MobileStudio Pro is a great device for drawing & designing, both on-the-go or to work on a desktop (though there are other options for that if that’s all you want to do). it is responsive and doesn’t have much lag when you draw with it. It is very nice to see Wacom improve on its products, like how they improved on the parallax problem, offering a larger screen size like 16-inches is another welcomed sign.
I am honestly not sure how the additional pressure sensitivity in the pro pen 2 would be good for drawing, so I wouldn’t recommend it over any competing product for just that.
Just like the Cintiq Companion 2, you can use MobileStudio Pro in Cintiq mode, just like any regular Cintiq. That way, you could take advantage of your more powerful PC or Mac. The new pen holder makes it easier to carry it around, though I am not much in favor for the stand, which is optional for those who wants it.
Having a 16-inches models is going to be very convenient for many artists, while having Quadro graphics cards in the larger models makes it more suitable for CAD applications.
This is a first look review, I will update it once I got more experiences from real users in the future.
Quickly go to:-
- Pros Of Mobilestudio Pro
- Cons Of Mobilestudio Pro
- Technical Specifications (Both 13-Inches & 16 Inches Models)
- The Screen
- Drawing & Creative Experience
- Less Parallax
- Fan Problem?
- Graphics Capabilities
- Battery Life
- The Pro Pen 2
- The Stand & Other Additional Features
- Different Configuration & Specifications
- Hand On Video For Mobilestudio Pro
- And Finally
- See Also:-
- A great device to draw & design on the go.
- Offers larger screen size than 13-inches, that’s smaller than 20-inches.
- Can be attached to a computer & used as a Cintiq to draw.
- Requires an external adapter to connected to your computer & be used like a Cintiq.
- While it is good for Windows users, it can’t be used to run Mac OSX on the go.
- Display Size:- 13.3 inch (33.8 cm) or 15.6 inch (39.6 cm).
- Can be used it as a stand-alone device or as a Cintiq.
- Screen Resolution:- WQHD (2560 x 1440) for 13, UHD (3840 x 2160) for the 16
- Pressure sensitivity:- 8192 levels.
- Supports both tilt sensitivity and multi-touch.
- Tilt Range:- 40 degrees.
- Tilt Recognition:- 60 levels.
- Can be used by both Right-handed & left-handed use, with its adjustable optional stand.
- Compatible with Windows 10, capable of running a stand-alone Windows.
- Required operating system for the optional Wacom Link:- Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and later.
- Processors (13-inches model):- 6th generation Intel Core processors.
- Processors (16-inches models):- Intel Core i5-6267U – 2.9GHz(DTH-W1620M),
- Intel Core i7-6567U – 3.3 GHz (DTH-W1620H).
- Ram (13-Inches):- 4 GB – 16 GB DDR3.
- Ram (13-Inches):- 8GB – 16GB.
- Micro SD Slot SDXC card.
- Graphics Card (13-Inches):- Intel Iris Graphics 550
- Graphics Card (16-Inches):- NVIDIA Quadro M600M 2GB GDDR5 (DTH-W1620M),
- NVIDIA Quadro M1000M 4GB GDDR5 (DTH-W1620H).
- Storage (13-inches):- 64GB – 512GB Solid state drive (SSD).
- Storage (16-inches):- 256GB – 512GB SSD.
- Has a Kensington Minis aver Mobile Lock.
- Has fingerprint Sensor on select models
- Comes with extra Nibs 3 extra nibs (2 standard, 1 felt)
- Maximum Displayable Colors:- 16.7 million
- Screen Size (Measured Diagonally) 13.3 inch (33.8 cm) or 15.6 inch (39.6 cm).
- Screen Viewing Angles:- 178ｰ (89ｰ/89ｰ) H, (89ｰ/89ｰ) V.
- Screen Aspect Ratio:- 16:9.
- Screen Contrast Ratio:- 800:1.
- Active Area (13-Inches):- 294 x 165 mm (11.6 x 6.5 in)
- Graphics Input USB type C (for optimum performance) or Mini DisplayPort using optional Wacom Link.
- Response Rate:- 25 ms.
- Color Gamut:- 96% Adobe RGB (13 Inches), 94% Adobe RGB (16 Inches).
- ExpressKeys (13 Inches):- 6 customizable, application-specific.
- ExpressKeys (16 Inches):- 8 customizable, application-specific.
- Rocker Ring And Home Button 4 position customizable with default TouchRing function and home button.
- Supports On-Screen Controls.
- Supports Display Toggle when attached to Mac or PC using optional Wacom Link.
- Has an optional adjustable stand with 3 angles.
- Video Out USB type C.
- USB type C ports:- 3.
