It is always nice to see a new iteration of Cintiq, Wacom’s product for drawing directly on screen, as compared to regular graphics tablet. Cintiq Pro is a nice upgrade from Cintiq 13HD & its touch counterpart. It has greatly improved on parallax, something competition products like Surface Pro are better at.
Unlike the previous Cintiq 13HD models, Cintiq Pro has no express keys on the top of it, as it supports Expresskey remote, which contains 17 express keys on it, as well as one touch ring. If you are familiar with Cintiq 27QHD, then you have a very good idea about the remote. It is worth nothing that the Expresskey remote is sold separately.
In my opinion, the addition of 16-inches version is the most exciting thing about Cintiq Pro. Because a larger screen is something many artists wanted, and Wacom gave that to them.
Cintiq Pro uses USB-C, which requires you only 1 cable to connect your Cintiq Pro to your computer. That’s very convenient if you have a computer with that port in it. Wacom offers the optional Wacom Link in case that’s not the case for you. Read my post here to learn more on how to connect the Cintiq Pro to various ports, like DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort & HDMI.
The Pro Pen 2, which Wacom first introduced with the MobileStudio Pro, supports 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, 4 times Cintiq Pro’s predecessor. Though I can’t say this will help you much to create better art honestly, but overall the Cintiq Pro is much better to draw compared to the previous version of it.
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- Offers new screen sizes, something many artists will appreciate.
- Has less parallax compared to the previous Wacom offerings.
- You get no Expresskeys in any of the two models, so you need to purchase the Expresskey remote separately for that.
- Size (13-inches model):- 360 x 235 x 11.9mm (14.2 x 9.3 x .5 in)
- Size (16-inches model):- 410 x 265 x 17.5 mm (16.2 x 10.4 x .69 in)
- Weight (13-inches model):- 1.1 kg (2.43 lbs) without optional stand
- Weight (16-inches model):- 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) without optional stand
- Screen Resolution (13-inches model):- 1920 x 1080 Full HD.
- Screen Resolution (16-inches model):- 3840×2160 4K Resolution.
- Screen Size (13-inches model):- 13.3 inches (33.8 cm).
- Screen Size (16-inches model) 15.6 inches (37.6 cm).
- Screen Aspect Ratio:- 16:9
- Screen Viewing Angle:- (80ｰ/80ｰ) Horizontally, (80ｰ/80ｰ) Vertically.
- Screen Contrast Ratio:- 930:1
- Displayable Colors (maximum):- 16.7 million
- Response Rate(13-inches model):- 30ms
- Response Rate(16-inches model):- 25ms
- Resolution:- 5080 lpi
- Active Area:- 294 x 166 mm (11.6 x 6.5 in)
- Color Gamut(13-inches model):- 87% Adobe RGB
- Color Gamut(16-inches model):- 94% Adobe RGB
- Supports Wacom Link
- Supports Multitouch
- Pressure sensitivity:- 8192 levels on both pen tip and eraser
- Tilt Sensitivity:- 60 levels
- The Pen Comes with 10 nibs 10 (6 standard, 4 felt)
- Expresskeys:- 17 customizable, application-specific on optional Expresskey・Remote
- Can be used for both right & left-handed people.
- Operating System Requirements:- Windows 7 SP1 or later for PC, Mac OS X 10.10 or later for Mac.
- Additional Accessories:- Expresskey Remote, Wacom Stand, Wacom Soft Case, Wacom Color Manager, Wireless Bluetoothｮ Keyboard, Prior generation pens (Pro, Classic, Art, Airbrush, Grip).
- Model Number(13-inches):- DTH-1320
- Note:- Specification numbers like display size, active area and weight are approximate
Cintiq Pro come in two screen sizes 13 model, which has 13.3 inches screen, and a resolution of 1920 X 1080 Full HD, the same as Cintiq 13HD & its touch counterpart, while the 16 model with 15.6 inches display & 3840 X 2160 resolution, which is also known as 4K. It is very nice that Wacom is offering more screen sizes between 13 & 22 inches, since there has been always been a gap between these two sizes, where 13-inches is too small for some artist, while 22-inches is too big for them. It is worth mentioning that Wacom also introduced a 16-inches model with their MobileStudio Pro, the newer model of Cintiq Companion. The design of Cintiq Pro is kinda similar to a mini Cintiq 27QHD in a way.
You connect Cintiq Pro to your computer via USB-C (for optimum performance), you no longer need to use 3-in-1 cable like in case of Cintiq 13HD. In case you don’t have a USB-C port in your computer, which is most likely the case, since most people don’t, or Mini DisplayPort using Wacom Link, which is sold separately & doesn’t come with Cintiq Pro.
