Wacom announces Cintiq Pro line of pen displays

Wacom has announced the Wacom Cintiq Pro line of creative pen displays, the Cintiq Pro 13 and Cintiq Pro 16. The line “wraps the most natural and precise pen performance to date into a sleek, thin and portable form factor to help designers, illustrators, photographers or anyone with a passion for art to unlock their creativity,” says Masahiko Yamada, president and CEO of Wacom. 

Paramount to the Cintiq Pro experience is the new Pro Pen 2, which purportedly delivers four times greater accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the previous Pro Pen. The improved Pro Pen 2 creates an intuitive, free-flowing experience with virtually lag-free tracking on a glass surface that produces just the right amount of friction and is coated to reduce reflection, according to Yamada. Additionally, the new optical bonding process greatly reduces parallax, providing a pen-on-screen performance that emulates the natural feel and feedback of a traditional pen or brush, he adds.

Both Cintiq Pro models also feature multi-touch for easy and fast navigation as well as the ability to pinch, zoom and rotate illustrations, photos or models within supporting 2-D or 3-D creative software applications. Both models come with an optimized edge-to-edge etched glass workspace.

The Cintiq Pro also builds on its predecessor the Cintiq 13HD touch, offering the ExpressKey Remote as an optional accessory, so users can customize their most commonly used shortcuts and modifiers when working with creative software applications. In addition, ergonomic features such as ErgoFlex, fully integrated pop out legs, and an optional three-position desk stand (available in February), let users focus on their work instead of constantly adjusting for comfort or sketching in a way that is counterintuitive to their style, says Yamada.

The Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 and 16 are compatible with both Macs and PCs and feature full HD (1920x1080) and ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution respectively. Both Cintiq Pro configurations deliver vivid colors, the 13-inch model providing 87% Adobe RGB and the 16-inch, 94%. Priced at US$999.95 USD, the Cintiq Pro 13 is expected to be available online and at select retail locations at the beginning of December. The $1,499.95 Cintiq Pro 16 is due in February.