Best Wacom Pen

James Smith
• Monday, 14 December, 2020
• 8 min read

$99.99 Your price for this item is $99.99 The big selling point behind this stylus, is that the nib is made of plastic and works on virtually every Waco screen we tested it on, including the Remarkable 2.

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The core of the stylus is made of aluminum, if you twist top of the pen off, there are replacement nibs stored inside the canister. There is an aluminum clip on the pen, perfect to attach to a case or pocket protector.

This pen was originally designed for the reader Smart X, but it is compatible with most digital note-taking devices, such as the Remarkable 1, Remarkable 2, Xiaomi W7 Mann, Onyx Book Note 2, Onyx Book Nova 2, Onyx Book Max 3, Boyle Like book Anita, Boyle Like book Ares, Super note A5, Supernode A6 and Supernode A6X. The X- Pen has 4,096 degrees of pressure sensitivity, which on all supported devices, the line thickness will be enhanced, the harder you press on the screen.

His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. As everyday life moves further and further into the digital realm, dominated by smartphones and tablets, few of us need to tote notebooks and pens around anymore.

The Aegis lets you record everything you write, draw, or hear and digitizes it automatically from the special Live scribe paper you use it with. This system lets you search for and access handwritten notes from your iOS or Android device or desktop Windows or Mac computers and share resulting documents as text, PDF, image, or Word docs.

So here’s an intriguing concept: You can use your own implements and writing or sketchpad paper for note-taking or drawing on the Slate tablet while relying on a small removable ring that fits over your pen or pencil circumference to help digitize your work. Via the unit’s graphic tablet mode, you can use the Slate with popular desktop drawing software from Adobe and others and then share and export your creations in a variety of formats, including PNG, JPEG, MP4, PSD, and SVG.

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The package includes a 50-page starter notebook, two ink cartridges, a micro USB cable, and a cap. You can record audio to sync with your notes and diagrams and save as a PDF or upload to Google or Evernote.

It comes with a USB recharging cable, one pen tip ink refill, and a user manual. The free Waco Ink space app converts your handwritten notes to text and lets you export it into JPG, PNG, PDF, SVG, or WILL file.

An optional upgrade gives you access to the free Ink space cloud service that converts your notes to text, tags your ideas on paper, or exports them as documents. The pen has a dual-core ARM9 processor that can capture over 120 frames per second and can calculate a maximum of 256 levels of pressure.

The Nooses smarten’s internal camera can capture all your notes while recognizing up to 1,024 levels of pressure. This model features eight hours of writing capacity, so you’ll have plenty of room for your notes.

The package comes with a notebook, a refill, and a USB charger, and the app works with iOS and Android. Its corresponding free Live scribe+ app works with iOS and Android and uses Bluetooth smart technology to sync your notes and sketches.

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The pen has an internal memory that stores your notes and uses a high-speed infrared camera along with your device’s microphone to sync audio while you work. They’re very popular in the graphic arts field and are considered by some as an indispensable aid for any creative professional.

It’s a really capable product that can handle professional work environments as long as you don’t need to tilt support, multi touch input and are not using 4K or multiple displays. Drawing tablets can be used for most creative and content production needs such as illustration, photography, 3D modeling, animation, graphic design, etc.

Holding a pen is also much more ergonomic than using a mouse, and most users with repetitive strain injury (RSI) or tendonitis suffer less pain when using a tablet. A pen, on the other hand, allows you to work in a more relaxed position and eliminates the forearm twisting that strains muscles and tendons.

Most games don't work very well with pen input, as their interfaces were originally designed for mouse control. It’s not a real breakthrough compared to the regular Pro Pen, but the extra button can come in handy when navigating 3 axes of movement in a 3D design program.

I’ve personally switched fully to pen input almost 20 years ago, abandoned the mouse and never looked back. Without a major exercise in user interface design, my feeling is that we won't be able to achieve the necessary drawing precision with bare fingers to replace tablets.

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This gives us the best of both worlds: bare finger touch and gestures for quick window transitions, icon and menu selections, along with a pen for more precise actions where pinpoint accuracy and especially pressure sensitivity are indispensable. Laptop users, for example, already have a good trackpad or touchscreen at their disposal, lessening the need for multi touch on the tablet itself.

The Into Pro 24 with multi touch costs $500 more than its regular sibling and I’d personally choose the non-touch version for my work. What really sets Women tablets apart is better pen precision, with improved pressure transitions and less wavy diagonal lines than the competition.

