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Wacom Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet with Screen DTK1660K0A

Last Updated: May 2, 2020 (Refresh Now)
8.1
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/10
Total Reviews
168
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15.6 meters
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Review Summary - 152 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Display Clarity
 55
display, pen, drawing, tablet, wacom
+82%
-18%
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" ...  At the time the price of the Cintiq was too much for me, so my spouse bought me a Monoprice screen drawing tablet for a fraction of the price of the Cintiq. ... I have no display issues now.  ...  "
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" ...  Good size display, good response, screen resolution could be better but overall a very good.  ...  "
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" ...  Worth the money if you’re a hobbyist who doesn’t need the big stuff but do want a screen display tablet, though I do wish it maybe came with more granted the price  ...  "
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" ...  Will definitely upgrade one day as I can see how the screen definition could make a difference.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice large screen.  ...  "
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" ...  It works great, with some comromises- screen resolution and connections by cables (both are no issue for me) and the screen being a little dark which demands low light in the room for best vision of the screen (a bit annoying to say the truth .  ...  "
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" ...  I love how it feels when writing on the screen. ... I was going to buy the 13 inch tablet with touch screen but i am very glad i didn't.  ...  "
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" ...  It's SO much easier to draw directly onto the screen instead of having the disconnet between screen and drawing surface that you get with a regular wacom tablet.  ...  "
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Price
 25
worth, money, worth the money, spend, screen
+88%
-12%
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" ...  For now, I'm convinced this was a great purchase for me, as I did not feel justified in spending $1000 or $2000 on a fully professional Cintiq Pro screen tablet for what in my case is a hobby.  ...  "
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" ...  For the price on the quality this really can't be beat.  ...  "
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" ...  This is an excellent price for what you're getting.  ...  "
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" ...  Very happy with my purchase and its so worth the money spent!  ...  "
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" ...  Overall, completely worth the price and then some.  ...  "
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" ...  This pen display is more or less perfect, especially given the price.  ...  "
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" ...  Does what its suppose to do, very satisfied with the price  ...  "
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" ...  Sure, but at this price point, you really can't go wrong.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 22
wacom, monitor, use, mac, computer
+73%
-27%
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" ...  That being said after I got that adapter situation figured out I was thrilled with this tablet.  ...  "
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" ...  This brand is awesome everything is awesome about this tablet.  ...  "
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" ...  Love my tablet!  ...  "
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" ...  2 Intuos Pro models (2015 and 2017 models), an iPad pro, 2 Huion tablets.  ...  "
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" ...  I turn the Cintiq off and on and my multiple monitor setup remains stable.  ...  "
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" ...  I purchased the smaller model and it's still bigger than an iPad!  ...  "
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" ...  I would highly recommend a capable graphics card with support for multiple monitors, without it, I'm not sure this would work so seamlessly.  ...  "
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" ...  I upgraded from an Intuos 4 and I love the tablet. ... It connected to my MacBook Pro easily and I was up and running quickly.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 21
easy to use, setup, wacom, tablet, set
+95%
-5%
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" ...  Did I mention It was easy to setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use, high quality surface, easy to install and so far no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Whenever I'm not using it, It's easy to just pick up and rest it against the side of my desk.  ...  "
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" ...  It's easier to use, it makes sense, it doesn't have a million options to choose from.  ...  "
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" ...  Stylus easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use  ...  "
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" ...  It is easy to use, compatible with many drawing programs, is not too large, and the pen is very versatile.  ...  "
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" ...  Works flawlessly and set up was a breeze!  ...  "
Comfort
 19
pressure, pen, comfortable, sensitivity, feel
+79%
-21%
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" ...  Their pens always feel amazing and have great pressure sensitivity.  ...  "
