The Cintiq Companion 2 has a split personality. In one half, it’s a traditional Windows 8 tablet powerful enough to run a full suite of desktop software, including Adobe Photoshop. Plug it into your PC or a Cintiq Connect, and the Companion 2 can double as a graphics tablet for pen-based image editing and graphics applications. It features 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity with a Pro Pen that can mimic the attributes of a brush, pen or marker, depending on your software. The tablet’s 13.3-inch glass screen has been finished to offer a more realistic “pen-on-paper” friction and it uses the six ExpressKeys found on the company’s earlier models. The Companion 2 boasts a 2560×1440-pixel-resolution display, and it ships with a soft-grip back and a 4-position adjustable stand. Wacom will offer five versions of the tablet with 4–16GB of RAM and between 64–512GB of internal memory. The entry-level Companion 2 will offer a 1.7-GHz Intel Core i3 chip, but you can opt for a speedier 3.1-GHz Core i7 processor on the high end. The Companion 2 will also offer a pair of cameras (8-megapixels in the back, 2-megapixels up front) and a memory card slot.
Price: from $1,299
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