Xencelabs Vs Wacom One Comparison: Which one is best for you

In this article, we will compare a new brand of tablets in the market Xencelabs Vs Wacom One which has been in the industry for a while. Although I prefer an iPad Pro, I can not ignore the premium feel and effort put into creating the new Xencelabs Pen Tablet. From the onset, you can tell that a lot of effort has gone into creating this tablet.

Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium Honest Review

What is cool about this new brand is that it is mostly run by ex-Wacom employees and has started off competing great. Especially when the price and premium quality are considered. Let’s go ahead and do an Xencelabs Pen Tablet review.

  • Product Dimensions: 12.61 x 9.16 x 0.3 in / 320.5 x 232.85 x 8mm
  • Working area size: 10.33” x 5.8”
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Pen: Tilt Sensitive, Battery-free
  • Pen Pressure: 8192 levels
  • Weight: 5 Pounds
  • Ports: USB-C to USB-A, Wireless Dongle

Xencelabs Pen Tablet Body and Build

First, the back is made of hard plastic with an aluminum-like feel that is hard and sturdy. This goes a long way to make it durable and strong. The Xencelabs Pen Tablet is also sleek and surprisingly thin and only weighs 4.49 pounds which is light enough to carry around.

 The tablet layout is artist-friendly and comes with a physical shortcut button remote not having them cluttered on your screen area.

Under the engraved product logo, you have 3 buttons and that is all that appears on the device. One will bring up tablet settings, switch the display, and finally the last one to adjust the pen pressure.

The remote comes with 4 modes that can be easily set with a simple dial to memorize. You can set up to 40 custom keyboard shortcuts on the remote that can speed up your workflow.

The bottom grooves on each side make picking the tablet easy even when on a flat table surface. This level of attention to detail and concentration on the simple improvement of user experience is by far unmatched in other brand devices even more expensive.

Screen and Display

The screen is slightly below 13 inches with an active 10.33” x 5.8” Active area and some reasonably sized bezels. Bezels refer to the area not covered by the screen along the edges of the front side. The 12.62 x 9.17 x 0.31-inch size is also not too big and not too small, so it’s perfect to use and move around.

The screen has a 16:9  aspect ratio, the same in proportion to a normal laptop. However, if you prefer a smaller laptop screen, you can opt for the Xencelabs Pen Tablet small option.

In terms of drawing surface texture, Wacom Intuos has been an industry standard for a very long time. Finally, a worthy competitor in the form of the Xencelabs Pen Tablet has come up with an excellent paper-like feel when drawing.

The  Xencelabs is not a standalone tablet and does not have a computer to store software. It also lacks a screen and needs a computer connected to use. Although it is a cheap pen tablet, it is a premium product and offers a great user experience for both beginners and professionals and will give other similarly priced tablets a run for their money.

Stylus Pen

When it comes to the Pen, this tablet matches up to the Apple Pen and  Wacom Pen 2 which are considered industry standard.

The tablet comes with 2 wireless stylus pens that do not need to connect to charge. One is thick with 3 customizable buttons while the other one is thinner and smoother without any buttons. Additionally, they have decent 8192 pen pressure levels that feel great as you draw.

Just like pro pens, they also have tilt recognition and an eraser, plus good pressure sensitivity. The 2 pens come in a nice plastic case that has a case and a wireless USB dongle inside to keep them safe. You can’t easily misplace them.

Both pens are ergonomically shaped like normal pens, creating a natural feel. The thick pen’s buttons increase the grip and pen mass. If you have sweaty hands, you will get a free glove in the box to use.

A great pen and screen will result in the creation of quality strokes and overall great art. As mentioned earlier, you will get a nice Pen holder to store your 2 pens and USB dongle.

Connectivity

Whether you prefer a wired or a wireless connection, this tablet works on both. The tablet Connection works from a single  USB-C for the tablet side and connects to the USB A cable end that connects to your computer.

