Wacom Cintiq 24HD - Pen, Screen, Connectivity and Value

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As to the pen and holder, it’s the same as with the

Wacom Cintiq 21UX and Intuos 4, meaning you get 2,048 pressure levels, angle

and tilt sensitivity, a rocker switch and pressure-sensitive eraser, as well as

a selection of nibs stored in the holder. For more details, you should check

out our Intuos 4 review.

Suffice to say, drawing on the 24HD is as close as you can

get to drawing on paper while actually drawing on a digital display. The added

ergonomics make the experience even more comfortable and flexible than on the

21UX (though you can no longer rotate the screen). The only possible downside

is that the glass feels slightly smoother, giving less friction than its

smaller sibling.

When it comes to the actual screen, improvements are

significant. We’re dealing with a 24in, 1,920 x 1,200 (16:10) IPS panel here,

and though we would have loved to have seen a 27in 2,560 x 1,440 version, it’s

more than usable as a primary display. Not only did colour vividness and

contrast appear to have improved over the 21UX (as far as we were able to

assess in our brief hands-on time), but the 24HD caters to those who want an

extended colour space too, offering 92 percent of Adobe RGB (the 21UX only

offered 72 percent, making it an SRGB-only screen).

Connectivity is also significantly improved. The 21UX had a

big, unwieldy cable that was fixed to the back, and terminated in power, USB

data and DVI video plugs. If your cable became damaged, your tablet was

basically unusable. The 24HD has removable cables that are threaded through the

hollow arms and channels in the base to come neatly out of its rear. Both DVI

and DisplayPort are offered simultaneously so you can connect two machines out

of the box, and you can just use standard cables like with any ordinary

monitor.

The best news of all is that, compared to the 21UX, pricing

on the bigger and better model is eminently reasonable, and Wacom has improved

the warranty to boot. The 24HD can be yours for a ‘mere’ £1999, which is only

around £200 more than its lesser sibling, and includes a three-year onsite

warranty.

While we’re reserving judgement till the full review, our first

impressions are that Wacom has ironed out all our concerns and niggles about

the previous top-end Cintiq to make for a compelling all-round professional product

that simply has no rivals. The Cintiq 24HD will start shipping towards the end

of the September.

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