Cintiq Pro Pen Display 24 and Pro Engine make colorful canvases

Wacom is expanding its Cintiq Pro lineup of pen displays with the Cintiq Pro Pen Display 24, a 24" pen-sensitive screen with a resolution of 3840×2160. The company isn't kidding around when it says the display is made for creative pros, touting the 10-bit IPS panel's color accuracy and 99% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. Along with that bit of kit, Wacom also announed the Cintiq Pro Engine docking-station-esque PC that slots into the back of the Pro Pen Display 24. Buyers can pick between versions built around Intel's Core i5-7300HQ or Xeon E3-1505 v6 processors, along with Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics. 

Wacom Cintiq Pro Pen Display 24 with optional ExpressKey remote

The Cintiq Pro 24 is designed for use with the included Pro Pen 2 and can sense up to 8192 levels of pressure. Wacom rates the Pro 24's brightness at 350 cd/m², the response time at 14 ms, and the contrast ratio at 1000:1. The company says the Pro 24 should offer reduced parallax effect (probably compared to older Wacom displays) and near-zero latency.

The Pro 24 has USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort inputs. Around the back, an integrated stand can prop the display up at a 5° angle, and detachable legs can push that angle up to 20°. Users looking for even more adjustability can pick up Wacom's optional ergonomic stand. The company's 17-buttons ExpressKey remote is also sold à la carte. Wacom says a future version of the Cintiq Pro Pen Display 24 will be sensitive to both pen and touch input, and that a bigger 32" model is also coming before the end of 2018.

The Cintiq Pro Engine docks into the back of a Cintiq Pro 24 and talks to it by way of a USB Type-C interface. The base model has the previously-mentioned Intel Core i5-7300HQ mobile CPU, 16 GB of DDR4 memory on a single module, and a 256- GB NVMe SSD. The Xeon E3-1505 v6 version gets 32 GB of DDR4 memory spread across two sticks and a 512-GB SSD. Both versions come with an Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics card. We couldn't find the Quadro P3200 on Nvidia's website, but TechPowerUp says the P3200 uses a mobile GP104 GPU with half of the shaders disabled for a final count of 1280. TPU says the card has a 192-bit-wide interface to 6 GB of GDDR5 memory.

Users can attach displays and peripherals to the Pro Engine using an HDMI connector, a mini-DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, or two out-facing USB-C ports. The Pro Engine talks without wires by way of 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The SSD is upgradeable, and Core i5 buyers can add in a second memory module to reach the 32 GB maximum supported capacity. The docking system will work with the 24" Cintiq Pro as well as the upcoming 32" version.

The pen-sensing version of the Cintiq Pro Pen Display 24 will start shipping in March at prices ranging from $1,999 to $2,499. Both versions of the Cintiq Pro Engine are expected in May. The Core i5 version will run buyers $2,499 and the Xeon flagship model will set shoppers back $3,299.

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    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 3 years ago

    I’m not a digital-drawing gerbil so excuse ignorance in this question: is this thing really worth the cost over a Surface Pro or similar?

      • blitzy
      • 3 years ago

      Yes for a serious power user / artist they would be, mainly due to greater responsiveness of the pen ( 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity for this wacom, vs 1024 for a surface pro), and also the screen being more accurate for colour reproduction.

      For someone who lives on their device every day for work it would make a huge difference (not me, but I have played with stylus devices before and have noticed the different in quality)

        • morphine
        • 3 years ago

        Stupid-high color accuracy, “zero” lag pen, pen tilt and orientation, little to no parallax on screen. Plus the key/touch shortcuts, form factor, etc.

        Yes, the Surface is great and its pen works way better than it ought to, but this is an Actual Drawing Tool.

      • Spunjji
      • 3 years ago

      It is (substantial difference in performance, proper support) and it isn’t (Wacom kit is hilariously overpriced for the hardware you get).

      Basically if you’re an actual pro whose work pays for the kit, then the cost is justified. Otherwise nooooooooo.

      • caconym
      • 3 years ago

      For a studio or a well-established freelancer: yes.

      For pretty much anyone else: no.

      Increases in pen pressure levels stopped being noticeable after we hit 2048, and very few artists make use of stylus tilt sensitivity after their first day of playing around with it. The main thing a Cintiq offers is ergonomics. Big screen, nice chunky pen barrel, handy physical shortcut buttons for common tasks. It’s good for when you’re sat at a desk for ten hours a day crunching on a deadline. Wacom’s only users are artists. While there’s plenty of amazing work being done on Surfaces, Thinkpad Yogas, and iPad Pros, those machines have to serve a wider audience, so they lack some of the ergonomic affordances a Wacom has.

      My 12″ Thinkpad is great for drawing for a couple hours at a time, but I’d hate to use it for even six hours a day, and most non-Wacom tablets are like that if you’re primarily using them for art (the exceptions would be things like the Dell Canvas and Surface Studio, which are still aimed at content creation).

      There are a number of cheaper Korean and Chinese brands doing pen displays, but every model seems to have at least one glaring flaw that keeps it from challenging Wacom directly.

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      My wife is an illustrator/artist, but does limited work in digital formats today.

      I would put this into the context of something is better than nothing, but pros will very quickly hit the limits of their workflow without the right tools. She has played around with the iPad tools and hit worklfow limits pretty fast. The Cintiq stuff she has seen/tested is exactly what she would need. I showed her the Surface Pro options and although they were better than the iPad for versatility, but still limited screen in real estate and raw power for complex layered work.

      Also, as noted at the end for reference: this is NOT the big one, but rather a “medium” option. The old 27HD is the current big one, with a 32″ version on the way.

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