The Cintiq Companion 2 is the second generation in the Cintiq Companion tablet series released by Wacom. With serious graphic designers in mind, this heavy-duty Windows tablet comes with an amazing pen display as well as a good deal of flash memory and RAM to help designers achieve computer-quality results.
The Cintiq Companion 2 comes with a fresh install of Windows 8.1, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of flash memory, a 3.2 GHz processor and weighs in at under 4 pounds. The touch screen has over 2000 levels of of pressure sensitivity to give designers more control over their artwork and has some of the most sensitive angle detection on the market.
In terms of looking at this product strictly as a graphic design tool, the previously mentioned insane levels of pressure sensitivity are more than enough for any graphic designer, no matter the project. The awesome angle detection and included pen also make projects as comfortable as possible. But even casual tablet/computer users can find value in this tablet.
Relative to it’s size and weight, the Cintiq Companion 2 has some of the best specs on the market. Users are carrying the power of a PC in their backpacks. This is one of the most powerful on-the-go tablets currently available. Not only is it an attractive product for graphic design pros, I’d go so far as to say this tablet could replace the average family’s household computer. Simply put, the Cintiq Companion 2 can handle any situation thrown at it.
While these features certainly sound promising in theory, there are issues that potential buyers should keep in mind. Scouring the net, you’ll find – with little effort, I might add – an abundance of customer complaints revolving around issues that might suggest a lack of quality control and testing over at Wacom. Issues with back lights, touch sensitivity and batteries are far from unheard of.
While Wacom seems to be doing a good job at handling customer complaints, it’s still something to consider; nobody likes waiting a week for a tablet, just to send it back and wait another week for a replacement.
One of the Cintiq Companion 2’s best competitors at the moment is the Trust Flex. Comparing the two can be rather difficult as they each keep different features and users in mind, but the Trust Flex is arguably the most innovative graphic design tablet next to the Cintiq Companion 2. That, and anyone considering buying a product in this category has no doubt considered both of these tablets.
The obvious difference is the price. One could buy 10 Trust Flex Tablets for a fraction of the cost of a Cintiq Companion 2.
While the former may have better overall value, I think it’s safe to say that if you have some money to burn, the latter would be the obvious choice. The Trust Flex (as well as many other tablets of its kind) also sacrifices the heavy specs we’re seeing in the Cintiq in favor of more comfortability and maneuverability.
But that’s not what the Cintiq is all about. The Cintiq is meant for those looking for something heavy duty that will remain relevant in the market for the next five years. Something which can run anything the user wants to run. Relative to other tablets in its category, the Cintiq is far from one-dimensional.
As good as this tablet is, there’s one big turnoff; the price. At the moment, it can be had on Amazon for $2499.99 new. As previously stated, this tablet is for those professional graphic designers who are serious about their artwork and who have a serious amount of money to put down on a design tool.
While some can argue over whether or not you’re getting the most bang for your buck with the Cintiq Companion 2, it’s undeniable that, by purchasing this tablet, you’re getting one of the most advanced and proficient tablets on the market. This isn’t the type of tablet that requires you to upgrade every 2 or 3 years; users who purchase this tablet should be satiated for years to come due to it’s near-futuristic features.
Examples of Work By Artists
Wacom did a great job of capturing just what their tablet is capable of when in the right hands. A great example is this finished picture where the clouds overhead give an awesome representation of the power of the absurd amount of pressure sensitivity.
While not as in-depth as the previous example, this picture focuses more on the tablet’s Photoshop and Camera integration while still giving users a feel for the pressure sensitivity and deep color through the background work.
If you really want to get serious about graphic design, the Cintiq Companion 2 will give any artist the proper tools they need excel in their work and remain one step ahead of the competition. While sometimes a bit of a hassle and an expense, it just simply can’t be beat by any other product currently on the market and is – to a degree – quite ahead of it’s time.