Here’s What You Need To Know To Connect Your Cintiq Pro To Your PC Computer With Displayport Or HDMI
Cintiq Pro is a pretty good drawing device, it has low parallax & lovely new look, but it requires the new USB-C to connect to your computer, while many modern computers only have displayport or HDMI, and some has mini displayport or thunderbolt like in case of Macs. So connecting it to your computer can be an issue, especially with how many solutions & converters don’t work that well.
In this small guide, I hope I will be able to save you some time & money by giving you a solution that works right away. There are 4 common cases I will discuss right here, which will help you connect Cintiq Pro to most computers.
The rule of thumb is, you need either USB-C with alternate display mode, or a mini displayport. Since installing USB-C with such mode is not always an option, like in case you are using a laptop. Converting your existing port to a mini displayport is your best bet here. I will talk about the most common cases right now.
Tip:- In case your Cintiq Pro still didn’t work, make sure to update your graphics card driver, as that worked with some people. :)
Quickly go to:-
- Connecting Cintiq Pro To Your Computer Using USB-C
- Connecting Cintiq Pro To Your Computer With HDMI Port
- Connecting Cintiq Pro To Your Computer With Displayport Port
- Connecting Cinitq Pro To Your Mac Computer With Mini Displayport Or Thunderbolt
- What To Do If I Only Have VGA / D-Sub Or DVI Ports?
- Sources & Useful Links
- See Also:-
In case you plan to use the USB C port with alternate display mode (not all USB-C ports support it). Many PCI USB-C cards don’t provide ports that support that mode, so be careful when you are shopping for ones. However, the USB-C ports that comes with your motherboard tend to support it (still, some motherboards have USB-C port that doesn’t offer the alternate mode).
Update:- Wacom confirmed that Cintiq Pro works with HDMI using the right adapter.
This is the trickiest case to deal with, and it is pretty much advisable to go the other routes, if possible. So do it only if your computer, and particularly laptop, only has HDMI port.
You simply need to convert your HDMI port into a DisplayPort using an active adapter, which you could easily convert into a mini DisplayPort like I explain below. Kindly find an adapter that does that in the following Amazon links:-
If you have a display port on your computer, you can simply convert it to a mini DisplayPort using an adapter. Leif Mariussen explains the whole process in his video here:-
Kindly find the converter Leif used in the following Amazon links:-
If you have a 16-inches Cintiq Pro, and you want to get the 4K resolution it supports. Then according to this Unskilled Guy video. You need the Accell Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort 1.2 Cable with Locking Latch cable, which directly links your computer DisplayPort to your the Wacom Link’s mini DisplayPort port. You can find the cable in the following Amazon links:-
If you want to get 4K from your 16-inches Cintiq Pro using USB-C, then you need to use the upper-left USB-C port on your device. According to Wacom.
Cintiq pro can be connected directly to thunderbolt for Mac users, and you won’t need to buy anything to get things to work. All you need to do is to connect the mini display cable from your Mac to the Wacom Link, and then connect a USB-C cable from the Link to the Cintiq Pro, and you are done. :>
As far as I know, you can’t connect Cintiq Pro to a computer with only these ports, if you are using a desktop, your main choice is to upgrade your graphics card or to install a PCI USB-C card with alternate mode. In case you are using an old laptop, you are out of luck. This is one of the time where upgrading what you have is a must.
In case you are desperate, there are cables that converts such ports into HDMI ports, which you could in turn convert into a mini display port. However, bear in mind that this method hasn’t been tried yet, and I don’t know if you will get a good picture that way. Here are buying links to the adapter I am talking about:-
List of adapters that didn’t work
Here’s a list of adapter that didn’t work with the Cintiq Pro, courtesy of Dani in the comments below:-
- Staples Mini DP to HDMI Adapter.
- Insignia Mini DP to DVI Adapter.
- Insignia Mini DP to HDMI Adapter.
- Insignia USB Type C Multiport Adapter.
- Apple Mini DP to DVI Adapter.
- Apple USB C Digital AV Multiport Adapter.
I hope this mini guide helped you connect your Cintiq Pro to your computer, please share your experience with me so I could update this guide to help more people.
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