By Andrew Liszewski
A tablet is the only way to go if you’re a digital artist who does any kind of drawing or painting on your PC. (Even if you’re nothing more than a disembodied floating hand like in that product shot.) While Wacom is still the leader in this market it looks like Adesso, another tablet manufacturer, is going after the high-end Cintiq market. The CyberTablet M17 has a 17 inch LCD display and uses an electromagnetic stylus for input. It can detect up to 1024 different levels of input pressure and has an accuracy of +/- 0.5mm. With the bundled software you can pretty much do anything from drawing to photo touch-ups to capturing hand-written notes.
Of course the easiest way for Adesso to lure buyers away from Wacom’s offerings would be to charge considerably less for their own LCD tablet, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The 17 inch CyberTablet sells for $1,499, which pretty much falls in between the $999 Cintiq 12WX and the $1,999 Cintiq 20WSX. Given it’s priced almost exactly like the Cintiqs, I would probably just stick with Wacom if I were spending that much money.