Wacom Cintiq Drawing Tablet

Last updated date: July 26, 2019

DWYM Score
9.4

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We looked at the top 1 Drawing Tablets and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including Engadget, 2D Animation Software Guide, Let's Draw Cartoons, Drawing Advisor, Android Tipster, Art's Art Reviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Drawing Tablet you should buy.

Overall Take

This drawing tablet's spacious, interactive screen and advanced options make it our top pick. ExpressKeys and Touch Strips help you add easy shortcuts while you're sketching or drafting. The multi-touch gestures on the pen capture every detail. Aside from the high price, the Wacom Cintiq is a picture-perfect drawing tablet. In our analysis of 45 expert reviews, the Wacom Wacom Cintiq Drawing Tablet placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Drawing Tablet for a detailed review of all the top drawing tablets.

Expert Summarized Score
9.6
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
364 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
With Wacom's new Cintiq 22HD widescreen interactive pen display, illustrators, designers and artists can interact with their artwork on a more personal level.
- Engadget
February 4, 2019 | Full review
With intuitive ExpressKeys and Touch Strips for easy shortcuts and multi-touch gestures to view your images from all angles, it’s a powerhouse in the industry.
- 2D Animation Software Guide
Comfortable Grip Pen recognizes 2,048 levels of pen pressure, helping to create natural, subtle artistic details. Professional-grade Tip Sensor captures even the subtlest appliance of pressure, also recognizing tilt angle
- Let's Draw Cartoons
The Wacom Cintiq 22hd touch comes with multi- touch gestures that allow the user or the artist pan, zoom, rotate, interchange, increase, decrease among a host of other manipulation tricks you could use to make work effective and easy.
- Drawing Advisor
It is equipped with 16 programmable Express Keys that put convenient, application-specific keyboard shortcuts and modifiers at your fingertips.
- Android Tipster
August 20, 2018 | Full review
The tablet display resolution comes at 1920 x 1080 with an aspect ratio of 16:9, meaning that the picture will always be crystal clear. There were no pixel errors and even when running high-end games there was no lagging.
- Art's Art Reviews
June 14, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The high price can be a barrier to many users.
- 2D Animation Software Guide
The Wacom Cintiq 22HD comes with a High End price tag.
- Let's Draw Cartoons
Monitor heats up after long usage.
- Drawing Advisor
Expensive, but its best in class.
- Android Tipster
August 20, 2018 | Full review
The only noticeable problems with the tablet display were the noticeable glare and the fact that it scratched fairly easily.
- Art's Art Reviews
June 14, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Cintiq 22HD combines a 21.5-Inch; HD, wide-format LCD with industry-leading pen input capabilities, all in a traditional desktop display. Photographers, designers, artists and other creative professionals can work naturally and intuitively directly on the surface of the display, while enjoying all the creative and efficiency gains that make Cintiq the first choice among professionals.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wacom Cintiq Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 6
2. HUION 1060 Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Wacom Intuous Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Huion KAMVAS Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Wacom Intuous Pro Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
6. HUION H610 PRO Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
7. GAOMON PD1560 Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
8. UGEE M708 Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
9. XP-Pen Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Turcom Drawing Tablet
Overall Score: 5.7
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Drawing Tablets

If you’re a fan of TV cartoons, anime shorts or feature-length animated films, you’re almost certainly watching art that was created on a digital tablet. Drawing tablets are quickly becoming a favorite tool for animators and graphic designers. FOX’s hit show, “Bob’s Burgers,” is animated entirely on drawing tablets, and more and more graphic design departments are turning to drawing tablets to save trees and share visual concepts with remote workers.

Drawing tablets digitize the process of drawing with a pencil and paper. You can sketch anything from architectural designs to new marketing logos to 30-minute cartoons on a drawing tablet. The tablet takes the place of a pad of paper, while a digital stylus captures your movements and places them on your computer screen.

So how do digital drawing tablets turn your stylus etchings into beautiful onscreen designs? It’s all thanks to electromagnetic induction technology. Horizontal and vertical wires beneath the tablet’s surface generate an electromagnetic signal, which transfers to the tablet’s stylus as you draw. The wires then flip into a receiving mode, reading the movements of your stylus and translating them to your computer’s graphic design program as you draw.

High-end models let you draw directly on their screens for a precise view of your own creation. Budget-friendly options, like the Huion 1060 Plus, transmit the movements of your stylus to your computer’s screen through compatible design software.

The electromagnetic induction technology also allows some tablets, like the Wacom Inuous, to power your stylus as you draw. Other models, such as the Huion 1060 Plus, rely on a USB cable to recharge your pen.

Your tablet can also sense changes in pressure from the stylus and adjust line widths and darkness accordingly. Wacom’s Cintiq Drawing Tablet has advanced sensitivity and detail options, which detect subtle nuances in pressure and stylus position for a drawing experience that closely mimics pen-to-paper techniques.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist who needs a tablet for work or a dedicated hobbyist who wants to bring a tech edge to your designs, you’re going to have to do some comparison shopping to find the best tablet for you. Check out our tips, advice and recommendations for the best tablets on the web.  

DYWM Fun Fact

Koalas are more than just adorable wildlife — they were also the spokesanimal for the world’s first home computer graphic tablet. The KoalaPad was created in 1983. It was originally designed as an affordable computer drawing tool for schools, and it came bundled with the KoalaPainter program. However, the device quickly became popular with home users, and it worked with Apple II, Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit computers.

KoalaPainter could hold two pictures in its memory (an impressive feat for an early ’80s program), allowing the user to compare images or copy and paste photos. It also featured an early version of today’s ubiquitous “Undo” command, called “Oops.”

The Drawing Tablet Buying Guide

  • The first question you’ll want to ask yourself before buying a tablet is: What are you going to use it for? Professional cartoonists and anyone who creates their own art from scratch will benefit from feature-rich models like the Wacom Cintiq. If you’re going to break out your tablet for hobby drawing or minor photo touch-ups, a choice like the HUION 1060 Plus is more appropriate. It’ll save you several hundred dollars on features you wouldn’t use anyway, and the tablet surface and stylus are just as reliable as pricier models.
  • As for the size tablet you’ll need for your work, most artists prefer larger tablets, like the Wacom Cintiq’s 13.3” screen. However, if you’re working on smaller projects or need a tablet that you can easily pack up and travel with, an option like Wacom’s Intuous has a compact 7.9 x 3.6-inch surface.
  • Virtually all drawing tablets on the market work on both Mac and PCs, but some of them function a little smoother on certain software programs. The Wacom Intuous comes with three creative software programs (Corel Painter Essentials 6, Corel Aftershot 3 and Clip Studio Paint Pro), but you’ll have to buy graphics software for most other options. The Wacom Cintiq is compatible with an array of programs, but reviewers noticed that it worked best when paired with the most recent versions available.
  • Every tablet comes with a stylus, but additional items can help you create your best work yet. The HUION 1060 Plus comes with a pen stand, a carrying bag and even a specially designed drawing glove to prevent sweat from damaging your tablet or marring your creations.