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Wacom Cintiq Pro Drawing Tablet Review by An Actual Artist (Is it worth the price?)

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Wacom, all opinions are my own.

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INTRO

Ok, so…

there’s elephant in the room. So let me address this one head on before we go any further.

There are people who think that the Cintiq Pro is overpriced. 

& I’m not one of them.

In fact in this Cintiq Pro Review, I’m going to discuss why I think the Cintiq Pro is the greatest luxury display tablet available right now… even if you’re a beginner. 

I’ll be diving into the tech specs, pros & cons, let you know what’s included, talk about my experience with the product, & I’ll even show you what I made with it.

If it’s not within your budget, don’t stress. I got you! I know not everyone can afford a luxury drawing tablet so, I’ll provide you some cheaper alternatives at the end of this review.

So let’s get into it, 

WARNING THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET VERY NERDY.

TECH SPECS

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height: 9.30″  (236.22 mm)

Width: 14.20″  (360.68 mm)

Depth: .5″  (12.7 mm)

Weight:  2.43 lbs (1.1 kg)without optional stand

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ACTIVE AREA & SCREEN SIZE

Active Area: 11.6″ x 6.5″ (294 x 166 mm )

Screen Size:  13.3″/33.8 cm (Measured Diagonally)

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Pen

Pen Model: Pro Pen 2 
Pen Pressure Levels: 8,192 both tip & eraser
Tilt Range: 64 degrees
Tilt Recognition: +-60 levels
Grip: Latex-free silicone rubber
Type: Pressure sensitive, cordless, battery-free
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Pen Holder/Stand

10 Free Nibs Inside Stand6 standard & 4 felt

Nib Remover at bottom of the stand

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Resolution & Technology

Resolution: Full HD 1920 x 10805080 LPI
Technology: IPS FHD high brightness panel
Displayable Colors: 16.7 million
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Color Gamut: 87% Adobe RGB
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Express Key Remote 

1.Express Keys (Shortcut keys)
2. Touch Ring
3. Toggle Button
4. Mode LEDs
5. Micro USB Port (for battery charging)
6. Power Slide Button
7. Battery Status LED
8Device Status LED
9. Wireless Receiver
 
 
(Express Key Remote comes with 17 programmable shortcut buttons. It is also sold separately.)
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Touch Keys

The Touch Keys can be used as shortcuts to specific functions. The Touch Keys are located at the top left of your laptop & light up when it is turned on.

Tablet Mode: Allows you to switch the viewing from your computer to your tablet.

Wacom Desktop Center: Gives you access to Wacom Desktop Center where you can manage & customize your device preferences. 

Toggle Keyboard: Will display your on-screen keyboard. 

Wacom Display Settings: Opens Wacom Display Settings where you can adjust display settings like the brightness and sharpness of your screen.

Touch On/Off: Turns touch options on & off.

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Mac & PC Connection/Requirments 

USB-C supporting DisplayPort Alternate Mode to USB-C port (or Wacom Link using Mini DisplayPort and USB port)

PC: Windows® 7 or later (latest service pack/build),
Mac: OS X 10.11 or later (latest update),
USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode (UHD), or Mini DisplayPort/DisplayPort (UHD) and USB-A, or HDMI 2.0 (UHD) and USB-A; Internet access for driver download

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height: 10.4″  (265 mm)

Width: 16.2″  (410 mm)

Depth: .57″  (14.5 mm)

Weight: 3.3  lbs (1.5 kg) without optional stand

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ACTIVE AREA & SCREEN SIZE

Active Area: 13.6″ x 7.6″ (345 x194 mm )

Screen Size:  15.6 inch”/39.6 cm (Measured Diagonally)

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Pen

Pen Model: Pro Pen 2 
Pen Pressure Levels: 8,192 both tip & eraser
Tilt Range: 64 degrees
Tilt Recognition: +-60 levels
Grip: Latex-free silicone rubber
Type: Pressure sensitive, cordless, battery-free
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Pen Holder/Stand

