Wacom has announced $649 Cintiq 16, their most affordable pen display yet. At the price of $650, it’s aimed at aspiring creatives and hobbyists who want to make a transition to more professional devices.
Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 announcement yesterday comes Hewlett Packard. The Surface Book 2 looked pretty impressive 24 hours ago. Now, though it’s looking a little weaker by comparison. It comes with up to 32GB RAM, vs the 16GB limit on the Surface Book 2, and up to 2TB internal SSD storage. The ZBook X2 also features an even higher resolution 4K multi touch screen display.
It’s also a true 2-in-1 laptop, in the sense that you can completely detach the keyboard from the display and turn it into a tablet. Not just flip the screen around and fold it backwards. More like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, albeit with a substantially higher spec.
Microsoft Surface devices have a sleek design, and the Surface Pro laptop seems to be useful for photographers. However, Consumer Reports claims that these gadgets are unreliable. Therefore, they removed the “recommended” label from four Microsoft laptops. According to their report, 25% of these devices will break within two years from the purchase.
Microsoft already looked to start giving Apple a run for its money with the recently announced Surface Studio. Now, Microsoft have announced the new Surface Pro. It is compatible with the Microsoft Dial, announced with the Surface Studio. It also launches with a new pen, offering much better drawing capabilities.
With longer battery usage, better connectivity and full size USB sockets, it will be interesting to see if any make the switch from the rather disappointing 2016 MacBook Pro. It definitely looks like it’s taking aim at the creative market. But, with it also having a max RAM capacity of only 16GB, it may still put a few off picking this one up. Especially those who do video.
Kodak seem to be making great efforts with regard to film lately. They still seem to struggle with the digital world, though. Ok, so Kodak is a shadow of its former self, commonly just licensing its name to the highest bidder. But, you sometimes have to ask, what’s the point?
For those who’ve never heard of Archos, they make a line of low budget mediocre Android tablets. They also used to make a not terrible range of portable photo backup devices (whatever happened to those?) and mp3 players. Now, Kodak have announced that it has selected Archos as a brand license in the European tablet market.
One problem that we photographers (and other creative pros) run into a lot is the need for additional screen real estate. For those on the go and working from laptops, it’s really not convenient to carry around an extra LCD monitor in your bag (obviously). But, if you have an iPad or Android tablet, you may have just found your answer neigh at hand.
Instructables user Ironman 54 recently detailed the process of easily turning his iPad into an external monitor for his computer.