Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 Discussion Thread

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  1. whazzup

    whazzup Scribbler - Standard Member

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    schroder999 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Multiple sources reporting that the new Toshiba has a 2048 sensitivity wacom panel as well. http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tablets/new...pc-tablets-and-hard-drives-at-ces-2015-644958

    So far these are the only two announced with the high end cintiq panel. The cintiq has a a broadwell (in the enhanced model) while the toshiba uses a Core M fanless design.

    Cintiq Pros:
    bigger screen, higher resolution, matte finish
    expresskeys
    faster processor, option for discrete graphics
    Can be used as a desktop cintiq through Cintiq Connect app

    Cintiq Cons:
    Heavy
    Low battery life

    Toshiba Pros:
    Included keyboard attachement w/ extended battery built in
    9.1 hours standalone battery life, 17 with base (manufacturer claim)
    Arguably better specs at the lower price points

    Toshiba Cons:
    Core M processors have tested to be slower than Haswell generation processors in most applications
     
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  4. balistic

    balistic wacom jock

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    Don't assume that the Toshiba and the Cintiq are using comparable digitizers just because Wacom provides both of them and the pressure levels are the same. They've developed a new technology that's very similar to N*Trig's, and I believe that's what the Toshiba is likely using. The Companion, meanwhile, is using the same pen tech as the rest of Wacom's high-end Cintiq monitor line.

    I'd love to be wrong though. If that Toshiba had a Cintiq digitizer I'd ditch my Yoga in a hurry.
     
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    I would think that wacom would have announced it in their CES press release if they had developed a new digitizer for mainstream tablet use. Guess we'll see though.

    Regardless though I think the new companion's ability to be used tethered to a more powerful PC puts it over the top as a general purpose device, the mobility on the toshiba will only be worth it if you already have a desktop Cintiq.
     
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    They have certainly developed new digitizer tech. It has been known about four a couple months now, but I'm fairly sure the z20t in question uses the traditional EMR tech. I think only the Encore writes are using the new cheaper active electrostatic tech.
     
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    I laughed at the Cintiq Companion 1 launch: obsolete processor, crappy battery life, non replaceable battery, no desktop tablet option, brittle power connector, laggy, bulky, overpriced, in a market suddenly exploding with portable competiton.

    This 2nd launch proves they aren't trying to commit suicide after all...but they might still get killed, even tho it looks like they kinda got it right this time.

    I'll probably get one anyway.
     
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    They got it right alright.
    Glad to know Wacom still got game. The price points are most impressive!
     
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    I will definitely be keeping an eye on the new Companion. As long as it doesn't have the hardware failures of the previous generation (which I adored, aside from it breaking constantly) then it will be an amazing tablet.
     
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