During CES today, Wacom launched two versions of the Cintiq 27QHD featuring updated pen-on-screen performance and a 27-inch glasswork display — a pen-only version and a pen and multi-touch version. The Cintiq 27 QHD’s new ExpressKey Remote, which can be placed anywhere on the screen or desk, gives users more flexibility as to how, when and where customizable keyboard shortcuts and modifiers are implemented. Additionally, the Cintiq 27QHD offers a variety of stand options.
Wacom also introduced the Cintiq Companion 2, a touchscreen tablet for professional creators of digital content. More on that shortly.
According to Wacom, pros with color critical workflows will benefit from the Cintiq 27QHD’s life-like color quality which displays 1.07 billion colors and 97 percent of Adobe’s color gamut. This allows artists certainty that the colors match the printing or other output phases of a project. This is thanks to precision color matching with the Wacom Color Manager, powered by X-Rite (purchased as an accessory at the Wacom eStore), which sets and fine tunes the colors for a near exact match.
Both versions of the new flagship product feature a 27-inch 2560×1440 seamless edge-to-edge glass screen. The extra wide viewing angle enables designers, artists, game or film developers to create rich, detailed, large-scale work directly on the screen. Users can incorporate different pen nibs to increase the natural feel, including the felt nibs, which provide a realistic pen on paper feel.
The Cintiq 27QHD allows users to speed up their workflow using a combination of pen, multi-touch (Cintiq 27QHD touch), on-screen controls and a Radial Menu. Cintiq’s Pro Pen emulates the feel of a traditional brush or marker. Users can draw, paint, design and edit directly on screen with the Wacom pen and its 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The Cintiq 27QHD Touch is an option for those who want to experience simultaneous pen and touch with the latest touch enabled OS and software. It provides an even more intuitive and natural way to work by closely replicating the experience of working with two hands when using traditional materials such as paints, markers and clay. Multi-touch allows users to directly manipulate their work with fingers by rotating, pinching and moving it around. The ability to manipulate a 3D model — or pan, zoom and rotate an image with one hand while simultaneously sculpting or sketching with the other delivers a completely natural experience — enables artists to stay completely in their creative zone.
Wireless ExpressKey Remote, Ergonomics
Helping improve workflow and creative output, the Cintiq 27QHD comes with the new ExpressKey Remote. This hand-held set of shortcut keys and Touch Ring helps creatives to focus on the creative. It can be placed wherever is most convenient while drawing — either on screen, in the hand or beside the keyboard on the desk. Up to five ExpressKey Remotes can be attached at one time, which when combined with the onscreen controls, gives users dozens of options to customize shortcut keys by task or application.
As with its predecessor, the Cintiq 27 offers ergonomics that benefit graphic designers and illustrators who work long hours and have to be very precise. The integrated stand means the Cintiq can either be laid flat (five degrees to be exact) similar to a canvas or positioned at a 20-degree angle by extending the legs. An optional Ergo stand or third-party VESA arm give users the option to adjust the position even further to whatever angle works best for them, whether sitting or standing.
The Cintiq 27QHD ($2299.99) and Cintiq 27QHD Touch ($2799.99) replace the Cintiq 24HD models and will be available in late January.
Cintiq Companion 2
The Cintiq Companion 2 mobile solution from Wacom works either as a fully fledged Windows 8 tablet with all the creative input capabilities of a Cintiq or, when the need arises, will connect, via Cintiq Connect, to the home or office Mac or PC and function as a primary or secondary Cintiq display.
With 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition, the Cintiq Companion 2’s Pro Pen performs like a traditional brush, pen or marker when used in combination with creative software applications from such companies as Adobe, Autodesk, Pixologic and many more.
The pen and high-resolution screen (2560×1440) interact to provide a realistic pen-on-paper feel with limited glare that allows artists and designers to quickly produce detailed and accurate material without ever having to worry about art supplies. The four-position adjustable stand allows users to work comfortably in a variety of environments including studios, client sites, planes, trains and wherever else creativity has a home.
By incorporating the Pro Pen, multi-touch, six ExpressKeys, Rocker Ring, Radial Menu and Cloud Services all onto the Companion 2, pros can work anywhere. It’s the ability to be able to set an ExpressKey to a particular shortcut or use multi-touch to manipulate an image that Wacom says “defines the creative tablet’s intuitiveness and flexibility.” Additionally, a digital workflow allows for immediate feedback from colleagues or clients and this type of collaboration can improve production significantly.
The Cintiq Companion 2 will be available at the Wacom eStore in several configurations this February – Entry (64GB SSD, $1299.99), Value (128GB SSD, $1599.99) and Standard (256GB SSD, $1999.99). The Premium (512GB SSD, $2499.99) version is expected to begin shipping this spring.