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For 2016 there were a lot of gadgets fordesigners, artists and photographers. Microsoft has presented the Surface Book and Surface Studio with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor. Apple has released a new MacBook Pro with a multi-touch Touch Bar - a laptop that works best when processing video. And Wacom introduced the Wacom MobileStudio Pro.
See also: Microsoft Surface Studio Testing - Fantastic Computer Overview for Designers
Graphics Tablet Wacom MobileStudio Pro - Reviews
Wacom did not stand aside, andintroduced the mobile computer MobileStudio Pro. This graphics tablet costs from $ 2.000 (119.500 rubles) for a basic 13-inch model to $ 2,499.95 (150,000 rubles) for a 16-inch one. He has many useful features for creative people, but is such a huge price justified?
Wacom MobileStudio Pro Features
- 13 inch and 16 inch versions available
- Intel RealSense Camera
- I5 or i7 processor
- 8 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front cameras
- Wacom Pro Pen 2 Stylus Pen
- 4-16 GB DDR3 RAM
- SSD SATA from 64 to 512 GB
- Manufacturer: Wacom
- Approximate price: 150.000 rubles.
Design and stylus
Wacom Tablet MobileStudio Pro is designedonly for those who work professionally with graphics, and this is immediately apparent - the functionality is beyond design, but in this it is inferior to the Surface Book and MacBook Pro.
The 13-inch model weighs 1.42 kg, which is comparable to the MacBook Pro (1.37 kg). This option is more portable, you can just put it with you in the bag. The device is more suitable for traveling people.
The 16-inch model is so large that it does not fit into every backpack or bag, and constantly carrying a 2.2 kg graphic tablet is not easy.
Weight justified build quality - plasticThe case is quite solid and durable. ExpressKey soft keys are especially useful in programs like Photoshop, Adobe Premier, 3D Studio Max, Blender, Krita and ZBrush. The Wacom wireless keyboard can be purchased separately.
In the 13-inch model of the Wacom MobileStudio Pro there is6 keys ExpressKey, in their 16-inch 8. The keys are located on the left side of the screen, divided by the central button and the control wheel into 2 parts with 3 or 4 keys. You can set values for both individual keys and their combinations. The control wheel allows you to switch between menu items or customize various parameters — digital artists, photographers, and other people working with graphics should appreciate this.
Wacom Pro Pen 2 - one of the best stylus. In comparison, the Surface Pen, which uses N-trig technology, seems completely uncomfortable. Pro Pen 2 is 4 times more accurate than its predecessor - it has 8.192 levels of pressing force. For comparison, the Surface Pen is only 1.024. Pro Pen 2 responds well to changes in force and angle.
This is the only stylus with which actuallyfelt the nuances of drawing with a pencil, pen or brush. Of the minuses, it can be noted that the stand is not included and must be purchased separately. Surface Pro 4 is cheaper, and it has a retractable stand that allows you to set the screen to a more comfortable position. Without it, when working with the tablet, you have to twist the wrist. Perhaps Wacom expects that buyers already have their own easel, but still, the absence of such an important component is surprising.
As a graphic port - USB Type-C connector. On the 16-inch model there are 4 of them, and they are located on the right side.
Wacom explicitly states thatthe trend that sets Apple with its MacBook, and this is logical - there are more and more gadgets and peripherals that use the new standard. But, so far, USB Type-C is not widespread, on most scanners and monitors it is not. So those who want to connect Wacom MobileStudio Pro to other devices, will have to buy new cables and adapters. Given the size of the tablet, Wacom could put at least one USB 3.0 connector and a Mini DisplayPort on it.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro Camera
On some Wacom MobileStudio Pro models, instead ofThe main 8-megapixel rear camera is a three-dimensional Intel RealSense R200 camera. For those who work with 2D-graphics, it will be of little use, but in CAD applications and 3D-graphics it is useful.
The R200 actually consists of three cameras: dual stereoscopic infrared camera and one shooting in RGB mode. Thanks to Artec software that is already installed on a mobile PC, you can scan objects, create 3D models and export them to other applications. The process cannot be called intuitive - there are many nuances in the use of the camera that only professionals can understand.
