I’ve been using a graphic tablet to interact with my computers for more than 25 years and have owned a number of different tablets during that timeframe. Today we’re going to look at a Wacom tablet that integrates a display so that you can draw directly on your screen. Yes, I’ll get a small commission if you purchase through the links I provide. No, I didn’t get a free one.
First, there is a difference between a graphics tablet and a tablet computer. A graphics tablet is simply an input device for your computer in the same manner as a mouse. I’ve used my tablets in place of a mouse and in conjunction with a mouse. It is a far better way to work, especially when creating or editing artwork. Think of it like a pen or a brush in your hand.
In all cases, my tablets have not had a screen of any kind and that’s what makes the Wacom One Digital Drawing Tablet with Screen different. The electronics of a typical graphics tablet are combined with a 13.3 inch monitor (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution). This allows you to draw directly on the screen with a battery-less pen. Like other Wacom tablets, the pen supports 4092 levels of pressure.
For users who absolutely want to draw directly on the monitor, this could be a great alternative. Personally I prefer having the best of both worlds. Instead of the small display, I’d prefer a very large high resolution display. While it took a day or two to adjust to using a tablet, I’ve found it quite simple to just move my pen on the tablet and watch the actions on my monitor.
Where I feel this tablet would be most useful would be with a compatible iOS or Android phone. Yes, you can use it with both Mac and Windows as well. That means it has a very wide range of compatibility, though I should note you’ll need a separate adapter to use it with a phone.
This may not be the perfect product for my needs, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good product and one that might meet your needs. For those who have always wanted to draw directly on their screen, give this a look!
Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.