Wacom today announcedthe One By Wacom graphics tablet. It’s the first of such tablets to be compatible with Chrome OS. The company’s product is also certified as “Works with Chromebook”, a label Google announced last year to highlight accessories that were optimized for the platform.
Wacom is aiming this at artists and students. For students, the company is selling this as a way to make note-taking easier. Tablets like the Surface and the iPad Pro have proven valuable in educational environments, and as many Chromebooks don’t offer built-in pen support, this is the next best thing. Wacom also notes that existing Chromebook users can use this without needing to upgrade their hardware to something like the Lenovo Duet that has pen support out of the box, something that’s sure to be appealing to schools that have already deployed large numbers of Chromebooks.
Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President of Wacom’s Branded Business said:
Digitalization has great benefits for the education sector. But it has proven to be challenging. As a pioneer of digital pen technology, Wacom is committed to provide teachers, students and administrators with reliable, sustainable and easy to use solutions. The new compatibility with Wacom pen tablets and displays will make creating, working and teaching digitally as natural and intuitive as possible and offer users more possibilities to work with their Chromebook
As this is a graphics tablet, it’s also aimed towards artists as well. Wacom touts support for the Celys-made Clip Studio Paint app for Chrome OS as an app that works very well with the One.
Commenting on the launch, Celsys President Kei Narushima said:
Clip Studio Paint for Chromebook includes all features and offers the same capabilities as the Android, Galaxy, Windows, macOS, iPad and iPhone versions. While our long-time collaborator Wacom joins the Works With Chromebook certification program, Celsys is working towards Chromebook support for Wacom devices to provide a smooth creative experience for all digital creators. With the foray into the Chromebook space, the alliance between Clip Studio Paint and Wacom is further enhanced.
The One by Wacom is available now and will set you back $70 on Wacom’s site.
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