It has been over 2 years since Wacom released their MobileStudio Pro. The nifty mobile tablet with a Cintiq integrated into it. Which makes us expect Wacom to release a new model soon. Many of the things mentioned here are things that me & many artists desire. Some of them are major issues that should be fixed to make the upcoming models more durable, and pretty much more successful.
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The current MobileStudio Pro has some issues that makes it less than a worthy investment. The graphics card did fry itself for some people, battery could fail. The fans can go loud, something I noticed about some of Wacom products. Some of these issues have been there since the Cintiq Companion 2, so it would be lovely if MobileStudio Pro 2, or whatever they are going to call it, have less of these issues. Since some of them are a real breaker, specially for a very expensive product like that.
The stand existing model came to the market too long after the MobileStudio Pro itself was out, and after multiple delays. That made many owners of MobileStudio Pro use 3rd part stands or even make their own. I even made a post about alternative stands for those looking out for them.
Having a stand from the get go, or even equipping the new model with a stand the way Microsoft does with the Surface Pro would be super convenient.
This is an easy feature to think of. While the number of hours you’re getting from the current model depends on your use, it will range between 2-4 hours. Your mileage will vary based on the tweaks you make to your device. That’s not enough for many artists, specially compared to many laptops out there, so having a larger battery, one that lasts for few years, is a must.
Depending on the specifications you got, the original MobileStudio Pro could get dated fast, that’s totally the issue if you got one of the low-end model, the 4GB model, which could be not enough for much beyond basic use in many situations.
One way the models could have upgradability is to adopt the Creative Engine model, which turns the Cintiq Pro 24 to an All-In-One device. Having an engine for a mobile computer like the MobileStudio Pro is more desirable in my opinion.
Even without an engine, changing ram stick would be good, It would be considered a boon in a world where more & more things are soldered to the motherboard, so people could no longer repair or upgrade their devices.
Despite its steep price, having a compact computer you could use for drawing & designing anywhere is really neat. But since you’re buying a computer along with the Cintiq, it’s better to get newer models with up-to-date specifications more often, or else buying a laptop & the regular Cintiq separately is going to get you more power & more bangs for your bucks.
Wacom should really fix the issues the current MobileStudio Pro if it wants to stay competitive in this area, or else the iPad Pro is going to be the better option over time, especially with the fact it’s getting a full-fledged version of Photoshop in 2019.