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September 7, 2011


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Upon further thought (probably too much thought) and some argume- I mean discussions with other people on Youtube, I've come up with what I view as significant reasons on why not to buy Wacom Inkling. I was really excited about this product at first and it seemed like an amazing idea, but then I started to really think about why it could be useful and how it would be used.

Here is why I, personally, will not be buying the Wacom Inkling:

1) The tranceiver
Due to this product being wireless and using infra red, there is bound to be issues regarding the transmissions from the pen to the receiver. Wacom states that you must leave a 2cm gap between the receiver and the drawing to prevent loss of data. Not really a problem on A4 paper, but when drawing in say, a small moleskin sketchbook on the go, this takes away a significant portion of page room. You could just place the receiver 2cm away from the sketchbook, but if it gets knocked or moved accidently, your drawing will come out distorted when you plug it into the computer. Not only that, but you probably won't be able to find an ideal flat surface to do this when you're on the go. Then there's the issue of, when you have nowhere to lean on to draw, the page bending backwards resulting in loss of transmission from the pen to the reciever or pictures coming out distorted. This may not seem as an issue if you have a thick sketch pad, but most cheap sketchpads only have 50-80 pages, and get quite flimsy when you're almost at the end of the sketchpad, or drawing on the left hand page at the beginning of the sketchpad. As an artist who draws a lot on the go, I rarely find that have somewhere to lean on to prevent this problem.

2)How to hold the pen
In order to not lose any data being transmitted from the pen to the device when drawing, you have to hold the pen in a certain way (i.e. not near the pen nib). Personally, this is very uncomfortable when drawing tiny details in the sketch, where you need more control over the pen. Holding the pen further away from the nib increases the likelyhood of making mistakes (see the below point) because your control on the pen is inhibited.

3) Making mistakes
May I point out another frustrating problem with this product; if you make a mistake in your sketch, you can't go back and erase it. You have to wait until you've finished the ENTIRE drawing, plug it into the computer, and THEN correct it. I don't know about other artists but that would really frustrate and distract me. NO ONE can always produce a 100% perfect sketch on paper, even if you draw pencil lines first and then draw over them in the Inkling pen. Your pen is bound to slip or you're bound to put a line in the wrong place somewhere.

4) A cheaper alternative to the graphics tablet?
I doubt it. For a start, there are plenty of graphics tablets out there that are less than $200, and Wacom even has a few just slightly above $200. For the really low budget people, they work perfectly fine, if a little small. For high budget people, looking to replace a graphics tablet with Wacom Inkling is just silly. When you get down to it, graphics tablets and the Wacom Inkling aren't really comparable because they each do different things, and Inkling has a lot of limitations. For example, you can't colour with a Wacom Inkling, but you can easily do so with a graphics tablet and graphics software.

5) An alternative to a scanner?
Buying this as an alternative to using a scanner is just silly. You can get really cheap and good printer-scanners for less than $150 (May I just point at Kodak). Another issue with using it as a replacement for a scanner are the transmission errors listed above. However, one good point about using this as a scanner alternative is that you don't have to rip drawings out of a thick sketchbook just to be able to fit it in the scanner to transfer it to the computer.

"But it turns everything into vectors!"
The fact that it turns everything into vectors doesn't eliminate the potential problems mentioned above. I would much rather vector all my lines on the computer (hell, it's really easy to do in Photoshop and PaintToolSAI anyway) than lose data on a sketch I spent ages on due to drawing too close to the receiver, or my lines being distorted, or accidently forgetting not to hold the pen too close to the nib, etc.


If you have any thoughts, further points to raise or counter-arguments feel free to do so below, I would love to hear your views. This is my first ever news article, and also my first critical review, so please go easy on me xD
(Edit: Submitted through journals due to the new journal + news system on DA)
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Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
it is actually a really shitty product, even when you follow the directions it still has like 40% accuracy
MysticNarwhal Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm glad I saw this, have a cintiq, just stick to scan and using the cintiq.
akitae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Is there any evolution in this product since release?
TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bought an Inkling. Not too impressed so far. Maybe i'm doing it wrong, but it misses a lot of lines that I draw. It looks pretty sloppy. This COULD be because of how I draw. I go over my lines a couple of times to be confident of the line I want. But even if I shade something... ick. This is DEFINITELY not what i was HOPING it'd be.

However, I can see the benefits. small as they are. If I pencil something out, and like it, I can possibly go over it, using definite lines. Perhaps this could make it really easy to export to Photoshop, then SAI (I prefer working in SAI,) and boom, no more doing line work digitally. While I prefer to work with my hands, I think my money would've been better placed saving for a Cintiq 21UX. :I
StarInYourSky Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
I wish I could send mine back :( Unfortunately I contacted them too late and I couldn't get a refund anymore. Turns out mine was actually malfunctioning and they replaced it but it's still not the 'thing' for me :( I haven't used it, I would like to sell it, I feel super guilty because it was a Christmas present and so expensive :(
TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same with me, except it was a birthday present, and I specifically begged for it lol.

Lo and behold, the trailer they had made it seem better than it was, and I was nothing but disappointed. May as well just keep saving for a Cintiq 21/22 UX/HD...
cheesydogs99 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
yeah with my inkling it seems to put some lines in the wrong places making it look a bit of a mess, maybe it's because i haven't fully charged my pen, i dont know..
TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was a waste of time. I sent it back. :/
cheesydogs99 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
it turned out it was because i wasn't on a stable surface (i was drawing on a hardback but resting it on my knee) it works almost perfectly now, also i didn't realise that you can use it the same way as you use a graphics tablet on photoshop (use as mouse and paint brush etc) it works great, i drew this earlier today on it [link]
(my first ever tablet drawing)
TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
neat-o! As someone who has been using a PC tablet for quite some time now, Idunno, I was just not impressed with it. I'd rather just save up for a proper cintiq.
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