Monday, October 30th, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Wacom launches Cintiq Pro 17 and Cintiq Pro 22 pen displays

Wacom has launched the Cintiq Pro 17 and Cintiq Pro 22, its latest 4K pen displays for professional graphics work.

The new 17-inch and 22-inch displays, which are aimed at high-end CG, particularly virtual production, continue a refresh of the Cintiq Pro product line begun with last year’s Cintiq Pro 27.

Wacom Cintiq Pro pen displays
Cintiq Pro 17 Cintiq Pro 22 Cintiq Pro 27
Display size 17.3 in (43.9 cm) 21.5 in (54.6 cm) 26.9 in (68.3 cm)
Display resolution 4K Ultra HD
(3,840 x 2,160)
4K Ultra HD
(3,840 x 2,160)
4K Ultra HD
(3,840 x 2,160)
Active area 15.0 x 8.5 in
(382 x 215 mm)
18.7 x 10.6 in
(476 x 268 mm)
23.5 x 13.2 in
(596 x 335 mm)
Dimensions 16.7 x 10.0 x 0.8 in
(424 x 253 x 21 mm)
20.4 x 12.3 x 1.2 in
(517 x 312 x 30 mm)
25.1 x 14.9 x 1.2 in
(638 x 379 x 31 mm)
Weight 6.0 lbs (2.7 kg) 11.0 lbs (5.0 kg) 15.9 lbs (7.2 kg)
Colour performance 1.07 billion colours
88% Adobe RGB
1.07 billion colours
95% Adobe RGB
1.07 billion colours
99% Adobe RGB
Viewing angle
170° 170° 178°
Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz 120 Hz
Response rate 8 ms 10 ms 12 ms
Brightness 400 cd/m2 300 cd/m2 400 cd/m2
Pen Pro Pen 3 Pro Pen 3 Pro Pen 3
ExpressKeys 8
(On display)
(On display)
(On display)
Multi-touch Yes Yes Yes
Release date 2023 2023 2022
Recommended price $2,499.95 $2,999.95 $3,499.95

A step up from the old Cintiq Pro 16 and Cintiq Pro 24
The new models supersede the existing Cintiq Pro 16 and Cintiq Pro 24 displays, both now over six years old.

Like their immediate predecessor, the Cintiq Pro 27, they feature brigher, more responsive 120 Hz displays – up from 60 Hz – with HDR gamma support, and full 10-point multi-touch.

Resolution is unchanged, and the supported color gamut is actually somewhat smaller – the Cintiq Pro 24 supports 99% of Adobe RGB – although both new displays are also Pantone- and Pantone SkinTone-validated.

Customisable new Pro Pen 3 and eight on-board ExpressKeys
Both the Cintiq Pro 17 and Cintiq Pro 24 ship with Wacom’s new battery-free Pro Pen 3.

Although it features the same 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity as the Pro Pen 2, it’s far more customisable, with users able to change the weight, barrel size, grip type and centre of gravity.

Adjustments are made by screwing together modular components supplied with the pen.

The new displays also feature eight programmable ExpressKeys on the back of the display, rather than on a separate ExpressKey Remote device, plus on-screen virtual ExpressKeys.

Connectivity and OS support
Both new displays have two USB-C ports, one capable of running in DisplayPort Alt mode, plus single HDMI and Mini-DP ports, and an extra USB-A port in the case of the Cintiq Pro 22.

Wacom only officially supports Windows and macOS systems, although its Linux driver is included in “most” Linux distributions, including RHEL and Rocky Linux.

Priced for very high-end graphics work, particularly virtual production
As usual with Wacom products, you pay for quality: both new Cintiq Pros cost more than Xencelabs’ 24-inch pen display, which also supports 4K Ultra HD resolution, a color gamut of 99% Adobe RGB, and 8,192 pen pressure levels.

In response, Wacom cites the new models’ 120Hz refresh rate and HDR support as being unique features requested by its clients, particularly virtual production studios, in which the pen displays often double as reference monitors.

Price, system requirements and release dates
The Cintiq Pro 17 and Cintiq Pro 22 are compatible with Windows 10+ and macOS 11.0+.

The Cintiq Pro 17 is available now, and has a MSRP of $2,499.95, including Wacom’s Easy Stand. The Cintiq Pro 22 will be available in “early November 2023”, and has a MSRP of $2,999.95. Its stand costs $499.95.

Read an overview of the Cintiq Pro 17 and Cintiq Pro 22 on Wacom’s blog

Find full specs for the Cintiq Pro 17 and Cintiq Pro 22 on Wacom’s website

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