12 February 2013, Comments: 1

 February 2013         Ian Chiu

Electronic signature products are increasingly common at places like banks, insurance companies, hospitals and alike where clients are often required to sign legally binding documents and consent forms. They effectively streamline the whole record keeping process, not to mention reducing paper usage. Wacom, which has been the forerunner in the e-signature market, has added a new member that not only delivers a paperless workflow solution but also an external interactive display.

The Wacom DTU-1031 is a 10.1″ IPS LCD touchscreen with LED backlit. A single USB 2.0 cable powers the monitor that runs at 1280-by-800, at which resolution is plenty for viewing documents in full clarity and details. DisplayLink provides the technology for USB video that is proven to be quite reliable, especially for the throughput demands of the productivity applications intended for this monitor.

A battery-free stylus with 512 levels of pressure sensitivity is included to handle any annotations and hand-writing. The DTU-1031 is designed to work with various electronic form software such as Wacom’s own sign I pro, SoftPro SignDoc and xyzmo SIGNificant. A retractable stand integrated into the display can be tilted at 2 different angles (15 or 20 degrees) to match the user’s individual comfort level. The unit can also laid flat on a desktop if needed. There’s also onboard AES encryption for security purposes. For what’s worth, the Wacom DTU-1031 pen display isn’t your average Windows 8 touch monitor as it has an asking price of $749 when it ships in April.

  • loopyduck

    The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 has a Wacom digitizer with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, a similar 10″ IPS screen but a resolution of 1366×768, starts at the price of $579, and is a full Windows 8 computer. It’s not particularly powerful, but “for the throughput demands of the productivity applications intended”, I’d go with the ThinkPad.