You can shake whatever you want, but if you’re a photo editor, graphic artist or cutting edge product developer, you’re gonna have tremors of pen tablet euphoria when you hear Wacom has a product redesigned especially for you.

It may not be news about a multi-touch Cintiq or a portable Cintiq, but the new Wacom Cintiq 21UX is here and it’s got the features you actually need to make quick work of photos, graphics and models. Here’s the quick run-down for you and the kids.

The redesign eats my eyes!

Yes, the redesign is glorious to behold. The 22.4 lb tablet boasts a 180 degree rotating 21.3″ TFT display with a new 16 programmable button layout, a finger sensitive touch-strip (on the back edge) and a stylus more sensitive than the skin on your lower back. You get 10 to 65 degree incline, DVI galore and an electric cord to plug this sucka in. That’s right, it’s not portable quite yet, but who need to move around when you’re creating masterpieces on 21 inches baby? You can see all the spec here (with verbage that you know means multi-touch is a’comin.)

Old Cintiq vs New Cintiq

We won’t bother with a feature comparison. Who buy old tech, when you can get NEW. The new version does have more (see below.) This, however, is the visual difference between the old Cintiq and the new Cintiq. (click to enlarge) As you can see… the difference is black and white, and obviously the hand model for the new version had some microderm abrasion, enjoys gray flannel and likes poking pens into eyes… sicko.

The New Features

As mentioned above, you have a new button layout. Simple, streamline, but beyond what you programming and pressing, here’s what else you’ll see…

  • Better Tip Sensor
  • Reduced activation force
  • 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Pen Tilt response
  • Nibs for brush, pen and marker
  • 8 ExpressKeys™ on each side
  • On-screen custom settings
  • Rear-mounted two-finger touch strips
  • Touch strip toggle for more functions

Here’s the video that shows all the above features with a little more visual appeal…

By the way, it’s also cross-platform compatible, meaning you can use in on Mac or PC. You can buy the new Cintiq through Wacom’s reseller channels. All places I see are listing it at $1,999 (Amazon)

Are these new features what you would want in a tablet of this sort? I’d prefer something a bit more portable, something I can use on my lap that’s lighter than a baby horse, but the programmatic features and new look are great. It will really be interesting to see what Wacom does next, especially in light of the Apple iPad coming out in April 2010. Will you wait?


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.