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Wacom CINTIQ 21.5-Inch Pen Display-Graphics Monitor with Digital Pen DTK2200 (Black)

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  • 21.5-Inch Display features a wide format, full HD resolution and extra wide viewing angle
  • Work naturally and intuitively directly on screen. Sketch, paint, design and edit directly on the surface of the screen
  • Wacom's most advanced pressure and tilt-sensitive pen technology replicates the natural effects and experience of working with conventional tools such as pens, markers, and brushes
  • Time saving Express Keys, Scroll Ring and Radial menus give you customizable, one-touch shortcuts and modifiers
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  • Product Dimensions: 64.8 x 5.6 x 39.9 cm ; 8 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 12 Kg
  • Item model number: DTK2200
  • ASIN: B008HB5K5O
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: July 10 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,690 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Cintiq 22HD

Made for creative professionals, the Wacom Cintiq 22HD interactive pen display lets you work directly on its high-definition LCD screen with Wacom's advanced pen technology. This Cintiq features a 21.5" display with a wide viewing angle and a widescreen aspect ratio that is ideal for large-format work. With professional levels of pen pressure sensitivity and pen tilt recognition, you will experience the same responsiveness and ability to create artistic brush effects as using an actual paintbrush or marker. Programmable ExpressKeys and two finger-sensitive Touch Strips provide convenient, one-touch shortcuts, while an adjustable stand lets you position the display just the way you want it.

Dimensions and Weight

This product measures 25.6 by 15.7 by 2.2 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 18.7 pounds The active display area measures 18.9 by 10.7 inches (H x W).

What's in the Box

Cintiq 22HD Interactive Pen Display, Adjustable Display Stand, Grip Pen, Pen Stand, 10, Replacement Pen Nibs and Removal Tool, DVI-I to DVI-D cable adapter, USB cable, AC Power, Adapter, Power Cable, Quick Start Guide and User Manual, Installation CD (includes driver software and electronic manual), Software download key for bundled software download.

Cintiq 22HD Creative Display
High-definition 21.5” display with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
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Widescreen HD Display for Creative Professionals

With its generous 21.5" HD display, wide screen format, and wide viewing angle, the Cintiq 22HD interactive pen display is suited for a variety of creative work, including animation, photography, graphic design, and video editing. This 21.5" HD (1920 x 1080) display delivers a high-quality visual experience along with plenty of room to edit, design and create.

Cintiq Pen for Creative Display
Wacom Grip Pen
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Advanced Pen Sensitivity and Tip Sensor for Fine Detail

The Wacom Grip Pen recognizes 2048 levels of pen pressure helping you create natural, subtle artistic details. By varying the pressure and angle of the pen against the screen, you can dynamically change the exposure, brush size, or line weight—just like a traditional paintbrush or marker. The professional Wacom Tip Sensor features a lower activation force, capturing even the most subtle nuances of pressure.

Customizable Grip Pen and Tilt Angle

The Grip Pen has customizable side switches that allow you to program common functions into the pen itself. In addition, the pen recognizes the tilt angle, allowing you to vary the effects created by your pen by simply changing the angle of your stroke.

Rear-mounted Touch Strips and Touch Strip toggle buttons

Take control of up to four functions – including brush size, zooming, canvas rotation and scrolling – in each of your applications with the rear-mounted Touch Strips and Touch Strip toggle buttons.

Time-Saving ExpressKeys and Touch Strips

The Cintiq 22HD Interactive Pen Display comes equipped with 16 programmable ExpressKeys that put convenient, application-specific keyboard shortcuts and modifiers at your fingertips. A pair of rear-mounted, finger-sensitive Touch Strips and Touch Strip toggle buttons allows you to control up to four different user-defined functions, such as scrolling, zooming, and brush size. The Show Settings key displays your current key settings on-screen.

Adjustable Display for an Ergonomic Workspace

The Cintiq 22HD reclines like an easel, allowing you to find your most comfortable working position. You can easily remove your Cintiq from the stand and lay it flat on a tabletop or mount it on an articulating arm (not included). In addition to reclining, the Cintiq 22HD freely rotates up to 180º in either direction to accommodate your arm’s natural drawing movements or quickly change your viewing angle.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By keefsey on June 27 2013
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I want to point out a few reasons on why I only gave 4 of 5 stars.

First, the weight. It's about 30 lbs when shipped. It's bulky and cumbersome to move around. Second. It's huge. It takes up a lot of desk space.

However, it's unparalleled technology. No one else makes this product. I was able to put away my pencils, erasers, rulers, markers, light table, tracing paper, scanner and all sorts of other tools by simply using this product. I draw from scratch on this tablet and do everything from start to finish. No other tools needed.

The pen is fantastic to use, it gets warm to the touch but not hot. It's not noisy, it is fully adjustable in position.

If you are serious about digital art, I highly recommend the 22HD Cintiq. While it does take up a lot of real estate, it eliminates the need for several other tools. I can't imagine how I got along without it, although I have to say, make sure you look at the 13"HD as well as it's lighter, smaller and more portable. Also, it's about half the price which never hurts :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By of-red-and-blue on Jan. 7 2013
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First of all, this product arrived AMAZINGLY fast. Obviously this may not be the case for everyone, but I got it within 24 hours with the free shipping (I live in Ontario).

