Wacom Cintiq 24HD Review
The Wacom Cintiq 24HD is a 24-inch touchscreen, pressure sensitive display that combines high definition LCD performance with the ability to work directly on screen with Wacom's most advanced pen technology.
Its generous 24" display, wide colour range, and wide-screen aspect ratio make this an ideal choice for colour critical work. In addition, the new, adjustable, ergonomic features of the 24HD assure hours of comfortable and productive use. The display and bezel measure 30.29 inches wide by 18.26 inches high (upright) and its stand is 25 inches wide by 15 inches deep. Together, they weigh just less than 64 pounds. The 24HD features a 1920 x 1200 resolution with a 178 degree viewing angle and 16:10 aspect ratio. Aside from being colour calibrated ready, it’s capable of detecting 2048 levels of pen pressure and 40 degrees of tilt. All this connects to precision control and the ability to accurately influence line weight and opacity effects.
Set up is relatively effortless. Most current display outputs are available in the back of the24HD’s base: DVI-I, Display Port and, via an adaptor, VGA. Software installation is quick, and it will be ready to use in a matter of minutes. Like all Cintiqs, calibration is the key issue. The user has to calibrate the cursor to match up with their line of sight. The large screen gives a lot of freedom for the arm. The increase in viewable screen space to 24 inches and pixel count to 2,304,000 makes a bigger difference than you would think. The screen though, isn’t crystal clear, possibly as a consequence of the anti-glare coating. The 16:10 display aspect ratio is also a welcome improvement.
It also has a lot of power under the hood. Integrated on both sides are touch-sensitive scroll wheels. Each has a set of three buttons that enable you to change its function quickly, so you get a total of six uses for the pair. You can increase/decrease your brush size, zoom in and out, or rotate your document. There are also ten additional programmable buttons. You can even use the pen to bring up an on-screen wheel display showing your most commonly used shortcut keys and apply them that way. Also the pen, strokes flow smoothly, and neither lag or accuracy problems was experienced. Basically, the 24HD paints like a dream. Wacom has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that you will be as comfortable using the 24HD as you would using a pad of paper or a canvas.
A set of useful buttons on the top of the screen gives access to your settings, your layout, and an on-screen keyboard. One touch of a button and the tablet pulls up the configuration manager for you. The on-screen keyboard is useful. One USB port is available on the side of the device to upload any documents you need to work on, so you don’t have to reach over to your computer. Wacom has raised the bar on artistic technology time and time again, and the Cintiq 24HD is no exception. It is the finest piece of artistic equipment available, far surpassing any other input device on the market.
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