Wacom Cintiq Hybrid Tablet:
Wacom’s Cintiq line has been making graphic designers the world over drooling for years what with its combination of a stylus-enabled touchpad and a monitor making them the perfect device for work in designing stations. But, sadly such a device has remained inaccessible to many amateurs due to their exuberant price tags with even the cheapest one costing you over a $1000. Now, it seems that the company is looking to expand it range of products and enter the hugely popular market of tablets with the help of a 13.3” Cintiq Companion Hybrid that runs on Android OS and turns into a Cintiq monitor when you plug it into a computer.
If you were hoping that this change of direction will mean a cheaper Cintiq device, then you better kill these hopes now as the Cintiq Companion Hybrid is supposed to start from a gut-wrenching $1499 for the 16GB version which further increases to $1599 if you want a 32GB version. Think that’s high? The Windows 8 version of these hybrids will cost you $2000! So yeah, they are not exactly cheap.
But Wacom has made sure that we get the full Cintiq experience for this price as the tablet is a pretty high end one. It packs a punch with a 13.3” screen in full 1920x1080p and having 2048 levels of sensitivity in order to make sure that your viewing experience is a gorgeous one. In addition to that there’s a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor onboard along with 2GB of RAM, a micorSD slot, an HDMI output port, a USB port, 2MP rear and 8MP front camera. All of this runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for the $1499 and $1599 units.
You will also get a Wacom Pro digital stylus, an adjustable desktop stand and a travel case in the deal. That was the hardware part, but what makes the Cintiq line so great is its collection of impressive designing softwares and we are happy to see that Wacom included all of them in the Cintiq Companion Hybrid as well. You have the full suite of Wacom’s Creative Canvas apps for mobile creation but in order to get the full juice out of it you will have to plug the tablet into a PC in order to borrow from its processing and graphics units. You will need a 3-in-1 data/video/power cable to do that.
When you plug the companion hybrid into a computer, it will act as a secondary monitor and graphics unit having access to all of Wacom’s customizations and also the Touch Ring scrolling button which you can set for various actions while using the graphics program of your choice.
The Cintiq line has never been cheap, but one still wonders if the company is trying to bring in new customers or pushing them away with these price tags. Sure, the Hybrid Companion is a great piece of hardware but it seems that the company is charging you for the style as well as the hardware.
If you are one of the few ones fortunate enough to afford it, the Cintiq Companion Hybrid is supposed to go on sale in September from the company’s own website.[Via: Android Police]