Both Wacom & Huion released their affordable 21.5 inch drawing pen displays this year, since the two devices are kinda close in price range, and offer the same basic features, like the screen size. One may be wondering which one of the two to get. You may want to get the Cintiq 22 because it’s from a known brand, but the Kamvas Pro offers some nice features, and Huion has been improving their pen displays quite a bit in the last few years, which makes it a very valid choice too.
For the most part, both devices are similar, but there are some differences here and there. I will illustrate the differences between the two in this comparison, then I will mention the areas where the two are similar.
Just like the case with all my comparisons. I won’t pass a final judgment or decide what’s best on my own, but rather showcase the individual differences to help you decide the best device for you.
For detailed information about Cintiq 22 & Kamvas Pro 22, you can find my reviews about them both here:-
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Kamvas Pro 22’s screen has one nice advantage over the Cintiq 22’s:- It’s laminated, which can make drawing with it better for many artists.
In case you’re wondering what that means, Laminated screen is the screen where the screen glass, digitizer, and the display are made of one flat piece. It makes the screen thinner.
Lamented screens has many advantages:-
- They prevent dust from getting under the screen glass, which happens at times in pen displays.
- It makes the screen thinner.
- It reduces parallax, which is an offset between the mouse cursor and the tip of the pen. Parallax is usually caused by the distance between the pen tip and the digitizer, and having the display laminated reduces this distance.
Giving all the benefits above, it has been a trend in modern devices, like many of Apple products, to have laminated displays.
Having a non-laminated screen in Cintiq 22 won’t prevent you from creating good artworks, but it’s something that’s desirable & better to have in a pen display.
It’s worth noting that the more expensive Cintiq Pro 24 (reviewed here) has a laminated screen.
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When it comes to color gamuts. Kamvas Pro 22 has a 120% sRGBcolor Gamut, compared to the 100% sRGB (or 72% NTSC, as Wacom states it). Wider color support is always welcome & nice to look at, even if you don’t need it.
Depending on what you work on, there are cases where you don’t need a wide color gamut at all, like in case you draw comics in black & wide.
Cintiq 22 requires HDMI to connect it to your computer, which most computers nowadays have, or have a port that can be converted to it. For example, computers with other modern display ports, like USB-C or DisplayPort can be converted to HDMI using a cheap adapter.
On the other hand, Kamvas Pro 22 also supports HDMI, but it also supports the older VGA & DVI ports. Making it more compatible with even older computers.
The presence of hot keys or not totally depends on the way you work. If you are a keyboard user, and so you know you don’t use these keys, feel free to skip to the next section.
I personally think that having such keys is nice for the tasks that don’t require many shortcuts, like sketching.
Kamvas Pro 22 has 10 hot keys, and a touch stripe on each side of the screen. Totaling 20 hot keys and 2 touch stripes. These keys can be customized to do the keyboard shortcuts you wants. The touch stripes can do stuff like zooming in & out or scrolling.
Out of the box, Cintiq 22 has no hot keys of any kind. In case you need those, you have to buy the optional Cintiq Remote, which contains 17 hot keys, as well as a touch ring to do things like resizing the brush or zooming in & out the canvas.
With both devices, you can ignore hot keys altogether, and opt to use the keyboard, which provides you with more key combinations than any draw device does. In that case, buying a small keyboard to use for just that is something I suggest you do.
For the most part, the pens of the two devices are quite similar. They both have 2 customizable buttons, and they are both battery-free, and requires no charging at all.
The Pro Pen 2 that comes with Cintiq 22 has an eraser on the other size, which allows you to switch to the eraser tool the same way you could do with regular pencils. The pen comes with 3 spare nibs, which can last you quite a while, depending on how you like to draw
On the other hand, the PW500 pen that comes with Kamvas Pro 22 has 10 spare nibs included with it.
Both devices offer the same screen size, as well as the same 1920 X 1080 screen resolution.
The two devices in this comparison have similar stands, which allows you to tilt the screen backward & forward. This is how the stand for the Cintiq 22 looks like:-
With both devices, you can remove the stand to reveal a VESA mount, which gives you the option to mount an arm. This can make drawing with them very flexible:-
When it comes to drawing, the two devices offer the same pressure sensitivity of 8192, as well as ±60 tilt sensitivity.
As mentioned above, there are two buttons on the side of the pen of both devices. These buttons can be programmed the same way as the hot key.
Both the Cintiq and Kamvas are good drawing devices. And from what I know of both devices, you won’t go wrong with any of them, as they offer all you need to create good artworks.
To sum it up, here’s a quick summary of the comparison:-
- Cintiq 22’s screen isn’t laminated. Something Kamvas Pro 22 already offers.
- Kamvas Pro 22 has 10 hot keys, while Cintiq 22 has none, it requires you to buy the optional Cintiq remote in case you needed those.
- Kamvas Pro 22’s screen has more color gamut.
- Both come with a similar stand out of the box.
- Both devices has the same screen resolution, pressure & tilt sensitivity.
- The Pro Pen 2 of the Cintiq 22 has an eraser on the other side, just like regular pencils.
- The pen of both devices has two customizable key on the side.
- Kamvas Pro 22 is the cheaper option between the two.
- You pay for a very known brand when buying Wacom Cintiq 22 (not something I personally care for in most cases).
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