Are you an artist on a budget looking for a new digital tablet with the best bang for your buck? What if I told you that you could get a brand new Wacom Cintiq for under $800?
Today we’re to take a look at the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13” Creative Pen Display.
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I’ve worked professionally in comics for over 15 years, both on creator-owned projects and licensed properties including a ton of licensed Disney comics.
To work on my comics and animation projects I’ve used a lot of different different tablets over the years — from a Wacom Bamboo to various Yiynova tablets, and even more recently on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil.
But to be honest, nothing beats the performance a Cintiq… even a smaller one, like this 13″ unit. So when Wacom reached out and asked for my thoughts on the 13″ Cintiq, I absolutely wanted to take one for a spin.
So let’s open this unit up and see what’s inside!
The Cintiq Pro 13” comes with hookups for USB-C and an adapter for those of us with HDMI. And of course, the now legendary Wacom digitizer.
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Now, once the unit is unboxed you can see just how sturdy it really is. This unit is rock solid and feels heavy for its size. Unlike my iPad Pro, it doesn’t require a separate stand. It’s got feet underneath that easily pop out.
And also unlike my iPad Pro, the Wacom doesn’t feel like it has any “give” to the drawing surface. Meaning, I don’t feel like putting weight on the screen will crack the glass surface.
The drawing area is comparable in size to a 12.9” iPad Pro… maybe slightly wider. And the whole unit is very thin, meaning that it would fit easily into a laptop bag.
Older computers will require the HDMI adapter that comes with the tablet. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a system with USB-C, you’ve only got one wire to contend with.
Drawing with a Wacom 13″ Cintiq
Again, you can see how compact the drawing service is. However, don’t let that deter you. Even at 13”, this is 100% Cintiq.
In Photoshop, there is no jitter at all. None. Just nice smooth lines.
And unlike Yiynova units I’ve worked with, you don’t feel like you’re drawing on a plane above your artwork. It’s the next best thing to paper.
Final thoughts on the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13” Creative Pen Display
The pros are that the unit absolutely performs how you would expect it to right out of the box. It’s a Cintiq, and for digital artwork, it really doesn’t get any better in my opinion.
Now, the size of the work area can be a pro or a con for some artists. The upside is that this unit is very portable. Again, it’s thin, lightweight and can easily fit into a laptop bag.
The con is that the screen size is pretty small, so if you’re used to working on a larger surface, you might feel a little crammed.
The price is another pro for this unit. At a suggested retail price of $799, it’s the most affordable Cintiq Pro on the market. The next size up — the 16” unit — will nearly twice as much. This makes the 13” Cintiq Pro an ideal unit for students, those on a budget or those without all the desktop space for a larger unit.
The only downside to the unit that I encountered was that I had some difficulty getting the latest Wacom driver to play nice on my main art machine, a Windows 10 PC. After some trial and error I was able to get it working just fine, and the problem was, I believe, having drivers installed for other pen tablet units.
Overall I would give the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13″ Creative Pen Display a 4.5 out of 5, with the only real drawback being the screen size.
But you simply can’t beat the performance for the price!