updated 06:28 am EDT, Tue April 30, 2013
Multitouch drawing aid provides wide viewing angles, loses weight
Wacom has revised its Cintiq 22HD display-based input device to include touch controls. The Cintiq 22HD touch, much like the larger Cintiq 24HD touch, introduces multitouch to the stylus-based drawing surface, allowing artists and designers to use gestures for rotating canvases, zooming and panning their work.
Primarily using a 21.5-inch full HD display on an ergonomic rotating stand that can sit between a 10-degree and 65-degree incline for comfort, the Cintiq 22HD provides 16 customizable shortcut keys dubbed ExpressKeys, as well as user-defined Touch Strips on the back of display for other functions. The stylus retains its 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, while the overall weight of the system has been reduced from 33.7 pounds to 18.5 pounds with the stand, 14.7 pounds without.
Just as adding multi-touch capabilities to the Cintiq 24HD added a hefty margin to the price, the Cintiq 22HD touch costs $2,500, a $500 premium on the non-touch version. Wacom will start shipping the Cintiq 22HD touch in May.