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Wacom’s One Digital Drawing Tablet Is Ready To Draw


A Digital Drawing Tablet Has Advantages

Creating artwork on a computer goes back pretty much to the beginnings of the early “personal” PCs — these machines were designed for folks looking to create and enjoy the power of computers without having to buy a dedicated, high-end (and high-price) machine. This led to Atari and Commodore and a host of other PCs that could perform the task of taking what someone had in their mind and translating it to the computer screen. Of course a mouse was the original means for doing this, and it wasn’t all that well received as a substitute for a pen. So more time and $ was spent on creating drawing programs that made up for the mouse’s embarrassments. But then someone got the bright idea of tossing out the mouse in favor of a pen-like tool that could be interfaced with the computer and drawing program. This worked out better but still something seemed lacking because you weren’t actually “drawing”. The answer seemed to be having a pad of some kind that a person could “draw” on which would take the pen in the same manner as if it was a piece of paper — but obviously connected to the PC so that a drawing program could be integrated. A sensible and workable solution to be sure, but not one that was easily affordable. But yesterday ain’t here because Wacom’s One Digital Drawing Tablet is. As long as you have a desktop or laptop computer, that is.


A Drawing Tablet Helps You

The One is “dumb” in the sense that it doesn’t have a CPU running around inside, so expect to connect it to a computer, be that desktop or laptop when you want it to start being useful. That also means no batteries in the panel, which is good.

The whole idea behind the One is that it replaces a piece of paper and a pen not in the reality of how they work, but in the reality of what they are made of. So instead of a piece of paper you have a 13.3 inch diagonal sized drawing tablet that can function as if it was paper but that is only the start. And in the same way that a pen would travel over the surface of paper so too does this digital pen function. But because of the digital connection the pen is not limited to providing just one kind of line, or color of line. Or is able to become a brush instead of a pen. None of this is unusual or even amazing, but it’s about the simplicity and ease of use that makes it what it is.


Tablet + Pen + Software

So the two things that are necessary come together when one picks up the Wacom’s pen and start to draw, so how does one get to this point? To start, a computer is being used — desktop or laptop, either is fine — with software taking over. But what’s most important perhaps is that the surface of the panel has just the right amount of friction for the pen to react to. As to the pen — it’s free of wires or other electronic constraints as it doesn’t have the need for batteries so as to work.

So it’s the software that creates the environment that one can draw in — remember this is not about software doing the “drawing” for the person using it, but about the software letting the person exploit their creativity. Plus provide an easier path for doing such things as aiding in making a circle or doing other things where using a mouse would be difficult, inappropriate or just plain annoying. While there are a variety of software programs to use — software not being restricted to any specific company — Wacom does supply a number of different ones for both person and teacher-oriented users: these come with licenses that are suspended for a short time so that the person can get a “feel” for them.

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So here’s the bottom line: the Wacom One Digital Drawing Tablet is lightweight and durable enough and good enough to take with you where you might want to go (because it has a built-in stand); just attache it to a laptop when portable or a desktop running Windows or Mac OS. Or a compatible Android phone, which is a bit more complicated but certainly an interesting proposition. The resolution of both the panel and the pen are more than “just good enough” to get you close to pro work — but that’s where your own abilities and creativity has to come in. It’s not a toy but a precision instrument that has been made and priced for those aspiring to high end but with low-end wallets; $399.00 retail won’t even get you a decent iPad tablet but for drawing and executing other commands and uses this is one really good product, no matter what you call it. Thumbs up for sure. For more details go to

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