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Wacom One newbie pen display connects to Android as well as Mac and PC

It's Wacom's most affordable model at $400.

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The Wacom One shown here with the optional Staedtler stylus and the cartoon stylings of Jason Chatfield. It mirrors to your Android device.

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Wacom 's known for its great -- and expensive -- pressure-sensitive drawing tablets and Cintiq pen displays. At CES, the company showed off the Wacom One, its new 13-inch entry-level pen display intended to appeal to artists and annotators who want to upgrade existing systems. The twist for the One is the ability to connect to Android devices for direct drawing on the bigger screen. That probably means it will work with Chromebooks as well.

It costs an "affordable" $400. I think that's still a lot of money. But you can buy it starting Monday.

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The One uses Wacom's battery-free EMR technology and therefore can work with any EMR-compatible stylus, like a Samsung S-Pen. It connects to your device via USB-C, though I don't believe it can charge it. The 1,920 x 1,080 screen is a bit dim and narrow gamut, but that's typical of Wacom's lowest-end displays.

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The single point of connection is a nice improvement over the Cintiq 16.

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In order to use the pressure sensitivity on an Android device, that device's screen must support EMR as well. Otherwise, Android doesn't understand the pressure aspect of the input. But you don't need EMR in order to perform non-pressure-sensitive tasks like annotation.

You do get a stylus bundled with the Wacom One, and it has all the perks of a more expensive tablet, including interchangeable nibs -- one of my peeves about the Apple Pencil .

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