It was in mint condition, was very easy to set up, calibrate, and customize the quick-keys both in general and to specific programs. I have used it with Corel Painter and Photoshop, and I find with Photoshop the response time is just perfect; with Corel there is some lag, which is tolerable, but I work pretty quickly so I think I will stick with Photoshop unless there is a way to calibrate the Cintiq with Corel so it's more responsive. I find working with the Cintiq to be very natural; although some people might be turned off by the anti-glare coating, I don't mind it at all and hardly notice it. Being able to rotate the entire device while you work is also AMAZING. I love everything about it so far.
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By Ryu62 on May 23 2015
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LOVE this thing, its made my art process a lot smoother. Just need to get the Ergotron desk arm and I'm all set :3
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By deborah morrison on April 20 2015
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Excellent product
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290 of 297 people found the following review helpful
Cintiq Review for First-Time Cintiq Users. April 29 2013
By Jason Cox - Published on Amazon.com
I have wanted a Cintiq for as long as they've been available. Dabbling with computer graphics, photoshop, and sketching, there is just something about the concept of drawing directly on the screen with pressure sensitivity that is extremely desirable. But these things have always been pricey. For the past few years there has been the 12" WX, but it was very low resolution and reviews complained of tracking issues and color issues, so I stuck with my aging Intuos 3 9" tablet.

After having the Cintiq 13HD for almost a week now, I can honestly say this thing is incredible. This is definitely the model I've been waiting for. Maybe that applies to you, too.

My background and setup: I'm a life-long art dabbler and sketcher. I'd love to be like Scott Robertson or Feng Zhu. I do a fair amount of photography and photo retouching in Photoshop. The apps I use most are Photoshop CS6, Lightroom, Sketchbook Pro 6, Illustrator, & Indesign. My system is a late 2011 iMac 27" (i7 3.4Ghz, Radeon 6970M 2G, thunderbolt) with 2 screens (the Cintiq makes screen #3). This configuration works great.

1. Size - the 13HD is an awesome size for sketching & photo retouching. Compared to the Intuos3 9" the Cintiq 13HD is only 1.5" wider and is actually shorter by .3" than the Intuos. To me, this is a great size for desktop use. I suspect the larger Cintiqs may actually be annoyingly large in everyday use.
2. Accuracy - compared to an Intuos, the accuracy is phenomenal. Using 2-3 pixel brushes in the center of the screen, you can be deadly accurate. There's just no way to get that kind of accuracy with the Intuos. You get instant feedback as you lay down your lines/strokes. I've been surprised how good this really is.
3. Feel - there is texture to the screen, which has a satin-type "finish." When using the standard nib, it feels, to me, like using Copic marker on marker paper. This feels a lot better than the Intuos3.
4. Resolution - the screen resolution is 1920x1080, and with the size of the display, it is not quite retina-display resolution, but definitely finer than standard. I'd say it's about 1/2 way between my 27" 2560 iMac screen and my iPad4 retina display. There's plenty of size to include a decent work area as well as interface elements from PS or Sketchbook Pro.
5. Color Reproduction - out of the box this is almost exactly the same as my old Cinema Display HD which has been calibrated with my Color Munki. I haven't taken the time to calibrate the Cintiq yet, but it shouldn't be a problem. It's not as bright as the iMac. It doesn't have the same degree of viewing angle as the iMac, either, so it's important to keep your angle right, but for drawing tasks, it's right on the money.
6. The stand - is slim, lightweight but very functional, for the most part.
7. The buttons - I love these buttons! They come pre-configured essentially perfectly. Of course you can re-configure them as you wish. There's also a wheel you can bring up on screen to provide a few extra functions. Overall the setup keeps you from having to use a keyboard except when changing tools. They didn't feel stiff at all in my use.
8. The Stylus - it's about 1" shorter than the Intuos3 stylus and a little smaller diameter, too. This actually feels better in my hand as it's closer to a regular pen in size. Also, the dark grey/black color looks more serious. The rocker switch still gets in the way more than it's useful (your mileage may vary). The eraser end works great and seems pretty much exactly the same as before.
9. Speed - I had heard with Cintiq that there is a delay between your input and it showing on-screen. That has been non-existent on my system. It's as instant as drawing with a marker on paper, only you get the ability to "undo!"

