Wacom MobileStudio Pro tablets can scan your Starbucks cup

— 12:09 PM on October 5, 2016

Greetings, artistic-minded gerbils everywhere. We have some goodies for you today, courtesy of Wacom. The digital art gear company is proudly showing off the MobileStudio Pro, the successor to its Cintiq lineup of art-oriented tablet PCs. Besides some nifty specs, the machines can be configured with an Intel RealSense R200 3D camera for  scanning purposes.

The MobileStudio Pro comes in 13" and 16" sizes. The 13" model has a 2560x1440 IPS screen capable of reproducing 96% of the Adobe RGB color space. The machine is powered by Skylake Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs and 4GB to 16GB of RAM. Storage comes by way of SSDs ranging from 64GB to 512GB. An SDXC card slot allows for further expansion, while three USB Type-C ports provide peripheral connectivity. Wacom says the MobileStudio Pro 13's 52-Wh battery should be good for 6 hours of work. The most powerful model in this range comes with an Intel RealSense R200 3D camera—just the ticket for object-scanning goodness.

The bigger MobileStudio Pro 16 is similar to its smaller brother—only bigger and better. The screen on this unit offers a 3840x2160 resolution and should cover 94% of the Adobe RGB color space. Buyers get two choices for this model. The first option packs a Core i5 CPU along with a Nvidia Quadro M600M graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The spiffier model gets a Core i7 CPU, a Nvidia M1000M card, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The higher-end version also includes a RealSense R200 3D camera, too.

Wacom designed a new stylus to go with the tablets. The Wacom Pro Pen 2 can get pretty touchy-feely with its 8192 levels of pressure and 60° tilt detection. The company says the new pen is four times more accurate than the previous model, too, and has "virtually no lag" and no parallax deviation. The stylus needs no batteries or charging.

We should note that the MobileStudio Pro only offers video output through its USB Type-C ports. The optional Wacom Link dock offers DisplayPort and USB connectors. The dock also allows users to plug the MobileStudio Pro into another computer and use it as a simple drawing tablet.

Prices for the MobileStudio Pro 13" start at $1,499 for a model with a Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD. A sum of $1,799 gets you an upgrade to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. There are two Core i7-equipped models on tap: one with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage at $1,999, and a high-end model with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a RealSense R200 camera.

Meanwhile, the base MobileStudio Pro 16 model goes for $2,399. The version packing the RealSense camera, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a Quadro M1000M goes for $2,999. Aspiring artists can get their hands on these goods in late November.

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