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" ...  I also bought a pair of the two-fingered (fourth and third finger) drawing gloves that allow you to rest your hand on the screen tablet without getting skin oils on the screen. ... I bought two different brands of glove, because they are fairly cheap -- I found both brands were comfortable and felt pretty much the same, though the prices were pretty different.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm not saying it's disposable but you might feel more confident using it as naturally as you'd throw around a sketchbook for what that's worth. ... I have been using custom macro pads and the Wacom Express Key instead for some time so for me it was a great trade off  ...  "
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" ...  It feels like writing on real paper, the texture is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Pressure sensitivity is very good, feels like using a pen drawing on a paper. ... Feels fairly nice, and the pressure sensitive strokes looks natural. ... The pen is a little big, personally I prefer something like a #2 pencil sized pen/pencil to draw with.  ...  "
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" ...  The pen is a lot more comfortable in my opinion and having the eraser button on the back of the pen is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Although higher priced tablets does not inherently improve your illustration skills (practicing does), a monitor tablet such as this makes you feel much more comfortable and focused when drawing.  ...  "
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" ...  Tho i recommend using a Vesa arm or a stand to make it more comfortable to use and getting a keypad because this comes with no buttons.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 18
pen, parallax, gets, wacom, tablet
+67%
-33%
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" ...  If you require either of those use cases, look to a different display.  ...  "
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" ...  I won't say there's paperlike resistance, but it's not as smooth as glass.  ...  "
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" ...  I love how much detail I can see on this screen compared to my iPad.  ...  "
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" ...  The parallax effect of the glass screen and the screen underneath was definitely present.  ...  "
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" ...  It's essentially a Wacom tablet with a screen.  ...  "
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" ...  Not only does the screen come pre-calibrated, but the quality and texture of the screen is perfect.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen looks good even if it's not top of the line and the matte coating has a nice texture to it.  ...  "
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" ...  And when it comes to putting pixel paint on screen, Wacom is the winner.  ...  "
Software Platform
 15
tablet, drawing, wacom, kernel, ubuntu
+73%
-27%
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" ...  Only took some time to figure how to fix my programs when I used it with the pc as two displays.  ...  "
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" ...  This works fine on Windows also. ... Edit: Upgraded to ubuntu 18.04 and kernel 4.15.  ...  "
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" ...  With the right drawing software, you can get just about any type of stroke you want.  ...  "
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" ...  I've used cheaper pen displays in the past and the software was light-years behind Wacom.  ...  "
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" ...  that is for people that are new to the drawing tablets.  ...  "
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" ...  It uses the same interface logic that Google Apps are built on- so the simplicity is easy enough for me to understand out of the box.  ...  "
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" ...  My first drawing tablet!  ...  "
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" ...  The Wacom software was easy to install and accessable,and can be brought up at anytime with your pen,there are many options to make your tablet fit for your standards.  ...  "
Drivers
 13
driver, wacom, display, tablet, install
+46%
-54%
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" ...  The way the pen and drivers interact with pressure and tilt sensitivity really let me recreate my approach to traditional art. ... A hard reset of my Mac (Catalina, 2017 5K w/ 8GB GPU and 40 gigs of RAM), fresh reinstallation of drivers, and use of different programs all ended with the same conclusion: the tablet starts off well, and soon diminishes into an unusable product. ... But clearly the connection between the hardware and drivers is not.  ...  "
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" ...  Display quality is garbage for the price point, and usability of the drivers has been remarkably bad.  ...  "
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" ...  So you download more versions, more drivers, and then it works for awhile, and then will not work.  ...  "
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" ...  The driver's calibration tool literally doesn't work (Google it!) ... Googling "Wacom cintiq drivers" and finding the driver installation page isn't the place to go for setting up this display. ... At first this surprised me, and I couldn't find the driver, then I realized that I should really just read the included documentation in the product's actual box before anything else. ... Once you've installed the drivers and hooked it all up you might find the brightness of the display lacking.  ...  "
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" ...  Where the experience falls short for me is the Wacom Windows driver (yet again). ... Despite a clean install and with no other pen devices to conflict, three times out of five the Cintiq 16 driver will spontaneously fail in the middle of a session or on powering up the tablet, necessitating a complete reboot and bringing work to a dead stop. ... Personally, I won't be recommending the Cintiq 16 until a more stable driver release is available.  ...  "
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" ...  Before I called Wacom, I tried restarting my computer, and uninstalling and reinstalling the Wacom driver about 3 times, to no avail.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 13
using, years, used, two, stopped
