Wacom Cintiq 16 review: universal graphics tablet

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Wacom Cintiq 16 is a graphic tablet with a display. New versions of tablets from Wacom will help in creating illustrations, graphics, retouching photographs, as well as animation and industrial design.

  • Specifications
  • Features
  • Tablet out of the box
  • Convenience and management
  • Wacom Pro Pen 2 Stylus Pen
  • Should I buy?
  • Features Wacom Cintiq 16

    Screen / Resolution

    39.6 cm / Full HD 1920 × 1080

    Active workspace

    344 × 194 mm

    Color quality

    16.7 million (8 bits), 72% RGB

    Viewing angle

    176/176 (standard) / 140/140 (min.)

    Contrast and response time

    1000: 1 (standard) / 600: 1 (min.)

    Speed ​​reaction

    25 ms

    Power consumption

    On Mode (MAX): 27 W
    Standby: 0.5 W or less (without connecting a USB cable)
    Off Mode: 0.5 W or less

    Aspect ratio and brightness

    16: 9, 210 cd / m2 (standard), white brightness (center) 180 cd / m2 (min.)

    Color temperature and palette

    9300 K, 6500 K, 5000 K, RGB palette


    3-in-1 cable with HDMI 1.4, USB 2.0 and AC adapter


    Wacom Pro Pen 2 without battery with two customizable side buttons and 8192 pressure levels for the tip or eraser (patented electromagnetic resonance method)

    Pen recognition and tilt range

    ± 60 levels / 60 degrees

    ExpressKey Remote Control (optional)

    17 programmable ExpressKey buttons,customizable for individual applications, touch ring, toggle / home button, precise mode, display switch, round menu and a special button for moving, scrolling, scaling and adjusting brush size


    Integrated folding legs at an angle of up to 19 °; optional base for angle range 19 ° -68 °


    Kensington security cable connector (available separately)


    For right-handed and left-handed people - built-in folding legs; optional base for the Wacom Pro Pen 2 with a comfortable, ergonomic handle

    Compatibility and system requirements

    Windows 7 or later (latest service pack / build), Mac OS X 10.12 or later (latest update)

    Size and weight

    422 × 285 × 24.5 mm, 1.9 kg without additional base

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    Features of Cintiq 16

    Wacom launched the first Cintiq in 2001. It was the first such graphic screen tablet on the market. It was created for a convenient but accurate structure that helps the user to perfectly transfer ideas to the digital world. Wacom is improving the versions of Cintiq and Cintiq Pro to help create any kind of illustration, graphics, retouch photos, as well as animation and industrial design.

    New Wacom Cintiq 16 with Full HD screen, vividcolors and a stylus without a battery are suitable for both novice creators and experienced professionals. The screens of Cintiq 16 and Cintiq Pro are compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac; they work with all graphic programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as Corel and Autodesk.

    Tablet out of the box

    In the box we get:

    • Instructions for use.
    • Charger and three-core cable.
    • Stylus holder with three interchangeable tips.
    • A 1920 × 1080 tablet (Full HD) with a working area of ​​344 × 194.
    • Wacom Pen Pro 2 stylus with 8192 pressure levels, two customizable buttons and an eraser.

    After opening the package and connecting the tablet,the first thing that attracts attention is the built-in legs. They allow you to use the equipment in a very convenient position, which means comfort during prolonged use. Based on the Wacom Cintiq 16 tablet, there is a special connector that allows you to connect the end of the Kensington cable.

    Below you will also find a special place foroptional adjustable stand. On the right side of the device is a fixture that will store the stylus. We have the opportunity to change the location of this fixture or attach it to the left side of the case, which is good for lefties.

    The case of the graphic tablet is made veryqualitatively. The work area here is with a matte finish that eliminates the reflection of light that impedes work. The gray area is not defined by the pen when the rest is black. The entire screen is made of scratch resistant material. There is only one button on the Cintiq 16, it is used to turn on the device.

    Convenience and management

    An interesting and very useful feature is the transition.screen to standby. This happens in two situations: when the tablet is not connected to another device or when you press the power button during operation. Wacom Cintiq 16 does not turn off, it only goes into sleep mode. This is a useful feature that allows you to leave work unfinished without completely turning off the device.

    After turning on the tablet and connecting it towe can see the computer displaying the image on the Cintiq 16. However, before we get to work and study the properties of the stylus, we must download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website. After installing and starting Wacom Deskop Center, you can customize our device according to your needs. And here you can take the first steps with Wacom Pro Pen 2, adapting the pen to a specific job.

    I set up my stylus to work in Photoshop. The side button was assigned quick access to the pipette, as well as backward movement. I also changed the sensitivity of the pen. Here you can also change the screen settings by adjusting its brightness or color.

    The Wacom Cintiq 16 has a sensitive stylus

    Wacom Pro Pen 2 is very ergonomic and extremelyeasy to handle. It is lightweight and has the right size for any hand. By limiting the parallax error, the stylus ideally follows our movement. In addition, one of the most important functions of the pen is sensitivity to bending of the hands. The Pro Pen 2 tilt response function fully reflects the capabilities of various art tools (from paint to charcoal, pencil, etc.).

    You will immediately notice the sensitivitydevices. Even a very soft touch will be registered on the Cintiq 16. The shading in any job is easy and convenient with varying degrees of pressure. Each step will be perfectly reflected.

    Playing with the stylus on the Wacom Cintiq display createsimpression of drawing on virtual paper. Extremely real feeling. The very high sensitivity of the device also makes it impossible for almost any error to occur. The screen itself is pleasant to the eyes and comfortable, and its surface has an anti-reflective coating. In practice, it means that we do not need to be afraid of any reflections of light.


    The Wacom Cintiq 16 is ideal foreveryone, from amateurs to professionals. The price, of course, is not small, but corresponds to the offer. The device contains all the functions that you need to have, will not only perfectly reflect your vision, but also take the first steps in the world of digital art.

    Thanks to the ergonomic stylus and screen, you can use the Cintiq 16 in any convenient place. On the table or knees.


    • Ergonomic stylus.
    • Ease of use.
    • High sensitivity pen.
    • Excellent tablet specifications.


    • The price could be less.
    • A little wide body.

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