Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Review

by birtanpublished on May 15, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and super exciting times here this is the relatively new Wacom Cintiq pro 24 the 24 inch size so walk and refreshed all of their Cintiq displays they have a 13 and a 16 those came out first in fact I reviewed the 16 inch if you're interested in seeing smaller and more affordable and the 24 and the 32 inch are the big and serious ones now I don't believe the 32 inch is shipping yet this is the 24 this is available with and without a touchscreen both options are there if you want a touchscreen is going to add $500 onto the price this is not cheap this is professional-grade or

Bucket list if you're like me a serious hobbyist doing digital art the paintings that you're gonna see today are paintings that I did and also for freelancers who would love to have it if you try and decide if it's worth spending the extra money compared to one of the many clones that are on the market so this starts at $19.99 is $2,000 for the non-touch it's $2,500 with touch and the ergo stand is sold separately for another $500 happily the express key remote at least is included this connects via bluetooth to the display itself not to your Mac or a

Windows PC which is kind of cool because this isn't just a pin display we've reviewed a lot of those the huion zxp pens ooh geez all of those more affordable options that are sort of more comparable to something like the Wacom Cintiq 22 HD which is what like six seven years old or so this point boot is still sold this one has a lot more fancy-pants stuff going on inside why would you spend more for it well because this is a 4k display with wide color gamut so for those of you who are doing this for photo editing particularly today's high resolution images you want

To have more resolution available to you if you're doing this as a professional this is the standard that's going to be in game studios from people doing artwork in CAD environments in GM and Ford and Toyota when they're doing their designs for cars that sort of thing so there is kind of a no-brainer you also need that kind of resolution if you're doing that seriously even if you're doing this as a affluent hobbyists and then you would still love to have that extra resolution why so when I'm working on a painting like the painting here and the others that you're going to see if

I'm working on just a full HD rose in 1920 by 1080 versus 4k I have to zoom in a lot to make sure that my details are crisp and fresh when you have 4k you don't have to zoom in nearly as much I can do very small things like the little figure that's in this drawing here that I added without even having to zoom in so big swing there the wide color gamut is also important particularly for those who are working in print so instead of having your usual 99% of srgb and 75% of Adobe RGB on one of the more affordable clones this one has over 90% of Adobe RGB so again for print folks this is an

Important thing if you're working for content for the web not as much and important this is etched glass on it most competitors have a glossy IPS screen and a matte screen protector the typically degrades screen quality and that's the thing I don't like about them we've seen one or two that actually do have edge glass some do it better than others some really still cloud up the look all these do it better welcome does the best job of it this has brains inside which is what sets it apart again from anything else including Wacom Zolder products and you you have a USB

Hub you have an SD card slot it actually has a little mini computer inside that you'll notice if you actually try to pull up the settings in the Walkman control panel it takes a little while for it to communicate which is annoying on one hand but on the other hand it's doing a lot inside it has a fan inside so for those who have used these kind of products and the display itself gets kind of hot specially if you're running it at higher resolutions that won't be a problem here however if you hate fan noise that could be a problem and lastly and very unusual we all know what the

Microsoft service studio is like and the service studio to this coming out the big ginormous pen display model that has a Windows computer built in this has the Cintiq engine slot built inside so the Cintiq engine is basically a PC that slides into a big slot on the back of this unit so it turns into something like the Microsoft Surface Studio so you have got you can go up to an intel xenon processor and nvidia quadro graphics which are typically favored more by drafting and cad programs versus geforce gtx kind of graphics so even though the Ergo stand isn't included all is not

Lost at least we have these flippy feet that pop out so you can go flat and flush here and then there's two positions like so and then like so so this is where I use it because it puts it the most upright and they're reasonably sought and there's a little bit of play here that's meant so you can drag it around the table without it collapsing but they're pretty firm that's a good thing the Cintiq pros are compatible with both Windows and Mac and unless you use the Cintiq engine obviously where you're dropping an entire PC into the back of

It then it would be PC only but the drivers which are very full-featured and those of you who use welcome even the USB tablets the kind you draw on you put on your desk now the features are about the same what's nice about is you have a great level of customization per application for example I want to have the little button on the pen this supports the pro pen to are the 3d pro pen as well I want to have the little front mouse button on the pen or bottom most depending how you look at it always be this sampling tool so I can assign it to be alt in Photoshop and the command

Key for the same thing inside Corel Painter 2019 very nice very convenient now that's one another one things are set this apart from the more affordable alternatives yes the drivers aren't perfect sometimes there's a bug locating but overall they're actually very good and with the many clones that are on the market right now no huion zxp pens eug no mic honey they're getting better and better with the drivers but they're usually a little bit weirder and a little bit hard to understand what's going on on screen this stuff is pretty good software

Quality to hook this up my favorite solution if you happen to have a fairly recent Windows or Mac with USB C is a single cable solution you just put the USBC cable that comes in the box with this into the Cintiq and there's a little vanity cover that covers over your cables after it's plug in the power brick then it comes with a sizable power bag the size of a fairly powerful laptop charger plug your USB C into your Mac or Windows PC and boom you've hooked it up nice now multi cables needed here now just like all the pen displays you do get other cables if you need them so you

Don't have a USB C port that's okay then you'll use the USB a with the HDMI 2.0 cable or a display port cable to get hooked up instead the software customization that I was talking about per application as to what all of your command keys do and all that sort of thing in your express key settings it doesn't matter what program you're using is ZBrush is a blender is a Photoshop is it painter is it any program that you've got installed yes it is now this thing has a big footprint with big side bezels versus the competition obviously it's a

