You are focusing on wrong part of their experience IMO. I think Wacom's greatest asset isn't that their digitizers are EMR based. I think their greatest asset is their pressure sensor assembly inside their pens. They are now able to get down to 1 gram or initial pressure force registration. Others are catching up fast in this realm, but they are still the top. The EMR is an asset, but also deficit in that it goes against the goal of ever decreasing chassis thickness. EMR requires a layer behind the LCD and will be an obstacle for many ODMs to include in their Pen Tablets. This is one reason why Wacom initiated the Active ES program. Other is also the flexibility the set up allows their ODMs in selling their tablets. With wide Adoption of Active ES touch digitizer (which has the necessary chip for pen operations as well), you can always sell them the pen separately later and not include the price of it in the initial purchase. As for Duo Sense 2 vs Active ES, they felt EXACTLY THE SAME to me in how they operate, even down to the initial contact confusion that causes a blob in Fresh Paint. I could make an argument that the Wacom's pressure curve was more pleasant, but that might be due to my preference for how they set up their pressure curve. I have video of me using Fresh Paint with Toshiba Encore 2 Write that I still have to overdub (sound was no good) that will show what I'm talking about. One potential HUGE difference that isn't shown in the video that is a big one, at least to me, is that from what Wacom guys told me (but not confirmed 100%) is that Active ES will work with their Consumer WinTab driver (Feel It driver). This for me is game changer against anything N-Trig since you have pressure with ALL art apps, and also, YOU CAN MAP THE DAMN PEN SIDE BUTTONS!!! MS still haven't done anything with Surface Pro 3 pen side buttons mapping and I'm not holding my breathe. Active ES devices will let me use it more productively than DuoSense 2 devices for this reason, and that's the whole ballgame for me.