Wacom Cintiq 22HD Review

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.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD Specifications

TypePressure-sensitive, battery-free
Minimum System RequirementsWindows Vista or OS X 10.5.6
Model NumberDTK2200
Size25.5 x 15.7 in
Active Area18.9 x 10.7 in
ConnectionDVI, USB
Express KeysYes, 18
Multi-TouchNo
TiltYes
Spare Nibs10
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportNo
Resolution1920 x 1080
Pen Reading Speed220 rps
Warranty2 years

Initial Impressions

 The Wacom Cintiq 22HD came with the actual tablet itself, a stand so you can drWacom Cintiq 22HDaw 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.

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 dWacom Cintiq 22HDown 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.

 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 varWacom Cintiq 22HDious degrees of tilt when you're drawing so you always have your tablet in the position that you prefer.

On 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.

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

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. HoWacom Cintiq 22HDwever, it's the tablet's display screen that allows the pen to move so freely that really makes it great.

The picture to the right is a size comparison between an older Wacom stylus model and the stylus included with the 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.

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.

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 wWacom Cintiq 22HDas 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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