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Wacom Cintiq Pro 16

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Reviews, by Mark White
November 27, 2017

A creative pen display that will seriously upgrade your studio

The lightweight design of the Cintiq Pro creative pen display is really lovely to handle. The glare free screen scores 282ppi without the thick glass causing any problems with the stylus parallax. The tablet also boasts the same display specifications as the MobileStudio Pro, reaching up to 4K. A nice feature is the light-up touch bar in the top right, with five preset functions including touch recognition on and off.

Out of the box, the Cintiq Pro has a 5° angle but also comes with built-in legs propping the screen up to 20°. If you plan to use a third-party stand, make sure the fans on the back are not being obstructed.

Like the MobileStudio Pro, the Cintiq Pro comes with the Pro Pen 2, which really shines as a top-end stylus. Also included in the box is a cleaning cloth, a pen holder/nib storage and the Wacom Link. The tablet only uses USB-C, so it is possible to connect to your computer with just the one cable. However, the Wacom Link will convert to Thunderbolt and USB for display and data respectively. This does mean there is a slight drop from 4K compared with using just the USB-C cable. The extra cables also get pretty cumbersome, especially as the Cintiq Pro is not powered by the computer but by a separate power cable.

One of the main problems with the Cintiq Pro on release were wavy lines, especially when going slowly. However a recent driver update seems to have fixed this for the most part and we are now left with the same accuracy and natural drawing experience that you get on the MobileStudio Pro. Coupled with the Photoshop shortcuts as you know and love them on a keyboard, it’s the best of both drawing on paper and benefitting from the functionality of Photoshop.

When we’ve being spoiled by edge-to-edge displays, it seems a shame that the Cintiq Pro has such a thick non functioning border – ignoring the touch bar. This seems a little dated for a state-of-the-art tablet. However, the smooth drawing and photo-editing experience on the crystal clear screen more than make up for this. In fact, the thick border actually becomes like a frame for the beautiful work you will have had tons of fun making with this tablet.

The Verdict

8/10 – While there are a few issues that give the impression the Cintiq wasn’t quite ready for release, it is top of its game and is a joy to use.