablet are a couple other Cintiq offerings from Wacom, the 27QHD and the 27QHD Touch. This is the company's newest flagship slate, and it boasts a 27-inch edge-to-edge display with 1.07 billion colors and 97-percent Adobe color gamut coverage, Wacom's Color Manager, and multi-touch support (the latter being for the touch model in particular, obviously). As with the Companion 2, the accompanying pen offers 2,048 pressure sensitivity levels, and supports different pen nibs including ones that are felt.

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Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 offers Windows 8, high precision

Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 offers Windows 8, high precision

Wacom has taken the wraps off its new Cintiq Companion 2 touchscreen tablet, a slate that will be familiar to Wacom faithfuls while bringing with it modern updates professionals need. There is both full Windows 8 when needed, as well as the maker's Cintiq Connect for using the device with a PC or Mac. The Companion 2's pen offers 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, making it ideal for creatives and others with a need for a high level of precision.

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Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 brings 2k pressure levels

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 brings 2k pressure levels

Wacom has rolled out the red carpet for some new styluses today, among them being the new Intuos Creative Stylus 2. Aimed at professionals and artists, the newest offering brings with it 2,048 pressure levels, about twice what is offered by its new Bamboo Stylus fineline.

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Wacom Bamboo Stylus fineline: a thin-tip tool for the iPad

Wacom Bamboo Stylus fineline: a thin-tip tool for the iPad

Ahead of its upcoming showcase at IFA 2014, Wacom has introduced its new finely tuned stylus for the iPad, the Bamboo Stylus fineline. The so-called smart stylus offers a thin-tip design that aims to make digital writing and similar activities precise and "fluid".

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