After spending most of the year working on space-efficient products like the Intuos Pro Small pen tablet, Pro Pen Slim stylus, and the entry-level Cintiq 16 tablet, Wacom has decided to size things up with its newest addition to their pen display tablet line: the Wacom Cintiq 22.

Built to be a larger version of the Cintiq 16 (they even have the same specs under the hood), the Cintiq 22’s biggest draw is its 21.5-inch screen which supports a 1920 x 1080 HD resolution and 72% NTSC color gamut. For more precision-based sketching with less lag and environmental light obstructions, the display features 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity covered by an anti-glare layer of film. It’s also scratch-resistant, meaning it can withstand deep draw lines whenever you’re rushing to meet a deadline.

While the extra 6 inches of screen space can be useful, having to pay nearly double the price of the Cintiq 16 doesn’t seem worth it. To put things into perspective, the Cintiq 22 costs $1,199.95 – a far cry from a reasonably priced entry-level tablet. With that kind of money, you might be better off with the Cintiq Pro 13 (which costs $799.95), which may be smaller but has 4k resolution support, has better optical bonding, and shows colors more clearly.

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If you’re a budding designer who wants some extra drawing space, you might want to consider another cheaper alternative to the Cintiq 22. As mentioned before, the pen display has virtually the same specs as the Cintiq 16 but with a bigger screen. It also comes with an adjustable stand instead of the 16’s foldable legs, so if the positioning is a deciding factor for you, then, by all means, go for the 22. 

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Check out the complete list of specs for the Cintiq 22 over at Wacom.


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