Wacom’s less-expensive line of pen shows simply received larger — actually — with the brand new 22-inch mannequin, the Cintiq 22. It joins the , which debuted at CES 2019 as a part of Wacom’s push to draw new artists in want of its pressure-sensitive prowess however who haven’t got the bucks for its historically costly skilled graphics tablets to connect to .
The Cintiq 22 might be accessible this month for $1,199 (straight transformed, about £964 and AU$1,705). Compared, the 24-inch Cintiq 24 Professional begins at $2,000 (£1,900, AU$3,000), which is a nontrivial financial savings. However in trade you hand over the a lot higher-quality show; the Professional makes use of a 4K Adobe RGB gamut show, whereas the 22’s is an HD (1,920×1,080) sRGB mannequin. The non-Professional fashions additionally lack a contact possibility.
Primarily a bigger model than the Cintiq 16, the 22 improves on that mannequin by bundling the multi-angle stand reasonably than the so-so folding legs the smaller pill makes use of, however sadly, gives a cabling system that is not a lot better. I disliked the 16’s awkward, old school hydra that mixed the USB, HDMI and energy connection right into a single cable with three heads, however the 22’s three-cable answer is not a lot of an enchancment. (Then once more, none of Wacom’s cabling options are significantly elegant. Ready for USB-C with show help, Wacom!)
The Cintiq shows are additionally considerably dim. Although the pen-optimized matte surfaces essentially cut back the sunshine output, the Professional 24-inch a minimum of hits 235 nits, which is a snug stage for individuals used to working with Adobe RGB calibrations; the 22 is just about 210 nits, which is just a bit too low.