Whiteboarding on non Touchscreen monitor using Wacom Pen-Tablet CTL-672

Drawn on Microsoft’s Whiteboard app using Wacom Pen Tablet CTL-672.

Being in software development we all know how useful whiteboarding sessions are, and in this work from home scenario I miss it even more. Nothing can truly replace the actual physical whiteboard but we have to find workarounds therefore in that endeavor I recently purchased a Wacom Pen tablet to use with my non touch screen laptop and this article is intended to be a product review for this Pen tablet from a software engineer perspective.

My Requirements:

  • Needed a basic Pen tablet to write, annotate and draw diagrams on my non Touch-screen monitor during my office meeting screen share sessions.

My current solution: Wacom Pen tablet CTL-672

Read many good reviews regarding this USB based Pen tablet specially from teachers looking for whiteboard alternatives during their online classes.

Pros:

My first sketch using Wacom CTL-672 in MS Whiteboard app in just few minutes.
  • I can do handwriting, sketch and draw conveniently in my non touch-screen monitor using this USB Pen Tablet.
Comparing content written using Wacom Pen tablet and Logitech MX Master 3 mouse.
  • Pen is really good. It has nice grip and size. It doesn’t require any battery or maintenance. I keep it together with my other pens in the pen stand on my desk. Just keep it upright to protect the nib as only 3 spare nibs comes with the package.

Cons:

  • There is a slight learning curve involved. Since the dimensions of your screen and tablets differ therefore it takes some time getting used to varying aspect ratios. I suggest a lot of handwriting in the start.

What would be ideal?

No doubt! the writing experience was far better than a mouse but I felt that, direct writing on the touch screen using a pen would be a much better experience. Microsoft Surface laptops come to mind.

However, many suggest that indirect writing through tablets is a more superior experience but it definitely demands some getting used to.

I will share my experience after few more weeks of practice.