This cable comes with the tablet. For a wireless connection, just take the USB dongle from your case and connect it to use a wireless connection.

What you get in the Box

  • XencelabsPen Tablet
  • 2 Stylus Pens
  • Pen case
  • Drawing glove and Storage Bag sleeve
  • USB Wireless dongle
  • USB-A to USB-C CABLE
  • Remote dial control

Pros

  • Affordable Price for a Premium Tablet
  • Many additional freebies
  • Durable body
  • Large textured 16:9 screen
  • Both wired and wireless connection
  • Premium Pen
  • Many customizable shortcut Keys
  • Slim lightweight

Cons

  • Not a standalone tablet 
  • No Display

Wacom One Review

Build and Design

The Wacom One has a panel of 11.6 by 6.5 inches and a diagonal screen size of 13.3 inches with a 1.25-inch bezel around the tablet. This size is standard since you get both a large enough working area and the drawing tablet is small enough for portability.

Portability and mobility are made better courtesy of a lightweight build of 4.5 lbs allowing you to move around with the tablet.

The Wacom One lacks shortcut buttons which most monitor tablets and standalone tablets prefer. However, with a little chipping in for the bundle that includes the Wacom’s Express key that offers you 17 customizable buttons and a touch ring.

A loop cloth on top of the tablet plays the role of a pen holder, and on its side are a USB-C port, a power button, and a single LED.

Two fold-away feet at the back pop out to offer a slight 19-degree angle position to the tablet and in between the tablets are three extra pen nibs.

Screen and Display

A 13.3-inch diagonal screen features a quality 1920 by 1080 pixels full HD. This reveals a crisp and quality display with the IPS technology making it better by unveiling a 72% NTSC color gamut and 200 nits of brightness.

Additionally, the Wacom One includes an anti-glare and texture coating that reduces transparency and enables the pen to interact nicely with the screen.

One setback of the Wacom One screen is the lack of a full Laminated screen that brings the touch-sensitive layer closer to the underlying screen. In doing so, the distance between your pen and the sensitive screen is made smaller, thus reducing parallax.

This is important for drawing since a 1mm drift caused by parallax is a large setback in detailed artwork and drawing.

Wacom One Stylus pen

Wacom has a reputation when it comes to quality stylus production and we have witnessed this by top companies like Samsung seeking pen-production knowledge.

However, for the Wacom One, you are provided with the Wacom pen and not the premium and authentic Wacom Pro Pen 2. In turn, the pen holds a pressure sensitivity level of 4096, lower compared to the Pro Pen 2’s 8192 levels.

This large difference has an impact but due to the company’s unique pen build, the pen is quite effective in achieving a natural and authentic drawing experience.

The stylus is battery-free and features one button on the side. However, it lacks an eraser meaning the button is meant to be configured as an erase.

Additionally, the stylus is built for comfort, courtesy of an ergonomic build, with a cylindrical rubber input. This enhances long working hours with minimal fatigue and exhaustion.

Conclusion

The Wacom One is a lovely monitor tablet that features quality features at an affordable price tag. The small size and lightweight build enhance portability and mobility allowing you to move around with the drawing tablet. This means you can use the tablet both at home and in your office efficiently.

Compatibility with additional Android devices is not a common inclusion in drawing tablets in its category, and it adds an inclusion of Android preferring users.

Regardless of all these quality features, the Wacom One has its setbacks including a less effective Wacom pen compared to the rated Pen Pro 2.

Moreover, despite featuring the IPS technology, the fully Laminated display would have added a little premium touch to the drawing experience. However, since the Wacom One is an entry tablet, it is quite effective for the budget-friendly price it comes with.

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Written by: Denis Maina

I am an experienced and skilled graphic designer with a strong focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He specializes in creating a wide range of design materials, such as digital art, business cards, stationery, logos, flyers, posters, banner ads, brochures, PSD templates, and other graphics.

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