Soft­ware and Hard­ware

Wa­com has “lis­tened to cre­atives” to build its most beau­ti­ful Cin­tiq yet. We find out if its beauty is only skin deep…

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The ever-so-slightly etched glass sur­face pro­duces a nice ‘bite’ for the sty­lus, in ad­di­tion to re­duced glare

Price £1,891 Com­pany Wa­com Web www.wa­com.com

With the new 27-inch QHD Cin­tiq Touch, Wa­com’s told us that it learned im­por­tant lessons from users’ feed­back on 2011’s 24HD Cin­tiq. So has it borne fruit?

The first thing to note on the 27QHD (that’s Quad HD, a step-up from full HD) is its size. It’s a mas­sive 77x47cm, and with a 16:9 as­pect ra­tio com­pared to the 24’s 16:10, the ac­tive screen is a touch wider. Thanks to a stunning edge-to-edge glass de­sign, how­ever, the 27’s to­tal width is the same as the 24. De­spite this, the 27QHD Touch is ac­tu­ally cheaper than the 24HD Touch (£1,891 com­pared to £2,182). So Wa­com clearly wants the 27 to re­place the 24 as its stan­dard Cin­tiq.

The bor­ders have been re­duced around the ac­tive screen, which are now mag­ne­tised strips to place your slinky new re­mote on. And the ever-soslightly etched glass sur­face pro­duces a nice ‘bite’ for the sty­lus, in ad­di­tion to re­duced glare.

The grip pen is pretty sim­i­lar to the 24’s, but the new Ex­pressKey Re­mote is a great re­place­ment to the old screen’s bor­der but­tons. Now that there are no ac­tive ar­eas on the screen bor­ders, there should be less in­ter­rup­tion to your work by accidentally rest­ing your el­bow on the edges of the de­vice.

An­other im­prove­ment is the 2,560x1,440 pix­els res­o­lu­tion, and you can re­ally see the dif­fer­ence. Bright­ness was per­fect as soon as the 27 was turned on. The colours, we are as­sured, also come cor­rect right out of the box, so there’s no need for a lengthy cal­i­bra­tion process.

There are five USB ports, com­pris­ing four USB 3.0 ports and an ad­di­tional USB for the Ex­pressKey Re­mote don­gle, and a HDMI in­put. The re­mote, which of­fers 17 cus­tomis­able but­tons, in­clud­ing the wheel, is a great ad­di­tion and with Wa­com’s cloud ser­vice you can back up your per­sonal set­tings.

The Touch side of things proves to be a dis­ap­point­ment. When we played with it in Pho­to­shop, the two-fin­ger pan was fine, but the two-fin­ger zoom and ro­tate had is­sues: it wasn’t as re­spon­sive as we’d hoped, with the ro­tate ac­tu­ally mov­ing the can­vas off screen. Fur­ther­more, you can’t use th­ese touch func­tions when us­ing your pen, although you can make changes if you use the pen with the re­mote. This could be a prob­lem caused by ei­ther Adobe or the Cin­tiq driv­ers, so we imag­ine it’ll be fixed by an up­date soon.

Over­all, how­ever, this is a beau­ti­fully de­signed and ex­tremely pow­er­ful de­vice that jus­ti­fies the high ask­ing price. In short, it’s the best Cin­tiq yet.

The Cin­tiq 27QHD with ac­com­pa­ny­ing pen, holder, Ex­pressKey Re­mote and key­board.

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