Wacom One - New entry level for pen-based input & display

Published 07 January 2020

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, wacom, sketch, lamy

It’s CES this week, so the tech world is going nuts for all manner of nonsense that’s being launched this week – the good news is that there are a few highlights for those interested in products to help with the design and engineering process (rather than being the result of it).

One of the first highlights is Wacom’s latest product, the Wacom One. Don’t confuse this with an existing product called the One by Wacom that’s a simpler tablet-without-the-display device.

This is an entry level 13” pen-based input and display that’s coming in much cheaper than its professional focussed Cintiq products (at £350 compared to over £549 for the Cintiq16HD).

The device offers up a 13.3” pen or touch-based HD display (running at 1920 x 1080 pixels) and feature’s Wacom’s EMR technology in the pen, which gives pressure sensitivity, tilt recognition and doesn’t need charging.

It’ll connect to your Windows or Mac hardware as well as any Android devices.

Interestingly, there’s also support added to this device for pens from other vendors that have taken on Wacom’s EMR technology – a couple of our favourites are DEVELOP3D’s favourite fountain pen manufacturers, Lamy, has one based on its iconic Safari - called the AL-star black EMR.

Then there’s the rather marvellous looking and amazingly named Staedtler Noris.

We’ll be taking a more in-depth look at the Wacom One in a forthcoming issue, but questions we want to answer are the differences between this device and the more expensive Cintiq13HD.

A cursory look at the spec sheets gives the Cintiq branded device more accurate pen resolution, higher levels of pressure sensitivity as well as a few more customisable buttons and such.

“Whether drawing, editing images or developing and communicating ideas, Wacom One offers all the essentials to put beginning creatives and creators on a path toward discovering the joy of creating directly on screen,” said Faik Karaoglu, executive VP of Wacom’s Creative Business Unit.

“The product’s features, bundled software options and attractive price will allow a new wave of digital artists, makers, social media content creators, photographers, students, educators and business people to express themselves artistically and make the world a more creative place.”

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