+54%
-46%
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" ...  I've been using it for months now and no issues so far.  ...  "
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" ...  It's built to last.  ...  "
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" ...  Now I may finally complete those comics I started over 25 years ago!  ...  "
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" ...  I've been using this for a year and it's holding up well.  ...  "
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" ...  I really enjoyed using it for a few days.  ...  "
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" ...  worth the purchase, works fantastic and extremely reliable.  ...  "
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" ...  Ordered this about a month ago and have used it a few times and I love it.  ...  "
Build Quality
 13
like, legs, built, right, quality
+77%
-23%
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" ...  It was sleek, comfortable to hold, light and durable.  ...  "
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" ...  Ever had that one cheap friend that tries to convince you his knock-off Rolex is real?  ...  "
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" ...  You'll also need to buy a stand.  ...  "
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" ...  It's durable and easy to glide the pen across.  ...  "
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" ...  This comes with only one stand option,so if you like angling it differently you might have to purchase an accessory stand for that.  ...  "
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" ...  I won't say there's paperlike resistance, but it's not as smooth as glass.  ...  "
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" ...  I LOVE that it has two lil legs that pop out propping the Cintiq at the perfect angle.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a built-in stand that works well enough for me.  ...  "
Setup
 11
easy, install, set, instructions, breeze
+91%
-9%
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" ...  Easy to use, high quality surface, easy to install and so far no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Setup was simple, included instructions get you playing with your new toy in minutes. ... *Easy to setup  ...  "
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" ...  -Easy to use, install the driver, reboot and good to go.  ...  "
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" ...  Did I mention It was easy to setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Works flawlessly and set up was a breeze!  ...  "
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" ...  This is not a stand.alone tablet, you need to plug it to a computer, but the setup is super simple.  ...  "
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" ...  The Wacom software was easy to install and accessable,and can be brought up at anytime with your pen,there are many options to make your tablet fit for your standards.  ...  "
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" ...  Set up was easy and I was off and running with my art.  ...  "
Size
 11
perfect, desk, travel, pretty, little
+73%
-27%
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" ...  16 inches seems to be a perfect size for a device like this. ... It's small enough to move around and store somewhere safe when it's not in use. ... Whenever I'm not using it, It's easy to just pick up and rest it against the side of my desk.  ...  "
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" ...  The size was perfect for 8x10 drawings.  ...  "
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" ...  16' is the perfect balance between a 13 and 22 and doesn't take over my desk.  ...  "
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" ...  Perhaps the smaller size would work better for traveling and presentations etc.  ...  "
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" ...  I've had this product for about a month or so and it's pretty nice, the quality is nice and the size is great too especially if you don't have so much space.  ...  "
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" ...  Sometimes I use it flat against the desk.  ...  "
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" ...  Glad I made the jump, it's just doesn't travel as well as I hoped.  ...  "
Color
 10
screen, 4k, resolution, colors, color accuracy
+70%
-30%
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" ...  Chances are, if color accuracy is that important for your work you will already have a good screen to check color anyway.  ...  "
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" ...  The color difference doesn’t seem big enough to cause me problems even as someone who has been designing characters with it (and checking it on the other screen).  ...  "
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" ...  Also the Photoshop UI, menu placement and text size will change depending on resolution. ... Personally I don't care but if your work consists of editing high resolution photography/painting with a wider color gamut, then reconsider the higher models.  ...  "
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" ...  Colors look great.  ...  "
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" ...  The colors were good enough out of box, and when compared to my color accurate 4k Dell.  ...  "
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" ...  The colors were good enough out of box, and when compared to my color accurate 4k Dell.  ...  "
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" ...  The color is perfect after some calibration, the cintiq is well designed. ... The finish on the screen doesn't interfere with the contrast or color.  ...  "
Ports
 10
power, usb, tablet, plug, cords
+70%
-30%
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" ...  it comes with an HDMI cable to plug into your computer, so you'll need an upgraded Video Card if you have an older PC with VGA ports.  ...  "
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" ...  I happily sit on my couch 15 feet away from my PC using extension cords and use the Cintiq like a sketchpad.  ...  "
