Every two or three years, Wacom puts out a new version of these drawing displays. I’ve been fortunate enough to own several of the older ones and have since traded them in for newer models. The 21UX from 2010 was traded in for a 22HD in 2012, which was subsequently traded in for the much improved 27QHD in April of 2015. When I purchased this in April, I had already waited almost a month for supplies to reach retail locations as Wacom had quite a few problems with their software driver’s and compatibility. Quite a few early adopters of the 27QHD found it impossible to use, but most issues have since been resolved. I opted for the non-touch version… finger prints on the screen are enough of an issue, coupled with limited supplies and at an extra $500, the non-touch version was the obvious choice.
Wacom has done something different this time around in providing the supporting base base as a separate item for purchase for those who only truly need it. If you don’t purchase the stand then the display can be raised to a 20 degree angle with the built in legs. Sounds like a lot? It isn’t and unless you have a really big desk it probably won’t fit. I went with the separate stand which allows for more freedom in placement on your desk or lap… for me this option was clear as I’ve always used the built in stand on the previous models and I know that hunching over a screen just doesn’t work when I’m using the display for viewing and regular non-drawing work.
Purchasing the 27QHD is becoming more challenging as Wacom seems to be cutting off distribution to just a few key suppliers. In Vancouver, the only retail location to purchase these now is Annexpro. I’ve placed a link at the bottom of this post to their site. I like purchasing from retail locations as I never quite trust FedEx or the postal service with large items like this… I’ve seen way too many online horror stories. The idea of a box of broken stuff showing up at my door leaves me with little choice than to find a local dealer. If you buy the screen along with the base stand expect a tight fit in your car… it works in a Mazda 3, but only with the seats down.
Final thoughts, so how well does it work? If you’ve used Cintiq’s before then you can expect more of the same, only bigger… pixel density is tighter and glare is somewhat reduced form the outgoing 22HD. Probably the biggest improvement in the colour quality, which has been greatly improved… and everything on screen appears much more vivid and bright when compared to (again) the 22hd. It’s good enough to use as a main display, which I often do when not drawing. I recently upgraded to the Adobe CC 2015 collection and both Illustrator and Photoshop work as expected… there does seem to be a slight delay when clicking on buttons in Illustrator, haven’t really had a chance to test that out properly though. It’s always a matter of one product catching up with another though and it looks like Adobe and Wacom are for the most part on the same page.
Although they can sometimes be difficult to find I would highly recommend the Cintiq 27QHD as a step up from an older version or from the capable Intuos line. The price for the non-touch version right now is $2999 CAD, with the stand coming in at an extra $500 CAD. The touch version will cost you and extra $600. Yes, it’s big bucks, hopefully you can write some of it off.