Wacom Cintiq 27QHD
A huge touchscreen tablet that enables working directly on images
£2,099 Manufacturer Wacom, wacom.eu Size 77x46.5x5.5mm Resolution 2,560x1,440
Pressure levels 2,048 Weight 9kg
This graphics tablet’s huge 27-inch screen is enough to raise interest in most photographers, and when linked into a MacBook Pro with Photoshop CC loaded it’s clear why the Cintiq range is so popular amongst creative professionals.
The 27-inch screen offers plenty of working space, though the physical size does mean that you’ll need a large desk to take both the tablet and the rest of your equipment. Setting up the tablet takes less than 10 minutes, and its drivers and software are fully integrated with Photoshop CC and Lightroom. Wacom’s software enables you to customise commands and pressures both for the tablet and the small ExpressKey remote, a small device which has directly accessible mouse‑style buttons.
However, the best part is that you work directly on the image, and this particular model’s 2560x1440-pixel resolution makes the display crystal clear. Adjusting the pressure of the pen of the surface makes working with tools such as dodge and burn a cinch. The Cintiq 27QHD is an absolute luxury due to its price, but it’s a joy to use and offers accuracy and speed that would be hard to match with any other device – even a standard Wacom tablet. Alastair Jennings
You can assign commands to the ExpressKey Remote’s buttons to quickly reach tools you depend on. A luxurious way to work on images, if you’ve got a desk large enough for it – and a big wallet too.
Widescreen QHD display
Excellent colour calibration