1. The cable attachment feels a bit weak. It's very similar to the iPod 30-pin connection. Moving the tablet around the desktop causes it to skew a little, but that doesn't seem to affect it so far.
2. The cable attaching it to the connector is a bit too thick, in my opinion. It makes it stiff enough to give resistance when you're moving it. Unlike the Intuos' cable, which is thin enough that you hardly feel it at all. I'd love (and be willing to pay for) a thinner, or more pliable cable. Other than the stiffness of the cable, it is nice that it is a single cable extending out of the tablet. The power cord & brick take off behind my machine where they blend in with the incredible nest of cables already back there.
3. Toward the edges, there is error in tracking accuracy. I'm talking a few pixels off. At first, I thought this was going to be an issue, but it actually hasn't been. It may just be a perspective issue based on calibration. In actual use, this hasn't been any issue whatsoever for me. Most of my time is spent working more in the center of the screen. Interface elements are generally in the periphery, and they work fine. Just mentioning for completeness.
4. While the stand has "feet" that are rubberized and help reduce skidding, the tablet itself isn't, so when you have it sitting up at an angle it will move on you. I might buy some "feet" to affix to the bottom of the stand on the front to give it some more grip.
5. There are only 4 square buttons plus the 5 buttons of the "wheel." More buttons would be better so I could assign them to photoshop tools and never have to take my hands off to go to the keyboard.

Considering the large Intuos5 is $440 (the medium is $324) or so on Amazon, the added benefit of actually seeing what you draw under your pen tip as you draw it is well worth it. I think the intuitiveness of seeing what you draw as you draw it is a major win over touch gestures.

Make sure you purchase whatever adapter you might need to go from HDMI to your computer. For me that meant a $7 HDMI->Mini Displayport (thunderbolt) adapter.
113 of 114 people found the following review helpful
Stop staring and buy... but keep a few things in mind. July 1 2013
By Brodie M. Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been doing animation, illustration and 3D modeling for almost 12 years now. I started with a regular small personal wacom graphire tablet way back in my college days and gradually worked my way up to a larger 12 inch intuous. Which I used religiously for almost 6 years.
About 2 years ago, I happened upon a 12WX cintiq for about half the regular retail price (around $600). I snatched it up thinking it was a great deal and as I was already used to working on a 12inch intous, figured that at the very least, being able to draw directly on the screen would enhance my productivity.

It did not.

It came down to screen size. Most of the software I use (Zbrush, Photoshop, Maya) all have extensive menus and shortcuts and the 12WX's screen-space is just enough to do any serious work. After struggling with it for a few months, I re-boxed it, shelved it and went back to my trusty Intous.
Fast forward to 2012's San Diego Comic con where I stumbled upon Wacom's booth. They were demoing their newest products.. the 22hd and the 22hd/24hd touch tablets. I excitedly jumped on the biggest and baddest with touch support... After about 15 minutes of clawing around the buggy touch interface.. (which the Wacom dude had to reset 3 times) I moved over the 22HD and wow.. heaven. I must have sat there for at least 45 minutes.. just playing. I sat there so long, they ended up putting my stuff on their overhead screen for con goers to see while I was drawing. I guess some thought I was some popular artist worth knowing (I'm not.. at least, I don't think so) as they started to take pictures of me and the scribbles I was making on the screen.. (It was Batman, for those curious minds out there).

I was sold. As soon as Amazon orders went live with their free Prime shipping, I ordered one.
I've been using it since then daily and absolutely love it. I have difficultly expressing how much it's changed my digital work life.

So pros and cons.

- It's a very nice big screen. I love the widescreen aspect as it allows more space on the sides for menus.. though that may be a personal choice for some as it does shrink the workable (portrait style) space a little.
- Bright screen with zero pixel flaws.
- Sturdy build on the bezel for moving around whenever as you need.
- Wiring system is still a little overwrote.. but improved and streamlined through a single port on the back, which helps manage wires quite a bit.
- It works flawlessly with all my pro-software
- Game changer. In case you can't tell.. I love it. The only negative I'm finding is that when I use friends computers for work, I have a habit of touching their screens.. which they hate, understandably. :)
- Speaking of games, I play PC games on it all the time.. most recently Bioshock Infinite cranked on high and it looked great.. no streaking or screen tearing etc.

- The base is cool.. and give you a lot of really nice adjustment options.. but for my setup, I found myself working around the stand instead of it working for me. So, depending on your desk and space.. I'd recommend you get an ergo arm for it (which I ordered off amazon as well for about a $100) That made all the difference and took "working around" out of the equation as you can easily put the screen exactly wherever it's most comfortable for you.
- The buttons work well enough, and there's a lot of them (18) which is nice. but I tend to work in a dark studio space and find fumbling around for them to be a little bit of a hassle. I wish they had LEDs or something more tactile on them to make them easier to see in the dark or find without taking your eyes off the screen.
Once again, I found a solution and bought Razer's Nostromo keypad. It's keys have LEDS in them, are all programable/assignable to multiple sets and it sits easily on your desk or in your lap to toggle keys as you draw/paint/sculpt. It felt much more natural for how I work, than reaching for my keyboard or holding the edge of the screen to access the Cintiq's buttons.
- The screen DOES have some sparkle.. the anti glare or scratch coating is pretty noticeable when you first fire it up.. but unlike some, it didn't bother me then and I hardly even notice it now. But it's there, so it's worth a mention.
- This is more a disclaimer as I've read some saying it's tough to color correct the screen. I come from a video background and generally run a few monitors at once, not only to have more screens to spread out my work space, but to compare my end product between them to get an average that looks good on all the screens. (colors and gamut can look very diverse on different monitors and screens) I know it's not the slickest way to work, but that method has done well by me this long. In short, I don't know if the Cintiq 22hd has trouble color correcting, all I can say is that I've experienced no issues with it myself.

