Conclusion: The Wacom Inkling is a nifty idea and very enjoyable to work with, although it's best as a set-it-and-forget-it device for capturing rough sketches, rather than a precision tool for professional artists.
Pros: Novel design really works. Lots of fun to use. Slick, self-contained charging case. Compatible with PCs and Macs. Exports to a wide variety of formats. Very easy to use in practice.
Cons: Not quite accurate enough for very precise drawings. A bit expensive as a rough concepting tool. The included Sketch Manager software works but is overly obtuse.
Summary: If you're a creative professional that needs something to capture quick ideas on the go in a small and portable form factor then the Wacom Inkling is for you. At $200 though, it isn't a solution for a creative type that likes to sketch on paper.
Pros: Sturdy build quality, Intuitive design, Ability to add layers
Cons: Tracking tracking tracking, Price, Inability to save layered files, Can't save time-lapse
Excerpt: The Inkling is a digital ink pen and receiver clip combination that allows you to draw or sketch anywhere and digitize those sketches. Simply clip the receiver to your notebook or sketchpad and you’re ready to rock! The receiver captures all of the information from the pen.
Pros: Export to Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchbook; familiar pen
Excerpt: Check out the desk of your average graphics designer and you'll most likely find a Wacom tablet plugged into their computer, likely the Bamboo or — if they have the budget — a Cintiq. These tablets are great for precision editing, but you've got to be at a computer to use them.
Pros: Excellent all-in-one carrying case design, Layering capabilities for designers, Compatible with any piece of paper
Cons: Sketch Manager software is unintuitive and poorly designed, Pen can be uncomfortable, Easy to miss strokes unintentionally due to hand placement
Summary: The Inkling is a new category of device. Unlike traditional tablets, you can’t see what you’re drawing on screen as you draw it, but you can use the Inkling anywhere at any time with just an ordinary sheet of paper.
Wacom Inkling review - a digital drawing pen for artists
16 July 2012
Excerpt: Wacom's Inkling pen has caused quite a buzz in the creative community. A ballpoint pen with a tracker in it that records your strokes to a small box you can carry with you, it's been described as the ideal digital tool for artists who prefer real pens to digital substitutes.
Excerpt: After seeing impressive preview footage of the Wacom Inkling, we were very keen to get our hands on it. A tool that enables you to sketch directly to paper with a ballpoint pen, then upload the results to your Mac for editing? Sweet.
Pros: Use a real pen to draw with; upload in bitmap or vector format to supported programs
Cons: Early users have reported layer shifting issues and occasional export glitches