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" ...  For once Wacom did a good job consolidating the cords to one main cord from the device which branches into three (Power, USB, HDMI) The power brick isn't too hefty.  ...  "
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" ...  It's slightly too large to be truly portable (then again, it does require HDMI, power and USB, so it's never going to be truly portable) and slightly too small to be a true additional monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  Just a heads up, if you have a Mac book pro or any other MacBook that only has the type-c ports you’ll need to buy a kanex brand USB adapter for your Mac to register your cintiq! ... That being said after I got that adapter situation figured out I was thrilled with this tablet.  ...  "
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" ...  The connecting cables are long enough for this to be used comfortably in a desktop setup where the tower is below the desk, and the built-in legs are surprisingly strong and non-slip.  ...  "
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" ...  If you have a relatively basic PC it may require unplugging your monitor to plug in the tablet or buying an HDMI splitter.  ...  "
For Kids
 9
tablet, perfect, loves, daughter, computer
+100%
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" ...  My 26 year old son loves this.  ...  "
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" ...  My 4 year old daughter has used it, and it works just like paper.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a solid investment for someone who wants a wacom cintiq without unloading thousands of dollars.  ...  "
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" ...  Great tablet for beginners and intermediate artist. ... My wife loves.  ...  "
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" ...  Honestly kids, save your money and buy an iPad if you want a nice mid-tier art tablet.  ...  "
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" ...  Great for students and hobbyists  ...  "
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" ...  Perfect for the college Art or Computer Animation student  ...  "
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" ...  For doing comics and kid books, the Cintiq 16 works wonderful, perfect size for what I do.  ...  "
Touch Sensitivity
 9
pen, tablet, used, touch, drawing
+89%
-11%
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" ...  It's really shocking how good the pen sensitivity is on this device.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m drawing on screen!  ...  "
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" ...  So like all other Cintiq models, the pen and screen are flawless.  ...  "
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" ...  I was going to buy the 13 inch tablet with touch screen but i am very glad i didn't.  ...  "
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" ...   The tablet is just amazing, very responsive and precise.  ...  "
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" ...  There's no touch input, but that's fine for me.  ...  "
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" ...  I love drawing with the Cintiq.  ...  "
Fit
 9
fit, pen, screen, tablet, stand
+67%
-33%
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" ...  The screen is ever so slightly textured to prevent your pen from slipping around, almost like drawing on paper.  ...  "
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" ...  That is, I can treat my screen like a piece of paper and my pen like a sharpened pencil or fountain pen tip.  ...  "
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" ...  -monitor stand can fold up to fit on to your lap  ...  "
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" ...  The Parblo stand I find permits many angles including the angles I wanted, and it seems quite stable with a base that does not slide.  ...  "
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" ...  I LOVE that it has two lil legs that pop out propping the Cintiq at the perfect angle.  ...  "
Apps
 8
use, tablet, gimp, download, want
+88%
-13%
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" ...  It uses the same interface logic that Google Apps are built on- so the simplicity is easy enough for me to understand out of the box.  ...  "
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" ...  My previous drawing tablet never calibrated correctly.  ...  "
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" ...  Animation is her goal, and it seems that with this Wacom Drawing Tablet, she's sure to meet this goal.  ...  "
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" ...  Like other drawing programs, you have to play around with Gimp to learn it and you only get proficient with it after a while because there are so many features.  ...  "
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" ...  Also the Photoshop UI, menu placement and text size will change depending on resolution.  ...  "
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" ...  It works incredibly with all design and drawing or painting software, the limitation is how good your computer is.  ...  "
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" ...  With the right drawing software, you can get just about any type of stroke you want.  ...  "
Overall performance
 7
used, smooth, pro, performance, makes
+100%
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" ...  If you want to enjoy drawing on a smooth but not too smooth surface it's right in the middle which I love,is a great experience.  ...  "
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" ...  For me it makes the drawing process faster as I dont have to look away.  ...  "
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" ...  Sculpting in Blender 2.81 on iMac Pro, running Mojave.  ...  "
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" ...  The Pro Pen 2 is truly great and it makes drawing really smooth.  ...  "
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" ...  No problems in regards to technical performance.  ...  "
