The new Cintiq Pro 24 review, an excellent 4K creative pen display for your drawing needs (DTK-2420 DTH-2420).

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Cintiq Pro 24 Review In Few Words (Mini Review)

There has been a lot of excitement over the new Cintiq Pro 24-inches, as artists waited for them for quite a while. The anticipation of a large Cintiq that supports 4K, and one that support different display ports. Yes, unlike the previous Cintiq Pro 13 & 16 models, the new Cintiq Pro 24 supports HDMI port out of the box. This is a good thing giving all the all the headache over connecting the Cintiq Pro to different ports like HDMI. Apparently, Wacom listened to our complaints of connecting the Cintiq Pro 13 & 16 to the computer.

When it comes to the design, the Cintiq Pro 24-Inch is pretty much a larger version of the Cintiq Pro 16. For that reason, if you’re familiar with the smaller Cintiq Pro models, many of the things mentioned here will be familiar to you. However, Cintiq Pro 24 has more ports on the sides & back of it.

There’s a dent/slot on the back of the Cintiq pro 24 (and the Cintiq Pro 32 too), this dent is where you can place the Creative PC Module, which turns your Cintiq Pro into a full-fledged PC. This is a nice feature, but I can only imagine it for artists who plan on carrying their Cintiq Pros 24 to different places, or those who really, really want a clean workspace. I discussed how viable this idea of having this module is, as opposed to building a PC or buying a laptop in a separate post here.

Just like the case with some of the older Cintiq models, there are two models for Cintiq Pro 24, the regular model, and the more expensive touch one. While touch can help you work faster, you may not need it, that’s especially the case since the screen of the Cintiq Pro 24 is large enough. Either way, the price difference between the touch & non-touch models is a bit high.

If you like this Cintiq Pro 24 review, and would like to check its price or to buy it, kindly check it out in the following Amazon links:-

 



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Check out the availability of the touch model from the following Amazon links, bear in mind that the model DTK2420K0 is the non-touch one (The links goes to Amazon search pages):-

Pros Of Cintiq Pro 24

  • Supports HDMI out of the box (I can’t imagine myself stating this as a Pro, but if you know the issues with the Cintiq Pro 13 & 16, you will know why).
  • Comes with the Wacom remote out of the box, which used to be sold separately.
  • Has a much better screen than its predecessor, Cintiq 22HD, which had a grainy screen.
  • Improved parallax over the older Cintiq models.
  • Has a large screen with a good color gamut, and a 4K support.

Cons Of Cintiq Pro 24

    • Doesn’t support VESA mount, but you can connect it to Wacom Ergo Stand (sold separately).

Technical Specifications

    • Display Size:- 677 x 394 x 47 mm (26.65 x 15.5 x 1.9 in).
    • Display weight (without optional stand):- 7 kg (15.43 lbs).
    • Display Technology:- IPS UHD high brightness panel
    • Maximum Displayable Colors:- 1.07 billion colors (10-bits color)
    • Color Gamut:- 99% Adobe RGB
    • Screen Aspect Ratio:- 16:9
    • Screen Viewing Angle:- 176° (88°/88°) H, (88°/88°) V.
    • Screen Contrast Ratio:- 1000:1
    • Screen Brightness:- 350 cd/m2
    • Response Rate:- 14 ms
    • Active Area:- 522 X 294 mm (20.55 X 11.57 in)
    • Display Input:- USB type C port ( it must support DisplayPort Alternate Mode) – DisplayPort – HDMI 2.0 port (required for 3840 x 2160 resolution).
    • Pressure sensitivity Levels:- 8192 on both the pen tip & eraser.
    • Tilt Range:- 40 degrees
    • Tilt Recognition:- ±60 levels
    • Comes with 10 replacement nibs, (6 standard, 4 felt). The nibs are found inside the pen stand.
    • Resolution:- 5080 LPI.
    • Has 17 customizable ExpressKey in the included ExpressKey™ Remote Continuous.
    • Contains the following ports:- 4 x USB3 ports (When connected to host computer over USB-C) – 1 x USB C port – 1 x HDMI 2.0 port – 1 x DP port – 2 USB-A Ports (one of them is required for ExpressKey Remote dongle).

(including Cintiq Pro Engine), Cintiq Pro USB 3.0 ports run at USB 2.0 speeds to accommodate 4K video bandwidth over USB-C.