10 Free Nibs Inside Stand6 standard & 4 felt

Nib Remover at bottom of the stand

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Resolution & Technology

Resolution: Up to Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
Technology: IPS UHD high brightness panel
Displayable Colors: 16.7 million
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Color Gamut: 94% Adobe RGB (CIE 1976)
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Express Key Remote 

1.Express Keys (Shortcut keys)
2. Touch Ring
3. Toggle Button
4. Mode LEDs
5. Micro USB Port (for battery charging)
6. Power Slide Button
7. Battery Status LED
8Device Status LED
9. Wireless Receiver
 
 
(Express Key Remote comes with 17 programmable shortcut buttons. It is also sold separately.)
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Touch Keys

The Touch Keys can be used as shortcuts to specific functions. The Touch Keys are located at the top left of your laptop & light up when it is turned on.

Tablet Mode: Allows you to switch the viewing from your computer to your tablet.

Wacom Desktop Center: Gives you access to Wacom Desktop Center where you can manage & customize your device preferences. 

Toggle Keyboard: Will display your on-screen keyboard. 

Wacom Display Settings: Opens Wacom Display Settings where you can adjust display settings like the brightness and sharpness of your screen.

Touch On/Off: Turns touch options on & off. (Multitouch options availble)

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Mac & PC Connection/Requirments 

USB-C supporting DisplayPort Alternate Mode to USB-C port (or Wacom Link using Mini DisplayPort and USB port)

PC: Windows® 7 or later (latest service pack/build),
Mac: OS X 10.11 or later (latest update),
USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode (UHD), or Mini DisplayPort/DisplayPort (UHD) and USB-A, or HDMI 2.0 (UHD) and USB-A; Internet access for driver download

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height: 15.5″  (394 mm)

Width: 26.65″  (677 mm)

Depth: 1.9″  (47 mm)

Weight: 15.43(7 kg) without optional stand

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ACTIVE AREA & SCREEN SIZE

Active Area: 20.55″ x11.57 ” (522 x 294 mm )

Screen Size:   23.59″/59.94 cm (Measured Diagonally)

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Pen

Pen Model: Pro Pen 2 
Pen Pressure Levels: 8,192 both tip & eraser
Tilt Range: 64 degrees
Tilt Recognition: +-60 levels
Grip: Latex-free silicone rubber
Type: Pressure sensitive, cordless, battery-free
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Pen Holder/Stand

10 Free Nibs Inside Stand6 standard & 4 felt

Nib Remover at bottom of the stand

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Resolution & Technology

Resolution: (5080 LPI)
Technology: Patented electromagnetic resonance method
Displayable Colors (maximum): 1.07 billion colors (10 bits color)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Color Gamut: 99% Adobe RGB
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Express Key Remote 

1.Express Keys (Shortcut keys)
2. Touch Ring
3. Toggle Button
4. Mode LEDs
5. Micro USB Port (for battery charging)
6. Power Slide Button
7. Battery Status LED
8Device Status LED
9. Wireless Receiver
 
 
(Express Key Remote comes with 17 programmable shortcut buttons. It is also sold separately.)
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Touch Keys

The Touch Keys can be used as shortcuts to specific functions. The Touch Keys are located at the top left of your laptop & light up when it is turned on.

Tablet Mode: Allows you to switch the viewing from your computer to your tablet.

Wacom Desktop Center: Gives you access to Wacom Desktop Center where you can manage & customize your device preferences. 

Toggle Keyboard: Will display your on-screen keyboard. 

Wacom Display Settings: Opens Wacom Display Settings where you can adjust display settings like the brightness and sharpness of your screen.

Touch On/Off: Turns touch options on & off.

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Mac & PC Connection/Requirments 

USB-C supporting DisplayPort Alternate Mode to USB-C port (or Wacom Link using Mini DisplayPort and USB port)

PC: Windows® 7 or later (latest service pack/build),
Mac: OS X 10.11 or later (latest update),
USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode (UHD), or Mini DisplayPort/DisplayPort (UHD) and USB-A, or HDMI 2.0 (UHD) and USB-A; Internet access for driver download

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height: 19.92″  (236.22 mm)

Width: 33.62″  (360.68 mm)

Depth:  2.1″  (12.7 mm)

