Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid review: a pen display that doubles as an Android tablet
Wacom's Cintiq Companion earns its keep as a pen display and provides a solid Android slate experience, but doesn't provide all of the software tools needed to be a reliable mobile workstation.
- Stellar pen display
- Solid performance
- Customizable interface
- Mediocre screen resolution
- Can't run all the apps creative pros need
After months of rumblings about a standalone slate, Wacom finally unveiled not one, but two tablets back in September. On paper, the Cintiq Companion may be the more compelling mobile workstation, just because it runs Windows, but first, we're taking a long, hard look at the Cintiq Companion Hybrid. Whereas the other runs Windows, this one is powered by Android and packs a top-of-the-line Tegra 4 chip to help you get work done on the go. Of course, when tethered to a laptop or desktop machine back in the studio, the unit also serves as a traditional pen display like the Cintiq 13HD -- but with multitouch gestures.
Creative types are already familiar with Wacom's prices, but the real question is whether the ability to use it as a mobile device is worth an even higher premium. With a stablemate that's capable of running a full version of Photoshop, is the Hybrid worth the added investment over the similarly sized 13HD pen tablet? Or are you better off paying more for the Cintiq Companion with Windows instead?
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