Waco tablets tend to be supported for a longer time and have better drivers and third party integration than competing brands, making them a lasting investment. This makes a lot of sense for illustrators as all-in-one devices combine portability with the practicality of working directly on a canvas.

The Waco Into Pro 24 is an illustrator's dream come true: a large 24” digital canvas with very little parallax, 4K resolution, wide color gamut and the latest pen technology. These modules are pricey but deliver pro grade hardware on a compact package, which can be interesting for users in professional environments.

It’s a tough market for Waco as bigger companies, like Microsoft, can afford to iterate faster between hardware revisions. In 2021, Waco still produces the best dedicated drawing devices, while the Surface tablets are better all around computers and nothing can beat the iPad with Apple Pencil on low price, ease of use and convenience, while losing on integration and access to professional workflows.

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Both models are highly rated, offer better specs and wonderful hardware build quality for less than a comparable Waco product. Those are the models we feel are the most competitive and up to date, representing the best bang for the buck for any creative professional.

It has the right blend of size, resolution and features to satisfy most creative users and display configurations. Hardware quality is excellent and based on the track record of my own previous Waco Pro tablets, it should last for several years of daily use.

Well-made, very light and thin, with enough resolution to work well on large displays up to 2560 pixels in width. Event though the regular Intros offers great bang for the buck, there are a few key differences that set the Pro model apart.

If you’re choosing between both and have the budget to afford the Pro model, take some time to understand if any those features would be an important asset for your particular use case. Multi-touch input If you’re a desktop computer user, chances are that you’re going to miss having touch support for OS gestures and navigation.

The quality of touch input on an Intros Pro isn’t up to the best trackpads, but is still very good and comes in handy for zooming, scrolling and switching between windows while working. Pro models have double the resolution at 5080 LPI and a slightly larger active area.

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At that resolution, the Pro model felt a bit more precise, but the regular one was still plenty useable. That’s higher than the actual resolution of a 5K iMac running on its native Retina scaling, which is equivalent to a 2560×1440 display.

Users with 4K displays running at their native resolution of 3840×2160 or multiple display users should invest on an Intros Pro M model, as the resolution difference becomes very apparent in those cases and the regular Intros M model doesn’t deliver enough accuracy for critical work. Build quality and accessories The Intros Pro is better constructed and feels like a luxury product in hand.

The Pro lineup also offers more accessories, like optional pens, nibs and surface sheets in difference textures. Having a tablet too small for your screen leads to a jumpy cursor and makes fine selections difficult.

A tablet too big for your screen feels slow, requiring more hand movement, and may tire your arm muscles quicker. Bigger tablets, such as the 16.8” x 11.2” (430 × 287 mm) models (Intros Pro Large, for example), are difficult to use along with a keyboard and tend to be more adequate for single task work where typing is secondary, for example video editing or drawing.

This would require a larger drawing area than a single screen, and preferably a high-end tablet such as the Intros Pro Medium or Large models. A tablet too big for your screen feels slow, requiring too much hand movement, and may tire your arm muscles quicker.

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Working with a tablet is a paradigm change and may require an adaptation period for hardcore mouse addicts. I bought my first Waco Graphite 4" x 5" model, circa 1998, after suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome for a good time.

My tablet arrived in the middle of a book design job and I delved straight into it, leaving the mouse disconnected. People and companies (I’m looking at you, Apple) are abandoning desktops and this trend is no different on the pen tablet market.

This makes a lot of sense for the public and specially illustrators, who now have freedom to produce work anywhere without being tied to a computer. Those are areas that benefit greatly not only from pen input, but also from raw processing power and workflows that favor integration between different programs, fast storage devices and multiple professionals working simultaneously on a project.

In those cases, desktop computers offer much better bang for the buck and workflow integration options. I recognize Waco as a company that moves fast, experiments a lot and thinks outside the box, even though this sometimes leads to a confusing product lineup.

The n-Trig technology used for pen input is not up to Wacom’s gold standard, but has been improving at a fast pace and the Surface Pro 7 is a great device, surely capable to replace a traditional computer and Into combo for a lot of use cases. Microsoft made great improvements on the pen latency, initial activation force and overall precision on this latest iteration.

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iOS's software ecosystem favors newcomers and outside thinking, bringing to the market programs like Procreate and Paper by Fifty Three, for drawing, or even Gastropod, which turns and iPad into a Waco Into replacement. Take a look at Sketchbook by Autodesk and the offerings from Adobe that transform the iPads into companion devices for the desktop Creative Suite.

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