Home Digital Art Review Wacom Cintiq assessment – Evaluation

Wacom Cintiq assessment – Evaluation

Wacom Cintiq assessment – Evaluation

Sharing is caring!

How does the low-cost Cintiq measure up in opposition to Wacom’s costlier pill shows – and cheaper Chinese language rivals? Illustrator Ricardo Bessa finds out.

The brand new Wacom Cintiq – simply Cintiq – marks the pill producer’s response to cheaper rivals.

Wacom is commonly thought of the gold customary for graphics tablets by skilled artists and designers. Nevertheless, the excessive costs of its merchandise and a rising variety of rival manufacturers – together with XP-Pen, Ugee, Huion and Gaomon – have put a query mark on the long-held notion that it’s a necessary funding.

In order a long-time Wacom person, I used to be curious to do that new mannequin, meant to introduce a finances choice to their Cintiq vary. As large screens and excessive resolutions have by no means felt important to me, my foremost level of reference is my Wacom Cintiq 13HD, which I exploit day by day. I’ve additionally just lately reviewed the Gaomon PD1560, a pen show of comparable dimension and performance (however at a lower cost).

Wacom Cintiq needs to make impression from the second the field is opened. Every thing is minimal and glossy, and the well-thought-out packaging offers method to the stable design Wacom is thought for, and the 16-inch display screen is pretty spectacular for a finances mannequin.

Setup was fast and straightforward on my iMac – I simply downloaded the driving force, plugged every little thing in and I used to be able to go. A number of considerate design selections had been instantly obvious. I observed that the cable plugs right into a protecting compartment on the entrance of the pill, nicely away from any hand actions – an enchancment on different previous fashions. I additionally favored the best way the additional nibs are included in a small insert on the aspect, which additionally doubles as a pen holder (under), as they are often simply misplaced in a busy studio.

An excellent drawing device

Total, the design of this finances Cintiq feels as stable and intuitive. In actual fact, I solely realised hours into my drawing that I had truly forgotten to calibrate my stylus on the Wacom Centre settings, which speaks to how comfy this product feels straight out of the field. For this assessment, I used each Photoshop and in Clip Studio Paint, and the Cintiq felt proper at residence on each.

The Professional Pen 2 stylus is nicely designed and cozy, which is unsurprising because it’s the identical stylus provided with the Cintiq Professional vary. At 8,192 ranges of strain sensitivity, each stroke feels pretty exact and responsive, with no seen lag.

Parallax wasn’t actually noticeable, and the floor feels good to attract on – the nib would often really feel solely ever so barely too sharp on the display screen, however that is possible as a result of it’s new. I used to be happy to see that the display screen appears to be scratch-resistant and remained impeccable even after just a few days of use. It is a particular enchancment on older Cintiqs like mine, which began displaying indicators of use after simply a few hours of drawing and required a display screen protector.

The colors on the display screen are wealthy however, as anticipated, a bit of tough to regulate with a pc monitor. The color vary on the Cintiq, whereas competent, is considerably restricted, and it’s important to maintain this in thoughts in the event you produce colour-rich work – much more so if it’s for print. I’ve grown accustomed to having a second window on my pc monitor to test my colors as I work, and I’d think about the identical could be crucial for this mannequin.

At what value?

Whereas the drawing expertise feels actually clean and stable, Wacom has made just a few sacrifices to get the Cintiq to this worth level.

You might discover the shortage of built-in shortcut buttons very noticeable – I actually did and located myself continuously reaching for the aspect of the pill out of behavior. I’ve come to depend on them significantly for issues reminiscent of undo, zoom and show toggle. This stuff are nonetheless comparatively simply achievable, nevertheless it requires interrupting your workflow to make use of the stylus’s aspect button and choosing one thing off the Categorical Menu, versus merely utilizing your different hand to press a button.

Wacom does provide an Categorical Key Distant that you would be able to purchase individually, however the £99 price ticket is prone to make creatives on a finances merely follow keyboard shortcuts.

Equally, this mannequin provides no adjustable stand – the one two choices are flat on the desk, or a 19-degree angle courtesy of the flip-out legs. As soon as once more, you should buy a separate accent – the Wacom Adjustable Stand at about £70. Whereas the absence of those options appears like a downgrade to me, the very fact stays that the product provided right here continues to be of nice high quality for a a lot lower cost.

When in comparison with the Gaomon PD1560, which I’ve been reviewing on the identical time – the Wacom Cintiq appears like the next grade of product. Whereas the equipment need to be purchased individually – they’re within the field with the PD1560 – the Cintiq feels significantly higher designed and extra comfy to make use of.


Total, this appears like a very stable Wacom product. Drawing feels actually satisfying and natural, and the {hardware} feels stable and well-built. A number of – arguably non-compulsory – options had been eliminated to justify the worth drop, however none of it is sufficient to detract consideration from what appears like a high-quality product at a fraction of the price of the Professional line. In actual fact, I believe it’s truthful to say that this new mannequin is of comparable high quality to the costlier HD vary.

At £529.99, this “low value” choice continues to be costlier than different manufacturers’ and may really feel too dear to some hobbyists and college students. But it surely’s exhausting to argue that the standard is there and the Wacom Cintiq might nicely go well with fans and professionals alike. If you happen to’re searching for a clean, intuitive begin on this planet of digital drawing, this will very nicely be the product you’re searching for.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

5 × 1 =

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.