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Our guide to Wacom tablets: Choosing the best model for you.

Ana Perez

Here we present our updated guide to all things Wacom, including the Cintiq and Cintiq Pro ranges, as well as Intuos Pro. So which Wacom is for you? All will be revealed in our rundown below…

 
The high-end pen display: Wacom Cintiq Pro

Go for this if… you want the latest, most sensitive creative pen display around.

The latest release in the range is the Cintiq Pro 27”, which brings stunning colour sensitivity with 1.07 billion colours, a high resolution of four times the pixel density of standard HDTV and a lightning-fast 120HZ refresh rate.

There are no on-tablet ExpressKeys, but anyone who prefers physical buttons to the Cintiq's touchscreen controls can use the Wacom ExpressKey Remote, which comes free with the tablet. It’s a strong tool to boost productivity and goes hand-in-hand with the customisable time-saving settings options.

The Cintiq Pro 27” comes with the Wacom Pro Pen 3, also a new release designed specifically for this model. It boasts 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt support and virtually no lag. It also comes with a range of nibs for different purposes.

One drawback of this model of the Cintiq Pro is that it doesn’t come with a built-in stand like others. Not to worry though: we bundle it with an external stand to increase ergonomic ease and allow you to draw at a more natural angle.

The range doesn’t end with the new 27” model though. The Cintiq Pro 24, first released in 2018, features a 23.6” display, 4K UHD resolution and a colour accuracy for 99% of Adobe RGB, making it visually stunning and ready for colour accurate design work. The display is a sleek edge-to-edge etched glass surface, which leads to a slimmer, swisher design and a more realistic 'pen on paper' feel. The 24” model uses the Wacom Pro Pen 2, and is available as both a pen only display tablet or and the Pen and Touch version, with multitouch features enabled.

All the Wacom Cintiq Pro models are compatible with Mac and PC computers, and can connect via USB, or via DisplayPort and HDMI using an adaptor, which Wacom kindly include with the tablet so you don't have to fork out twice.

Options:

Buy the Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 here.

Buy the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 here.

Buy the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Pen and Touch here.

 

Our bestselling graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pro

Go for this if… you frequently work in creative applications such as InDesign or Photoshop.

The Wacom Intuos Pro is the ideal tool for precision work on layouts and imagery, offering better resolution and sensitivity than the Intuos, as well as tilt recognition and ExpressKeys. It also features Bluetooth, so you can draw untethered to your computer.

Wacom's Intuos Pro range comes in three different sizes, large, medium and small. The large model is only available for a limited time and will be discontinued soon, so if you really want it, buy now to avoid disappointment. The medium version, released on the same year, is still available. The latest model is the small size, which aims to make Intuos Pro more accessible at a lower price point and also increases portability with its reduced size and weight.

The Intuos Pro comes with the Pro Pen 2, a stylus with great pressure sensitivity, tilt-response and virtually lag-free tracking. This results in a more natural and responsive drawing experience with virtually no lag and natural tilt support. Handily, it doesn't need batteries or charging, running instead on Wacom's own peculiar brand of sand magic (resonant inductive coupling, apparently).

The tablets themselves are just 8mm thick, managing to be slimmer and more compact than their predecessors while maintaining the same size active area. As usual, both models come with a Touch Ring, eight customisable ExpressKeys and on-pen slider switches so that you can have your favourite shortcuts right at your fingertips. The active area supports multitouch gestures – but don't worry, the palm rejection is still excellent.

To sweeten the deal even further, Wacom also offers you the chance to redeem three months of access to software when you purchase any of the tablets in the Intuos Pro range. You can choose between 3D prototyping tool Shapr3D or file transfer service MASV.

There’s a bit of a myth that graphics tablets are only for, well, graphic designers, but the pen and tablet approach is useful for everything from basic image editing to navigation, allowing you to be far more precise and natural in your movements than you can be with a mouse when navigating on-screen, moving windows and selecting text. The Intuos Pro Small specially is perfect for this.

Options:

Buy the Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet Small here.

Buy the Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet Medium here.

Buy the Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet Large here.

 

The quality pen display: Wacom Cintiq display

Go for this if… you work with illustrations, 3D design or any field where you’re dealing with texturing, fine art or brush work.

The Wacom Cintiq is a solid mid-range option that still offers an unbeatable solution for digital artists. Currently available in 22” and 16” sizes, the Cintiq is a pen-only tablet that doesn’t support touch control. Both models come with the Pro Pen 2 included when purchased.

Unfortunately, other sizes in the Cintiq range have recently been discontinued, and it’s likely that these remaining two will soon be joining them, so if you're looking for a tablet that will give you powerful performance and a natural on-screen drawing experience, you should look to the Wacom Cintiq Pro range. However, if you do have your heart set on the Cintiq, you can still get your hands on one while stocks last in our store at the link below.

Options:

Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen-only display here.

Buy Wacom Cintiq 16HD Pen-only display here.

 

Got a question? Call us on call 03332 400 888, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or fill out the form below to find out more about the different models from Wacom available and the best graphics tablet for your creative workflow.

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