Espresso Displays’ new 17-inch, billion color, Espresso 17 Pro promises to support photographers and graphic designers wherever they are thanks to its take-anywhere, lightweight design.
Espresso Displays first burst onto the market in 2020 with its compact Display 13, a 13-inch, full-HD monitor that pulled in nearly half a million dollars (Australian) on Kickstarter. That same monitor became the backbone of the company and at its $300 asking price, allowed for on-the-go work as either a simple second screen or as a compact drawing tablet with pen support.
The company focused its efforts on making its original display thin, lightweight, and simple to use — it connects to a computer through a single USB cable. Those design philosophies carry through to the company’s new, larger tablet, the Espresso 17 Pro.
“Espresso 17 Pro is meticulously crafted to support professionals and creatives who need to perform at their best, wherever their work takes them and whatever platforms they use,” Will Scuderi, cofounder and CEO at Espresso Displays, says. “Every aspect of Espresso 17 Pro has been developed and refined to produce an unrivalled experience and helps people deliver their best work, whatever the task.”
The Espresso 17 Pro promises 4K resolution in a billion colors (10-bit spectrum) at up to 450 nits peak brightness (HDR requires at least 400). It also has what the company describes as a “unique touch screen” that allows users to customize their experiences with different software applications. And, as before, it all works via a single USB connection.
Espresso Displays says it improved the touch experience too, and re-engineered its software to support enhanced gesture controls to make Mac and Windows devices feel like they were designed to integrate with espresso’s touch features.
“The result is a smooth experience to support pro-level drawing and creative touchscreen functions,” the company says.
To better support pen users, Espresso has developed a new software called Jot. It promises that Jot creates a seamless note-taking and drawing experience that is compatible with hundreds of desktop and web-based applications.
“Activated with a simple pen click or keyboard shortcut, Jot becomes your helpful personal content and creativity utility to capture, cut, save, and drop on-screen content between any app, window, or document. Create a blank canvas, take screenshots and mark them up, or insert a sketch into any application like presentations, written documents, or creative projects,” the company says.
Along with the new display, Espresso is also launching a new stand — called the Stand Pro — that magnetically attaches to the rear of the Espresso 17 Pro. It supports various angles and heights, including as low as a drawing tablet would need to be and high enough to extend over and above a laptop.
Espresso Displays is also releasing a new 27,000mAh/99wH battery pack called the Espresso Charge that sits flush beneath the Stand Pro which not only makes the stand able to stand taller but also can power both the display and an attached computer (toggled with the company’s software).
The Espresso 17 Pro will be available to pre-order starting today starting at $999 and will ship starting in November. The Stand Pro will retail for $99 while the Espresso Charge will cost $199. Espresso Displays will offer a bundle option during the pre-order period that will include the battery pack at no extra cost. Full details can be found on the company’s website.
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