Today, Wacom introduces the much anticipated Cintiq21UX, its
newly-redesigned interactive pen display delivering state-of-the-art pen
performance and innovative ergonomics in a color-accurate LCD display.
Designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of professional
photographers, designers, artists and animators, the new Cintiq 21UX
offers unparalleled creative control, comfort and productivity.
The Cintiq 21UX experience starts with its amazing new pen
performance, capable of capturing the slightest nuance of pen pressure
against the LCD surface, as well as offering 2048 levels of pressure
sensitivity. Other innovative enhancements include rear-mounted Touch
Strips that are ideally placed for fingertip access while working. Each
Touch Strip has an accompanying thumb-controlled Touch Strip Toggle
button that controls up to four different user-assigned functions per
application such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment and canvas
rotation. In addition, the overall design has been refined and updated
in an all-black color scheme, providing a sophisticated and handsome
2048 Reasons to Work Directly On Screen
The Cintiq 21UX Grip Pen features Wacom’s new proprietary Tip Sensor
technology, offering users near-zero (one gram) starting pressure for
the most sensitive interactive pen display performance to date. "Now,
pressure-sensitive support can start with an incredibly light touch,
emulating the same organic feel, response and result derived from
working with traditional brushes, markers and pens," said Don Varga,
Senior Product Manager for Wacom Technology Corp. Additionally, the
Cintiq pen delivers 2048 levels of pressure, doubling the resolution of
the pen’s pressure curve and greatly improving the accuracy of
pressure-sensitive effects such as controlling line weights or opacity
adjustments. The Grip Pen also features a pressure-sensitive eraser and
two customizable side switches that can be customized for commands such
as double-click and right-click.
New Design Elements Improve Workflow
With a new ergonomic design and productivity features, the Cintiq
21UX is the ultimate tool for creative professionals. The customizable,
application-specific ExpressKeys(TM), eight located on each side of the
display’s bezel, are instrumental in helping improve workflow and boost
productivity by placing commonly used commands at the fingertips.
Pressing the top ExpressKey brings up an on-screen display showing the
settings of all the ExpressKeys and Touch Strips. The close proximity
of these tools to the actual work area is efficient and comfortable and
helps save valuable time by minimizing dependence on the keyboard
without taking focus away from the pen hand.
Also new to the Cintiq 21UX is the introduction of two user-defined,
four-function Touch Strip Toggle buttons which control the function of
their associated Touch Strip, located on the back of the bezel. The
position of an illuminated LED located along the perimeter of the Toggle
button indicates the current function of the Touch Strip. Fully
application-specific, the Touch Strips can be used for up to four
functions such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment and canvas
rotation per application. This new ergonomic treatment is also
extremely practical, allowing users to "toggle" with their thumbs while
using their forefinger or middle finger to control Touch Strip speed and
variation. "The four-function Toggle combined with the new location of
the Touch Strips provides increased comfort and measurable increases in
speed," says Varga. "Additionally, locating the Touch Strips on the
back of the pen display rather the front helps prevent accidental
contact with the pen hand when, for example, flowing brush strokes are
employed and extend beyond the screen’s border."
Stand and Deliver
The Cintiq 21UX’s patented stand allows users to recline the pen
display at any angle between 10 degrees and 65 degrees to match the
users ideal working posture. In addition to reclining, the Cintiq 21UX
can be rotated up to 180 degrees in either direction to take advantage
of natural drawing movements or offer a different viewing angle. If
desired, users can easily remove the Cintiq from the stand for use on a
table top or to attach it to an articulating arm (not included) using
the standard VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) mounts
located on the back of the display.
A new weighted pen stand is not only a convenient pen holder, but
doubles as a handy twist-off storage compartment for pen nibs and handy
nib removal tool. Standard, felt and stroke nibs are provided, allowing
users to simulate the feel of working with a variety of traditional art
and design materials.
To help users get started right out of the box, the Cintiq 21UX ships
with valuable creative software from several of our software partners:
— Corel Painter Sketch Pad for recreating the natural feeling of sketching and painting by hand
— Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE6 for selectively applying lighting and photo enhancements with the pen
— Wacom Brushes 3.0 for 81 customized brushes for use with Adobe Photoshop CS + and Photoshop Elements 4 +
Additionally, Cintiq 21UX users will also benefit from Wacom’s
powerful driver software, including radial menus for quick "pen-point"
access to additional customized shortcuts.
Wacom has a line of accessories to complement the Cintiq 21UX that
address the specific needs of individual users. The Art Pen, for
example, supports the barrel rotation feature within such applications
as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter 11, allowing users to
create natural brush effects by rotating the pen, much like a
calligraphy pen. The Art Pen is newly designed and features a round
barrel with two nib options, standard and chisel-tip. The Airbrush pen
offers users a digital airbrush that has a similar form and wheel-based
control as a traditional airbrush. It provides creative, fun effects
when combined with select applications.
The new Cintiq 21UX (DTK-2100) priced at $1999 USD.