The new iPad, Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface aren’t the only tablet big boys on the block. Wacom has pretty much been a lone player at the high end of the graphics tablet market, and that shows no signs of changing any time soon. It caters for those of moderate means with its Intuos 5, but for those a little more well-off, the epitome of digital artist tools is its Cintiq family.
Remember the Wacom Cintiq 24HD? With that machine coming in at a wallet-crunching £2,000, Wacom is now introducing a cheaper model, the Cintiq 22HD. Essentially replacing the Cintiq 21UX as the mid-range Cintiq offering, it gives you a 21.5in, 1,920 x 1,080 (16:9) IPS screen, albeit covering a mere 72 percent of the AdobeRGB standard.
It’s built similarly to the 21UX, maintaining physical rotation abilities. However, there are considerable improvements. Resolution aside, it now incorporates the same pen technology as the Intuos 4 and 5, giving 2,048 pressure sensitivity levels, tilt sensitivity, touch strips and ExpressKeys. The side LED backlighting keeps things cooler and makes the device thinner and lighter.
The cables at the back are now standard rather than captive proprietary, so can be easily replaced if they get damaged. There’s even a powered, ‘sleep & charge’ USB port, great for attaching complementing accessories or charging your phone.
We got a brief hands-on with the Cintiq 22HD, and found it to be well-built, easy to rotate, and a pleasure to use. The matt, etched glass front provided a lovely reflection-free surface to draw on.
The 22HD will be available from today at the Wacom Store with an MSRP of £1599.99.
If your pockets are slightly deeper or your artistic needs greater, there’s the new Cintiq 24HD Touch. It doesn’t just add 10-finger multi-touch support to the physical, easel-like design of the Cintiq 24HD (pretty awesome for Windows 8’s Metro interface), but also upgrades the panel to a 10-bit (1.07 billion colours) affair that covers 97 percent of Adobe RGB and sports hardware, NEC-Spectre-based colour calibration. Oh, and for the first time Wacom allows for simultaneous touch and pen interaction, great for 3D sculpting.
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The Cintiq 24HD Touch is expected in August and will set you back a mere £2999.99.