The absolute minimal setting for a mobile art studio: XP-PEN Innovator 16 with Mac Mini and a Bluetooth keyboard

Sep 7, 2020

We at digitalEPIGRAPHY are in a fortunate situation. Since the Epigraphic Survey started experimenting with utilizing digital tools in their documentation process, the computer industry has been in full swing producing better and better hardware for creating digital art. ⠀ ⠀

Years ago, when one needed a reliable, precise and well-made drawing display, there was Wacom and… well, Wacom. Nowadays, the picture is not that clear anymore. New/old contenders that used to produce “budget” options are reinventing themselves, creating better and better displays where quality and affordability are not at the opposite end of the scale anymore. ⠀ ⠀

One such notable player is XP-PEN, a company founded in Japan celebrating its 15th anniversary of constructing digital canvases for artists, graphic designers and alike. This is not our first review unit produced by the company. Towards the end of last year, we had the pleasure to play with the XP-PEN Artist 15.6 Pro and we walked away really impressed, wishing for the company to not lose focus on what works and improve on the few things that don’t. Not incidentally, their brand-new Innovator 16 can be regarded as the next iteration of said tablet, with a renewed focus on build quality and usability improvements. ⠀ ⠀

One of the most prominent claims XP-PEN has about the Innovator 16 is its unparalleled portability. To verify their claim, we connected our display with a Mac Mini and a compact Bluetooth keyboard and set up camp in a less tethered environment. Could the new Innovator 16 be the device to provide a one-stop solution for all your digital documentation needs?⠀ ⠀

Read our full review here!

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