Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Review

The Wacom Cintiq 27QHD is a tablet display by Wacom that aims to give professional artists a large canvas to work with as well as many customization features.

Let's see if Wacom delivers on these promises or if this tablet display is all show and no bite.

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Specifications

TypePressure-sensitive, battery-free
Minimum System RequirementsWindows 7 or OS X 10.8.0
Model NumberDTK-2700
Size30.3 x 18.3 in
Active Area23.5 x 13.2 in
ConnectionDVI, HDMI, USB
Express KeysYes, 17 on ExpressKey Remote
Spare Nibs6 standard, 3 felt, 1 stroke
Pressure Levels2048
Wireless SupportNo
Resolution2560 x 1440
Pen Reading Speed220 rps
Warranty2 years

Initial Impressions

The Wacom Cintiq 27QHD came packaged with the tablet itself, stylus, pen holder, ExpressKey Remote, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB and microUSB cables, DVI-D to MDMI, Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort and AC power adaptors as well as tablet documentation.

When setting up this tablet I noticed that there was no stand included with the tablet display. I was used to getting stands with my Cintiqs, so this was very surprising! After looking it up I found that apparently there's a "Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Ergo Stand" out there but I was unable to find any places that actually sold it. I figured I'd just hook the display up to a mounting arm and get on with the review but I found that the holes didn't fit when I was trying to attach the tablet display to the mounting arm.

I looked up the problem and it turns out you need an adapter to get this thing correctly hooked up. You can find that adapter here.

After I got everything order and delivered to me the setup was easy. My only concern is now that the mount is covering the back of the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD I won't be able to mess with the cables without dismantling the mount.

Now that I've taken a moment and recovered from all the back and forth I've had to do to set this thing up, we can finally get onto the review!

The Tablet

The Wacom Cintiq 27QHD comes with a VERY nice active area of 23.5 x 13.2 inches. This may be the biggest tablet I've ever reviewed and I couldn't see how anyone would need any more room than this behemoth offers. Just make sure you really need all thWacom Cintiq 27QHDis space.

However if you're an artist that feels like they need the most room possible to work with then the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD was definitely designed with you in mind.

The surface of the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD is also another great thing that this tablet display has going for it. With some other lower-end tablet displays there was issues with glare and color errors; not so with the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD! I used this thing in an openly lit room on a fairly sunny day and there were no problems with being blinded by the light reflecting off the surface.

It also feels great to draw on and there's no problems with my hand not being able to glide across the surface like with some other tablet displays. This is probably due to the fact that the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD does not have a 100% glass surface. Unfortunately this means you'll be paying a premium!

But you expected that with Cintiqs, didn't you?

The Stylus

The stylus that came with the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD was extremely responsive and accurate.

No surprise there, Wacom has always been the leading source in pressure sensitivity and accurate line transfer in the industry. The 20Wacom Cintiq 27QHD48 levels of pressure that this stylus offers gives you some of the most accurate lines I've ever seen on a tablet display.

I actually got lost in drawing a few times and forgot I was drawing on a tablet. Of course I eventually noticed some computer icons in the corner of my eye and the trance was broken. Back to boring reality I went.

One of the most unique features of the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD was the fact that it has included all of its ExpressKeys in its own remote. The ExpressKey Remote serves as the hub for all your ExpressKWacom Cintiq 27QHDeys as well as a scroll wheel for the ultimate customization experience. I was a little worried that I would lose this thing when I first saw it but I always kept it on the display and it hasn't been a problem in the time I've reviewed this tablet display.

This remote works great and even though I was initially worried that having to pickup the remote whenever I wanted to use a key would take too long I found it took about the same amount of time as just clicking an ExpressKey attached to the tablet. I really loved this feature and I hope Wacom starts including these things with more models.

The pen holder that came with the tablet display was fairly similar to other pen holders from Wacom. They hold the pen like a quill(long-time readers will know I love this) and hold the pen nibs, that's about it. Only this time there's something different!

Wacom has included 3 felt and 1 stroke nib along with 6 standard nibs for drawing. This means that buyers will be able to draw and paint in different styles than what is usually offered with just the regular nibs.

This was really cool and I had a lot of fun messing with the different nibs that were included.

Art's Assessment

The Wacom Cintiq 27QHD is a tablet display that is almost perfect, but built with the professional artist in mind.

There was no stand included with the tablet display. You can use a mounting arm to mount the tablet but you'll need an adapter to get it to work. The tablet display has an extremely large active area of 23.5 x 13.2 inches. There was no glare on the tablet even during a very sunny day in an open room. My haWacom Cintiq 27QHDnd also was able to move freely across the surface without any resistance which helped when drawing.

The stylus that came with the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD had great responsiveness and the 2048 levels of pressure made drawing on the tablet display feel almost like drawing on paper. There were 17 ExpressKeys on this tablet, but they came on a remote. The ExpressKey Remote was a great addition to the tablet and I hope Wacom begins including them in more models.

The Wacom Cintiq 27QHD is a great tablet display for professional artists looking to get the maximum amount of drawing space possible with enough customization options to fulfill every item on their wishlist.

Just make sure you really need all that room!

4.9 out of 5.0 – Fantastic

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