If you’ve been looking to upgrade from the regular pen/drawing tablet to give the standalone screen drawing tablets a try, but haven’t been keen on the price, the Cintiq 16 may be exactly what you need. Wacom unveiled the new Cintiq at CES this week, with it set to launch later this month.
The Cintiq 16 wants to bridge the gap between professional creators and students/hobbyists looking to grow. Coming in at $649, it’s significantly cheaper than other Cintiq models, while still delivering excellent tools for designers, and also features flip down stands to angle it (something that comes in awfully handy):
The Wacom Cintiq 16 is a fantastic tool for digital sketching, illustration and technical drawing and incorporates Wacom’s 35 years of experience and know-how in building products that make creativity more natural and productive. The new Cintiq is specifically designed for young creative professionals, creative enthusiasts, art students and passionate hobbyists who want the trusted and reliable Wacom experience but may not require every advanced feature found in the Cintiq Pro product line. The Cintiq also provides an attractive option for existing creative pen tablet users looking to upgrade, or emerging creatives who wish to try the Wacom pen on screen experience for the first time. The new model comes at a MSRP of $649 USD and is expected to hit stores in January.
“Wacom’s digital pen and display products have become indispensable to the creative professional. Now we bring that same pen technology, build quality and know-how to those who previously have wanted it, but due to the emerging stage in their careers have perhaps not been able to afford Wacom’s full range of professional features,” said Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President of Wacom’s Creative Business Unit. “We think this is the perfect solution for budding creatives but also students, technical drawers in architecture, planning, industrial design or engineering, and even established creative professionals who want a second device for their home office or studio.”
The Cintiq 16 comes with Wacom’s Pro Pen 2 technology, offering professional grade pen technology for an entry level price. It provides 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt response for unparalleled precision and accuracy. Wacom’s EMR (Electro Magnetic Resonance) technology does not require a pen battery or recharge, ever. The 1920 x 1080 full HD display offers 72 percent NTSC color, a hardened cover glass with anti-glare treatment and a natural, paper-like feel. The Cintiq 16 includes an attractive but compact design, making it easy to incorporate the Cintiq into a workspace, with a unique 3-in-1 cable connection that offers minimal clutter. The new Cintiq is perfect for users looking to customize their space with advanced digital pen and display tools.
I’m definitely digging the design and idea behind the Cintiq 16 and think it’s something younger artists can make great use out of to improve their skills without costing an arm and a leg.