Scanning takes a lot of space - from 0.5up to 4 meters. Although the boundaries of the working scan go further, outside this range, noisy areas will be noticeable on the model. Due to the fact that you have to move a considerable distance from the object, working at home becomes inconvenient.
Display MobileStudio Pro
One of the few reasons for choosing a more expensive andless convenient model - 15.6-inch UHD (3840 × 2160) IPS-display. The MobileStudio Pro model with a 13.3-inch screen has a WQHD resolution (2.560 × 1.440) - enough for amateur artists, but only the 16-inch version will suit those who need high resolution.
16-inch screen boasts coverage94.5% of the sRGB color range, 89.3% of Adobe RGB and 80.8% of DCI-P3. For comparison, the Surface Book screen covers only 67.6% of the Adobe RGB color space, and the MacBook Pro 81.9%. This makes MobileStudio Pro the best choice for artists and photographers. For videographers, the MacBook Pro is more suitable with its 98.3% in DCI-P3.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro Color Temperatureis 6.840K - a bit colder than the standard (6.500K), but the colors are quite realistic and balanced. The only drawback is the contrast ratio of 777: 1. For comparison, the Surface Book has a coefficient of 1750: 1, and a MacBook Pro — 1457: 1.
The performance of the new Wacom tablets
Wacom offers MobileStudio Pro in 6 different configurations, which vary greatly in performance.
The lowest components in the 13-inch modelfor $ 2000 (118.500 rubles): Intel Core processors of the sixth generation, integrated graphics card Iris Graphics 550, 4 GB of RAM DDR3 and SSD of 64 GB.
We tested the most top-end version: 16-inch, Intel Core i7-6567U, Nvidia Quadro M1000M with 4 GB of video memory, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD.
In benchmark Geekbench 3, he scored 3.656 points for a single-core test and 7.708 for a multi-core. For comparison, the MacBook Pro scored 3.300 and 6.947 points in single- and multi-core tests, respectively, and the Surface Book - 3.522 and 7.362. In Futuremark PCMark 8, in the Creative script, MobileStudio Pro scored 3.070 points. This is at the level of laptops with similar components.
SSD leaves much to be desired. In AS SSD Benchmark, the SATA solid-state drive, which is installed in MobileStudio Pro, demonstrated a read speed of 509.1 MB / s and write speed of 461.3 MB / s. This is much worse than the PCIe SSD in the MacBook Pro with its write speed of 2.000 MB / s and reading speed of 1.700 MB / s.
In practice, lack of speed is not noticed.even when working with the most complex projects. The back of the tablet heats up so much that after an hour to keep it on your lap and work becomes uncomfortable.
In 3D modeling Wacom MobileStudio Proallows you to work with projects in which more than 20 million polygons. For comparison, in most television studios, the equipment would not draw more than 9 million.
With editing video in Adobe Premier, our mobile device also copes, and the Surface Book is much better, although it heats up with prolonged use.
MobileStudio Pro is much quieter than Wacom Cintiq tablets, especially under light loads. It makes noise only when the tasks are really serious.
Battery endurance Wacom MobileStudio Pro
In the 16-inch model is 11.4-volt lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 52 watt-hour - according to the manufacturer, this is enough for about 6 hours of battery life.
In the PowerMark test, during which there were10 minutes of web browsing and 5 minutes of video playback with a screen brightness of 150 Nits are looped, we found that MobileStudio Pro had already run out in 2 hours. Given the size and purpose, this is generally sufficient.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro - highly specializeda device that ordinary users should not even pay attention to. Well-calibrated screen, best stylus, programmable ExpressKey keys and RealSense camera - the tablet is definitely better than Microsoft Surface Book.
Of the minuses. there is an SSD, which is slower than on the most top gadgets, and the screen is of lower quality than the MacBook Pro. We are also not sure that anyone other than CAD specialists and artists hardly needs the most expensive 16-inch version. The 13-inch model is cheaper, more compact and only slightly worse when working with graphics, but in general it is an excellent tablet that justifies its price, but only if you are a serious photographer, artist or designer.
- Large display
- Great stylus
- Custom keys
- Three-dimensional camera RealSense.
- Relatively slow SSD
- Short battery life
- High price.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro Graphics Tablet - Video Trailer