Updated 4pm with US & EU pricing and UK price clarification
We've known since the autumn that Wacom was planning to release two Cintiq Pro display tablets to replace its current 27-inch, desktop-conquering Cintiq 27QHD this spring – a more affordable 24-inch model and an epically huge 32-inch.
The formal announcement is now here – with pricing, specs and availability details – and there's both good and bad news. The 24-inch will start shipping in March – though you'll have to wait until May for version that supports pen and touch. And the 32-inch model has been delayed until what a Wacom press release describes as "later in the year".
More exciting is that Wacom is launching what's essentially it's first desktop PC (the company has its own tablet PC, the MobileStudio Pro). The Cintiq Pro Engine is a PC that slots into the back of the Cintiq Pro 24 – and we assume the Pro 32 too when it ships – to turn it into an all-in-one PC, a laying-down iMac you can draw on, if you like. More on that after the Cintiq Pro 24 >>
The Cintiq Pro 24 and 32 has a 4K resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 - up from the 27QHD's 2,560 x 1,440. That doesn't sound like a lot of a jump but it's over twice as many pixels to show your work in ever more exquisite detail.
The screen supports 10-bit colour to be able to output up to 1.07 billion colours including 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space.
The level of pressure sensitivity for drawing has been quadrupled to 8,192 levels – so the subtlest of difference in pressure in your mark making should be picked up by your applications. As well as the battery-less Pro Pen 2, the Cintiq Pro 2 ships with the same ExpressKey remote with 17 customisable keys and touch ring.
The standard version costs £1,899 inc VAT/US$1,999/€2,149, with the Touch version costing £2,399/$2,499/€2,699. This pitches it directly against the £1,750/$1,799 Dell Canvas, which has a larger screen (27-inch) but the same specs as the older Cintiq 27QHD - and only works on Windows.
Ports? Yes it has ports. Four USB 3.0, one USB C, one HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort, two USB-A (one for the ExpressKey Remote), and an audio headset jack.
If you'd rather avoid all those cables stretching between your computer and the Cintiq Pro 24, from May you'll be able to buy a Cintiq Pro Engine PC that slots neatly into the back of the Cintiq.
As with most all-in-ones, the Cintiq Pro Engine is based on laptop components (so it doesn’t end up the size of a desktop PC). There are two configurations: a £2,399/$2,499/€2,699 version based around a quad-core Intel Core i5 chip, and a £3,149/$3,299/€3,549 model with a Xeon processor (and not £3,419 as initially quoted to us and still listed in Wacom's news announcement). Those prices seem high – especially as they don’t include the Cintiq Pro 24 itself – but Wacom has included components that fit the pricing.
Both feature an Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics chip with 6GB of its own DDR5 RAM – which Wacom says allows the Cintiq Pro Engine to power a Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset as well as the 4K display.
The i5 model features 16GB RAM and 256GB PCIe Gen3 SSD storage. The Xeon model ups this to 32GB RAM and 512GB of the same storage. Wacom says that both memory and storage are upgradeable by users and, if you so wish, you can take the Cintiq Pro Engine out of the Cintiq Pro 24 and pop it into the 32-inch model (or vice-versa)
You can connect additional monitors – or other devices such as those VR headsets – via mini DisplayPort, mini HDMI or two USB-C ports. There’s also ethernet. Both models run Windows 10.
As with previous large Cintiqs, Wacom sells an optional Ergo stand. This allows you to adjust the position of the Cintiq Pro 24 from hanging off the edge of your desk to almost vertical like a monitor – giving much greater flexibility than your standard choice of 5 or 20-degrees, when propped up on little built-in feet.
We'll be checking out the Cintiq Pro 24 and the Cintiq Pro Engine at an event in London next week. We'll publish a hands-on review shortly after. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to read this as soon as its published.