Reviews are in for the Wacom Cintiq 24HD

The reviews are in and the Wacom Cintiq 24HD is more of an artist’s workbench then a desktop sketchpad. I’ve got to say I’ve wanted one of these since I first saw them announced. I already have a Cintiq from a few years ago and can’t justify the cost to upgrade. Nevertheless, it’s a sweet piece of tech and if price is no object this is an artist’s dream tool. In this post, I’ll give a quick overview of the new features and then link to a few reviews from reputable Tech blogs.

I’d like to start by saying I have a Wacom Cintiq 20WSX which is a great product, and I love it, but when it comes to Wacom’s latest offering in the Cintiq series it’s out with the old and in with the new. It’s gotten much larger than its predecessor the 21UX with a much better 24.1 inch display, 1920 x 1200 resolution, but its less adjustable to fit the artist’s needs. The Cintiq version I have has a display that rotates on an axis so I can rotate it like a sketchpad. Wacom’s new design seems less flexible than its predecessor allowing artists to only move the drawing surface up and down just like a drawing table. The new stand is composed of two large hinged arms and sizable counterweigh, weighing in at a whopping 65 pounds total. This allows artist to lay the display flat on the desk, angled, or on the artist’s lap. Like other Wacom offerings the 24HD has two Touch Rings with three presets each and ten Express Keys. It now also offers an on-screen keyboard, my thought would be because the new design makes for very little space on your desk, and no room for a keyboard. The 24HD has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 60° of tilt range. The same as other Wacom tablets using the Intuos 4 technology.

The Cintiq family of products starts with a $999 12 inch pen display called the Cintiq 12WX, $1,999 for the Cintiq 22HD, and the $2599 for the Cintiq 24HD and that’s not even mentioning the Cintiq 24HD touch. A touch-based version of the 24HD allowing you to zoom, pan, rotate and navigate with just your hand on the multi-touch display. Upping the price by $1100 to $3,699. All are amazing devices, but let’s be honest the only reason I’m writing this is to try to convince my wife I need to upgrade.

To read more in-depth reviews follow the links below.

Engadget Oct 14, 2012 – “The touch model adds gestures to the highly capable Cintiq 24HD pen display, but we aren’t so sure that they’re worth the extra investment.”

Gizmodo Sep 13, 2011 – “If you are a professional illustrator, you should get it. … Because of the increased workflow speed, at $2500 it will pay for itself in a few good jobs. Also, if you are looking for a new machine and monitor, you can avoid buying the monitor and get the Wacom Cintiq 24HD.”

Macworld UK Nov 2, 2011 – “The Cintiq 24HD is a heavyweight offering in every sense of the word. But if the devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the Cintiq 24HD’s is convincing you that a 30kg device is invisible when you’re working on it.”



  1. Mili

    This is a behemoth, but I think it’s nice of them to include full versions of the software with that exorbitant price. Shame it’s not Ps. The reviews said that the touch version is not worth the price, but if you can rotate the angle of your screen, I think it is a necessity. Does the sans touch version rotate? I know cleaning up drawings is a nightmare if you do not have a rotatable surface.

    My friend has this laptop-sized, well I suppose you would call it a tablet, that has a stylus and can run Ps and Flash. I used it to clean up a drawing on the screen for the first time in my life, and I loved the feel of the “pen”. I kept thinking that it really was not that much different from a pencil. What I loved about it was the portability, and that I could sit and sketch on it in my back yard. I need all the fresh air I can get. The only issues I could see with it is that sometimes it would become a bit slow (if you used it for a long time). I didn’t pay as much attention to the screen, because I was not working in colour.

    My point:

    I think I’ll wait a few years for the techies to upgrade that product, because it is a portable Cintiq. Till then I’ll clean-up by hand, use Illustrator for the graphic images, and muddle through with my Wacom tablet–the tiny Graphire (I think that’s what it’s called) that was given me way back in my pre college days–either 1999 or 2000 :-) .

    • Norm

      Hi Mili,
      This tablet is ridiculously huge. When I used it there was no rotation in the screen, but someone brought to my attention earlier that most of the rotation can now be done in the software so maybe that’s why Wacom left that out of the feature set. As for not including Photoshop I’m pretty sure it’s because Photoshop retails for around $700 which would not be very cost-effective to put it into one of their lower end Cintiq which retails for around $1000.

      I’m not sure if you could find out, but I would love to know what kind of drawing tablet your friend was using. I would love to have my own portable digital drawing station. The only option there is on the Mac side is something called a Modbook and on the PC side there are a few other options. It would be nice to know because I could use some fresh air when drawing myself.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. Roseann Caputo

    Don’t most of the software applications allow you to rotate the canvas you’re working on? If so it would make the non-rotation of the tablet sort of moot.

    • Norm

      That’s totally true. I know both sketchbook and Photoshop both support rotation in the software, so maybe that’s what wacom was thinking when they removed being able to rotate the screen when drawing.


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