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Lenovo ThinkPad W700 reviewed: Niche but nice

Lenovo ThinkPad W700 reviewed: Niche but nice

Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 caused a few double-takes when it launched, with a 5.1 x 3.2-inch Wacom digitizer built into the palm-rest, integrated color calibrator for the 17-inch 1920 x 1200 display and a range of available processors that easily let you throw away your desktop workstation.  Laptop Mag have had the W700 in for testing, in the shape of a 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 model priced at over $3,800, and have come up with the conclusion you might expect: it's good, but it's niche.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W700: Intel Quad Extreme & integrated digitizer

Lenovo ThinkPad W700: Intel Quad Extreme & integrated digitizer

Lenovo have unveiled their answer to HP's 8730w mobile workstation, the ThinkPad W700, and while the 17-inch monster may not have DreamColor what it does have is a built-in Wacom digitizer in the palm rest.  It's also the first mobile workstation to incorporate Intel’s Quad Core Extreme Processor, the first to use NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 1GB graphics and the first to have a built-in, automatic color calibrator.

Wacom Cintiq 12WX reviewed: impressive but contentious?

Wacom Cintiq 12WX reviewed: impressive but contentious?

Wacom are known for their huge Cintiq LCD displays with pen-input, but the company also makes a smaller, 12.1-inch model intended to be used in your lap.  At $1405 it could hardly be called entry-level, but it has the same 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, 5080dpi resolution and pen-tilt awareness as its bigger siblings.  PC Authority have been trying out the 16:10-aspect 1280 x 800 monitor, and judging by their 5/6 rating they seem impressed.

Wacom & E Ink develop pen-input ePaper displays

Wacom & E Ink develop pen-input ePaper displays

Digitizer specialists Wacom and e-paper manufacturers E Ink have announced a deal that will see the former's digital ink technology incorporated into the latter's low-power, paper-like electronic displays.  It will open up the market for eBooks and newspapers that can be annotated and those notes stored and exchanged.  The pair are describing the development as "the ultimate vision of an interactive piece of paper."

Nokia releasing a new digital pen

Nokia releasing a new digital pen

Not only is it a digital pen that records what you write, but it has Bluetooth, for what purpose I don’t know, unless it works with N-Series phones for sending handwritten notes, it probably doesn’t, but that would be cool. It has 1.3MB of on board storage, and then the Bluetooth is likely so its possible to wirelessly offload that storage or maybe so you can use it like a Wacom tablet.

Wacom World’s largest wide-format Pen Interactive Display

Wacom World’s largest wide-format Pen Interactive Display

The greatest pen interactive display manufacturer is back with a new Cintiq family - Cintiq 20WSX. Wacom announces a mammoth 20.1″ widescreen LCD (WSXGA+ 1680×1050 resolution) desktop pen display. The 20WSX is cordless and battery-free. It accepts Hd15 VGA as well as DVI-A input. Aspect ratio is 16:10 and priced at $1,999, a healthy $500 drop compare to the last 4:3 model, 21UX. Both the finger-sensitive Touch Strip and ExpressKeys are programmable and cleverly designed for accessibility.

Cintiq 20WSX [via Wacom]

Wacom to woo desktop artists with Cintiq 12WX inkable monitor

Wacom to woo desktop artists with Cintiq 12WX inkable monitor

As any graphic designer (or Tablet PC owner, for that matter) will tell you, when it comes to digital pen technology you'll always get fine results going to Wacom.  Up until now, however, your choice has been shepherded into one of two different product types: those with a sturdy desk and a desire to see what they're drawing on can pick from the Cintiq range of touch-sensitive displays, while those who want something more compact and, dare I say, lap-friendly can choose from the numerous ranges of graphics tablets (such as the latest Bamboo or Intuos3).  Wacom are blurring that division, now, however, with the introduction of the baby in the Cintiq range: the compact 12WX.

 

Wacom broaden appeal with entry-level touchscreen display

Wacom broaden appeal with entry-level touchscreen display

If you're serious about electronic art, Wacom will happily reassure you, you'll have a Cintiq display.  For years now the drool-inducing mega-displays have woo'd artists and handwriting lovers alike, inciting as much awe over the specs as horror at the ultra-heavy price tag.  So what about the serious artists who are also poor?  Well, Wacom have decided to throw them a bone too, with the introduction of the PL-521.

 

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