So does the Companion 2 live up to expectations? From a drawing perspective, absolutely. I tested the tablet with Clip Studio Paint, Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop CC 2014, Mischief, Sketchable, ArtRage, ZBrush 4R7, Autodesk Softimage, Maya, 3DS Max and Mudbox. Except for limited touch support in the 3d programs, I've encountered no problems whatsoever.
Drawing in Clip Studio Paint in particular is a joy to use.
But here's an important point for all of you artists on a budget: the difference between drawing on other Wacom tablet PCs and the Cintiq Companion 2 is not that great. As I wrote in my HP Pro x2 612 G1 review, even that low-end tablet delivers an excellent drawing experience once you add the right screen protector and pen-nib combination.
So if like me, you've spent all these months wondering how the other half lives, you can rest easy. Your tablet PC is at least 75-percent of the way there and it likely is a better-suited device for taking on the road and daily productivity use than the Companion 2.
Battery life of the Companion 2 is pretty feeble. Wacom claims up to 4.5 hours, but mine drains in about half the time.
Besides its size, the biggest drawback to the Companion 2 is its very loud fans. The unit appears to have three fan speed settings. Though it's never 100% silent, the lowest speed is very acceptable. Unfortunately, nearly any activity will cause the fans to switch gears. The second speed is noticeably loud but the third is accompanied by a high pitched whine that can get downright annoying. Sometimes, the fans will throttle back to second gear but the whine will remain. If you work in a noisy environment or can use headphones, this won't be an issue. But if you expect to sit on the couch working next to your significant other, expect to be asked to leave the room.
Wacom has been silent on the fan issue, but enough early adopters are complaining about it that we can only hope that the company issues a software fix if that's even possible. You can hear the loud fans for yourself in the two videos below.