If you’ve never used a drawing tablet, then Wacom’s Cintiq line might seem like an overly expensive curiosity. But for pros whose daily workflow includes digital drawing or photo manipulation, the value of having a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet and high-resolution screen combined in one device is hard to understate. That’s why the new Cintiq 24HD is likely to turn more than a few heads.
The 24HD is a brand-new addition to the Cintiq line, and it’s the largest yet of Wacom’s combined display/tablets. It features a built-in 24-inch screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution, with a 178-degree viewing angle and a wide-screen, 16:10 aspect ratio. The tablet features 2,048 lines of pressure sensitivity; it ships with two pens for drawing input, an art pen that allows for roll effects in certain painter applications, and a classic pen for everyday sketching and drawing.
The beast connects via DVI-I or DisplayPort, and it also ships with a DVI-I to VGA adapter, so you’ve pretty much got your bases covered. You’ll also have to connect a USB cable to your computer to power the tablet functions. The bezel around the screen also includes 10 express keys, to which you can assign keyboard functions like undo and redo, as well as two touch rings for zooming and scrolling.
The bigger screen, which beats the existing 21UX by 3 inches and doubles the screen size of the smallest Cintiq, the 12WX, comes with a cost in terms of weight. It’s 63.8 lbs, which means that this baby will likely take up permanent residence at your desk. Wacom took that into account and mounted the display itself on a weighted stand that lets you adjust its position so that it hangs over the edge of your desk, letting you work with the massive tablet essentially in your lap.
Price will be a factor for those hoping to grab a 24HD but not as much as you might expect; at $2,499, it’s actually only $500 more than the 21UX, which for pro designers won’t be a lot to ask for in exchange for the added screen real estate. It’s available to order now from Wacom’s website. Not being a graphic pro myself, I’ll just have to ogle the 24HD in this video below and drool, but let us know if you get a chance to take her for a spin.