My newest production tool, a Tablet PC

I added a new production tool to my arsenal, a Toshiba Portege Tablet PC!
I never seem to really have the 2 grand burning a hole in my pocket that would justify the purchase of a Wacom Cintiq (I already use a wacom intuos tablet) so this was a nice compromise. The price was right too, I picked it up used from a colleague for about $400 (Thanks Ray! it retails for about $1700-$2200 CAN)

I did my research prior, the Portege series of tablets are Wacom Penabled. Wacom licences out their pressure sensitive tablet technology to manufacturers willing to pony up the big bucks. The biggest difference between Penabled and high end Wacom products like the Cintiq; not as many levels of pressure sensitivity and no stylus tilt, angle detection.

Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet
Alias Sketchbook Pro

I must say, I’ve been positively thrilled so far with this tablet. The pressure sensitivity is really intuitive and precise. P-shop and Illustrator were running with pressure immediately, but the show stopper for me really has been Alias Sketchbook Pro! Running sketchbook on a tablet really unlocks it’s true potential. After a bit of use, sketchbook pro really becomes second nature to paper and pencil, even superior in some facets; the soft eraser tool is always just a flip of the stylus away. The interface is designed for stylus input so it’s quick, graphical and stays out of the way.

My work-flow used to involve: sketchbook, scanner, import into photoshop or illustrator then work on the file. It’s pretty cool to just sketch and do away with a cumbersome scanner altogether.

I’m still getting the hang of the nuances of the tablet, here are a few sketches I produced thus far in Sketchbook.

Porcu-pied - Chris Sagert - Sketch, Alias Sketchbook Pro On a Tablet PC
Goat -Chris Sagert - Sketch - Alias Sketchbook Pro on a Tablet PC

– Chris Sagert

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adminreply
March 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Quick update, so today the keyboard on the Portege became messed right up. Continually keying “e”. This made the unit practically unusable, and the only advice I kept receiving was that the keyboard needs to be replaced. Well fortunately, I don’t really use the keyboard, just the tablet function. So I just uninstalled the keyboard driver and went along on my merry drawing way!! Problem solved!
-Chris Sagert

adminreply
March 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Quick update, so today the keyboard on the Portege became messed right up. Continually keying “e”. This made the unit practically unusable, and the only advice I kept receiving was that the keyboard needs to be replaced. Well fortunately, I don’t really use the keyboard, just the tablet function. So I just uninstalled the keyboard driver and went along on my merry drawing way!! Problem solved!
-Chris Sagert

Min Gerardotreply
April 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

thanks to the author for taking his time on this one.

Min Gerardotreply
April 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

thanks to the author for taking his time on this one.

Alexander Capitanoreply
February 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

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Alexander Capitanoreply
February 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

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