Wacom Cintiq 13HD Review

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD is a monster of a tablet, and is so well-known that I'm sure you've heard of this tablet even if you're just an artist by hobby.

These tablets are usually bought by professionals or hobbyists who have enough money to throw around. In fact, a lot of studios have these as they're setup if they're not equipped with the bigger and more expensive Wacom Cintiq 22HD.

Let's see what all the hype's about with the Wacom Cintiq 13HD.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Specifications

TypePressure-sensitive, battery-free
Minimum System RequirementsWindows XP or OS X 10.6.8
Model NumberDTK1300
Size14.8 x 9.8 in
Active Area11.75 x 6.75 in
ConnectionHDMI, USB
Express KeysYes, 4
Multi-TouchYes
TiltYes
Spare Nibs9
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportNo
Resolution1920 x 1080
Pen Reading Speed220 rps
Warranty2 years

Initial Impressions

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD came with the actual tablet itself, a stand so you can draw at an angle, the Wacom Pro Pen, a pen holder and CD and documentation.

The taWacom Cintiq 13HDblet itself has a nice shine to its screen and the plastic feels of good quality.

The tablet stand included seems fairly sturdy and from these initial impressions it looks like it'll probably last a good while.

The pen was also great, it looks like it's the one used in a lot of the higher-end Wacom tablets, which makes sense.

Everything looks in order, now let's get on to the review.

The Tablet

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD comes packed with a gorgeous 11.75 x 6.75 inch screen at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The screen was beautifully lit and I spotted no dead or damaged pixels in the display.

If you get the moWacom Cintiq 13HDre expensive "touch" version you'll be able to use the multi-touch features of the tablet for easier shortcut access, which was pretty neat if you're the type of person who finds themselves using shortcuts a lot.

There were some reviews online that stated that the screen got a bit hot, but in my experience it was really more of a "warmth" than an actual heat. What I'm trying to say is, I don't see myself getting burned on this thing anytime soon.

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD has a very sturdy build due to its mount that it comes with that can be used to adjust tablet to various angles. This works very well but tends to attract fingerprints and the natural oils on our skin. After about a week I found that the stand was covered in fingerprints and oils, which was pretty grWacom Cintiq 13HDoss but not that bad unless you're a bit of a clean freak. A simple wipe-down every few days should be enough to keep your stand nice and clean.

Something else I didn't like about the Wacom Cintiq 13HD was the fact that the power button is placed on the back of the tablet. This wouldn't be that big of a deal if it weren't for the fact that the power button is EXTREMELY sensitive and when adjusting the tablet's stand I sometimes found myself shutting the tablet down by mistake.

This is obviously avoidable once you find out where the power button is located but the amount of frustration it took before muscle memory started kicking in is something I wish I could've avoided.

The Stylus

Like with their other high-end models, the stylus that comes with the Wacom Cintiq 13HD is fantastic.

The rubberized grip of the pen along with its size gives the stylus a great feeling when held aWacom Cintiq 13HDnd feels even better when drawing on the screen.

The stylus actually felt like a regular pen in my hand, which I really liked. It doesn't exactly feel like pencil to paper, but the great texture on the tablet's screen and the ease with which you can control the pen really makes the Wacom Cintiq 13HD to closest thing to the real deal when creating digital artwork.

The eraser end of the stylus is also a bit loose for my tastes, but it's not that big of a deal.

The pen alsWacom Cintiq 13HDo came with a semi-elegant case for it, which I liked. It almost felt like I was taking out some kind of antique pen used by some great writer a long time ago.

It also came with 9 extra nibs and some color rings to personalize your stylus, if that's something you wish to do. They were little additions, but it's the small things that Wacom does that really makes you feel valued as a customer.

Art's Assessment

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD is really everything you'd want out of a tablet as a professional.

The large display spoils you with the amount of room you have to draw with and the high 1920 x 1080p resolution allows you to spWacom Cintiq 13HDot even the tiniest mistakes without having to look up at the monitor.

The stylus also doesn't disappoint with its fantastic rubberized grip and balanced size that'll make you momentarily think you're trying to use a regular pen on a tablet display. Sure it has its small inconveniences such as an awkward power button location and a tendency to attract fingerprints but the positives about this tablet overwhelmingly overshadow the negatives, if you can even call them that.

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD is a great buy for an artist looking to upgrade and become a pro or a company looking to invest in a product that'll make their workers more efficient.

4.9 out of 5.0 – Fantastic

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