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.
Wacom revamps its hybrid Windows tablet for 2015
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