The color gamut of the 13-inches model is 87% Adobe RGB, while the 16-inches model gets higher gamut of 94% Adobe RGB, Which is good in case your drawings & design are going to be printed.
Cintiq Pro’s screen supports multitouch gestures, meaning that you can zoom & rotate your pictures with your hand while you work.
The moment you connect your Cintiq Pro, and after you install the driver, a dialog will ask you to calibrate the pen by pressing on 4 points on the screen, one after the other. Once you do that, you could start drawing right away, assuming everything went well (you may have issues with your drivers that forces you to try another one).
Cintiq Pro features 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, 4 times the 2048 levels we see in graphics tablets & pen displays these days. It has been long since we saw a jump in pressure sensitivity like that. To be frank, pressure sensitivity can’t be used alone to judge pen displays & graphics tablets, for the most part, you won’t need more than 1024 or 2048 levels of that. Some artists won’t even need more than 512 to be frank. Response time & Initial Activation force combined with pressure sensitivity is what you need to get to draw comfortably with your device, and area where Cintiq Pro excels at.
Speaking of response time, the 16 model of Cintiq Pro has 25ms response time, while the 13-inches has 30. I doubt that the difference will make difference for most people, but it is certainly higher than many of Wacom’s previous offerings (The Cintiq 13HD has 25ms response time).
Out of the box, none of the two Cintiq Pro models has any express keys on them. In case you need Expresskeys, you need to purchase the Expresskey remote, which has 17 keys as well as on touch ring in it. Not having express keys can be both good & bad, it is good because not all artists really use them, but prefer to use the keyboard instead. So it could be a way to save some bucks (assuming it actually caused Wacom to lower the price of Cintiq Pro). In case you plan to purchase the Expresskey remote, kindly find it in the following Amazon links
Just like the case with MobileStudio Pro (the successor to Cintiq Companion 2), Wacom has greatly improved on that with Cintiq Pro. Parallax causes cursor offset between the pen & where the cursor really is, this can appear more clearly near the corners of the screen. I am not saying you couldn’t use the previous models because of that, but the competitors products of Cintiq, like Microsoft Surface Pro (which uses a different digitizer than Wacom’s), were much better when it comes to this.
If Cintiq Pro is the first Wacom product you plan on purchasing, their pens comes with two side switches, which you can customize to perform many common actions quickly, like undo/redo or switching to a certain tool. The pen requires no battery at all, since it get its power from Cintiq Pro itself. The other side of the pen has an eraser on it, which makes drawing with it closer to drawing with real pencils (though many artists, including myself, don’t really use it).
Just like the case with many Wacom product, the pen come with a stand that contains 10 replacement nibs, with 6 standard & 4 felt, and nib removal tool. It also comes with multiple color rings to customize it to your liking.
As I mentioned above, the pro pen 2 supports 4 times pressure sensitivity than its predecessor.
There’s a small clip that allows you to attach the Pro Pen 2 to Cintiq Pro, making it nice for carrying it around. I use it all the time, since it makes it easier to find the pen every time I want to draw (I tend to loss my pen at times).
Out of the box, Cintiq Pro has two legs that pops out of it, it allows you lay your device at 20°. Also, Wacom offers an optional stand for Cintiq Pro, the stand is the same stand for Cintiq 13HD & Wacom Companion 2. Which allows you to adjust the in 3 different positions, as well as laying it flat.
To connect your Cintiq Pro to your computer, you need to either have a USB-C port that supports alternate mode on your computer, or a mini DisplayPort. In case you use a Mac with a thunderbolt, you are good to go. If your computer have a regular DisplayPort, you can get a cheap converter to mini Displayport to convert it to mini DisplayPort. Which you could find from the following Amazon links:-
These are the easiest ways to connect your Cintiq Pro to a computer, I have wrote a small guide on how to connect your Cintiq Pro to your computer in the other cases, which you could check out by clicking here.
Cintiq Pro is a nice upgrade from Cintiq 13HD & its touch counterpart. With the improved parallax, the support for the Expresskey remote, and more importantly, the addition of 16-inches screen size, which is a very welcome addition. Adding support for USB-C, which requires you only 1 cable to connect your Cintiq Pro to your computer,. That’s very convenient if you have a computer with that port in it. But you will need a separate adapter in case you don’t, which won’t be a problem once the adaption of USB-C grows (I think that Wacom caused some trouble to artists by not supporting HDMI port out of the box, something they seem aware of in their newer 24-inches & 32-inches models).
I hope you liked my Cintiq Pro review, and see you again in another review. ^^