Weight: 28.66 lbs (13 kg) without optional stand

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ACTIVE AREA & SCREEN SIZE

Active Area: 27.44″ x 15.43″ (697 x 392 mm )

Screen Size:  31.5″/80 cm  (Measured Diagonally)

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Pen

Pen Model: Pro Pen 2 
Pen Pressure Levels: 8,192 both tip & eraser
Tilt Range: 64 degrees
Tilt Recognition: +-60 levels
Grip: Latex-free silicone rubber
Type: Pressure sensitive, cordless, battery-free
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Pen Holder/Stand

10 Free Nibs Inside Stand6 standard & 4 felt

Nib Remover at bottom of the stand

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Resolution & Technology

Resolution: 5080 lpi
Technology: Patented electromagnetic resonance method
Displayable Colors (maximum): 1.07 billion colors (10 bits color)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 310cd/m2 (min, duty 100%)
Color Gamut: 99% Adobe RGB
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Express Key Remote 

1.Express Keys (Shortcut keys)
2. Touch Ring
3. Toggle Button
4. Mode LEDs
5. Micro USB Port (for battery charging)
6. Power Slide Button
7. Battery Status LED
8Device Status LED
9. Wireless Receiver
 
 
(Express Key Remote comes with 17 programmable shortcut buttons. It is also sold separately.)
__________________________________________________________________________________________

Touch Keys

The Touch Keys can be used as shortcuts to specific functions. The Touch Keys are located at the top left of your laptop & light up when it is turned on.

Tablet Mode: Allows you to switch the viewing from your computer to your tablet.

Wacom Desktop Center: Gives you access to Wacom Desktop Center where you can manage & customize your device preferences. 

Toggle Keyboard: Will display your on-screen keyboard. 

Wacom Display Settings: Opens Wacom Display Settings where you can adjust display settings like the brightness and sharpness of your screen.

Touch On/Off: Turns touch options on & off.

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Mac & PC Connection/Requirments 

USB-C supporting DisplayPort Alternate Mode to USB-C port (or Wacom Link using Mini DisplayPort and USB port)

PC: Windows® 7 or later (latest service pack/build),
Mac: OS X 10.11 or later (latest update),
USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode (UHD), or Mini DisplayPort/DisplayPort (UHD) and USB-A, or HDMI 2.0 (UHD) and USB-A; Internet access for driver download

Pros

  • No parallax
  • Virtually lag free tracking
  • Express Key remote makes shortcuts eas
  • Great color gamut coverage
  • Pro Pen 2 is the best stylus available
  • Multitouch
  •  Tilt
  • Comes with 10 different kinds of Free Nibs
  • Pen Stand is nice, weighted, & helps keep your desk organized

Cons

  • Price isn’t for everybody
  • Express Key Remote sold separately 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

1.The Tablet

Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 or Wacom Cintiq Pro

2.Pro Pen 2

with 4 free color rings

3.Pen Stand & Pen Holder

Pen stand with 10 replacement nibs (6 standard, 4 felt) and nib removal tool

4. Express Remote

Free with 24″ & 34″ models NOT 13″ or 16″ models 🙁

5.Cords

 

Cords vary based on the model, see below for more details.

13″

16″

24″

34″

6. Misc

Quick Start Guide
Regulation sheet
Cleaning cloth

 

My thoughts

1. Aesthetics, packaging & overall quality

Firstly the box design is adorable, & the product was packaged well. The packaging was so tight I was afraid I might break the Pro pEN 2 (Stylus) trying to pull it out on my first try.

Not because the pen felt cheap but because everything is snugly placed to avoid breaking when shipping.

As for the body of the tablet, I love the design of the Cintiq Pro. It’s has a sleek Matt black facade w/ a metal backing. I find the little retractable legs to be really cute.  

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I’m particularly fond of the 13”&16;”. The 24”& 34 are built slightly different & I think the bulkier look of the larger models is less sexy. 

The smaller models are relatively light and compact. While the larger models size creates an awkward distribution of weight making them feel a little heavier than there actual weight when moving them around. 

The cords feel durable & provide the right amount of length. Which in all honesty is excellent for me because my studio’s outlets are awkwardly placed in my apartment. 

