September 12th 2011 6:28 pm


Wacom's pen-enabled display gets multi-touch gestures, but do you need them?


It should come as no surprise that the pen functionality on a Wacom display or tablet is going to be stellar -- especially on a high-end kit like this. We never encountered a hiccup with the pen functionality, and having all of those pressure levels at your disposal should be a major improvement over a regular mouse, to say the least. However, given the fact that we only really made use of a few touch gestures, we're not so sure splurging for the touch model is worth it. Of course, the two-finger zoom and rotate actions are convenient, but we'd like to see the same consistency in those that call for four or five fingers as well.

Multi-touch gripes aside, both the Cintiq 24HDs are stellar peripherals for any design professional. The ability to draw directly on screen in a host of applications shaves valuable time off of most creative tasks and offers more precise control than moving a mouse around on your desk. Another huge plus for these pen displays is the ability to maneuver the unit into just about any position you could imagine to make sure that you stay comfortable while burning the midnight oil. The ergonomic stand has as much to do with our affinity for these tablets as the screens themselves. Even if you don't splurge for the touch model, these 24-inch displays from Wacom should definitely be on your shortlist when the time comes to make a big purchase for your studio.

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Engadget Oct 14, 2012

The touch model adds gestures to the highly capable Cintiq 24HD pen display, but we aren't so sure that they're worth the extra investment.

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Gizmodo Sep 13, 2011

If you are a professional illustrator, you should get it. ... Because of the increased workflow speed, at $2500 it will pay for itself in a few good jobs. Also, if you are looking for a new machine and monitor, you can avoid buying the monitor and get the Wacom Cintiq 24HD.

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Macworld UK Nov 2, 2011

The Cintiq 24HD is a heavyweight offering in every sense of the word. But if the devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the Cintiq 24HD’s is convincing you that a 30kg device is invisible when you’re working on it.

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TrustedReviews Sep 13, 2011

Our first impressions are that Wacom has ironed out all our concerns and niggles about the previous top-end Cintiq to make for a compelling all-round professional product that simply has no rivals.

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StudioDaily May 30, 2012

For professional CG artists, 24HD’s bright, high-contrast, high-definition, 16:10 aspect ratio display should be reason enough to seriously consider upgrading.

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Engadget Sep 13, 2011

The H-IPS panel might not sound that special on paper -- 1920 x 1200 resolution, 550:1 contrast, 178 degree viewing angle -- but those specs overlook the gentle matte quality of the anti-glare display, which is clearly designed to be stared at closely for hours on end.

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