The Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 Touch Display Is So Good, Digital Artists Will Never Go Back to a Mouse
Wacom has released a new pen display, which the company says is designed to “deliver the most immersive and stable display for 2D illustration, 3D modeling, animation, and other creative applications.”
With a massive 27-inch display, the new Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 offers a multi-touch interface with faster refresh rates and vivid, accurate color.
“Professional content creators in media and entertainment, industrial design, and education can all benefit from a tool that’s fit to work the way they want to work,” said Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President of Wacom’s Creative Business Unit. “Whether illustrating in 2D, sculpting in 3D, or building a virtual production solution, everyone has their own way of working and we are excited to be introducing the Cintiq Pro 27 to the creative community.”
A Modern Take on a Legacy
Wacom was one of the first companies to develop a touch tablet for creatives. Furthermore, it was also one of the first to develop a monitor with touch tech built-in. Now the new monitor/tablet builds on that legacy. Designed with a modern look and lightweight construction, the thin 27-inch display screen offers a smaller footprint than even the previous 24-inch Cintiq Pro model. The Cintiq Pro 27 joins the Cintiq Pro 16 and Cintiq Pro 24 to form a product line that addresses the unique needs of content creators in the drawn and constructed mediums.
The 27-inch 120Hz display delivers a 4K image in true 10-bit color with a 98% DCI-P3 score and virtually no parallax or latency. The Adobe RGB score for color accuracy is also rated at 99 percent. To top that, Wacom has validated the screen with both Pantone and Pantone SkinTone standards for accurately displaying the complete range of true-to-life skin tones.
Solid color reproductionCredit: Wacom
The display has support for multi-touch so that the artist can use their non-dominant hand to work with gesture-based applications requiring one to pinch zoom, rotate a module or sculpture, and other digit manipulations. The interface also supports a 10-point selective touch scheme to manipulate on-screen sliders and other navigation features. Users can also disable multi-touch with a simple press of a button for those sketch-centric sessions.
Those users can still take advantage of Cintiq’s eight grip-style Express Keys, four on each side, to provide simple access to favorite features.
The Cintiq is designed with an optional stand that is fully adjustable to dial in the height and angle that the artist is most comfortable working in. There is also a screen rotation of plus or minus 20 degrees for further ergonomic comfort. However, the screen can also be mounted to the wall or existing VESA-based monitor stands.
Like a giant Nintendo SwitchCredit: Wacom
A New Pen to Match
The Pro Pen 3 digital stylus provides an improved sketching interface, with the ability to adjust the weight, barrel size, and even the center of gravity of the device. The pen can recognize the degree of tilt and features Wacom’s Electro-magnetic Resonance technology which recognizes over 8,192 levels of pressure.
The battery-free pen also comes with interchangeable components to further customize the kind of tool to construct the digital image and has three programmable side switches to create shortcuts or modifiers to access with a simple press.
Pro Pen 3Credit: Wacom
The 27-inch Wacom Cintiq Pro supports a host of software applications, including those from Adobe, Autodesk, Corel, Pixologic, and the Foundry.
Users can also gain access to three-month trials (at no charge) of applications like Celsys Clip Studio Paint EX, Shapr3D, Toon Boom Harmony, and Storyboard Pro, which will hit the market in the second half of October.
Who Is This For?
While Wacom has been a staple for digital painters and VFX artists for decades, it has found a new home with photographers who want a new approach to editing their photos. There is only so much you can do with a mouse, and sometimes a pen is a much better tool. While the cinema applications may still be limited to VFX workflows, the new offering from Wacom seems to be setting its sights on converting as many users as possible.
- 26.9" 4K 3840 x 2160 120 Hz Touchscreen
- 23.5 x 13.2" Active Area
- HDMI | Mini DisplayPort
- 8192 Levels of Pen Pressure Sensitivity
- 1.07 Billion Colors with HDR
- 98% Adobe RGB
- Eight Tactile ExpressKeys
- Wacom Pro Pen 3 Included
- USB Type-A & Type-C Ports
- Windows and macOS Compatible
The Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 display is available at a suggested retail price of $3,499.95 for the display, while the optional adjustable stand is priced at $499.95. You can learn more at Wacom.
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