Wacom Launches King-Sized Pen Display
Wacom’s new 24-inch Cintiq pen display doubles as an artist’s drawing board and is a sizable jump up from the 21 inches of the company’s previous high-end model. The Cintiq 24HD will be available in October.
Built for photographers , video game designers, animators and other design professionals, the 24HD features a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is similar to the 16:9 ratio found in today’s high-definition TVs to accommodate HD movies. The larger display boasts higher, full- HD resolution at 1900 x 1200 pixels compared with the 4:3 aspect ratio and 1600 x 1200 resolution in the Cintiq 21UX.
As with previous models, artists can use Wacom’s pressure- and tilt-sensitive pens to replicate the experience of working with traditional brushes and markers. A super-sensitive stylus, the pens can detect 2,048 pressure levels and tilts of up to 40 degrees. The pens are compatible with most design software, including Adobe Creative Suite 5, which has built-in pressure controls for pen users.
Wacom has reconfigured the Cintiq’s stand to adjust to an artist’s preferred working posture. The display can be adjusted through a 178-degree viewing angle. The new design allows the stand to be adjusted so that the display overhangs the edge of a work surface, bringing the drawing surface into an ideal working position.
The $2,500 price tag may come as a shock to those unfamiliar with Wacom’s professional products. The smaller 21UX is priced at $2,000.
The company also offers a line of smaller drawing tablets starting at $229 that can be used with a standard monitor.
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