Wacom Cintiq Companion

An impressive, albeit expensive, tool for professional designers

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Wacom Cintiq Companion The Cintiq Companion is much more impressive when you add the included Pro Pen into the equation
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By  Tom Paye Published  July 21, 2014

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Key Specs

Display adapter: USB 3.0
Display screen: 13.3-inch 1080p display
Internal storage: 512GB SSD
Memory: 8GB RAM
Networking: 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0

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Anyone who claims that you can't be productive with a tablet computer can't have set eyes on Wacom's Cintiq Companion.

The old adage is that tablets are great for consuming media, but no good if you actually want to create something. The Companion, like its predecessors, takes that myth and throws it out the window, except with a little more touch-friendly style thanks to it running on Windows 8. A big, powerful slab of creative machinery, the Companion is an ideal, albeit expensive, tool for an illustrator or designer's arsenal.

The Cintiq Companion really is best described as a designing tool, rather than a tablet. For one thing, it hardly fits into the traditional definition of ‘portable', as an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab might. With a 13.3-inch screen and a weight of almost four pounds, the device is something of a beast. It'd be extremely difficult to hold the device with one hand and operate it with the other, despite the rubbery paint on the left-hand side designed to make it more comfortable to hold. Luckily, when you think of it more as a slate PC, it makes much more sense.

The Companion comes with a protective case, which features a handy little kick stand. That gives you an idea as to the intention of the device - it's meant for desk-bound professionals who want to use a touchscreen for design work. The fact that you can take it to meetings is a bonus, but it's not meant as an on-the-go productivity machine.

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