Even without the extras I mentioned (ergo arm and nostromo keypad), the Cintiq 22hd is fantastic tool right out of the box.
If you can't get together the scratch, get the largest Wacom Intous you can as it's an amazingly efficient and comparably inexpensive tool that will do 99% of what you need and do it very well. (I still have mine for portability and backup) But if you're really serious about digital art and do it (or plan to do it) for a living, I couldn't recommend the 22HD higher.

Whatever you do, don't skimp and get the smaller 12WX cintiq.. you'll hate yourself later, it's money better spent or saved, elsewhere.. trust me. And as sexy as they seem.. IMO, I wouldn't bother with the more expensive touch models.. unless you just HAVE to have the touch function and extra few inches of screen space. $$$$$!

On Amazon's side, I have nothing but praise. At time of release, Wacom's own stock (also free shipping from them) was on back order.. I placed my order a few days after they were available with no tax and free shipping. Three days later, I was unwrapping the beast in my living room. Great job!

It isn't often I bother writing product reviews, particularly this long after I've bought it. But this is hands down the best (profession related) purchase I've ever made. So worth the money as it's immeasurably changed how efficiently I work.
It's a thing of beauty and I think you'll love it.
61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
If you are researching the Cintiq...YES, it's worth it... July 29 2014
By Guest Hollow - Published on Amazon.com
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I've wanted a Cintiq for years but never could really justify the price point. I made do with an Intuos 3 for years and while it was adequate, there was always a disconnect since I was looking up at my computer monitor to draw and paint instead of down where my hand was. I kept researching and waiting and dreaming. When it finally became a financial possibility to buy one I did weeks worth of comparing the Cintiq to the other less expensive options like the Yiynova and while I was tempted (you can get a Yiynova MVP22U(V2) that is twice the size for about the same amount of $$ or a similar sized Yiynova for a little over half the cost), I am glad I went with the Cintiq. I'll explain more after I go over the Cintiq's features and my experiences with it and how it has TOTALLY changed my work flow and finished artwork for the better. If you are on the fence about it, I've found it's been worth every single hard earned penny. This is a long review, but hopefully it will answer some of the questions you might have and help you with your decision.

For those of you who know nothing about it, the Cintiq is a tablet monitor. It doesn't act independently. You have to hook it up to your computer (or laptop) just like a regular monitor and it acts as a 2nd (or 3rd or whatever) monitor that you can draw directly on. There is no software associated with it (although you do get some freebies for your computer via Wacom once you register your purchase). Any drawing you do is using your regular art programs such as Photoshop, Painter, Manga Studio and so on. The programs are loaded on your computer, NOT the Cintiq (as it's just a monitor). And yes, it does work with Apple products. You just need an adapter. :-)

Now on to the guts of my review for those of you who want to know all the details!

The first thing I was concerned about was the display size. At 13.3 inches, the Cintiq's active drawing surface is very similar to a piece of notebook paper. It's just a bit longer in length and not as wide measuring in at 6.75 by 11.75 inches (as compared to a regular piece of paper which is 8.5 by 11 inches ). The aspect ratio is 16x9, which is widescreen. I like the fact that it feels like I'm holding a sketchbook when I work with it (I like to hold it propped up in my lap while at my computer desk) instead having to lift my arm up over some big screen. I find that my arm/hand movements mimic my normal sketching. A larger tablet monitor would have possibly entailed larger arm movements as a whole which I don't think would have suited my style of drawing as much. So, in that regard, the size and feel is perfect. As far as drawing, the size works as well BUT I do have to do a lot of zooming in and out. If I'm working at a (high) print resolution and I want to see my entire drawing, I have to zoom out and then zoom back in for the details. At first I found this a bit disconcerting as I was used to working with a HUGE monitor and seeing most of my drawing at one time. However, I got used to it quickly and it isn't much of an issue any more. Another surprise I didn't factor in - actually having my hand in the way of my drawing, lol. I'm so used to looking up at the unencumbered monitor that it took me about a day to get used to having my hand in the way again.

The display is full HD 1920x1080 which is both good and bad. It's good in that the details are crisp and beautiful. It's bad in that the icons in Photoshop and other programs are so tiny that I have to wear my glasses (which I don't normally wear) most of the time to see them in the native resolution without eye strain. On my regular computer monitor (which is 27 inches) tool icons in Photoshop are about 4 1/2 millimeters. On the Cintiq with the 1920 by 1080 resolution they are about 2 to 2 1/2 millimeters. It doesn't seem like too much of a difference numbers wise until you have to stare at them all day on that small screen. Think of everything shrunk down on a big screen to about half size. That's what you have with the Cintiq. If I could have afforded a larger Cintiq, I would have probably purchased it except that I'd be giving up the comfortable sketchbook feel. There is no way I could have scrounged up the $ for the bigger size though (and we do not believe in going in debt). You can change the resolution via your graphics card control panel to make it work better for your eyesight. I changed mine to 1280 x 720 so I didn't have to squint. ;-)

