So, I saw the Wacom Cintiq 24HD for the first time yesterday. This thing is massive! It weighs 30kg’s out of the box. Why so heavy? Well, the base acts as a counter weight of the screen. This allows you to position the screen off the edge of your desk for superior comfort.
If I mention anything that is incorrect I apologise, I’m going from memory and I did have a few beers.
Monitor response rate: 13ms
Contrast ratio: 550:1
Aspect ratio: 16:10
Pressure level: Same as Intuos4 at 2048 levels.
Whats different to the Cintiq21? Firstly, It’s a larger screen, better resolution and widescreen format. This panel will display 92% Adobe RGB compared to the Cintiq21’s range of 74%. They’ve given the Cintiq 24HD two toggle rings instead of two touchstrips as found on the Cintiq21. The Cintiq 24HD also has a USB port which is handy for plugging in a keyboard or a USB stick. You won’t find a USB port on the Cintiq21. The only thing the Cintiq21 has on the Cintiq 24HD is 6 more ExpressKeys. You’ll find 10 ExpressKeys on the Cintiq24 HD which is plenty anyway.
What did I think?
Well, the first thing I thought was “Holy sh*t that thing is huge”. The guys at Wacom tell me there is a warning on the box saying that you need two people to unpack it. They’re probably right. After you sit in front of it, it does feel natural. Works just as it should. Which you would want it to as it comes in at a cool $2999AU. So i suppose, if you can afford it go for it. Be prepared to remove everything from your desk though, it will take much more room than you think.