Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 Review (2021)
. This is a top of the line. Graphics tablet, with a built in display you can draw directly onto in this review ill explain. The new features make a test painting with the cintiq pro 16 and ill give you my overall opinion of the device. Wacom sent me this device unconditionally for review purposes. All opinions in this video are my own. Also, the unit i have been sent is pre production, but im told its very close to the final product. The 2021 version of the cintiq pro 16 is a refresh of the previous generation, which was released around 2016 or so wacom took a lot of the feedback from users and used it to improve upon the device. Lets start with a quick overview of the key features that have not changed since 2016.. The 2021 cintiq pro 16 still has a 4k resolution. It comes with the pro pen 2, which has 8192 pressure levels. You can also use other wacom pens, like the pro pen. Slim or the art pen, which supports barrel rotation, the display is made from etched glass with optical bonding to greatly reduce parallax. There is a kensington mini, lock slot and the device is compatible with both pc and mac. The accessories included are one usb, a to usbc, cable, one usbc to usbc, cable, one hdmi, cable and one power, brick and power cable. The cables are not super long, but long enough to connect to a desktop that is very near your desk most certainly, it will do for a laptop, but if you use a standing desk like i do, you may want to pick up some longer cables from the Thrift store, while i like the design, aesthetic and convenience of wacoms all in one cables.
Once you break one the attraction fades, i broke the hdmi connection on the cable for my wacom 1. It was completely my fault and i had to replace the entire cable rather than replacing just the hdmi cable. So, although they are not as tidy, i think the individual non proprietary cables are less wasteful. This tablet also comes with instructions. A two year warranty in the u.s and a weighted, pin stand which can be opened to reveal six standard, nibs and four felt nibs, which have more of a marker feel to them with the one in the pen thats a total of 14 nibs. The build weight and size are all about the same. So as you can see, the core features of this device are pretty much unchanged. Now. Lets take a look at whats new. The most noticeable new features are the eight express keys that are included on this model. Located on the back of the tablet, there are four buttons on each side. These buttons can be programmed to activate shortcuts and other commands. The idea here is to allow you to press the keys where your hands will be holding the tablet. Personally, i find the buttons to be in kind of an awkward position, im struggling to understand how this is ergonomic. The keys are too close to the edge which doesnt feel like it would be a very comfortable hand position long term. As you can see, the legs prevent the keys from moving any farther in so id move, the express keys down a bit and then over toward the back id make them flat, but maybe a bit inset like the keys on the intuos.
If you just pinch one key at a time the placement isnt too bad, but my second gripe is that you have to feel the buttons which isnt difficult because theyre elevated quite far off the surface. But that means you have to keep all four fingers there. If the express keys have to be on the very edge of the tablet, then there really should be some sort of led or at least markings on the side of the tablet, to show you where each key is so. You dont have to rely on feel you could put a few stickers on there yourself, i suppose, thats not to mention that its impossible to have your hands on all eight keys while simultaneously drawing on the tablet. Although you can still press the keys while holding the pen, if you need more than eight buttons, you can purchase the optional wacom express key remote theres, no way to dock it to the cintiq pro 16, but id recommend upgrading to the remote. I think these express keys are a little too clunky for my taste, but better than nothing and certainly useful, for invoking display, toggle and on screen keys. The location and style of the pen holder has been changed instead of being located on the top of the tablet. Its now on the sides you can move the holder to either side depending on your handedness, although the holder does block the express keys a bit not as much as when the pen is removed.
But if i were using the express keys, often i wouldnt have the holder attached rather than the plastic and metal pen holder, that was on the previous generation. This one is a fabric sleeve, with an attached nib holder, hiding three spare nibs. This is the same: pin holder you see on the non pro cintiq, 16 and 22. im pleased to see a refresh of the multi touch on wacoms devices touch has come a long way. Early multi touch was very inconsistent and i would rarely use it. The cintiq 27 qhd i use currently has pretty decent touch. However, it does glitch out sometimes so, usually i keep it disabled until i need it. I havent tested it extensively, but the new multi touch feels much more responsive. The motion appears smoother and the movement of the canvas is less choppy. Panning and zooming feel much improved, but rotation feels a lot different im used to using one hand to rotate, but it feels like now it takes repeated gestures to get a full rotation. However, if i use two hands it rotates very smoothly. If this is how it is, i can probably get used to it, but what i would prefer is a more sensitive rotation or at least a setting to control the rotation sensitivity so that i can make it feel more responsive in the wacom tablet properties. There is also an option to use wacom or windows gestures. The cintiq pro 16 features a physical switch on the top edge of the bezel for enabling and disabling multi touch.
There is a bit of a delay, so the switch just triggers the touch on off command. Like an express key would once you do this, the wacom tablet properties give you the option to either disable all touch, input or disable touch input, except for on screen. Controls on screen controls are buttons that are on screen rather than physical. This switch is a nice addition, because then you dont have to waste an express key on that function. The cintiq pro 16 is slightly brighter and more color accurate than its predecessor at 98 of adobe rgb. That puts it on par with the larger cintiq pros. The cintiq pro 16 can be connected as a display through hdmi or usbc. If your computer supports displayport, alt mode or thunderbolt 3.. The usb c connection only requires a single usb cable. If youre connecting the display through hdmi youll also need to connect an additional usb. A or usbc cable for the data transmission, my computer was a little picky about which usb port i used, but i got it working. Unfortunately, you cant both connect and power. The device with a single usb cable, no wacom, link or adapters are included, but you can, for example, use an adapter to convert dvi to hdmi. Although that may reduce the display resolution to 2560 by 1440 or lower, i had to make sure to connect directly to hdmi on my video card to get the full 4k resolution hdmi 2.