  • Audio headset jack, built-in microphone
  • System Requirements PC:- Windows® 7 or later (latest service pack/build).
  • System requirements for Mac:- OS X 10.11 or later (latest update).
  • What’s Included:- Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 or Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 touch, Wacom Pro Pen 2 with 4-color pen ring set, ExpressKey™ Remote (with USB-A RF dongle and 30cm micro-USB to USB charger cable), Pen stand with 10 replacement nibs (6 standard, 4 felt) and nib removal tool, Pen holder, 180W AC adaptor and 1.8m power cable, 1.5m USB-C to USB-C cable, 3m DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable, 3m HDMI2.0 to HDMI2.0 cable. 3m standard USB-A to USB-A cable, DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort adapter, Quick Start Guide, Regulation sheet, Cleaning cloth
  • Specification numbers like display size, active area and weight are approximate
  • Supports Creative PC Module, a PC module that allows you to turn Cintiq Pro 24 to a PC. The module is also compatible with Cintiq Pro 32.

Overview Of Cintiq Pro 24

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Cintiq Pro 24’s design is the same as the Cintiq Pro 13 & 16 we saw so far (reviewed here), but just bigger. Except that

When it comes to drawing using Cintiq Pro 24, there’s improved Parallax on this module, it seems as if Wacom is placing the digitizer close to the screen, since the distance between the pen tip & the cursor causes the cursor to be a bit different from where you place the pen tip, which is why you needed to calibrate the pen every time you change your sitting posture, Wacom has been trying to reduce parallax with their latest few Cintiq iterations, which is one of the key disadvantage for them, as compared to the Surface Pro & other Cintiq competitors.

Cintiq Pro 24 Screen:- Supports 4K

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With the coming of the Cintiq Pro 24, almost all the Cintiq sizes support 4K, as it got supported in Cintiq Pro 16 (Cintiq Pro 13 doesn’t support 4K), as well as MobileStudio Pro.

The specifications of display itself Cintiq Pro 24 is higher, and the maximum displayable colors are1.07 billion, while the Cintiq Pro 16 had a color Gamut of 94% Adobe RGB, and supported 16.7 million. Cintiq Pro 13 had 87% Adobe RGB & also supported 16.7 million colors. The difference between the color spectrums between this model & the old one is worth it for graphics design, as it allows you to get better gradients & all. Since that’s what people use Cintiq Pro for, this model is totally worth going for with just that (For other uses, 16.7 million colors are not that bad).

Generally speaking, the 24-inches display is a good size to draw with, it’s not as large as the 27QHD, some artists may find themselves drawing on the middle of the screen most of the time, but you’re likely going to zoom in much less thanks to the additional space, which can show you more details. The additional screen space you can prevent icon from getting smaller in 4K resolution, which is one of the drawbacks of working on a high resolution monitors.

You can see the approximate screen sizes comparison in the following diagrams:-

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The Pro Pen 2

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Cintiq Pro 24’s Pro Pen 2 supports 8196 level of pressure sensitivity with the pro pen 2, with the exception of their Intuos line of graphics tablets, which now supports 4196 levels, all of Wacom’s devices supports that much pressure. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I am don’t put much importance on pressure sensitivity, as there’s more than enough pressure in even the older tablets, so I wouldn’t advise you to get Cintiq Pro 24 just for the higher pressure sensitivity, but for the better screen, additional drawing size, HDMI support, reduced parallax, and the other things mentioned in this Cintiq Pro 24 review.

What’s pressure sensitivity? It’s a feature that allows you to resize the brush size by pressing harder with the pen. It works the same way regular pencils & brushes do. Pressure sensitivity is one of the key features people buy graphics tablets for. It can also be used to control opacity & any other aspects of your brush you like, depending on the drawing & painting application you use. For more information about pressure sensitivity, refer to my post Graphics tablet pressure sensitivity, and what does it mean?.

Cintiq Pro 24 comes with the dome-shaped pen holder, the same that we had with the Cintiq Pro, the stylish pen holder also serve as a pen remover tool using the whole on the bottom. Just like the case with Wacom’s Pro offerings, the pen holder contains 10 replacement nibs inside of it (6 standard & 4 felt, to be specific).