- Other Connections:- 1 Headset (Audio/combo), Network Bluetooth 4.1 technology, Wireless Network:- 802.11 ac.
- Cameras on Front:- 5 MP HD.
- Camera on Back:- 8 MP HD.
- Has Intel RealSense R200 (3D scanning camera) on select models.
- Has 2 built-in Speakers.
- Battery Life up to 6 hours (varies based on what device settings are selected)
- Battery Charging Time:- up to 2 hours.
- Previous generation pens:- Airbrush, Art Pen, Classic Pen, Grip Pen, Pro Pen.
- Model Numbers:- DTH-W1320T – DTH-W1320L – DTH-W1320M – DTH-W1320H.
- Additional Accessories:- Wacom Link, Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, Wacom Color Manager, Wacom Stand, Wacom Soft Case, Nibs, Wacom Pro Pen 2 + Pen case.
After two iterations of Wacom Cintiq Companion, which applies a very good concept that allow you to draw on the go, but had suffered from few problems, like the lack of Cintiq mode in the original Cintiq companion, or the loud fan noise in the second one. This time, Wacom is releasing new devices that follows suit with those, with a different name, and hopefully with much better experience for artists.
MobileStudio Pro comes in two screen sizes, the 13 model, with a 13.3-inches screen & and the 16, with a larger 15.6-inches screen. It is very nice to see Wacom giving you an option between their 13-Inches & 20+ Cintiq models, as some artists always thought that 13-inches in the 13HD model is too small for them, while the 20+ inches screens of the bigger Cintiq models are too big. The resolution for the 13 model is 2560 x 1440, while it is 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 for the 16 model.
MobileStudio Pro has 6 ExpressKeys & rocker button (the 16 model has 8 keys). Expresskeys is something that distinguished the Cintiq Companion from the Surface Pro line of tablets from Microsoft. In my opinion, it makes drawing on the go easier, even though it probably can’t entirely replace the keyboard for many people.
MobileStudio Pro features a 8192 level of pressure sensitivity, the highest ever. If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know that I was always skeptical of weather you need more pressure sensitivity more than 1024 or even 2048, let alone 8192. While it is nice to see that Wacom is advancing the technology, this is not the feature you will mainly use to make your purchase decision.
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Parallax is an issue that has always been there in Wacom products, where there’s a cursor offset near the edges of the drawing area. Many people complained over parallax on Wacom devices over the years, it never made the device unusable or anything, but it is an area where Wacom’s competitors are doing better. It seems like Wacom has improved over this issue. Thanks to the low space between the pen and the digitizer, you won’t get much parallax with MobileStudio Pro.
One of the things I hope to see in MobileStudio Pro is whether they solved the loud fans problem that existed in Cintiq Companion 2, something many artists disliked about. There were many tweaks that could reduce this problem in the Companion 2, but it is way better to have this problem solved out of the box, as it greatly affecting the drawing experience for many.
The 13 model of MobileStudio Pro comes with Iris 550, a GPU that has good power consumption. In case you are wondering whether this graphics card is suitable for designing or not, the answer depends on the art program you are using. You will be okay with art applications that depends on CPU only, and the ones that depends on GPU to some extent, but in the applications that requires a discrete GPU, you may get a performance hit. Since you will most likely use MobileStudio Pro to work on the go, this may not be a big issue for some people. In general, it sounds good for drawing & painting~
On the other hand, the 16 model of MobileStudio Pro has Quadro graphics card from Nvidia, with 2 GB or 4 GB options, depending on the model you pick up, which make it more suitable for running higher-end applications that requires a GPU, like CAD applications. That’s especially the case with the larger 16-inch screen size the models have.
Since none of MobileStudio Pro models have a GeForce graphics card, the old GeForce X Quadro debate doesn’t apply here, this could change in case Wacom ever released MobileStudio Pro with such GPU.
Expected battery life for MobileStudio Pro is up to 6 hours, according to Wacom. The battery life you are going to get depends also on your configuration, like the screen brightness and the load on the CPU.
MobileStudio Pro comes with the new Pro Pen 2, which doesn’t require battery, just like the case with all the other Wacom pens. The pro pen 2 offers more pressure sensitivity than its predecessor, or 8192 levels to be exact.
It comes with pen case with 3 replacement nibs( 2 standard & 1 felt), nibs that looks quite different than the traditional Wacom nibs. The pen also comes with color rings to customize the look of your pen, pen holder and the nibs removal tool.
You can attach the pen on the side of MobileStudio Pro, so that carrying it around would be easier. The pro pen 2 Comes with 4 color rings so you could customize your pen to your liking.
