1) yes its real. My gut tells me its real. My gut tells me I'm holding it so it has to be real! (sorry, bad Colbert joke).. Ok, yes, its really an active digitizer from WACOM. No passive here. The passive/Active is the c120x. 2) I've not used it, but someone has on a previous model and the ADP got them the c-140 as the replacement. Now you DO have 1 yr from purchase of the tablet to upgrade warranties. You can click here: http://www.tabletpcreview.com/default.asp?newsID=935&review=Gateway+C%2D140X+ for more info on it, along with performance scores.