The Pro Pen 2 supports tilt sensitivity, another feature that imitates the way traditional pencils work, they allows you to rotate the brush while drawing to get different lines. For that to work, the brush & the art program you’re using need to support this feature. Tilt sensitivity is less important than pressure, but some artists need it.

Supported Display Ports:- HDMI Is There :D

One of the biggest improvements for Cintiq Pro 24 over its smaller counterparts is the support for more display ports. Cintiq Pro 13 & 16 only supported USB-C ports or mini-Displayport out of the box. To connect it to any other port, you had to buy adapters for that, this has made real headache for those with only HDMI ports in their laptop or PC. I even had to write a guide on how to connect the Cintiq Pro to different computers.

4K Support

Cintiq Pro 24 supports a maximum resolution of 4K. While connecting Cintiq Pro 24 to your computer won’t be much of an issue with this model, if you’re one to care for 4K resolution, you first also need to make sure your computer supports the resolution. According to Wacom’s website, you need to have HDMI 2.0 support if you want to use HDMI (even though HDMI 1.4 supports 4K, as far as I know). Also, if you plan on buying longer cables, bear in mind that not all the cables & adapters support 4K resolution.

Connecting Cintiq Pro 24 to Displayport, or to mini-Displayport using the included DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort adapter is another way to get 4K out of it.

Comes With Cintiq Remote Out Of The Box

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Cintiq Pro 24 doesn’t have any Expresskeys in itself. But it comes with the Expresskey remote out of the box, unlike the previous models, where you had to buy the remote separately. The Expresskey remote provides you with 17 customizable keys, as well as a touch ring. You can hold the remote in your hand, or place it on the top of your Cintiq Pro 24, where it sticks.

If you like this Cintiq Pro 24 review, and would like to check its price or to buy it, kindly check it out in the following Amazon links:-

 

Check out the availability of the touch model from the following Amazon links, bear in mind that the model DTK2420K0 is the non-touch one (The links goes to Amazon search pages):-

No VESA Mount Support & Self-Made Solutions

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Cintiq Pro 24 comes with a built-in legs that allows you to have it tilted on your desk, you can lay it flat or put it on your lap if you like, but I am aware that’s not practical for some artists, but it can do for some.

Unfortunately, Cintiq Pro 24 cannot be mounted with VESA mount, a deal breaker for some artist. Wacom stated that in a tweet last February that there’s no plan on supporting it:-

Cintiq Pro 24 supports Wacom’s Ergo stand using a 80x495mm hole pattern, which is not compatible with the standard VESA mount, but it’s possible to connect Cintiq Pro 24 to an Ergotron arm using some sort of adapter. So far, people have been creating some self-made adapters for them, I have seen people do that online, so I know it’s possible. I am still looking for a fast & easy way to do that for those not willing to go through the trouble of creating such adapters.

One of the self-made solutions I saw was this nifty adapter made by Hagramunt. He used 6mm Acrylics & a jigsaw to do that (credit to him for allowing me to post the picture in this post).

Hagramunt can make & ship an adapter for you if you like, click here to view & order one from him

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Another adapter to VESA mount was created by DILeakStudios

He used 2 3mm sheets of PolyMetal (Again, credit to him for allowing me to post the picture here)

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All in all, I sincerely hope that by using that hole pattern, Wacom is not trying to lock us in their own Ergo stand, which I will talk about later in this review.

Not being able to attach an arm to Cintiq Pro 24 is one good reason to get Cintiq 27QHD instead, it may be an older model, but it’s still a device for creating artworks. You need to get a bit expensive arm that handle its weight, but that’s much better than the situation we have here. I can understand the old Cintiq 24HD is too heavy to be mounted easily, but that doesn’t apply for Cintiq Pro 24.

The Ergo Stand

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Since some artists plan to get the Ergo stand, it’s worth talking about it. If you’re familiar with the Cintiq 27QHD stand, then you have a good idea about their new stand. While it looks similar, the new stand of Cintiq Pro 24 is a bit different from the one for Cintiq 27QHD, as it has ports at the back of it.

The Ergo stand allows you to tilt your Cintiq Pro 24 accommodate to the way you’re sitting. It also allows you to rotate your Cintiq Pro 24, which can be useful in case you want to draw a difficult line (and you don’t want to use the rotate canvas feature on your drawing program).

