Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024

Wacom is fleshing out its vary of reasonably priced drawing tablets with 4 new additions to the Wacom One product household. Designed as an entry-level platform for college students, educators, and people new to inventive drawing {hardware}, the brand new Wacom One vary goals to supply “selection and customization” to assist totally different wants.

The 4 tablets are available two varieties: the Wacom One 12 ($399.99) and Wacom One 13 contact ($599.99) “pen show” tablets with built-in screens or the Wacom One S ($99.99) and Wacom One M ($149.99) conventional “pen tablets,” which don’t function a show.

The brand new Wacom One 12 and 13 contact look visually much like the prevailing Wacom One show pill. Picture: Wacom

The Wacom One 12 and Wacom One 13 contact pen show tablets are geared up with 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch glass screens, respectively, that are specifically bonded to cut back parallax (that hole between the stylus nib and the cursor). These tablets function a 1920 x 1080p decision with 99 p.c sRGB protection. The Wacom One 13 contact additionally helps Wacom’s 10-finger multitouch gestures, which permit customers to navigate utilizing acquainted hand actions like pinching and swiping, similar to an iPad. A button positioned alongside the facet of the Wacom One 13 contact will disable contact sensitivity if it will get in the best way.

The Wacom One S and M are the corporate’s first entry-level pen tablets with 4K stress sensitivity and tilt assist. The customizable stylus that ships with all 4 variations of the Wacom One is on the market in quite a lot of colours and options two facet buttons for assigning keyboard shortcuts. A choice of third-party pens from Staedtler (show tablets solely), Lamy, Kaweco, and Dr. Grip are additionally supported.

The dotted “grid” on the Wacom One M and S helps customers to jot down or attract a straight line the place required. Picture: Wacom

All 4 of the brand new Wacom One drawing tablets assist Home windows, macOS, Android, and ChromeOS and can be utilized with a USB-C cable as an alternative of the HDMI / USB-C / Energy splitter cable that show tablets usually use. A secondary USB-C cable may be linked to the drawing pill if extra energy is required. HDMI assist can be nonetheless accessible for the Wacom One show tablets for many who can’t depend on USB-C, and Bluetooth assist is on the market for the Wacom One S and M fashions.

Wacom claims the brand new One lineup is essentially the most sustainable product vary it’s ever offered. Postconsumer recycled plastics make up round 30–65 p.c of every pill’s supplies, and petroleum-based plastics have in any other case been lowered or changed with bioplastics. Wacom can be providing cheaper tablet-only “eStore” variations of the product to cut back e-waste for purchasers who already personal suitable cables and styluses.

The Wacom One’s two-button stylus may be personalized with extra equipment accessible by way of the Wacom web site. Picture: Wacom

“The Wacom One product line is a gateway to the world of digital artwork, creativity and productiveness. It attracts on the corporate’s 40 years of expertise in constructing high-end inventive pen shows,” mentioned Faik Karaoglu, government vice chairman of Wacom’s branded enterprise unit, in a press launch. “Our aim is to make it simpler than ever for artists and new customers to begin their journey.”

It is a good addition to the Wacom product portfolio. The corporate’s premium choices just like the Wacom Cintiq are nonetheless the merchandise of selection for many inventive professionals, however extra reasonably priced opponents like Huion and XP-Pen have emerged lately to focus on shoppers on a price range. The options and pricing of the Wacom One lineup place it in an excellent place to be aggressive at quite a lot of worth ranges. 

I do have one grievance… why on earth would you reuse the “One” identify once more? Wacom already has a Wacom One show pill (which the corporate says isn’t being discontinued) and a “One by Wacom” pen pill. You’d assume an organization with roots in creativity may do higher.

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