by Caleb Goellner

Announcing the Cintiq 27QHD and Cintiq Companion 2

Wacom works for a creative world, and today we're proud to announce two of the most powerful tools for creatives in the company's more than 30 year history. Introducing the Cintiq 27QHD, Wacom's most powerful and most beautiful pen display to date, and the Cintiq Companion 2, the ideal mobile solution. True to its name, the Cintiq 27QHD has 27" of creative real estate and the Cintiq Companion 2 expands on the capabilities of its predecessor with a more brilliant screen, more ExpressKeys and the ability to work as a standalone Windows 8 PC, or plugged into either a Mac or PC. This is exciting, really exciting.

Wacom has a long history of responding to the needs of our creative customers with tools and toys that empower their imaginations. This announcement takes things to the next level, two-fold.

Let’s lead off with the BIG one: the Cintiq 27QHD.

 

All the features without needless bells and whistles

Slim, powerful and light, the new Cintiq 27 QHD is both the largest creative pen display in Wacom history and the ultimate case of less is more. At first sight you will notice the immaculate design. The smooth surface of the new Cintiq 27 has nothing on it to intimidate or distract artists from the immersive experience of working with a Pro Pen or, on touch models, using hand gestures directly with this 2.5K (2560x1440 pixel) display. Go at your art unimpeded; this is a digital art desk.

Making this clean surface possible is the powerful new ExpressKey Remote. Equipped with a three-mode touch ring and 16 individual customizable buttons (the 17th one is dedicated to always showing the settings of the remote), the standalone ExpressKey Remote empowers users to work the way they want, whether it's on a desktop or laid directly on their Cintiq 27QHD display. For those who do their best work with a keyboard, the Cintiq 27QHD's got plenty of room on its surface to accommodate one. Need even more peripherals? You've got access to five USDB3 ports.

The same size, only bigger

Precisely the same foot print as its predecessor, the Cintiq 24HD, the Cintiq 27QHD is lighter and capable of standing on its own out-of-the-box, thanks to built-in front legs. An optional adjustable stand (similar to that of the Cintiq 24), is available for purchase separately to help pull off additional display demands. If you arm your desk with an ergonomic arm stand, the 27QHD is light enough to be mounted on many models, such as the Ergotron LX or MX series.

Every color you can imagine, in black

When it comes to color the Cintiq 27QHD is a force to be reckoned with. Wacom is so confident in the quality of this display that it teamed with X-rite, the leader in color management tools, to have a colorimeter accessory bundle made specifically get the most out of this pristine display, which can hold the Cintiq to an impressive 97% AdobeRGB with equally notable uniformity.

Two models to choose from

The Cintiq 27QHD will be available in two models in late January, through the Wacom eStore and retailers beginning in late January. The Cintiq 27QHD Pen will retail for $2299.99 USD, with the Cintiq 27QHD Pen and Touch available for $2799.99.

 

On to the mobile master: the Cintiq Companion 2.

 

New body, new brain

This update to the original Cintiq Companion was largely the brainchild of customer feedback. Slimmer, lighter, and in most cases more powerful -- depending on the model -- than the original Companion, this one comes in five flavors, each sporting single retooled body topped with a vivid new screen.

Screening is believing

The new 13.3” display boasts the same 2.5k resolution as the Cintiq 27QHD, giving you more colors while mobile. On the hardware side, the Companion 2 boasts three USB3 ports, SD & Micros SD slots, a Mini-DisplayPort out, and a total of six ExpressKeys. The standout feature on these powerful little machines is the single most requested feature that got implemented -- you can connect the new Cintiq Companions to any system you can get an HDMI signal out of with the 2-in-1 cable. That's right, you can plug your Cintiq Companion 2 into a Mac or PC for a Pro-Pen and touch desktop experience when you're not on the move.

Something for every creative

Expected to begin shipping this coming spring, five models of The Cintiq Companion 2 will be available for predorder through the Wacom eStore this February. Here's the basic breakdown:

-Value (64GB SSD, Intel Core i3-4005U processor, 1.7 GHz ): $1299.99 USD

-Standard (128GB SSD, Intel Core i5-4258U processor, 2.9 GHz): $1599.99 USD

-Premium (256GB SSD, Intel Core i7-4558U processor, 3.2 GHz): $1999.99 USD

-The Enhanced (512GB SSD, Intel Core i7-5557U, 3.1GHz): $2499.99 USD

-Enterprise (customizable, Intel Core i7 GHz vPro technology): $2699.99 USD

Just to turn the screw a little, I have already verified that you can run the Cintiq 27QHD beautifully from the Companion 2. This is where I do my “Awesome, Awesome, Awesome” dance.

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