To a degree, the Ergo stand makes your Cintiq Pro 24 looks like an all-in-one computer (with the actual computers under your desk or somewhere where it can’t be seen).

The ergo stand may not be ideal to those drawing while sitting down, then draw a bit more while standing up, which is one of the reasons people prefer Ergotron arms, it’s also not the flexible as the arm. I think the Ergo stand can work well for a lot of artists that don’t have such requirements, although the price of the it is likely to turn some of them away from it. If we ignored the price of it, it’s not really a bad stand.

The Ergo Stand is available starting from May 2018, according to Wacom.

External Ports

On the right side of Cintiq Pro 24, you have a SD card, which could be handy to copy your photographs and all, as well as 2 USB 3.0 ports. There are 2 other USB 3.0 ports on the right side too, making the total of 4 USB 3.0 ports, to benefit from these ports, you need to connect your Cintiq Pro 24 using USB-C, while the ports are useful to connect different things, like dongles or an external keyboard, you may not get the full speed of the USB-3 from them, as some of the bandwidth goes for 4K video, according to Wacom.

In general, Cintiq Pro 24 contains the following ports:-

  • 4 x USB3 ports (USB 3.0 ports run at USB 2.0 speeds to accommodate 4K video).
  • 1 x USB C port
  • 1 x HDMI2.0 port
  • 1 x Display Port (DP) port
  • 2 USB-A Ports (one of them is required for ExpressKey Remote dongle)

Cintiq Pro 24 Can Be Turned Into A PC With The Creative Engine

Build a bit, the ports are on the up side of the creative engine, so cables won’t get in the way squeezed. smart placement. Two power cables when engine attached.

Wacom Pro Pen 3D

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Introduced in 2017, the new Wacom Pro Pen 3D has 3 button, rather than the two buttons we tend to see with graphics tablets. This can be useful in 3D applications, where you need 3 buttons to zoom, pan & rotate the 3D space, but it can be useful to use for drawing & painting.

To be fair, you could do the same functionality the Pro Pen 3D provides by use an Expresskey instead of the 3rd button. The price of the Pro Pen 3D is a bit close to a 3D mouse, which is could be way more useful to for 3D applications than any pen. You can check out the available 3D Mousse in the following Amazon links:-

Since the Pro Pen 3D is not much more expensive than the regular Pro Pen, getting the new pen is a good choice in case you had to replace your pen, for whatever reason. Since the 3rd buttons is very nice to have.

The Pro Pen 3D is sold separately, and is also compatible with MobileStudio Pro, not just Cintiq Pro 24.

I speculate having a 3rd button in the pen could become the norm in graphics tablets in the future. I can see in the horizon Wacom competitors making a similar pen (I have been noticing this trend for a while now).

Cintiq Pro Can Be Turned Into A PC Using The Engine Creative PC Module

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At the back of Cintiq Pro 24, there’s a little slot, that slot is where you plug the optional Creative PC Module. It turns your Cintiq Pro 24 into an All-In-One computer. Creative PC Module is essentially a laptop without a keyboard, mouse or a screen, and it can be removed from a Cintiq Pro 24 model to another, or to any Cintiq Pro 32 if you have one. The ram & SSD inside the PC module can be upgraded if needed. The interchangeability of the PC module, and the ability to upgrade it makes it a good contender for the Surface Studio.

Despite how the Creative PC module being expensive for the specifications, I personally think it’s a neat solution for those who like all-in-one computes. While artists who change their workplace with each project may benefit of it, it’s not really for everyone. You can place a laptop at the back of your Cintiq Pro 24 to get a similar results (despite how it’s less compact & mobile). It’s worth noting that many of the criticism for Creative PC Module here apply to every All-In-One computer out there.

Wacom is releasing two versions of the Pro Engine which are both powered by the NVIDIA Quadro P3200 graphics card; one with an Intel i5HQ processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB storage, and the other version is equipped with a Intel XEON processor with 32GB RAM and 512GB storage for. Both will be available this coming May.