The screen itself is great. I've read reviews complaining that it's a little dim and also bemoaning the fact that you can't adjust it but there are actually 2 ways to do this. If you have a graphics card that isn't integrated (NVIDEA or Radeon, etc.), you can make adjustments from your graphics card control panel. I have a Radeon graphics card and I can adjust the color, brightness and other settings that way. The other option is to use the settings that are made available when you install the Wacom software and drivers. Just go into your program menu and access them via the Wacom folder under "Wacom Display Settings". I recommend you set it to "aspect" display scaling which is available via the advanced button. That makes it so that there is no distortion. I personally didn't really see a problem with the color even before my tiny adjustments and only hiked up the contrast & brightness by the tiniest bit. Because the Cintiq is a 3rd monitor, I can pull all of my artwork onto my other monitors and look at it there to make sure the color is how I want it (as I've adjusted the color on those monitors via a Datacolor Spyder4Pro Display Calibrator). Anyway, it's really just stunning and beautiful.

It's also very sensitive. It comes with the "pro pen" (which is slightly smaller than the old pen) and has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It registers the tiniest brushstroke and offers very precise control. I found that the pressure curve was further enhanced when I added a POSRUS Antiglare Touch Screen Protector for Wacom Cintiq 13HD. I'd read the review over at Frenden's site (popular artist who sells amazing brushes for art programs and reviews all sorts of digital art hardware) where he complained about the Cintiq's pressure curve. I just do not experience any sort of problem with that, but of course I don't have his experience using other brands of tablet monitors either. I found that using the screen protector oddly enough enhanced the pressure curve to where it was even more sensitive. I have no idea why that is, but that's my experience. You can go into the control panel and mess around with the settings so that it suits you personally. Many programs, like Photoshop, also have settings where you can adjust this to your preference. At any rate, I found the Cintiq to be super sensitive, even without the screen protector and a huge step up from the old Intuos I was using (which wasn't bad itself!). By the way, if you have read about and are worried about the "pressure bug" some have complained about, it's my understanding that this is NO LONGER AN ISSUE. I have never experienced it even once. Just make sure you have the most recent driver installed straight from the Wacom website.

You can purchase different pens that will work with it as well as different nibs. You cannot use an older Intuos pen with it though. The pen itself is very comfortable to hold and has a rocker button for mouse clicks as well as colored plastic rings to customize your pen. It has a rubberized grip and is just the right weight. The pen stand opens up and has an area where you can store extra nibs (by pushing each one into a small hole - so the nib sits upright). It's also designed so that you can either lay your pen across it or stand it up. The pen comes with a really nice case that features 9 extra nibs (black plastic), a nib changer and the color customization rings. The case has a magnetic latch.

The design of the Cintiq has some good and bad points. The good is what I've already mentioned - all of the technical aspects, the comfort factor and even the looks. It has a black bezel that is slightly curved as well as customization buttons you can program. It also features a radial menu you can access by the push of a button that can be totally customized with shortcuts that can be nested for nearly unlimited shortcut possibilities. I wish they had kept the zoom strips from the Intuos, but the buttons are functional, conveniently placed for the most part and you can set them up to be used on the right or the left depending on your preference. You can go into your control panel and customize all of the buttons and express keys. You can even program them to do different things in different programs. You have the ability to save and backup your settings as well. I like to work with the Cintiq in my lap and my keyboard to the left of me on a wooden T.V. tray table available for most of my shortcuts. I do make use of some of the buttons on the Cintiq for frequently used shortcuts.

One of the button options makes it so you can toggle between working directly on the Cintiq and working on another screen (like you would with an Intuos). I LOVE this feature and use it all of the time. There are some things I want to do directly with the Cintiq (like drawing and painting) and other things I want to do on my bigger screen (Photoshop style tasks). One push of the button and I can make it so that when I touch the pen to the Cintiq I'm actually drawing and/or working on my bigger screen and it's functioning just like an Intuos. The one thing the Cintiq does NOT do that some of the Intuos tablets do is that it does NOT respond to touch. While I think I would have found it convenient to pinch and pull for zooming and adjusting my canvas, in some ways it's beneficial that the only thing causing an action is the pen touching the screen and not my hand.

More about the design - Two of the negatives of the Cintiq are the finicky cord and the stupid stand. I like that the cord is a "3-in-one" cord. There is ONE cord going out the side of the Cintiq (which detaches when you push two buttons on the sides of the head of the cord) and later on down the cord it splits so you can plug it into a USB port, a graphics card HDMI port and power. The power cord has a rotating plug so you can nestle it in with all your other computer goodies plugged into the power strip without hogging any space but you have the option to plug it in in whatever way works for you. Anyway, the cord is touchy. If you bump it right where it plugs into the side of the Cintiq just so, the Cintiq goes black and you hear the "doo-doot" sound of hardware being unplugged from your computer. I don't have too much trouble with this happening but it does every once and awhile and it's just so irritating and unnecessary. They should have made it clip in better. The cord isn't super long (you can't go and work on this at your couch), but it's long enough that it reaches to the back of my computer and over my desk (which is rather large) with still enough give to move it around comfortably). Since I mentioned the Yiynova previously - one of the factors in my decision to NOT get it is that the Cintiq is an HDMI cord while the Yiynova is an old style VGA. I was told in a response to an email inquiry that Yiynova plans on changing the cord sometime in late 2014, but as I didn't want to wait, I went with the Cintiq (for that and other reasons).