0 or later is required for 4k. The cintiq pro 16 has a built in folding legs. That put the tablet at a slight 20 degree. Incline i happen to prefer drawing with my tablet more upright, so these legs never quite do it. For me, one of the small features that im really happy to see is the vesa mounting holes on the back of the device. This allows you to attach your display to a monitor arm like an ergotron. The older generation lacked this feature and instead had a clunky. Three position stand: i recall dozens of people selling their own sketchy. Looking handmade vesa mounting systems, wacom offers an optional adjustable stand for the cintiq pro 16, which connects to the vesa mount id go ahead and pick that up. If you dont, like hunching over while youre drawing and the last new feature i will mention – is that the cables do not contain pvc, because we need to conserve that for pants, you know, because of covid, but its also harmful for the environment. Now that weve looked at all the features, lets see how the device performs for digital art. For the most part, you can expect that a wacom pro pen 2 is going to perform pretty much the same across any of the devices that support it. For example, the lines i draw arent going to be unintentionally wobbly, unlike many of their competitors, wacoms, not wasting anyones time with a subpar pen and drawing experience and as a reviewer.
I appreciate when things work right out of the box. One thing that is sort of drawing related is the noise that the fans make theyre, definitely audible compared to my cintiq 27 qhd touch, which is near silent. Something about these newer cintiqs are noisier, and i dont like that. As someone who records what im drawing the cintiq pro 16 is 1499.95, if that sounds a little bit outside of your price range, you can get a display tablet like this. For far less than fifteen hundred dollars, the wacom one is only ‘9 dollars, and although it has fewer features and a smaller display, it still offers a great on screen drawing experience at 1199. There is also the cintiq 22, which is quite a bit larger and it comes with an adjustable stand. Although the screen resolution is lower at only 1080p ill discuss, some of the differences between the cintiq pro and the non pro models in just a bit. If you want to spend a bit more for a larger display, you can get the non touch version of the cintiq pro 24 for 1999.95, but then youre probably going to want an ergotron arm or a stand which can be another 200 to 500. On top of that, i dont know if there will eventually be a 13 inch model of the cintiq pro like there was with the previous generation, but that could be a bit cheaper as well, so who is the cintiq pro 16 for? Ultimately, i think it just comes down to size preference.
The price of the cintiq pro 16 is probably overkill for most hobbyists, so most likely it will be professionals buying this. If you want the best display tablet on the market, but dont have the desk space for one of the larger cintiq pros, then this is the next best option. It really does look and feel like the larger cintiq pros, only smaller just as well. If youre a student – and you want the same quality device as the industry professionals use, the cintiq pros will give you the same performance at home as you are used to at school. Wacom has some confusing product names, so i dont blame you. If you get the cintiq pro 16 mixed up with the regular old cintiq 16., so next ill really quickly list some of the key differences between the pro and non pro cintiq, 16 and 22.. The pro version of the cintiq 16 has a higher display resolution. More accurate color representation built in express keys, multi touch an etched glass surface and it can be connected to your computer through usb c. In addition to hdmi, the only advantage the cintiq 16 has over the pro 16 is that it has a better protection for the cables where they attach to the display theres a little compartment you have to open which keeps the cables from getting broken. At the connection points, the cables feel like theyre attached firmly, but they do wiggle a bit im sure the compartment was probably scrapped in order to make the design thinner plus the compartment makes it more time consuming to take apart.
If you want your tablet to be portable, both the cintiq 16 and the cintiq pro 16 have folding legs, but, as i mentioned earlier, the cintiq 22 comes with the built in stand. Before i wrap up this review, i think it would be fun to speculate on what clues the updates to the cintiq pro 16 might give us to the next generation of larger cintiq, pro 24 and 32s. For the record, i dont have any insider information about upcoming wacom products, im just making educated guesses at first. I was expecting the refreshed cintiq pro 16 would feature an 8k resolution. This signaled to me that perhaps the next large format cintiq pros are either not going to be 8k or they arent. Coming for a while longer, there was about a two year gap between the first generation cintiq pro 16 and the cintiq pro 24, and that was before all of the worldwide supply chain. Issues were having now but, as my eyes were struggling to see much of a difference between hd and 4k on such a small screen. I realized that 8k would probably be overkill for a small 16 inch screen like this. So perhaps we will see a cintiq 24 or 32 with an 8k display, since you can better appreciate the resolution at larger scales, even better would be a 27 inch model. A higher resolution would certainly be a feature that would differentiate the larger cintiq pros from the smaller ones.
What seems the least likely is that there will be a similar refresh of the larger senti pros. I cant see built in express keys as being much of a reason to upgrade, since the express key remote is a better option and its included with the current cintiq pro 24 and 32. improved multi touch would be welcome, but most everything else that was added to The refreshed cintiq pro 16 already exists in the current cintiq pro 24 and 32., while its not as substantial of an upgrade, as i had initially expected. I think its great that wacom has used user feedback to improve upon the design of the cintiq pro 16.. If youre looking for a top of the line, 16 inch display tablet, i highly recommend the cintiq pro 16.