>No new Cintiq Companion revealed at CES
>Only a new active pen for normie tablets
Is Wacom giving up or just slow? Do you think the increased competition has spooked them at all?
It'd probably be smart of them to give up if they truly have. Considering the proliferation of normie tablets out there, making their own tablet is costly and dangerous. If you look on amazon the reviews of the Companion 2 are very poor, they were apparently riddled with hardware issues and because of that I imagine Wacom may have lost a lot of money and prestige correcting these problems, if they ever did in the end. As much as I wanted-and was looking forward to-a Cintiq Companion 3 I guess I'll just have to make do with what I have, or possibly get a Surface 3 or 4.
I so badly wanted a reliable portable Cintiq, but all the stories of hardware failure with the Companions made me hesitate, not to mention the apparent battery and fan noise issues. I also felt it also had something of an identity crisis; too bulky to be a portable sketchbook, too small to be a stay-at-home desk tablet.
So for now I've settled for a Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pen isn't as good as Wacom EMR, but I'm finding it still pretty good for painting in Manga Studio, and the form factor is great.
I think a Companion 3 may still eventually happen - there's a thread on the official forum that Wacom have acknowledged. If they can make it reliable and less embarrassing to look at then I'll be on board
Am I the only one who thinks this is the sexiest thing in existence?
Companions are a bad idea by design, like gaming laptops.
You need high performance machine to do professional job with a professional device, but what you get is a laptop hardware. two cores on low clock speed and so on while 4k is knocking on the door.
Just not gonna fly.