Lot larger I don't have issues with that first up the signs are is a magnetic area where you can put your express key remote which is pretty darn handy but it gives you room to rest your hand when you're drawing and and manipulating stuff on screen so for me that works but yes this is a big footprint and there's no physical Express keys on the side of it you have four touch sensitive controls at the top and they bring up the settings menu where you can adjust your display brightness your color gamma your white point all that sort of thing bring up additional settings and there's

Even one that brings up an on-screen keyboard which is kind of weird but they did it so there it is this reports 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity which is all the rage these days as state of the art and even some of the affordable competitors are pushing the pressure sensitivity levels up that high again what sets this apart is the pressure curves are very even on this typically you can adjust the pressure curve to your liking on this and with any of these but generally speaking from lightest the heaviest touch it's a very good linear kind of curve going on there

This is an EMR pen it is battery list so there's nothing to plug in there is nothing to charge another huge change if you're looking at something like the Cintiq 22 HD which really is what log the clones are focusing on competing with or even the previous generation the Wacom Cintiq 27 q HD with or without touch this has no parallax finally for the pen they have gotten the the glass over the top very close to the actual digitizer layer so much as you would see with many modern 2 and 1 laptops that have a pen say Microsoft Surface book or surface pro something like that it's the

Same experience here which means that where you see your pen tip physically on top of the screen is where you see the the cursor crosshairs below now you can calibrate it to adjust it for example I'm left-handed so my calibration is a little bit different from probably any right-handed persons out there but they have finally gotten rid of it and for me that's always been a big Bugaboo on all of these pen displays including older Cintiq models is what if you're doing precise stuff I really just imagine that the folks who are doing automotive design must be

Crate going crazy because they have to do very precise careful lines here and you have to get used to that cursor offset so no more not a problem awesome this has tilt support and again that's another thing that's gonna set it apart from the more affordable competitors and even from some of the 2 in 1 laptops so those are starting to get tilt support not always so evenly supported but you've got tilt here that's particularly nice for natural media style painters like me where I want to do the variable kind of stroke with our the shading with the virtual

Charcoal pencil you can do that with the tilt support rotation is supported but you have to use the older series of pens for that so you get fewer pressure levels still 2,000 plus but yeah now when it comes to touchscreen versus no touchscreen I leave that up to you you know it's pretty obvious the benefits versus the minuses Cintiq pros are pretty good when it comes to palm rejection but still I kind of like not having a touchscreen because you really don't have to worry where you're resting your hand on the glass and the included Express key remote is handy for things

Like zooming and rotation so I've come to really depend on this instead and I decided I couldn't live without that touchscreen but again it's up to you so obviously I love this thing this is like my bucket list device and I can paint on this better than any other device largely because of the tilt support the absence of parallax the very good color gamut the high resolution the tilt support those are all awesome things right and plus if you're using something like one of the recent MacBook Pros which have just about no ports something at least I have USBA ports and an SD

Card slot again well what's not so cool the stand isn't included now I know welcome is not really a very big company you might think otherwise but they're really a specialty company who just love making products for artists that's what they do they don't have the scale manufacturer of HP so their products are more specialized they're not going to be cheap but still but five hundred dollars extra for the ergo stand it does look nice and it does rotate from portrait to landscape mode it has two different solid lock positions for the display well it's still a lot of money so you

Say oh I'm gonna get a target on an arm ah-ha-ha-ha you know because with this perhaps because of the big removable panel section to accommodate the Cintiq engine they have a non-standard visa mount here so you can't just use any old argotron arm I know one person actually came up with a homebrew solution for this trying to use lucite and drilling holes and all that sort of thing to attach it to an Ergo Tron arm now welcome said that they are gonna have one third party who's gonna be like the official supplier of a visa sort of mount with this so you can

Use it with an Ergotron arm the other thing is the fan noise and because of a good thing about the fan is this is never gonna be hot under your hand when you're drawing and that can happen with older Cintiq models and even some of the third party alternatives and this one even more so because it has a lot of brains and electronics in it so even if you're using this without the Cintiq engine those fans will come on a brighter you set the display the louder the fans will get if you run it at 100% brightness which is about 300 nits unless you're working in a very brightly

Lit office you probably won't want to run over that hive just for color accuracy and contrast accuracy reasons but if you do boy it's gonna sound like a gaming laptop running it's pretty loud he said it to forty percent brightness you'll still hear the fans but it won't be loud but it'll sound like an ultrabook laptop running so you'll have two fans going the one from your option actual laptop or your your pc did desktop style one and the fan on this so who is this product for well obviously for digital artists right those of you who paint and draw on that sort of thing

And also 3d folks CAD designers all that sort of thing but particularly why would you want to get this over a cheaper model and will probably do some smack downs in comparisons too because we have everything in-house including the new huion 22 pro which is their best yet model that really is the first without a battery in the pen also like this but anyway if you're just doing this for a hobby then get what you can afford obviously if you're a professional probably you're going to get one of these because the return on investment and the the ease of workflow with

Something like this given the higher resolution the better culligan all those sorts of things will eventually pay for themselves if you want those in-betweener people and advanced hobbyists who can barely afford this or a freelancer it depends on this high aren't you do to a certain extent if you're doing something like comic book art generally speaking you're probably not taking as much advantage of tilt or rotation or any of those kind of features you could probably get by with something less expensive if this is out of your price range but if you're more

The person who does natural media sort of painting like I do if you're doing photo editing and you want the better gamut and the higher resolution and you're a professional photographer or very serious hobbyist it certainly makes sense obviously if you're doing that painting which combines both the typical fine art style of painting with photo editing then this is the sort of product that you would want and they say for mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos including art products like this and thumbs up if you like this vid

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