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Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen

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Product Highlights

  • Write on Paper
  • 1024 Pressure Levels
  • 2GB of Flash Memory
  • Supports Up to A4 Paper Size
  • Uses Real Ink
  • Multi-Layer Support
  • Rechargeable NiMH, Li-Ion Batteries
  • Up to 8 Hours of Writing Time
  • USB 2.0
  • Mac and PC Compatible
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Combine the experiences of natural and digital handwriting with the Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen. The Inkling pen features 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity for feel and control. This pen uses real ink and allows you to write on plain paper as you would with a traditional pen. Via infrared and ultrasonic transmission, your sketches are then recorded on the included Inkling receiver, which incorporates 2GB of flash storage. The Inkling receiver has a built-in paper clip that can hold up to 10 pages for multi-layer writing and supports up to an A4 paper size. The Inkling pen houses a rechargeable NiMH battery and delivers up to 8 hours of writing time. The Inkling receiver's Li-Ion battery provides up to 15 hours of battery life. LED indicators let you know the current state of the devices and when it's time to recharge.

The Inkling receiver features a mini-B USB 2.0 port for transferring data to your Mac or PC. A mini-B USB 2.0 port is also provided on the included Inkling charging case, this USB 2.0 connection allows you to cradle and recharge the Inkling receiver. A USB cable is also included for connected the Inkling charging case to a powered USB port. Free downloadable Sketch Manager software is available and allows you to export your sketches to optional applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator (CS3+), Autodesk SketchBook Pro or SketchBook Designer (2011+).

Layers
When you're ready to add layers to the sketch, simply press the "new layer" button located on the receiver. When you change pages and the receiver is powered-on, the "new layer" LED lights momentarily to indicate the creation of a new sketch file. After uploading to a Mac or PC, use the Inkling Sketch Manager software to save your single or multi-page sketches.
LED Indicators
Pen: The Inkling pen features an LED Indicator that lets you know when the pen is powered-on and the battery requires recharging. To recharge the battery, simply dock the pen in the included Inkling charging case and connect the case to a powered USB port.

Inkling Receiver: The Inkling receiver has 3 LED indicators that display the devices power status, operating status, and when a new sketching layer is selected.
Transmission Types Infra-red and ultrasonic
Pressure Levels 1024
Flash Memory Inkling Receiver: 2 GB
Buttons Inkling Receiver: 2x (power & new layer)
Battery Type Inkling Pen: Rechargeable NiMH 1.2 V, 170 mAh
Inkling Receiver: Rechargeable Li-Ion Polymer 3.7 V, 400 mAh
Battery Life Inkling Pen: Up to 8 hours
Inkling Receiver: Up to 15 hours
Charging Time Up to 3 hours
Connections Inkling Receiver: 1x USB 2.0 mini-B
Charging Case: 1x USB 2.0 mini-B
Supported File Formats .wpi (original vector format), .wac, .svg, .bmp, .jpeg, .png, .tiff, .pdf
LED Indicator Inkling Pen: 1x
Inkling Receiver: 3x
Power Requirements USB Charging: DC 5V, 500 mA
System Requirements Powered USB port
PC: Windows 7, Vista, XP (SP3)
Mac: Mac OS X, version 10.4.11 or later
Dimensions (L x Diam) Inkling Pen: 6.0 x 0.7" (153 x 17 mm)
Dimensions (W x D x H) Inkling Receiver: 2.8 x 1.3 x 0.6" (71 x 32 x 16 mm)
Charging Case: 6.8 x 2.5 x 1.0 (173 x 63 x 25 mm)
Weight (Approx.) Inkling Pen: 0.7 oz (21 g) Inkling Receiver: 1.3 oz (38 g)
Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen
  • Inkling Receiver
  • Inkling Charging Case
  • USB Cable
  • 4 x Spare Ink Cartridges
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    WacomInkling Digital Sketch Pen
     
    4.2

    (based on 62 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (42)
    • Easy to set up (33)
    • Fast (17)
    • Good power output (8)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (3)

    Best Uses

    • Upgrade (26)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (38), Budget shopper (9)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (30), Business (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Cool but not mind-boggling

    I give B&A a great rating for shipping things nicely, safely, and pretty quickly.

