Tablet on Steroids
I’ve been eyeing a certain fruit branded tablet and its pencil for the longest of time. What’s stopping me is that it is essentially an oversized smartphone; the mobile environment doesn’t give me the flexibility and productivity I need day to day. When the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 came into the PC.com test lab, I was quick to snatch it up. However, the price of the unit almost gave me a heart attack.
Windows of Opportunities
The MobileStudio Pro 13 takes the best from the brand’s Cintiq series of tablet and incorporated it into a Windows ecosystem. The device is a full-featured Intel-powered computer that can run all your productivity and creative apps. This particular model features the 6th Gen i7 processor, with a 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM – giving creative professionals a powerful machine, which also happens to be a tablet.
If you’re constantly on the go, having one of these babies in your design arsenal will definitely declutter the number of devices you have in your bag. Imagine whipping out your laptop, then your tablet, and then other miscellaneous cables and accessories, when working out of the office. With the MobileStudio Pro, all you need is your device, the Wacon Pro Pen 2 and your USB-C charger cable.
A Suite of Applications
Being in the publishing line, I’ve learned that my notebooks need to be able to handle both productivity and creative apps simultaneously. Running my Office suite and Adobe Creative Cloud was a breeze of the MobileStudio Pro; there was hardly any lag when switching between Premier, InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft Word. I was doing my usual browsing on Chrome as well.
1 – On the Docks
The attachable dock saves you the heartache of losing your tablet stylus.
2 – Just Right
The 13-inch model fits perfectly into most backpacks; the 16-inch would be a hefty beast to carry around.
Dimensions: 367 x 229 x 16 mm
Display: 13.3-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440), 8,192 levels pen pressure (tilt and multi‑touch)
Processor: 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor
Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 550
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Storage: 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Cameras: Front: 5 MP HD; Back: 8 MP HD
Value – 7/10
Performance – 8/10
Features – 9/10
Design – 8/10
Usability – 9/10
Verdict: A pricey toy if you’re an everyday consumer, but for the modern day creative professional, this is brilliant!