Kindly find the specifications for the Cintiq Pro Engine I5 Specifications:-

    • Operating System:- Windows 10 Pro
    • Processor:- Intel® Core i5HQ (Quad Core)
    • Graphics:- NVIDIA® Quadro® P3200
    • Dedicated graphics memory:- 6GB GDDR5
    • RAM:- 16GB
    • Storage:- 256GB SSD, PCIe Gen3
    • Wireless LAN:- Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 ac
    • Bluetooth:- Bluetooth® 4.2
    • Security:- fTPM(TPM2.0)
    • Input Voltage:- 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    • Connectivity:- Internal (communication between PC & Display) 1x USB-C, 1x Power
    • Connectivity:- External (customer interfaces) 1x RJ45 (LAN), 2x USB-C, 1xmHDMI, 1xmDP, 2x DC-in

Here are the specifications for the Cintiq Pro Engine Xeon model:-

    • Operating System:- Windows 10 Pro for Workstation
    • Processor:- Intel® XEON
    • Graphics:- NVIDIA® Quadro® P3200
    • Dedicated graphics memory:- 6GB GDDR5
    • RAM:- 32GB
    • Storage:- 512GB SSD, PCIe Gen3
    • Input Voltage:- 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    • Output Voltage:- 19.5V/11.8A (230W)
    • Wireless LAN:- Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 ac
    • Bluetooth:- Bluetooth® 4.2
    • Security:- fTPM(TPM2.0)
    • Connectivity:- Internal (communication between PC & Display); 1x USB-C, 1x Power
    • Connectivity:- External (customer interfaces); 1x RJ45 (LAN), 2x USB-C, 1xmHDMI, 1xmDP, 2x DC-in

The PC module is Windows-only, so those who prefer Mac OS probably wouldn’t bother with it.

PC-To-Build

I have wrote a detailed post illustrating my full opinion on the Creative PC Module, and whether it’s worth it for you or not, I even picked parts for two PC builds that are more powerful, and cost less than the Creative PC Module. I even found a good laptop with a good specification that matches then, click here to read the post.

What If We Had Creative PC Module For Mobilestudio Pro And Smaller Cintiq Pro

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The Creative PC Module is something I really wish Wacom would incorporate into their MobileStudio Pro lines of computers, where upgradability can make it last really longer. The way you could detach the PC module makes it easy to upgrade the PC part while keeping the Cintiq. Heck, it would be nice to see a PC Module for the smaller Cintiq models, a module with a battery, so the Cintiq could turn into a drawing laptop or something.

Cintiq Pro 24 Touch Model (DTH-2420)

Besides the base Cintiq Pro 24 model, there’s also a touch model. Which, besides allowing you to use Cintiq Pro 24 as a touch screen, you could also use it to rotate your canvas, or to zoom in & out, as well as do other gestures, like the gestures to open one of the on-screen menus.

While touch can be a useful feature. I think the price difference between the two models is a bit too high, so I would hesitate to recommend the touch model to everyone, as it’s not a feature all artists use (it can be very useful if you like the way it works, and you use it instead of some shortcuts).

And To End This Cintiq Pro 24 Review

It has been a while since the 22-inch & 24-inch has been updated, and now we finally have a new Cintiq in the 20s range, one with improved parallax and a better screen that supports 4K.

Compared to the Cintiq Pro 16, Cintiq Pro 24 can be a better deal to get, if you took into account Cintiq Pro 24’s screen size, the better screen quality, the included Expresskey remote & HDMI support. As long as you don’t want touch, and as long as you’re willing to pay the price of Cintiq Pro 24.

Some aspects about Cintiq Pro 24 makes getting Cintiq 27QHD (reviewed here) or another module a good choice for some artists, like the lack of VESA mount

With the new Creative PC Module, we now have an All-In-One computer from Wacom, just like Microsoft Surface Studio, I will see if the two can be compared, especially when it comes with the specifications.

If you need more drawing space, it could be better to wait & get the Cintiq Pro 32, which is important for certain uses, but I can’t imagine them super useful if your main goal is to draw & paint (maybe if you draw while standing up, and tend to use large movements to draw the lines).

I hope you liked my Cintiq Pro 24 review, and see you again in another review. ^^

If you like this Cintiq Pro 24 review, and would like to check its price or to buy it, kindly check it out in the following Amazon links:-

 

Check out the availability of the touch model from the following Amazon links, bear in mind that the model DTK2420K0 is the non-touch one (The links goes to Amazon search pages):-

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SweetMonia
I am an anime artist, and huge fan of digital art. I love drawing with pencils too. But I rarely do that anymore nowadays. Since some aspects of digital art can be tricky, I try my best to explain the concepts as easily as possible.

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