The stand is just a travesty of design. It's detachable and attaches to the Cintiq by sticking a rubberized tab into a "sort of" slot. It comes out if you pick it up and move it around without support and is anything but sturdy. There are little indentations in the back of the Cintiq and 3 levels built into the stand so you can prop it up at whatever level you need to work. Since I hold it in my lap, I often use the stand, but not fitted into any of the slots. It's just helping me prop the thing up where I want it. I would have liked something you can click into place and actually TRUST. I've had the stand fall out numerous times just because I want to move the Cintiq. I like that it's detachable but UGH it's not the least bit dependable. With a thousand dollar investment at stake, I expect a lot more.

The Cintiq itself doesn't become hot. It can register just the barest trace of warmth if you've been using it for hours, but nothing that is in the slightest bit uncomfortable. Its fairly light for what it is, but substantial enough to not feel cheap and to sit in your lap (or on your desk) nicely.

As for durability, it's my understanding that the screen can scratch more easily than I'd like it to (but not super easily so you don't have to be too paranoid). I wasn't going to take any chances and got a POSRUS screen protector right away. If you don't get one, I'd recommend forgoing the felt nibs as I've read they can trap dust and cause minor scratches. I've had nothing but great experiences with Wacom products and one thing they are known for is the longevity of their tablets. That's one of the reason why I went with the Cintiq instead of the Yiynova I previously mentioned. The Cintiq has a 2 year warranty while the Yiynova has a 1 year warranty. The Yiynova does have a reputation of having some issues directly out of the box. The distributor told me that he didn't know if it was due to shipping issues or not. I just couldn't see spending SO much money and then being out of luck if I ran into any problems down the road. In addition to the Cintiq's 2 year warranty, I purchased an additional 2 year warranty here on Amazon for more peace of mind since I don't have a thousand dollars laying around to replace it should something go wrong. I also purchased the Cintiq instead of doodling away on an iPad or other type of tablet because of the pressure sensitivity, accuracy, etc. that just cannot be duplicated in another device at this time.

Another reason I went with the Cintiq instead of another brand of tablet monitor because I KNOW they work and they work WELL. Wacom is currently the top of the line and for good reason, in my opinion. There may be other options that are working their way up the monitor tablet food chain, but there is no doubt in most people's minds that Wacom is at the top, not just for functionality, but also for quality and reliability reasons.

So, now that I've shared all of that - you might be wondering was it worth it, especially if you are trying to decide between it and an Intuos because of cost issues. All I can say is that the Cintiq is everything I dreamed it would be and more. It really does make a HUGE difference in my productivity and the quality of my work. Drawing on the screen is so natural, just like "real" drawing and there is just no comparison to anything else but to really doing the artwork on a real sketchbook or canvas. I am so glad I decided to get it when I did instead of waiting for something "bigger & better" including the more expensive Cintiq Companion family of tablet monitors that can be used independently from the computer. Would I like one of them? YES! However, it just wasn't in the budget and would have required having me wait at the very least another year if not more to save up for the higher end models. I took the plunge and got the 13 HD and haven't looked back. My artwork is better. My productivity is enhanced. If you are a professional or you want to work like a pro or take your hobby to another level, the Cintiq is going to work its magic for your art. It's not going to GIVE you the skills that you have to work on, but for me, it made those skills easier to attain. My drawing and painting ability improved by leaps when I started using it because it made everything so natural. Even just working in Photoshop is enhanced for specific tasks (like drawing a selection). There is no longer a disconnect my brain has to fight (even though I was good at using the Intuos). I've wanted a Cintiq for over 10 years and now after having one for almost 4 months, I am SO glad. I cannot imagine going back and working any other way with digital art. This is the real deal and worth every cent for me, anyway. It works SO well with all of my art programs (Photoshop, Corel Painter, Manga Studio, Sketchbook Pro, Illustrator, etc.) and is an absolute joy to use. Do yourself (and your work) a favor and get one, I don't think you will regret it.

