On July 10, Wacom released two new Cintiq tablets: the Cintiq 22HD and the Cintiq 24HD Touch. It’s been almost a year since the release of the massive but beautiful Cintiq 24HD. With the launch of these two new products, gone is the old Cintiq 21UX. If you’re interested in the Intuos instead, please visit this article.
Here’s an overview of Wacom’s new progeny and what we can expect from them:
The Cintiq 22HD is a few inches shorter than the 24HD, featuring a 21.5 inch display and active area of 19.5 x 11.5′. It has a 1920×1080 pixels resolution (16:9 ratio) and like the other Cintiq models, the 22HD provides its users with an ergonomic design, 2048 pressure levels (equivalent to the Intuos), customizable ExpressKeys and 16.7 million colors. Its main advantage is that it weights only 18.7lbs (8.5kg), versus over 63lbs (28.6kg) for the 24HD which is much harder to handle and carry around.
The 22HD seems to be a great tablet with integrated display. The price, $1999 US, also seems reasonable. The Cintiq 22HD will be available at the end of July according to Wacom’s official website.
Cintiq 24HD Touch
The Cintiq 24HD Touch is Wacom’s new mammoth-sized model; virtually the same size as the 24HD, it has new touch features which will vary according to your OS. In the official video, Wacom shows you can tap, zoom, move, swipe and rotate. Although it weights 63lbs (28.6kg), with its 2048 pressure levels, 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution (16:10 ratio), a 24 inch display, active area of 20.4 x 12.8′, ExpressKeys and wheel, the Cintiq 24HD Touch is the best of its kind. Perhaps the most stunning novelty with this product is its display which delivers over 1 billion colors, a life-like experience.
Hold your breath for the price; we’re talking about $3699 US, a salty bill. Is it really worth it? I leave that to you to decide. The best way to know is to try it for yourself. The Cintiq 24HD Touch will be available in early August.