Wacom's newest creative tablet targets 'emerging professionals' with affordable pricing

Wacom's newest creative tablet targets 'emerging professionals' with affordable pricing
With very few conventional smartphones and tablets unveiled at CES 2019 thus far, our attention has turned to various accessories, groundbreaking smartwatches, quirky smart home devices, and all sorts of other niche products showcased in Las Vegas this week.

The Wacom Cintiq 16 also addresses a very specific target audience, including young creative professionals, creative enthusiasts, art students, and “passionate hobbyists.” Billed as a “creative pen display”, this is basically a huge 15.6-inch tablet with a Full HD display that you can draw and sketch on by using an integrated stylus supporting 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt response.

The Wacom Pro Pen 2 is thus pretty much unrivaled in terms of precision and accuracy, but the Wacom Cintiq 16 will only cost $649 when it hits stores later this month. That wouldn’t sound so affordable were this a traditional Android tablet, but you have to keep in mind the company’s Cintiq Pro 16 model starts at a whopping $1,500.

“Emerging” professionals are getting a lower-res screen and an inferior 72 percent NTSC color gamut compared to the up to 4K quality and 99 percent Adobe RGB accuracy of the Cintiq Pro family.


Still, Wacom thinks the non-Pro Cintiq 16 is good enough even for “established creative professionals” as a second device for their home office or studio. Whatever category you fall into, if you decide to purchase this thing, it’s important to mention the screen is an anti-glare affair promising to prevent “distracting reflections”, while the Wacom Pro Pen 2 uses EMR (Electro Magnetic Resonance) technology that eliminates the need for a conventional battery.

At almost 4.2 pounds, the “creative pen display” is no featherweight, also measuring a whopping 24.5 mm in thickness. Integrated foldable legs allow the tablet to create a work-friendly 19-degree angle, while a 3-in-1 cable includes HDMI and USB connectors for your Windows PC or Mac.



1. ahmadkun

Posts: 614; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm a graphic designer.. back in 2009 i used to use Wacom Bamboo.. " the budget one " because they have crazy pracing .. but know i'm using the Pin tool inside graphic designing softwares .. but if i needed a graphic tablet why i should ignore iPad pro and surface pro and buy a tablet only with this price tag ?

2. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I started out with the same, bought a Bamboo probably in 08. The Wacom pen is probably more comfortable and requires no battery which is nice. I think the most important distinction is the larger screen size with an anti glare screen textured to simulate paper.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Because it is bigger. I have the Surface Pro and it is too small for sketching. The largest iPad Pro also.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This thing is for professional work, not for someone who want 2-in-1 or a portable tablet with smartphone OS. Not to mention this thing have serious processing power, it's as fast as your PC/laptop (since it's just a monitor and use your PC to process stuff :P). If you got Xeon+Titan workstation, this thing is the best tablet for CAD and rendering stuff.

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