Overall the product feels & looks like it’s the corresponding premium price point.

How it helped me: I love having an aesthetically pleasing product that I can display on my desk & show off to visitors. 

2.. Calibration(Driver) & Screen

Wacom Cintiq Pro

 

2. Calibration (Driver)

The driver was easy to download, & setting it up wasn’t an issue for me. 

A lot of people complained about the drivers online, but like most reviewers, I know Wacom’s drivers can are typically a work in progress the first couple months after a new product is released. &  because of this I usually wait a while before I purchase a new product from them. 

That said they’re pretty good about fixing driver problems quickly. I have 2013 Wacom Graphics tablet & I never have driver issues when I update my Mac. This lets me know how dedicated Wacom is to updating their drivers no matter how old the product is. 

The screen never gets too hot when working long hours like most pen displays due to the Pro’s big fan. Because of this, you will have to Deal with low fan noise.

 Like all welcome products, the Cintiq Pro’s Calibration is incredibly through allowing you to customize your preferences deeper than any of its competitors.

Some of the features you can calibrate are the touch settings, express keys, tilt, gestures, & pen pressure.

How it helped me: Wacom’s calibration is a luxury I’ve become used to. This helps because I can get the ideal feel of any brush I want. When I color my work, I like to configure the pen pressure as sensitive as possible.

But when I draw lines, my hands get a little heavy. It’s nice to have software that allows such detailed customization of settings. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with a lot of Wacom alternatives.

They universally have a very limited system for custom settings which can be very frustrating when switching between different brushes. & their drivers are notoriously outdated.

Sure Wacom isn’t perfect when it comes to drivers, but it’s definitely not as neglectful as its cheap counterparts. 

Another advantage I find Wacom has over the cheap clones are its detailed express keys. They’re program specific which means the same key can be programmed for different functions depending on the program you currently using.

This level of customization is something you don’t see with the alternative brands. & love it because it lets you get the most out of the express key remote.

3. Drawing Experience & The Pro Pen 2

Wacom Pro Pen 2

Like the Intuos Pro (M&L) & the mobile studios, the Cintiq Pro comes with the new Pro Pen 2.

The Pro Pen 2 comes with an ergonomic design, pen stand, extra nibs, built-in erase & two customizable shortcut buttons.

Its universally considered the best Pen(stylus) available by digital artist & reviewers. 

The Pro Pen 2 is battery-less & uses EMR technology (electromagnetic resonance). Which basically means the pen doesn’t send any information to the tablet. Instead, the tablet senses the pen, which is why your fingertips are able to interact with the tablet. 

The pen pressure is phenomenal at 8,192 levels offering a surgically controlled drawing experience. It also has great tilt, about 60levels.

Admittedly I don’t use tilt a lot but I know a lot of illustrators who appreciate the presences of tilt. 

The pen also offers rotation which is created for creating a realistic brush stroke. 

The pen draws smooth, & there is no noticeable jitter, parallax, or lag when drawing. Because the screen is made from an etched glass it creates a natural pape like resistance. 

Overall I really love how natural & accurate the drawing feel is, as an artist who does traditional & digital art its nice to have a device w/ a naturally controlled drawing experience because it makes the transition between the two seamless. 

This is something people don’t talk enough about but you really don’t understand how closely this tablet emulates drawing in real life until you try it.

Reviewers like myself can try as hard as we want but it’s an intuitive thing. I never used anything this close to drawing in real life. 

4. Pen stand

The Pen stand is newly designed. & in my opinion, an improvement from the typical Wacom stand. A lot of other brands copied the old ones look, so it’s nice to see Wacom shake things up with a new stand. The new stand is nicely weighted, & as mentioned earlier comes with 10 free nibs.

At the bottom of it is a small hole used for removing worn-out nibs. I really enjoy the new design, it’s sleek & conveniently combines the functionality of the old nib remover with the stand. I frequently lost my nib remover, so naturally, I can appreciate the new stand.

I will say it does make the pen holder at that attaches to the tablet feel a little redundant. Not sure why I need two but I guess it’s not bad to have options.

How it helped me: overall creating quality work takes less time because of how advanced the pro pen 2s drawing experience. 

