In January 2015, Wacom launched the Cintiq 27QHD, the latest in the Cintiq range of top-end display tablets. This meant out went our previous tablet crush, the 24HD. So here we present our all new, updated guide to all things Wacom, including the Cintiq range, Cintiq Companion, Intuos and Intuos Pro, Bamboo and Stylus options.
So which Wacom is for you? All will be revealed in our rundown below…
Wacom Intuos Pro tablet
Go for this if… you frequently work in creative applications such as InDesign, Photoshop and QuarkXPress. It’s the ideal tool for precision work on layouts and imagery.
- Wacom Intuos Pro special edition
This is very much the graphics tablet that most people will want to use (though bear in mind that when it comes to the larger models, it’s not necessarily the tablet that everyone will actually need!) and is perfect for designers, 3D artists, videographers and more – essentially anyone who spends a decent portion of their day in Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress or editing tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.
As with the Intuos5, there’s still a small, medium and large option, and with multitouch functionality, you can set up shortcuts such as ‘swipe’ to undo, ‘pinch’ to close a window and more. While the small is a good choice if you need a more portable option, for most creative work we’d recommend the medium. Essentially, the more detail you need to go into (or the more screens you’re using), the bigger the model you should go for.
Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Small Pen & Touch here – £155 (£186 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Pen & Touch here – £199 (£238.80 inc VAT) saving you £50 for a limited time!
Buy Wacom Intuos Pro Large Pen & Touch here – £329 (£394.80 inc VAT)
Buy the special edition Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (with matte aluminium finish) here – £245 (£294 inc VAT)
Wacom Intuos tablet
Go for this if… you want to use a graphics tablet but aren’t after the precision or size of an Intuos Pro. It’s the perfect entry-level model.
The Wacom Intuos tablet is new entry-level offering in the Wacom range. For anyone who knew the Wacom range before this new model, this has essentially replaced the Wacom Bamboo.
- Wacom Intuos tablet
There’s a bit of a myth that graphics tablets are only for, well, graphic designers, but actually the pen and tablet approach is useful for everything from basic image editing to navigation. What this Intuos does is allow you to be far more precise in your on-screen movements than you can be with a mouse.
I’ve now moved on to an Intuos model, for example, and although I do use Photoshop and InDesign, this is infrequent. The Intuos allows me to be far more precise in the way I navigate on-screen, moving windows and selecting text more naturally than I could with a mouse.
With a new streamlined design, the Intuos models come in either small or medium sizes, with multitouch options available for those who want additional navigation.
Buy Wacom Intuos Pen-only Small Tablet here – £49 (£58.80 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Small Tablet here – £65 (£78 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Medium Tablet here – £129 (£154.80 inc VAT)
Wacom Cintiq display
Go for this if… you work with illustrations, 3D design or any field where you’re more likely to deal with texturing, fine art or brush work.
Wacom Cintiq brings together the Intuos’s pen and touch input with a high res display to create a piece of technology that is, quite simply, unbeatable for digital artists. Rather than having to interpret your on-screen movements on a tablet, you get to paint directly onto the screen, allowing you to achieve incredible accuracy. It’s also completely customisable to your way of working – each stand allows you to position the screen in a way that is comfortable for you, and the ExpressKeys and TouchRings can be tailored to your needs.
There are a number of sizes available – the Cintiq 22HD is a desktop version with a 21.5″ full HD display, while the newly-released Cintiq 13HD is a far more portable option. The latest version, the Cintiq 27QHD, is right at the top end, with improved hi-def resolution in its 2560×1440 pixel active workable area, a distinctly slimmer and lighter form factor, and a new customisable ExpressKey Remote Control which can be placed on your tablet or on your desk for more flexible working.
Buy Wacom Cintiq 13HD here – £539 (£646.80 inc VAT) saving 10% for a limited time.
Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen-only display here – £1269 (£1522.80 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen & Touch display here – £1499 (£1798.80 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Pen-only display here – £1799 (£2158.80 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Pen & Touch display here – £2099 (£2518.80 inc VAT)
Wacom Cintiq Companion 2
Go for this if you… are a business that wants to combine your graphics tablet and laptop into a single piece of kit.
The Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 is the ideal tool for artists and designers who need to work on the move. As a Windows 8.1 tablet, it can run full versions of high capacity creative software from Adobe, Autodesk, Corel and more, but can also be used as a Cintiq display when attached to a Mac or PC. Featuring a 13.3″ 2560×1440 display, Pro Pen with 2048 pressure levels and pen tilt, six programmable ExpressKeys and multitouch functionality, the Cintiq Companion 2 offers the most intuitive and natural pen-on-screen drawing experience.
There are actually five models in the Cintiq Companion 2 range – Value, Standard, Premium, Enhanced and Enterprise (specs haven’t been released for this yet), the difference between each being memory (ranging from 4GB to 16GB), storage (from 64GB to 512GB) and processing power (ranging from Intel i3 to i7). The better specced models also come with Windows 8.1 Pro as opposed to standard Windows 8.1, as well as an additional stand and carry case. See the full feature list and how each model stacks up below…
Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 Value – £999 (£1198.80 inc VAT)
Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 Standard – £1083 (£1299.60 inc VAT)
Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 Premium – £1333 (£1599.60 inc VAT)
Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 Enhanced – £1666 (£1999.20 inc VAT)
Pre-order the Intuos Cintiq Companion 2 now. Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus and Bamboo Stylus
Go for these if you… want to be able to play around with ideas while on the move. It’s a nice solution for iPad users who want to benefit from Wacom precision without carrying around a graphics tablet.
The Intuos Creative Stylus, Bamboo Stylus Fineline and Bamboo Stylus Solo and Duo models are new additions to the Wacom range that allow you to get creative on the move. Paired with an iPad, they allow you to sketch and paint ideas using a rubber nub tip, while benefitting from the same kind of artistic control that Wacom are known for.
The big thing to bear in mind here is that there are three main products available. The Intuos Creative Stylus is a professional-grade option and the more fully-featured, effectively turning an iPad into a mini Cintiq option. It includes 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for more fine-tuned artwork, and includes Palm Rejection technology that means only the input of the new 2.9mm nib pen is picked up by the iPad. What’s great for designers is that you can create work on the move, then transfer designs into professional applications like Photoshop.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (2nd generation)
For those who require a stylus more for note taking and sketching than technical drawing, Wacom have introduced the brand new Bamboo Stylus Fineline. With a 1.9mm nib, 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and the ever-popular Palm Rejection technology, the Fineline is designed for use with iPad for precise note-taking, natural handwriting, doodling and navigation.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline
The Bamboo Stylus, however, is the more basic option. New updates to the 3rd generation stylus sees a new longer-lasting 6mm nib for smooth writing and improved sensitivity, making it still an incredibly accurate device for quick sketches, note taking and navigating on touch screens. There are two versions available – the Solo, which just includes the carbon-fibre, 6mm nib; and the Duo, which also includes a ballpoint pen.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo
Buy Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (2nd generation) here – £54.16 ex VAT (£64.99 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline here – £40 ex VAT (£48 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Solo here – £12 ex VAT (£14.40 inc VAT)
Buy Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo here – £20 ex VAT (£24 inc VAT)
Got a question? Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com to find out more about the different models from Wacom available or the best graphics tablet for your creative workflow.
By Ade Leader