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" ...  This does the job pretty well despite the lack of gamut & whathaveyou.  ...  "
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" ...  To be clear in the short time I've used this product the performance has been everything I hoped for. ... There's compromises from Wacom's Pro line to get a Cintiq at this price point but performance wise they're worth it if you can't spend $1000 more for the same size screen compared to the imitations I've used.  ...  "
Resolution
 6
resolution, color, screen, monitor, hd
+83%
-17%
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" ...  The screen is not 4k, but is rather a solid 1080p, which I know will deter some, however, it is completely satisfactory for me, and the screen is also matte or slightly etched to have some texture, but not to the point of wearing down nibs like crazy.  ...  "
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" ...  ), the resolution never feels like a limiting factor and I don't notice any parallax literally at all.  ...  "
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" ...  it is even better than the Wacom cintiq 13 HD, and is 200 cheaper.  ...  "
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" ...  The colors were good enough out of box, and when compared to my color accurate 4k Dell.  ...  "
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" ...  The colors were good enough out of box, and when compared to my color accurate 4k Dell.  ...  "
Cables
 6
power, cords, 3, cord, cables
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  I just wasn't prepared for two different cords. ... The one cord has a pigtail at the end with 3 connections, the second is for the power. ... My previous tablet, only had the one cord. ... It makes sense about having the power cord, I just didn't think about it.  ...  "
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" ...  My only gripe which may have been unavoidable for wacom, is the sheer amount of wires. ... The 3 in 1 cable set is nice, but still bulky.  ...  "
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" ...  Conversely the three parts of the power cable (3 in 1, brick, wall cable) are roughly 15-18 feet total.  ...  "
Returns
 6
back, amazon
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  So, I sent it back.  ...  "
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" ...  I registered for a return the same day I got it.  ...  "
For Travel
 5
traveling, travel, size, perhaps
+100%
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" ...  Perhaps the smaller size would work better for traveling and presentations etc.  ...  "
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" ...  I would also recommend purchasing the drawing tablet traveling bag, as that protects my screen on the go.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a good middle road for me.  ...  "
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" ...  That's great on the wallet and also the mind if you travel a lot with it unlike when I carried around the $2.7k Wacom Mobile Studio Pro 16" and nearly had a heart attack every time my laptop bag took a fall.  ...  "
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" ...  Glad I made the jump, it's just doesn't travel as well as I hoped.  ...  "
Display Size
 5
size, pen, also
+100%
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" ...  The screen size is also pretty great.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice large screen.  ...  "
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" ...  I just want a bigger screen to work on.  ...  "
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" ...  For me the size is great, 15.6 inches, because you a normally close to the screen it is just enough.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen size is actually perfect for my needs.  ...  "
Gaming
 3
tablet, changer, shortcut keys, buttons
+100%
comment
" ...  Have had a traditional Wacom tablet and upgrading is a game changer for me.  ...  "
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" ...  I use the Cintiq as my primary display unless playing games.  ...  "
Controls
 3
shortcut keys, tablet, shortcut, screen, pen
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  The pen is a lot more comfortable in my opinion and having the eraser button on the back of the pen is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Unlike the Cintiq Companion- where the power button is right where your lap is, the 16 is solidly built.  ...  "
Accuracy
 3
pen
+100%
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" ...  I’ve noticed no lag and the pen strokes have been accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  Accuracy--dead accurate, cursor goes right at the tip of the nib  ...  "
Device Stand
 3
stand, go
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  You'll also need to buy a stand.  ...  "
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" ...  The best thing about this tablet are the vesa mounting holes so that you can buy a plate that works for your set up.  ...  "
Marketplace
 3
thanks, return
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Check out my photos for a closer look.  ...  "
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" ...  Thanks Wacom , thanks Amazon, thanks DHL for your express.  ...  "
Storage
 3
fit
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Pen is great, size is a good balance between a compact size and a spacious work area.  ...  "
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" ...  I can even prop it up and slide it into the bookshelf when I'm not using it to save space.  ...  "
Design
 3
screen, nice, coating
+100%
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" ...  I Bought the Cintiq 16 and this thing feels like it came out of a commercial testing laboratory for the U.S Navy.  ...  "
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" ...  I primarily use the cintiq for concept art and design.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen looks good even if it's not top of the line and the matte coating has a nice texture to it.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  15.6 meters
Connectivity
HDMI:  Yes 
15.6 meters
SIZE
Yes
HDMI