5. Screen & Display

As stated earlier the screen is made from a high quality etched glassed, creating a subtle but necessary resistance when drawing. This emulates the friction of paper, but that’s not all the etched glass is suitable for.

Wacom Cintiq Pro on table

The etched glass also helps to prevent glare where is HUGE! I create a lot of traditional art in my studio, so it’s very well lit, not to mention sunlight is always welcome in my studio. Now I don’t have to make my interns work in darkness when I want to use a Pen Display Tablet. WHich was a problem I had with older Cintiq & Cintiq alternatives the glare is noticeable when working in a well-lit area? 

Another reason I would work in the dark with previous pen display tablets was screen brightness. Luckily Wacom’s new Cintiq pro has incredible screen brightness & color. So bright ambient light is no longer an issue. 

As an artist with a sharp eye for detail, I really appreciated the 4K resolution display & excellent pixel density. I find the pixel density creates a realistic drawing experience especially when zooming in 

The color accuracy is also terrific, specifically on the 16”, 24, & 34”. The 13” is nice but it’s 84% ABR. I’m not sure if its placebo but I felt underwhelmed with the 13”. It’s still a quality product but compared to the other 3 models it just didn’t do it for me as far as screen size & display. 

How it helped me: Overall the resolution, color accuracy, pixel density, lack of glare, brightness & screen texture create an experience that’s both natural & immersive. This really helps when you work long hours like me because you want to get lost in your work. 

6. The Express Key Remote

Wacom Cintiq Pro Express Key Remote

The express key remote comes free with the 24” & 34” but not with the smaller models (13”&16;).

Which is a little bit of a bummer, it’s not super expensive at $99. But it would be nice if that was a packaged deal universally, & honestly, it should be. 

A lot of my friends say you don’t actually need it, but I really enjoyed using it. The keys are very tactile & feel durable. 

It’s magnetized with a rubber back, so it’ll stick to any part of the tablets facade. It comes with a USB battery, & the battery life is pretty great considering I haven’t charged mine in some time. 

How it helped me: the presence of shortcut keys help me shave a lot of time accumulatively. Which ultimately helps me optimize my workflow. 

7. Multitouch

Makes me feel like tony stark. Seriously I love being able to navigate my work with the tips of my fingers. 

I’m not as nuanced as other artists with my touch settings, so I usually just zoom in and out or move the work around my fingers.  

I found the palm rejection was excellent & pretty accurate. My biggest issue with multi-touch is my brain never makes the switch when I’m working on traditional art. So I’ll literally try to zoom into my sketchbook from time to time. 

How it helped me: makes me feel like Tony Stark, & gives me the ability to zoom in with my fingertips

8. Legs

Retract out the back of the tablet & are necessary for creating an ergonomic rowing experience

Wacom Cintiq Pro

There pretty sturdy but I do wish you could change the angle of the tablet beyond the standard 30 degrees the legs comes with.

Wacom does offer some pretty cool accessories to counteract that, but unfortunately, they’re sold separately. 

How it helped me: I didn’t have to awkwardly hunch over my tablet to work.

9. Connectivity

the charger has good cable length which is a HUGE plus! But let’s be honest the cords can be a bit cumbersome.

 There also some issue with needing two cables for one tablet. One for power, & the other to transfer your screen from your computer to your tablet. I find this takes away from the sleekness of the tablet. & I have to go out of my way to conceal the cords to keep the futuristic look. 

In the future when Bluetooth pairing becomes less laggy id like to see Wacom lose the cords completely. 

CHEAPEST PLACE TO BUY

Refurbished

New

With Touch

Without Touch

What I Made With It

Conclusion & Rating

9.6/10
4.8/5

Like I said earlier the Wacom Cintiq isn’t for everyone. It’s the most advanced drawing display tablet available right now. Which means it’s a premium price.

If you’re serious about making digital art & you want to optimize your workflow with the newest & most advanced Pen display tablet I say go for it. 

If your a hobbiest or beginner on a budget you might want to invest in a cheaper alternative. Lucky for you included the 2nd & 3rd place Pen Display tablets down bellow in a segment called the next best thing/

The Next Best Thing!

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