touchscreen technology is widely used today. mostly on smartphones, computers, gameconsoles and recently on tablets... giving users both, the intuitive interaction of a touchscreen interface, with the powerand advantages of a regular computer. in our case, we were curiousabout their drawing capabilities. could they be an alternative to the expensive, display-based, drawing devices? so we went out to see some of the latestoptions available and after testing many brands and models,we chose to publish, on our youtube channel 6 short video demonstrations of what we think to be the best contenders
let's see who they are... the microsoft surface pro; the apple ipad 4th generation; sony vaio pro 13; the sony vaio tap 11; the samsung galaxy note pro; and the sony vaio duo 13. after testing them with luis kaã§moli, a professional transportation designer, we decided the top three.
and based on his feedback, we'll see now in detail some of the pros and cons of each model. even though we used different, and in many cases very limiting software that isn't suited for professional drawing, we could still sense the quality of the screen, its quickness of response to the pen and tell if it was of a good enough quality for drawing [3rd] microsoft surface pro: [pros] it runs the regular windows osyou would find on a laptop, not the rt or other low-powered versions. so you can run your favorite professional drawing software
with the advantage of not having to attach any external device to start drawing no compromises in this version of the surface: you get all the power of an intel core i5 processor; fast solid-state drive; and good enough ram to run the latest software; a good 1080p display (which looks amazing); 10 points of multitouch and last, but not least: it comes with a wacom pen. the screen response is impressive and it's a pleasure to draw. even though we were using a software like paint,
it was still giving perfect and natural results. overall this was one of the best screens we tested. the price is very competitive: â‚¬649 and it's very inviting for the amount of power and features you get. [cons] only one, but essential: the screen size. too small. you have less surface space and this might be limiting while drawing.
a 13" would have been perfect to have with this screen quality. [2nd] the samsung galaxy note pro even though a 13â€ or larger would have been perfect, the screen size is enough for drawing comfortably and itâ€™s perfect for sketching with its 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. it comes with the wacom s-pen but works perfectly with other pens too. we tried the bamboo stylus feel and the bamboo stylus duo and the result was excellent in both cases. sketchbook pro is a good combination with this kind of hardware
and it comes preinstalled and in an optimized version for the tablet. this is a complete application for drawing: you can use layers, export them in photoshop and much more. a bit expensive. even though itâ€™s a good tablet overall, itâ€™s still a tablet and not a laptop. so youâ€™re limited to the apps running in a second-class operating system. [1st] sony vaio duo 13 it has a carbon fiber casing with an aluminum palm rest. and the clever â€œsurf sliderâ€ design which makes it easy to switch between tablet and laptop modes. the pen that sony uses is the n-trig duosense 2 and it performed
as good as the wacom pens even though we used it with a limiting software like paint. you have the intuitive interaction of a touchscreen interface, when used as a tablet. and the power and advantages of a conventional computer, when used as a laptop. no need to attach external devices to start drawing. with the possibility to use powerful software like photoshop, artrage, sketchbook pro etc. expensive! even though itâ€™s a good quality and convertible device. the sony pen runs with a battery, so our battery-less wacom pens didnâ€™t work. but luckily the battery on the n-trig stylus will last well over a year. so in conclusion, to answer our question.yes, there are good alternatives to the display-based drawing devices.
sony vaio duo 13 is one of the best options for now. but still too expensive to compete with the pen displays. if the price drops in the future, they could be a viable alternative to the display-based drawing devices.