From affordable options without screens to futuristic computers, these are the tools creatives will use in 2020.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest and arguably the most relevant tech shows on Earth. It’s a week-long trade show where most of the high-tech devices we will see in stores during 2020 are announced.
Graphic tablets, an invaluable tool for artists and designers, are not an exception and this year's show left four devices that promise to transform the way we work, allowing us to draw faster and with more precision.
Let's take a look at them.
Huion Inspiroy HS611
Available in coral red, starry blue and space gray, this is the first pen tablet in the industry that has a media bar integrated on the top, so you can control the music or podcast that you are listening to while drawing. The volume can easily be adjusted with the touch keys on the media bar and you can also skip songs or switch the program running on the computer. Affordable (think $75) and chic. More info.
Wacom One is a relatively economical (approximately $350) 13" pen display for artists that want to work directly on screen but don't necessarily need a huge professional device–or just want to test the workflow before committing to a much more expensive device. It works with Mac, Windows and is compatible with Android apps. Users also have a huge selection of pens for drawing and writing from third-party companies. The 1920 x 1080 full HD display offers 72 percent NTSC color and anti-glare treated film. The device is compact and has foldable legs to find the ideal working position. More info.
Huion Kamvas Pro 24
For those who prefer a pen display to a pen tablet and need professional features, this one is a dream come true. It's equipped with a QHD screen and 2.5K display resolution. Additionally, 10 press keys located on both sides of the panel can be programmed separately to realize 20 different functions, and touch bars on each side of the device are specially designed to meet the requirements of both left-handed and right-handed users. More Info.
Intel Horshoe Bend
Not a graphic tablet per se, but a sign that maybe soon we might not need one anymore. Horshoe Bend is a prototype that hints at the design near future PCs will haveIts impressive 17-inch screen can be folded in half to adopt a more traditional laptop configuration, with a virtual keyboard on the lower side of the screen. Computers designed around this format will be highly portable but, at the same time, it will be possible to unfold them completely to have a larger canvas to work on. The screen will be touch sensitive but also compatible with a very precise digital stylus. Expect PCs like these in the second half of 2020. More info.