Wacom’s Cintiq 24HD, previously their very top end graphics display tablet, was one of those bits of technology that it was difficult to walk past without wanting to touch. Well now, Wacom have gone one better with the brand new, bigger, sleeker, lighter, more feature-packed Wacom Cintiq 27QHD and Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch, and they were kind enough to bring it in for the creative team to check out ahead of its official release. Here are our thoughts…
First things first – what’s actually new in the Cintiq 27QHD? Wacom haven’t just banged an extra letter in the title and added a few extra screen inches. Yes, it may share much in the way of specs as the previous Cintiq 24HD, but putting the two next to each other shows it really is a completely different beast.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD when you take it out of the box is that it’s shed quite a few pounds compared to its smaller sibling – nearly 4kg in fact! (The Cintiq 27QHD weighs in at approximately 9kg, compared to the 24HD’s 13.7kg, excluding stand.) That means it’s going to be far easier to move around your desk, and will put far less strain on a supporting VESA arm, if you choose to use one. The 27QHD comes with sturdy two-position integrated legs but there’s also the optional Cintiq Ergo stand (the same one for the Cintiq 24HD will work here too) for working in a more drafting, easel-like position. That slimming down has made the 27QHD a much sleeker prospect too – it looks absolutely gorgeous.
As the name suggests, it’s shot up in size by three inches too. The 27″ edge-to-edge glass screen has a 596.7×335.6mm, 2560×1440 pixel active workable area (the 24HD was 1920×1200), with an extra wide viewing angle. This makes working with large scale, rich, detailed designs a joy. The 27QHD has crystal clear resolution and accurate colour too, with 1.07 billion colours and 97% Adobe RGB colour space coverage. You can also calibrate your display for more precise colour matching with the Wacom Color Manager colorimeter Powered by X-Rite (sold separately).
The other major change from the 24HD is, where you once had your customisable ExpressKeys up in the left hand corner of your tablet, you now get a separate, modular ExpressKey Remote. This hand-held set of shortcut keys and Touch Ring lets you place your controls where you find them most convenient while drawing – on screen via the magnetic back, in your hand or beside your keyboard (there’s a couple of metres of range, not that we’ve worked out a use for being that far away yet). When combined with the on-screen controls, the ExpressKey Remote gives you dozens of options to customise your shortcut keys.
Other key features
– 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity helps you work directly on screen for a natural, intuitive, and productive creative experience.
– Pen, multitouch (in the Touch version), on-screen controls and Radial Menu give you increased efficiency, as well as enhancing and speeding up your workflow.
Our team’s verdict
We were lucky enough to get hands-on with the new Wacom 27QHD Touch before it actually launched, which was great. As is the norm with any new Wacom release, it was pretty difficult to pull the designers away once they’d had a go…
“The 27QHD did seem super responsive to the Photoshop brushes, and working straight on the screen really helps with co-ordination if you’re trying to do anything requiring precision – which is obviously instantly more natural to draw with than an outboard tablet. The large screen is a luxury too – you could have all the panels you’re using open at once and still have a huge space left for zooming in to the area you’re working on or getting a wider view of the whole thing. The remote control seems like a really good idea too – everyone has a different setup on their desk a different way of working for the specific work they’re doing, so having it attached to the tablet frame, or in your other hand, next to your keyboard etc makes it really flexible.” – Simon
“It has a very slick design and definitely passed my Three S Test: smooth, svelte and shiny. Being able to angle it in different positions is a bonus and, while I can’t say I would get the full benefit of the ExpressKey Remote for my workflow, being able to move it around with the magnets is going to be useful for most. Another thing I noticed immediately when working with the 27QHD was the super responsiveness, giving a very precise feel to working in Photoshop.” – Liana
Pricing and availability
The Cintiq 27QHD and Cintiq 27QHD Touch are available now. The new models will replace the current 24HD versions. Pricing is as follows: Cintiq 27QHD Pen, £1499, Cintiq 27QHD Pen and Touch, £1749. And the extras: Cintiq Ergo Stand, £299, Wacom Color Manager, £199. You can of course, pick up both models and extras, as well as any other Wacom products, from Jigsaw24.
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