The optional stand for the MobileStudio Pro is similar to the one for Wacom Cintiq 13HD, and it is sold separately. It allows you to set your MobileStudio Pro to one of few positions. It would have been nice if Wacom adapted the continuous stand used in Microsoft Surface Pro now, and it would have been nice if Wacom improved a little bit on the stand, but that’s okay.
MobileStudio Pro comes equipped Intel RealSense 3D Camera, which allows you to capture real-life objects, and turn them into 3D. Some of MobileStudio Pro models, like the 13-inches i7 512GB, comes with 12-months license of Artec Studio 11 Ultimate scanning software, which is compatible with SolidWorks CAD & Design X.
You have the option to get the same Wacom wireless keyboard that was available for Cintiq 27QHD, which could be useful for working on the go, though I think any compact keyboard you own would do personally.
You can use MobileStudio Pro as just like a Cintiq using the optional accessory, Wacom Link, which gives you two display ports to connect your MobileStudio Pro to your computer.
MobileStudio Pro adopt the USB C standard, instead of the regular USB. So to use your regular USB devices, you need an adapter for that.
There are 6 configurations for MobileStudio Pro, 4 for the 13-inches model, and 2 for the 16-inches one.
The 13-inch models are all the same, with the difference in the amount of memory you get, and whether you get an i5 or i7 processor. The graphics card for all the models is the same Intel Iris 550.
It is worth noting that the 13-inches i7 512GB, comes with 12-months license of Artec Studio 11 Ultimate scanning software.
The two 16-inches differs all the ways, the higher-end model among the two gives you a better CPU (Intel Core i7), 16 GB of ram, 512 GB of storage & NVIDIA Quadro M1000M 4GB GDDR5.
To make it easier to compare the different models, I made a table with the specifications below.
|Computing Power & Specifications|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-6267U (2.9GHz)||Intel Core i7-6567U (3.3 GHz)||Intel Core i5||Intel Core i5||Intel Core i7||Intel Core i7|
|Storage||256GB SSD||512GB SSD||64GB||128GB||256GB||512GB|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA® Quadro® M600M 2GB GDDR5||NVIDIA® Quadro® M1000M 4GB GDDR5||Intel IrisTM Graphics 550||Intel IrisTM Graphics 550||Intel IrisTM Graphics 550||Intel IrisTM Graphics 550|
|Display Size||15.6 inch (39.6 cm)||15.6 inch (39.6 cm)||13.3 inch (33.8 cm)||13.3 inch (33.8 cm)||13.3 inch (33.8 cm)||13.3 inch (33.8 cm)|
|Color Gamut||94% Adobe RGB||94% Adobe RGB||96% Adobe RGB||96% Adobe RGB||96% Adobe RGB||96% Adobe RGB|
|Screen Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160||2560 x 1440||2560 x 1440||2560 x 1440||2560 x 1440|
|Display Colors||16.7 milion||16.7 milion||16.7 milion||16.7 milion||16.7 milion||16.7 milion|
|Pressure Sensitivity||8192 Levels||8192 Levels||8192 Levels||8192 Levels||8192 Levels||8192 Levels|
|Tilt Recognition||±60 levels||±60 levels||±60 levels||±60 levels||±60 levels||±60 levels|
|Response Rate||25 ms||25 ms||25 ms||25 ms||25 ms||25 ms|
|Battery Life||Up to 6 hours||Up to 6 hours||Up to 6 hours||Up to 6 hours||Up to 6 hours||Up to 6 hours|
Note:- Bear in mind that the operating system takes some of the storage space mentioned above from your MobileStudio Pro, so get the model that gives you enough for your needs while taking that in mind.
In this video Jason got his hand on MobileStudio Pro, and shows you one of them, along with the pen, how it looks like, and many other things
Here are some of the issues for the MobileStudio Pro, you could see a full list here in this Reddit post. Since it is the newest product among the 3 I am comparing here, I hope these issues will be solved by Wacom in the future.
- After waking from sleep, the pen & Expresskeys won’t work:- putting it to sleep again solves this problem.
- Heavy applications that uses a lot of vram, like 3D applications, causes the 16-inches model to crash:- Forcing the device to use the Intel graphics chip solves this problem, but this beats the purpose paying all that money for the 16-inches model (unless you only wanted it for the bigger screen, but still).
- While hovering the pen above the screen, the cursor doesn’t pick up the small change in movement:- You could see that in the following video.
Credit for the video to:- HappehLemons
So far, MobileStudio Pro is a nice drawing device on the go. It was very nice to see the improvements Wacom has made to the device compared to Cintiq Companion 2, like the improved parallax & the increased pressure sensitivity. The adoption of 3D could provide a good potential for creativity for artists too.
I hope you liked my MobileStudio Pro review, and see you again in another review. ^^