Wacom Cintiq 21UX
by Mark R
I’ve covered Wacom’s products before, such as the updated Intuos4 and Bamboo line, but mostly in the form of their large touchpads.
This new Cintiq 21UX is essentially a drawing board with a 21.3 inch touchscreen, and it can detect 2,048 levels of pressure. According to the official Wacom website, it gives the user “even more control over pressure-sensitive pen effects such as line weight, opacity, and exposure”.
In other words, artists, you have something for subtlety. I mean, look at how cool that drawing is. Can you do that with pen and paper?
The Cintiq 21UX has a pair of rear-mounted Touch Strips, as well as Touch Strip Toggle Buttons. This gives better control for brush size, zooming, scrolling, as well as canvas rotation. There are also sixteen ExpressKeys to provide user-designed access to whatever features you desire.
The Cintiq 21UX also features rear toggle controls so you can access some quick features without lifting the pen. As far as I know, this seems to be the only device of its type that has anything like that. I’ll bet Steve Jobs wished he had thought of that one for the iPad.
You should be able to get Wacom’s new Cintiq 21UX touchscreen tablet in April for about $1,999.