Many of my friends have had to take their artistic trade digital in the past year, and I regularly get asked questions about graphics tablets or what the best iPad for drawing is.
So the launch of the new Xencelabs Pen Tablet caught my eye. While there are certainly cheaper options on the market, the Xencelabs has an active drawing area similar to the £299 WACOM Intuos Pro Medium 13.2” and has the added benefit of coming with two different sized battery-free pens.
The new company was founded by a group of experienced creative design professionals with a shared passion for designing a new class of digital drawing tools. Xencelabs (pronounced “sense”) merges the ideas of human senses, innovation and a “laboratory” approach to experimentation and progressive product development.
This product was developed in collaboration with creative communities, including photographers, illustrators, motion-picture, TV and production artists, to closely match the traditional hand-drawing experience. The result is a digital tablet alternative ensuring the optimal mix of comfort, customization, ergonomics, intuitive use and compatibility with different devices and operating systems. Xencelabs products are available in different configurations: Pen Tablet Medium and the Pen Tablet Medium Bundle with a Quick Keys remote option. The Quick Keys enables an easy-touse interface. Both product come with two different sized pens.
Designed for the Best Digital Design Experience
The new Xencelabs tablet offers a clean and minimalist design without unnecessary keys, enabling users to fully benefit from its 16:9 native aspect ratio. With only 8mm thickness, it features a seamless and gently curved palm rest for comfort. The tablet can be used wirelessly or with a USB cable.
The Xencelabs device is the only pen tablet that comes with two battery-free pens of different diameters. The thin pen has two buttons while the three-button pen accommodates for artists doing 3D work. Both pens come with an eraser, 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, 3 gram initial activation force, tilt recognition and virtually no lag.
The Keys to Success
The Quick Keys™ is an optional remote accessory to the Xencelabs device and offers five sets of eight keys – for a total of 40 customizable shortcuts per application. The OLED display on the Quick Keys™ shows the assignment of each key and can be used in a portrait or landscape mode.
The Xencelabs Pen Tablet includes the medium sized tablet, pen case with 2 pens, 10 extra nibs and nib extractor, a USB C adaptor, USB dongle and cable, a drawing glove and an all-in one carrying sleeve. The bundle version includes the Quick Keys remote.