    The product itself was a bit less cool than I had hoped, but...Read complete review

    I give B&A a great rating for shipping things nicely, safely, and pretty quickly.

    The product itself was a bit less cool than I had hoped, but B&A were selling it at a great price, and I couldn't resist. I still recommend it as a fun tool for those on go... very neato. The Inkling receiver doesn't quite capture your pen strokes as cleanly as you might like, but hey... still really cool. As long as you don't go nuts with the pen strokes, you can do some cool stuff. My recommendation is to sketch out your drawings in pencil first, and then use the Inkling to draw over them. It's good for finishing those rough pencil lines, and in doing so, you'll have a nice inked page, and also a digital copy.

    You might still need to touch up the digital copy a bit, but overall, this thing is a pretty brilliant piece of equipment. If you can get it for less than a hundo, then get it for sure!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very Disappointing Product

    I expected a lot more from Wacom. To get the pen to charge, I had to use a piece of cardboard to keep the spring from moving the pen with its two tiny gold...Read complete review

    I expected a lot more from Wacom. To get the pen to charge, I had to use a piece of cardboard to keep the spring from moving the pen with its two tiny gold contacts past the two pins of the charger. This appeared to be a no-tolerance design, and apparently Manufacturing wasn't up to the task. After that, when I did a quick drawing test, certain strokes were moved completely out of place when viewed on the PC. Maybe I just got a lemon, but it was totally unusable.

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    2.0

    Lacks flexible design applications

    By jturkle

    from Boulder, CO

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Lacks Power

      Best Uses

        Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

        This pen Seems cool at first until you realize it lacks ability to control pressure and stroke type and does not seem to be able to produce anything other than sketch type drawings. It must not have been too popular as it was discontinued from B&H soon after we purchased it.

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        5.0

        great product, mod2use a pencil

        By glusniffer

        from denver, CO

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

            i do like the inkling. but like many reviewers, i prefer sketching with a pencil. with not much effort at all, i modified it as such. 1. remove writing head from one of the pen refills & clean out ink. i used a paper clip and repeatedly inserted & removed, wiping ink every time. 2. keep the pen refill shaft & increase the diameter of the writing end just enough to wedge in a 20mm long piece of 2mm diameter lead(the type used in drop-lead pencils). that's it. u will need to keep inserting new 20mm lengths of lead when its worn down, but i can live with that. now an inkling i can really sketch with.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Cool Product

            By Khellar

            from Los Angeles

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            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                I love Wacom products and this one is just another great input device.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Sketch crazy

                By Haji

                from Dallas TX

                Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                I'm so glad I bought this. I've been wanting an Inkling ever since they were released. The price at B&H was awesome. The product is axing. I've been sketching like crazy now that I don't have to scan my sketches.

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                5.0

                Amazing Technology

                By Andy the Math Teacher

                from Long Island, NY

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                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Enhance Experience
                  • Time Saving

                  Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                  If you are looking to take things that you write down and put them on your computer, this is for you. If you Youtube Inkling, you will find an amazing video of artwork going on the computer screen. However, I am a math teacher and was looking to work out problems for my students to see. Trying to do it using math software is very time consuming, but now I just write out my solution and I can share the work with my students on my website or through email.

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                  5.0

                  Highly Satisfied

                  By Jim the Painter

                  from Menomonee Falls, WI

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Enhance Experience

                    Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                    I'm highly satisfied with the Wacom Inkling. I use it to draw still life and figures. I like the transferability of the drawing to Photoshop. I wish the size of the actual physical drawing were larger, but it can be blown up in Photoshop so it's not that much of a problem.

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                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Nice Tool

                    By J.K.

                    from Chapel Hill, NC

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Enhance Experience

                      Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                      I use it to keep my note, not drawing. It is very good. I also like to see the writing sequence. It is almost great except there is no timestamp recording.

                      And the design is to the details which you can only find in Apple products!

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                      • Business

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                      3.0

                      Having minor issues, but cool

                      By dikka

                      from Bulgaria

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                      Pros

                      • Can Take It Everywhere
                      • Light
                      • Small And Easy To Carry

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use
                      • Hard To Set Up
                      • The Battery Pops Out
                      • The Pen Pops From Case

                      Best Uses

                      • Enhance Experience

                      Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                      I have used it twice so far. Keep in mind that the clip mustn't move once placed or your lines will get messed up. It's not so easy to get used to remembering on which layer you are without an actual indicator different than a light here or there. And also I still can't make it export into photoshop even though I installed the software provided, it gives an error (no option for vector so far). To be honest, could have been a lot simpler to set up, even after registering it it's still not working out and having to look for troubleshooting in forums is not what you want to do when get something shiny and new.

