Now that Windows 8.1 is released, the Surface Pro 2 is in the mail and other PC makers are rushing to get new machines out the door in time for the holidays, it's an excellent time to take stock of the options available for Windows artists.
The good news is that the list of tablets, convertibles and devices with active digitizers (pressure sensitive pen support) has grown dramatically since the first Surface Pro was released.
The challenge now is to keep track of all these new options and the huge variety of configurations and potential "gotchas."
I've been wanting to assemble a list like this as a companion to the "What Runs, What Doesn't" feature, but it is a huge endeavor, especially since many manufacturers don't seem to think pen support is all that important.
Fortunately for us, a couple of super users at TabletPCReview.com, JoeS and Mesosphere, have been curating just such a list since last summer. The list, which currently details 37 devices with active digitizers, is now also available as an Excel spreadsheet here.
Because it's so large, the file is awkward to print legibly. I took the liberty of reformatting it slightly and eliminated many columns in the version below. This is a great resource. I encourage you to check out the complete file and also to drop by the TabletPCReview forums and thank Joe and M. for their efforts. And of course, if you spot any errors or omissions, please let them know.