Wacom Cintiq 22HD Review

Wacom Cintiq 22HD


The Wacom Cintiq 22HD is a tablet display from Wacom that is considered by many to be THE definitive tablet for professional artists.

Let’s see if this title is well-deserved or if the industry bias is glossing over some issues.


  • Type: Pressure-sensitive, battery-free
  • Minimum System Requirements: Windows Vista or OS X 10.5.6
  • Model Number: DTK2200
  • Size: 25.5 x 15.7 in
  • Active Area: 18.9 x 10.7 in
  • Connection: DVI, USB
  • Express Keys: Yes, 18
  • Multi-Touch: No
  • Tilt: Yes
  • Spare Nibs: 10
  • Pressure Levels: 2048
  • Wireless Support: No
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Pen Reading Speed: 220 rps
  • Warranty: 2 years

Wacom Cintiq 22HD

Initial Impressions

The Wacom Cintiq 22HD 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 first thing that anyone would notice about this tablet is the sheer size of this thing. The Wacom Cintiq 22HD is 25.5 x 15.7 inches which means this isn’t exactly something you could take with you while travelling.

That being said this thing seems sturdy so I’m hoping we get a tablet display that can be a reliable office tablet for frequent use.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD

The Tablet

The Wacom Cintiq 22HD comes equipped with a 1920 x 1080 HD display at a widescreen 16:9 screen ratio.

The display screen’s quality was great and there were no pixel flaws to be seen. I also tested some games on the highest settings on the display and there were no instances of streaking or screen tearing.

One thing I noticed about the display was that there was a noticeable glare at certain times of the day.

There was also a problem with the fact that the display scratched a little too easily. I was super delicate during the week or so of testing the Wacom Cintiq 22HD and I still got a few scratches.

I ended up breaking down and buying an antiglare screen protector. This ended up solving both problems for me and I definitely think it’s worth it.

The Wacom Cintiq 22HD also comes with 18 programmable ExpressKey buttons, with 9 located on each side of the tablet.

This number of ExpressKeys is more than enough for any professional in my opinion. It’s great to have the option to have enough shortcuts for every occasion.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD

The Wacom Cintiq 22HD comes with DVI and USB connectors that both need to be plugged in in order to use the tablet.

I felt as though these were an unnecessary  number of cables to have to connect to be able to get the tablet working, but the Wacom Cintiq 22HD comes with a piece of plastic that funnels the wires together so they’re not all over the place.

The stand that comes with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD works as intended and allowed for various degrees of tilt when you’re drawing so you always have your tablet in the position that you prefer.

Wacom Cintiq 22HDOn the top-right of the tablet there are several settings options to customize several aspects of the display.

One of them allows you to change the brightness and colors of the display, while the other two allow you to change various aspects of the stylus such as what the two programmable buttons do when pressed.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD

This is the best-looking tablet display I’ve ever seen. I just hope the stylus is 1/10th as good!

Wacom Cintiq 22HD

The Stylus

The stylus that comes with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD has a smaller and sleeker design that feels a lot better in your hand than older models.

The pen comes equipped with a rubberized grip that makes sure you don’t have any cramps or marks after hours of use(lefties will know what I’m talking about).

The stylus almost felt like an actual pen in my hand, which is great especially for people that really like drawing with pen and paper. However, it’s the tablet’s display screen that allows the pen to move so freely that really makes it great.

Below is a size comparison between an older Wacom stylus model and the stylus included with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD

The 2048 levels of pressure on the stylus really allows you to create detailed drawings with ease.

This coupled with the large drawing area and the smoothness of the display makes the Wacom Cintiq 22HD arguably the best tablet in terms of accuracy and detail.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD

The stylus also has no battery, which is fantastic especially if you’re coming from a company like Huion.

It was a pleasure to use this stylus on the Wacom Cintiq 22HD and I really can’t see how they could’ve made it any better.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD

Art’s Assessment

The Wacom Cintiq 22HD is probably the best tablet for a professional artist that needs the most room to work with.

The tablet display resolution comes at 1920 x 1080 with an aspect ratio of 16:9, meaning that the picture will always be crystal clear. There were no pixel errors and even when running high-end games there was no lagging.

The only noticeable problems with the tablet display were the  noticeable glare and the fact that it scratched fairly easily. This was easily fixed with an antiglare screen protector.

The Wacom Cintiq 22HD also comes equipped with 18 ExpressKeys that can be easily programmed to suit your needs.

The stylus that comes with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD is on-par with the tablet itself. It has a fantastic rubberized grip and flows easily on the tablet allowing for great detail.

The Wacom Cintiq 22HD is great for professionals looking for a tablet display that has all the bells and whistles and will be a reliable tool for many years.

4.9 out of 5.0 – Fantastic

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