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Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 i7

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Reviews, by Mark White
November 20, 2017

Cast off the restraints of a tethered desktop with this mobile powerhouse

The MobileStudio Pro is a multi-tasker’s dream. The pen computer lets you take your work on the go, and has the processing power to enable you to run multiple 2D, 3D and video-editing softwares at the same time. It’s the perfect choice for professional artists, photographers and designers, but with prices starting at £2,199.98/$2,399.95, you had better make sure it’s the workstation for you.

Inside the box you’ll receive a power pack and cable, a quickstart guide, a cleaning cloth, and one of its biggest selling points – the top-of-its-class Pro Pen 2, with case, nibs and colour rings. The Pro Pen 2 really makes the drawing experience feel natural on the MobileStudio Pro, as there is virtually no lag and no parallax. The matte screen of the tablet adds to the authentic drawing experience as well as boasting an Ultra HD display from a powerful 4GB GDDR5 graphics card.

As a tablet computer, it’s incredibly lightweight with a sturdy, sleek design and a silicone grip. The forward facing 5MP camera sits on the opposite side and the Intel RealDenseTM 3D capture camera sits on the rear, making it a perfect tool to find assets and inspiration wherever you are. On the front you’ll find the multi-touch ExpressKeysTM, which are fully customisable and application-specific, although the set-up interface could be more intuitive. Once set up though, it means you don’t need to also have a wireless keyboard with you to work effectively. However, the onboard buttons aren’t really a substitute for a keyboard’s worth of shortcuts, especially in Photoshop.

Wacom has plenty of accessories on offer as extras, but one of the biggest bugbears of the MobileStudio Pro is that it does not come with a case or a stand. Another drawback might be that, apart from one audio input, the device only uses USB-C. There are three of these ports on the side and these are also used for charging. The Wacom link is sold separately but does enable you to convert to your preferred cable and also link with a Mac if desired.

On the whole, the MobileStudio Pro a very impressive device with only minor surmountable drawbacks. The price is high and on a busy day the battery might scrape 2.5 hours, but if you are someone who enjoys working on the go without switching between several devices and requires the reliability, multi-functionality and processing speed of a quality computer, then this could definitely be for you.

The Verdict

8/10 – A truly impressive device that offers creative freedom. However, for the price, some of the ‘optional extras’ really should have been included in the box.