Read this: Surface team gives awesome (but loquacious) answer about N-trig pen vs. Wacom
N-trig versus Wacom technology. For those who don’t follow the ins and outs of modern smart pens for tablets, Wacom is considered to be the industry standard. N-trig, meanwhile, is the new kid on the block and many professionals are skeptical that it can be as good (or even better) than Wacom. Since the Surface Pro 3 switched from Wacom to N-trig, quite a few artists have already dismissed the device without even trying it.
Over the weekend, Gabe from the web comic Penny Arcade gave his thoughts on the Surface Pro 3 and pen, and comes away impressed (he did have some other non-pen issues though). Now, the Surface team has taken to Reddit to answer some questions about development and choices they made for the new Pro 3, including one from a professional artist asking about N-trig.
We’re not going do the old ‘copy paste’ trick with this one because the response from Surface team member ‘StevieB’ (aka Steven Bathiche) is a jaw dropping 2,600 words for this one question. But we will give you a sneak peek. For instance, StevieB takes on the divisive “256 pressure levels vs.1024” difference between N-trig and Wacom, and this snippet from his response may surprise you:
They say the devil is in the details, so if you’re an N-trig pen skeptic, make sure you go read this masterpiece of a response. It covers everything from the differences between active versus capacitive, accuracy, parallax, and yes, even the big kahuna of “256 pressure levels vs. 1024”, all in glorious engineer-talk.
So doubters: go read the Surface team’s response, come back and share your thoughts. Are they charlatans or have they convinced you? Do you at least have a better understanding of why Microsoft chose N-trig?
Source: Reddit AMA
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Also, Daniel, I also enjoyed that link of Wacom vs. N-trig that you posted to twitter. Also made for an interesting read.
Wacom does have a vastly larger use base than N-Trig, however. This is both because of build quality, and a longer, more available product base. It is great to look at the facts before dismissing a lesser known technology. The same arguments people are using against N-Trig, are the same arguments that many of its use to defend the upstart Windows Phone against iPhones.
Is it reasonable to expect the digitizer monitor and pen portions of the Surface Pro 3 to be better than a $2,350 Wacom Cinteq, or even just as good? I don't think so, but I'm hoping. (The 12" Wacom Cintiq digitizer monitor with pen is $800.00 at Amazon.)