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      exellent

                      By itai

                      from Israel

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                      easy to learn and use.
                      grear for doodles

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                      5.0

                      excellent!

                      By Itai

                      from Israel

                      Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                      Easy to work with,easy to learn.great for sketches and doodles.
                      Just love it!

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                      5.0

                      Wacom Inkling changed the way I work!

                      By BigWeez

                      from L.A. California

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Enhance Experience
                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                        I use the Inkling to thumbnail storyboards and rough out sketches that I refine later in Photoshop. I prefer to work on paper, and now I no longer worry about hassling with my scanner. This little tool has revolutionized my workflow.

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                        5.0

                        Better than ever.

                        By Norman from Boston

                        from Boston MA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Enhance Experience
                          • Replacement
                          • Upgrade

                          Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                          I had one of the earlier Intuos tablets which I enjoyed probably 10 years. I finally needed to upgrade to a new one since the it was no longer supported in the new Mavericks OS. I love the new tablet. It supports touch and pen use. It has all the bells and whistles and does everything that you expect from Wacom and more. These guys own the market for a reason, they make great products.

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                          2.0

                          Not what it could be...

                          By MarXel3D

                          from Montreal

                          Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                          Ordered this at B&H at the best price ever. Good hardware but lacks good documentation and support from Wacom, for which Canada does not seem to exist as a country;o).Worse part: software, at least for OS X, it does not work well at all.Export to photoshop opens AE, export to AI do not work or trys to interprete text and ends up in a window full of coords. Had to export in .svg, which enabled me to use vectors... Inkling software lacks a few developments that would open many possibilities. It's obviously oriented to reproduce drawings, ok. But it tends to oversample, no option to simplify or close a path, so you endup with so many unused paths and points. Sincerely hope that Wacomes with a good update of Inkling's software for this nice quality hardware.

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                          4.0

                          Awesome solution 4 artists to go digital

                          By Deez

                          from Bedford, IN

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Hard To Set Up

                          Best Uses

                          • Enhance Experience

                          Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                          This is what has been lacking from tablets all along. With being able to draw and use ink on paper and have it be instantly put into Adobe Photoshop and / or Illustrator an artist can be 100X's more comfortable learning to transition into the digital world. For those that are familiar with it, it will save many steps, time and $.

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                          1.0

                          Adobe CC incompatible

                          By Munster

                          from Brazil

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                          Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                          Does not work with Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent paper to computer alternative

                          By TomM

                          from Kensington, MD

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                          Pros

                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Learning Curve

                          Best Uses

                          • Enhance Experience

                          Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                          How you feel about the Inkling is going to depend on how well you learn to use it. It is not going to be a first time success type of product. But, by carefully reading the documentation and taking the time to learn how to hold the pens as you write, successwill come.I use it with Inkscape to create elements for use in VideoScribe and I'm happy with the results. It allows us to work anywhere without being tethered to a computer. I love it.

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                          5.0

                          love it

                          By Alex

                          from burley id

                          Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                          Works great love it!

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                          5.0

                          Great!

                          By Francisco

                          from Berkeley, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Enhance Experience

                            Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                            I LOVE IT! It does exactly what I expected it to do. If they ever create a reciever that transmits drawings via bluetooth directly to the computer I'll be buying that asap.

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                            5.0

                            Great tool for students

                            By Marcel

                            from NY

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                                I use this product in classes to make sure I do not lose my remarks on classes.
                                Really worth trying. Very easy to use and setup.

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                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                Not perfect but a great tool

                                By Chris

                                from NJ

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Self Contained

                                Cons

                                • Misses A Few Lines

                                Best Uses

                                • Enhance Experience
                                • On the go

                                Comments about Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen:

                                Works okay. Sometimes it will miss a line or two because its very easy to accidentally block the sensor. SUPER easy setup. I think this is for graphic designers that find themselves sketching and having to rebuild a sketch in illustrator. This will shorten that process and give u a nice vector graph.

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