The Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 is a tablet display by Wacom that has the power of a Cintiq with the portability of commercial tablets.
Let's see if that's truly the case of if we really can't have the best of both worlds.
Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 Specifications
|Camera Resolution||2.0 MP HD, 8.0 MP HD|
|Minimum System Requirements||Windows 7 and OS X 10.8|
|RAM||4 GB to 16 GB|
|Storage||64 GB to 512 GB|
|Size||14.7 x 9.8 in|
|Active Area||11.6 x 6.5 in|
|Express Keys||Yes, 6|
|Pen Reading Speed||220 rps|
The Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 came packaged with the tablet itself, tablet stand, stylus, USB cable, power adapter and stylus case.
This tablet is almost a midway point between the 13HD and the 22HD with the added ability of portability.
I'm hoping this is a good medium between the two without sacrificing any of the features people love about Cintiqs.
The Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 comes with 6 programmable ExpressKeys that can be changed to suit your needs. These, like all other Wacom products I've reviewed, were easy to program and were at a good distance to press whenever I needed to use a shortcut. Nothing extraordinary, but it's a good amount of ExpressKeys and they got the job done.
The tablet display boasts vibrant colors that really helped you see what you are drawing. There was also no noticeable glare and no pixel errors on the screen. This is a quality product.
The stand that came with the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 was a little unstable. I found that it wobbled a bit when I was trying to draw on it, which could get a little annoying. I also found that when I unplugged the tablet and took it off the stand and onto my lap that the fans on the back on the tablet began to pick up. This wouldn't be a big deal but I also found after 20 minutes or so of having the tablet on my lap the tablet display began to get extremely hot.
This means that in order to draw on the go with your Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 you'll have to put up with some extreme heat for the 3 hours of battery life the tablet has while unplugged.
The stylus that came with the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 is as great as the other pens I've used with Wacom tablets.
The pen comes with Wacom's signature feature: no battery! This means no charging or messing around with battery packs ever.
The stylus also had great sensitivity due to the 2048 levels of pressure included in the pen. This combined with the texture of the surface of the tablet allows for greater control when drawing.
Another thing that helps with control is the fact that the pen senses how it's tilted.
All these things combined make the Wacom pens the closest thing to actual pen and pencils on the market.
The Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 is for the most part a fantastic tablet in the Cintiq line.
The colors on the tablet were very vibrant and you can really tell this is a high-resolution display. The stand that came with the tablet was a bit unreliable and wobbly. It's usable but you may find yourself readjusting it frequently. When I tried to use the tablet unplugged the cooling fans picked up a bit. This wasn't a bit deal but the tablet surface got extremely hot. You'll have to put up with this for the 3 hour battery life the tablet has unplugged if you want to use it in this way.
The stylus that came with the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 was great. It works without a battery so you won't have to worry about charging it. The pen draws great due to the 2048 levels of pressure that the stylus possesses. The pen also senses tilt so you're getting the most accurate lines that you possibly can.
The Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 is a great tablet for artists that want the reliability of a Cintiq with the ability to move around a bit. Just don't go too far, with that battery life you might find that the tablet has run out of juice!
4.3 out of 5.0 – Fantastic