Greetings from CES 2016

me at ces

Taken with Nubia smartphone light-painting app, demo was at the Nubia booth.

I’m here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Hoping to find and report the latest in art tablet news. Have had an exciting time visiting booths such as Waltop, Huawei, and Wacom.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga on display at CES

Lenovo released the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, a major tablet PC for 2016, at CES. With a skinny profile of .66″, an amazing optional OLED display, and a Wacom ES pen, this could make artists very happy. Pricey, though.

Dell also refreshed its line of slate tablets.

Another exciting development was the Toshiba Dynapad, which has been for sale in Japan since last year. It’s a Windows tablet with a Toshiba TruPen, which uses Wacom AES and is the same pen  in the Toshiba Encore 2 Write. The Dynapad is a 10″  Atom Tablet that runs Windows 10, and weighs just 1.28 lbs. It’s pretty affordable for what you get. It will hold a micro SD card, and get up to 4GB of RAM. Though you could run Photoshop on it, it’s not going to have the power of a full laptop. Still, for the price and precision pen, this could be a cool and easy to carry tablet.

Battery Life

11 hours for non-OLED, 9 hours for OLED


Really looking forward to this Huawei MediaPad M2 tablet. It’s similar to a Galaxy Tab, is very lightweight, has Harmon Kardon sound, and best of all, the pen has 2,048 levels of pressure. It’s also fine-tipped, making it much easier to draw than one with a spongey tip. It also doesn’t need a disk around the tip.



The pen opens up this dashboard, similar to the Galaxy tablets. The tablet has a Huawei Kirin CPU Octa-Core 64-bit processor.



The Huawei MediaPad M2 active pen takes a battery.


bamboo smart pen

The Wacom Bamboo Smart will be for sale in February 2016. It’s an AES pen that will work on a wide variety of AES devices from various companies. AES has really caught on.




Loved the candy-colored custom Wacom pens.


Each pen has its own unique ID. People from all over the world can create and collaborate using the exact same colors.




Art made on a Cintiq being shown on a large monitor.




Artists were doing demos on the Surface Pro 4,  Intel was there to show off its processor.

They were posting live video stream of digital artists doing painting demos on, here is a link to the video page. The videos are several hours long.


This was very interesting, an Intel 3D painting demonstration. 3D painting is getting big, and interacting with 3D printing. If you subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud, you now have access to more 3D offerings. There’s clearly more interplay between the 2D and analogue worlds.

Here’s a YouTube video of one of the 3D painting demos at CES.


Samsung has released the Galaxy Tab Pro S, which runs Windows 10. The people at CES told me there’s no pen option, but I’ve read elsewhere that there will be a Bluetooth one. No pressure sensitivity. But it does look really nice. I did tell them I wish it were not called S, as it’s confusing because there is no S Pen. They kinda just looked at me.


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a super-thin Ultrabook was also released. No touchscreen.



The new Boogie Board LCD writing tablet works in color–this is for kids, and reminds me of wax resist.


There was a lot of gaming stuff, of course. I was fortunate to try out VRGEAR virtual reality. Suddenly I was in a living room with a mountain view, and there was a coffee table with magazines, and I was watching Phineas and Ferb. The only “real” part was that I was watching Phineas and Ferb! Possibly, they were more real than I was…


Here are some Oculus Rift viewers experiencing an altered reality (as if Vegas wasn’t enough!) Though they’re all in the same room, they’re in separate worlds.




Dramatic lighting for dramatic gaming.



Waltop makes digitizers and active capacitive styluses for a lot of familiar products.

tablets for artists at ces

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About Vicky

I'm an author and illustrator who has used drawing tablets since the early days. I love how flexible and forgiving they make everything. I'm also fascinated by the technology. I started this site to bring knowledge to everyone. I want this to be the only place you need to go to learn about drawing tablets.

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