P.S. Just a little post script mention about Manga Studio 5. It works SO well with the Cintiq, especially the inking brushes. It's CHEAP and if you are into illustration (as I am) pairing it with your new high-tech toy (er, work tool) is a match made in heaven. Just sayin. ;-)

UPDATE March 2015: I've had the Cintiq almost a year now and I ended up calling customer service because, as I mentioned in the review above, the cord is finicky and every time it was bumped, it would cause a hardware disconnect. Wacom decided this is due to it being a faulty cord connection that needs to be fixed (and not, as I thought, part of a bad design). Because I'm right in the middle of illustrating a book, they gave me an RMA# that is good for 90 days (so I could have the time to finish my project) as well as a UPS label to pay for shipping. Usually the customer is responsible for the shipping to Wacom, however, in my case, they offered me free shipping due to the inconvenience I was going to experience as my Cintiq will be away for 7-15 days for repair which seriously hampers my work schedule. I am stuck using my old Intuos during that time, which just doesn't work as well. The technician I spoke to was very kind and super helpful in figuring out what the problem might be and didn't waste my time trying to send me a new cord instead of fixing the cord port, which I believe is the problem (and he does too, after trouble shooting). I'm NOT please with the amount of time I'll be without my Cintiq and do wish they would send you a loaner while they are fixing the problem, but am glad that warranty will be at least taking care of me. I could live with the plug issue, but it's aggravating, and at this price, I expect near perfection. I will update this post again after I've received the Cintiq back. I was told that if they don't have the necessary part in, that they will send me a new Cintiq. We'll see what happens and I will let you know. So far, I'm happy enough with their customer service. This is partly why I chose the Cintiq instead of something else. I feel much better knowing that I'm covered by a good warranty and that my "baby" will be taken care of.

UPDATE: April 2015
I got my Cintiq back from the warranty repair department. It took about 2 1/2 weeks from the time I sent it, to get it back. I'm happy to report I no longer have a "touchy" cord. I can jiggle it and bump it and my video stays perfect with no tablet disconnection. The repair department sent me my original Cintiq back with the faulty part replaced. Everything was very neatly packed in the box, as if it was brand new. I guess it turned out to be a cable issue after all, as that is what was replaced. There was a note that they replaced it and tested it and it tested good. I tested it myself, and yes, it's not having an issue anymore. So, ultimately, I'm happy. I have my Cintiq back and all is well! On top of everything, the books I illustrated with it have been published now and are here on Amazon!

The Science of Seasons (A Guest Hollow Guide)
The Science of Seasons Learn-and-Play Activities (A Guest Hollow Guide)

I could NOT have created the level of illustrations I did for that project without my Cintiq!! I LOVE it! It worth every penny, even with the cord hiccup.
73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Worth every penny Sept. 13 2012
By Elsevilla - Published on Amazon.com
I had been working in the first generation cintiq 21ux for the past 6 years. The new upgrades on cintiqs like cintiq 21ux second generation and cintiq 24hd didnt caught my mind, because screen was so similar to mine. But after going to San Diego comicon 2012, went to the wacom booth, and they had this one, the screen was great, i couldnt believe the contrast when i saw it, didnt look dull gray like my old cintiq.

The goods

-The contrast its really big, it matches my new secondary led screen so perfectly, colors looks so nice, specially the contrast, after adding the color profile colors looked like charm, so i left it in default factory mode.
-Pen pressure its really good, compared to my old cintiq i can feel every single stroke more easier, its like drawing on butter. Gives me more control for finishing touches.
-Tons of extra buttons, its the first time in using a wacom tablet that i dont know what to place in a button, i mean i even have some empty buttons, not the case in past tablets i had used.
-I was so lucky, no dead pixels, the service came fast in my country Mexico from their distributors.
-Lighter in weight than my old cintiq 21ux.
-The black design makes it look sexier on my desktop, the black color helps to focus more in colors.
-Brightest monitor from all cintiqs.
-Buttons feels so nice on touch easily pressed.
-The free software included its awesome im loving the new color filters from color effex pro, its a must have if you are a painter or a photographer, animation software and the rest are awesome.
-Menus on the screen appears while you press it, its really nice feature, if you forget the customization.
- No fan noise. Maybe it doesnt have a fan?.
- More slim. Its a sexy tablet.
-Resolution looks nicer from past cintiq, widescreen format its great for using panels in color software, past cintiq was almost square, so that didnt help me a lot.
-Pen structure feels nice compared to old cintiq pen, feels great at hand, and its clearly that the plastic thing its not going to get bigger like past version, i really like this new pen.

The bads

-Warranty service can be a bit slow if you get a defective item outside of the country. But even if its long, wacom really care about their clients, im a clear example, they replaced my unit with a new one.

-Unlike my old cintiq 21ux, the ips panel fades a bit more if you move in any direction, so if you are looking for a precise color tablet, you should look for 24hd touch. But still the quality of the display its great, having contrast of 1000:1, you wont notice the little color objections. Probably the cintiq monitor with biggest contrast from all.
-The monitor still heats up a bit, like past cintiqs.
-The screen looks a bit like galssy with sand, but if you look it from far view looks nice, its all about getting used.
-Surface, sadly feels like a plastic surface like past ones, after a while using it, i feel the pen nib scratching the surface, so probably with time scratches will appear, wish this was a gorilla glass screen or something that can protect it. So im probably going to buy a Strong Engineering protective surface, to avoid future scratches.

My conclusion its that this tablet its worth it, i mean i was worried to spend a lot of money just to upgrade a bit from my old cintiq, but after i got it the upgrade gap was huge.

Its the first time i dont want to go sleep just to be glued on the screen working.

