Wacom revamps its hybrid Windows tablet for 2015

Back in 2013, Wacom debuted a pair of standalone tablets that doubled as pen displays for both Android and Windows 8. At the time, that latter model, the Cintiq Companion, started at $1,499. For 2015, though, the company has added more configurations, and knocked $200 off the price. Just like its predecessor, the new Cintiq Companion 2 doubles as a handy pen display when you're working at home, pairing with either a Windows PC or Mac via the Wacom Connect app. And when you're on the go, the device serves as a full-fledged Windows tablet (even though it's a bit of a load), running Photoshop and other design apps, with a 13.3-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 display providing the screen real estate to do so. Similar to Wacom's stationary devices, the Cintiq Companion 2 also brings those useful ExpressKeys, Pro Pen, touch gestures and more to round out the hands-on workflow.

Rounding out the spec list, there are dual 8MP/2MP cameras, a memory card slot and a battery rated for 4.5 hours; if you're looking to use one all day, then, you'll need to find an outlet during lunch. This time around, the Windows 8.1 base model (Entry, as it's called) is priced at $1,299 with a 64GB SSD, a 1.7GHz Intel Core i3 CPU, Intel HD 4400 graphics and 4GB of RAM. Value ($1,599) and Standard ($1,999) versions take up the mid-range with spec boosts of their own, and a $2,499 Premium unit packs in a 512GB SSD, 3.1GHz Intel Core i7 processor, Intel Iris 6100 graphics and 16GB RAM. Looking to add one to your home studio? You'll be able to do so this spring.