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For a long time I have been a convertible tablet enthusiast and have blogged about several systems. Each tablet has strengths and weaknesses but the ones I particularly like are the ones with digitizer pen input. There are several pen technologies available, and the purpose of this page is to track Wacom tablets.
- Slate tablet: a tablet that lacks a keyboard attachment.
- Hybrid tablet: a tablet that can attach/detach an I/O module (usually a keyboard+touchpad+ports).
- Convertible tablet: a tablet that has a permanent keyboard attachment and the screen rotates in order to form a slate-like tablet.
- Tablet Accessory:
- Interactive Pen Tablet (IPT): A computer attachment that has an interactive surface, and is usually connected via USB.
- Interactive Pen Display (IPD): A computer attachment that has an interactive surface and displays graphics on the drawing surface.
- Digitizer: An electronic pen-like input device that usually offers pressure sensitivity, hover state, palm rejection/cancellation, and several function buttons. The digitizer may or may not have battery. There are many methods for digitizer communcation, such as: Electro Magnetic Resonance (EMR), Ultra Sound, magnetic force lines, and other electro magnetic methods. Many digitizer systems have modes that allow finger touch to be on/off, digitizer on/off, or a combination (palm rejection) [1, 2]. Examples: Wacom Penabled, Wacom Intuos Pro Pen, N-Trig DuoSense 1 and 2 pens, Synaptics active pen, Atmel maxStylus mXTS100 and mXTS200 (also rebranded as HP Executive Tablet Pen), Anoto Live Pen 1, Hitachi, UC-Logic, and EPOS/Qualcomm pen, Sharp PN-ZL01 and PN-ZL02 Aquos Board Pens, and rebranded digitizers like Samsung's S Pen (which are Wacom pens), and lastly Hanvon's ERT/EMR technology. Generally digitizers have a tip of about 1 mm, although some are much larger (such as the Sharp Aquos board pens--this latter pen also has an "eraser" accessory), and in some cases the pen tips can be replaced. There's also this Panasonic summary.
- Stylus: A pen-like input device that is not electronic. A stylus can work as a mouse pointer and may emulate a finger touch, however it generally does not have "hover" state tracking. In a way, the stylus is actually not always necessary for the function of the interactive surface, sometimes applied pressure is sufficient (as in the case of resistive touch panels where one can use a fingernail instead of the stylus). The pen tip radius of "capacitive" styluses may be as big as similar to that of a finger's touch, and may sometimes go as low as 2 mm--texture wise they are "gummy/bouncy". The pen tips of "resistive" styluses may be as low as 1 mm. Generally capacitive screens do not offer pressure levels, but resistive screens sometimes do have pressure sensitivity. Examples: Nintendo DS stylus, Palm stylus, iPad/Android tablet capacitive pens, Wacom Intuous Creative Stylus, 2mm iPad/tablet like "touch" pens, Nvidia Directstylus 2.
- Touch screen: accepts input of a user's touch via resistive, conductive, or capacitive methods. These methods usually involve some kind of array/grid of sensors via a transparent overlay, via processing of an optical signal across a screen, via transducers, resistive stripes, and many others. On a side note, companies like Wacom, N-Trig, and Synaptics make touch screens that DO and DO NOT support digitizers.
- Digitizer/Stylus Hybrid: A pen that has elements of digitizer and stylus. Example: Ten One Design Pogo Connect, Evernote Jot Script.
- Pen Capture Devices: A system that captures the analog pen movement and turns such into digital. Examples: Wacom Inkling, DigiMemo, Apen A4.
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Asus Eee Note EA-800 Asus Eee Slate B121 Asus Eee Slate EP121 Asus VivoTab 11.6" (TF810C-C2-GR) Asus VivoTab Note 8 (M80TA) Dell Latitude 10 Tablet (NOT Essentials model) ErenEben T1 ErenEben T2 ErenEben T3 ErenEben T4 ErenEben T5 ErenEben T6 ErenEben T7 ErenEben T8 Fujitsu LifeBook T725 Fujitsu LifeBook T731 Fujitsu LifeBook T732 Fujitsu LifeBook T734 Fujitsu LifeBook T901 Fujitsu LifeBook T902 Fujitsu LifeBook T904 / TH90 Fujitsu LifeBook T935 Fujitsu LifeBook TH701 Fujitsu Stylistic/Arrows Q584 / QH55 Fujitsu Stylistic/Arrows Q704 / QH77 General Dynamics Itronix Duo-Touch General Dynamics Itronix Duo-Touch II HP EliteBook 2740p HP EliteBook 2760p HP HP Elite x2 1011 G1 HP Pro x2 612 G1 HP TouchSmart TM2 Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2nd Gen (2014) Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet (X200T) Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet (X201T) Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet (X220T) Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Tablet (X230T) Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet (X60T) Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet (X61T) Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (12.5 inch version) Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14 (ThinkPad S3 Yoga 14 in support page has WinTab driver.--but I'm uncertain. Model: 20DM008UUS works with Wacom AES pens ) Lenovo ThinkVision LT1423p Microsoft Surface 2/Pro 2 Microsoft Surface RT/Pro Modbook Pro Mac OS X Modbook Pro X (15.4" Retina) Modbook Pro Windows Motion Computing J3400, J3500, J3600 Motion Computing LE1600 Motion Computing LE1700 Motion Computing LS800 Motion Computing M1200, M1300, M1400 Motion Computing Motion C5te Motion Computing Motion F5t, C5T Motion Computing Motion F5te Motion Computing Motion R12 Panasonic Toughbook CF-19MK3 Panasonic Toughbook CF-19MK5 Panasonic Toughbook CF-19MK7 (dualtouch) Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 Panasonic Toughbook CF-C2 Panasonic Toughbook CF-H1 Panasonic Toughbook CF-H2 Field & Health Panasonic Toughbook H2 Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 MK2 Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 MK1 PocketBook CAD Reader Samsung ATIV Q Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T / Tab 5 Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Samsung ATIV Tab 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (note that it has Synaptics tech[touch]) Samsung Galaxy Note I/1, II/2, III/3, IV/4 (and Neo) Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Samsung Series 7 Slate Toshiba Portege Z10T Toshiba Portege Z15T-A1210 Toshiba REGZA Tablet AT703 / EXCITE AT10PE-A-105 Toshiba WT310-106 Wacom Bamboo Pad (USB, Wireless) Wacom Cintiq 13HD Wacom Cintiq 22HD Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch Wacom Cintiq 24HD Wacom Cintiq 24HD Touch Wacom Cintiq Companion Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid Wacom DTF-720 Wacom DTH-2242 Wacom DTK-2241 Wacom DTU-1031 Wacom DTU-1631 Wacom DTU-2231 Wacom Intuos 3 Wacom Intuos 4 (S/L/M/XL) Wacom Intuos 5 Pro Pen & Touch (S/M/L) Wacom Intuos 5 Pro Pen & Touch (Special Edition) Wacom Intuos Manga Wacom Intuos Pen (S) Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch (S/M)
EAS e Reader lists Stylus Onyx M92 en Pocketbook 912, which is compatible with Hanvon e-readers and Pocketbook (912, 903, 612, 603) may be a Wacom compatible digitizer. However, Hanvon technology looks like Wacom technology, but it's not! Here's a list of Hanvon digitizer devices.
The list will continue growing. If there are tablets missing, of there is a need for a correction, please let me know in the comments. Thank you.