You wont regret it.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
To touch, or not to touch, that is the question. Nov. 11 2013
By Ethan Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I'm an aspiring artist. I was extremely fortunate enough to put together enough money to get a Cintiq, so I came to the internets to do some research.

I knew that I was going to get a larger screen, so anything under 20" was out. I only knew about the HD models before doing research, and was surprised by the touch models. The smaller touch screen costs as much as the largest HD model, so I had to make sure that the touch features were worth losing screen real estate.


The 22HD is sturdy and has a good, natural feel to it when using it. The pen used may be a newer model, (the eraser bit feels a little loose for my tastes), but it has the same feel as previous Wacom pens, so there's an ease of entry there.

There are reports of the screen heating up. This is true, but not to the degree of intruding on your workflow. You're drawing on a monitor, there's going to be some warmth to it and that's all there is... warmth, not 'heat'.

Once configured, the express keys are awesome. Im still configuring my setup, because Im still learning about my workspace(s), so Im not using the express keys 100%, but the times that I am they're awesome. Also, being able to adjust the slide-panels on the back of the frame on the fly, is pretty great as well. Going from layer selections to brush size in two button presses is great.

The setup is easier than I thought. Im pretty computer savvy and I was surprised at how effortless the installation was. The connections look a little intimidating, but are pretty simplistic given the complexity of the instrument that you're using. The software is the standard Wacom settings software which is nice and gives users transitioning from an Intuos, familiarity. Everything from the pen sensitivity to custom button configurations can be dealt with in the settings software.

Pen orientation/configuration can be done on the fly with about 3 keystrokes. (Config button on the Cintiq>Calibrate>Calibrate) This is great because you're able to quickly adjust your pointer orientation if something feels off. Since artists often change their placement, mood, ect, the device being able to change with the artist is just fantastic.

The Touch Screen.

Still in the "PROS" section mind you.

Im using windows 7, but I can imagine that this thing is fantastic with windows 8. The touch screen is responsive, exact, and there for when you need it. Most have said that the touch got in their way when creating art because they rest their hand on the screen. For me, this is not the case. I found that starting my stroke then resting my hand on the screen worked fine. Even having my hand on the screen first, then using the pen to draw seemed perfectly fine. Ive never had issues with missed inputs because of the touch, so let that misconception rest.

Ive gotten used to making left-side selections with my fingers, instead of keystrokes or using the pen to do so. Opening files, saving files, using the entire task bar in fact comes naturally now with the touch screen. Its really fantastic.

The screen size is massive. The viewable area is huge and will encompass any project space. I found myself with more screen real estate than I could really use and have started filling space with additional workspace windows/utilities. You cant go wrong with this size & I can only imagine how great the 24HD touch is to work with.


The price. Oh god, the price.

If you're looking at the pricetag and flinch, go with a smaller model. I can see this being used professionally, no problem, but if you're in the process of learning (as I am) and the $2k+ price makes you think twice about it, dont get it. I say this because this isnt the piece of equipment that you use to learn on, this is something that you produce with. Ill say it again, I was -extremely fortunate- to be in a position where I could afford this Cintiq, so I got it. If circumstances were different, I would have gone a different direction with a different model. Don't break yourself in getting this device if you aren't justifying it with making income by using it.

The power button.

The power button is in the rear of the device, on the top center. This wouldnt be an issue except that, (with my setup at least), when adjusting the screen I sometimes touch this button and turn off the monitor. When I turn it back on it crashes photoshop/painter. Every time, without fail. The power button is super sensitive and can be pressed with very light pressure. Its avoidable, but its an annoyance. At this price, Im listing everything that I can think of both positively and negatively. The frigging power switch is annoying...

The Bevel/housing.

You're going to be touching this Cintiq, alot. The grey plastic used to comprise the quick keys, and outer bevel/housing pick up fingerprints and the natural oils that your body produces like mad. It doesnt affect the usage, but its unsightly and would drive an OCD person crazy. Again, small annoyance, but listing everything.

The action wheel.

Double tapping the screen with three fingers brings up the action wheel. I've never used this thing and cant really see myself doing so. Possibly if I see a practical use for it, I would, but as of right now its an unused feature.

Finger Gestures.

There are a nice amount of touch features usable by placing two or more fingers on the screen, then making a gesture. I've only gotten one or two of these to work over the course of me owning the Cintiq. As such, I stopped worrying about them and have honestly forgotten them.


This is on no fault of Wacom or the Cintiq Touch, but it's something that should definitely be stated.

The only software, so far, that really uses the touch features of this Cintiq, is Corel Painter. You're able to zoom in, zoom out, rotate, flip, and really manipulate your canvas with two fingers. This, is, awesome. The only reason that it's a con, is because you can't do it in Photoshop (yet). Moving from Painter to Photoshop is a little jarring because you're used to freely manipulating the canvas on the fly in one, and restricted to keyboard shortcuts in the other. Again, not the fault of the hardware, but on the software. Hopefully Adobe will patch this feature in soon and allow this feature.

Overall, Im deeply in love with the Cintiq 22HD Touch. Aside from personal gripes & nitpicks, I'd highly recommend this device to any serious digital artist with the capacity to obtain it.