The Wacom Cintiq 13HD has officially launched.
Advanced Photoshop magazine was ushered into Central Working, London, to have a first look.
First impressions were positive.
No bigger but distinctly slimmer than a Wacom Intuos 5, the Wacom Cintiq 13HD is very portable.
It fits perfectly in your lap, allowing you to sit comfortably while you work. It also comes with an ergonomic detachable stand, which adjusts to three comfy working angles.
Mark making is extremely intuitive and authentic, especially when working from your lap. This was no doubt due to the included 2048-levels of pen pressure.
Screen real estate may be smaller, but this certainly doesn’t affect image clarity.
The Wacom Cintiq 13HD is full HD and has the highest brightness values of any device in the series (250 cd/m2).
Admittedly, the device’s Adobe RGB value shocked a few, but seems relative to its machine price point and position in the Cintiq series.
The Wacom Cintiq 13HD supports 75% Adobe RGB, which is a lot less than the 24HD models that rise to the 90 per cent mark.
But we felt that was fair for what seems an entry-level device. It is a near £900 cheaper than the 24HD types.
This 75% Adobe RGB does improve on the (lowest) 72% Adobe RGB supplied with the Cintiq 22HD.
We kept an eye on this Cintiq’s viewing angles, but witnessed no loss of pixel quality or light shifting.
So far, so good.
However, there were murmurings about a lack of touchscreen functionality. This would have enhanced the already relaxed application while working from your lap.
But the Wacom Cintiq 13HD is so petit you can simply turn the display yourself while holding it. Perhaps it is a case of cost-effective manufacturing and who can blame Wacom for this.
This Cintiq version continues to provide you with easy-to-use programmable (shortcut) ExpressKeys and Rocker Ring, meaning improved swapping between Photoshop functions.
If you can’t live without your keyboard shortcuts there’s always the USB 2.0 port to hook one up to.
Our final thought on the Wacom Cintiq 13HD, as an entry point device, is it, ticks all the boxes.
You still get all the benefits of a full HD screen; ExpressKey functionality; and its sleek design will appeal to the new era of fashion-minded digital artists and consumers.
Keep your eyes peeled for our full review in the up-and-coming issues of Advanced Photoshop magazine.
The new Cintiq 13HD will be available for £749.99 (incl. VAT) from April 2013 onwards at Wacom’s eStore and other retailers.