Wacom Cintiq 22HD Interactive Pen Display Review

By on Sep 12, 2013 in Cintiq Series, Wacom Reviews |


Connection:  DVI-D, USB (Cables included)
Express Keys: 16, 8 on each side
Max Data Rate: 14ms
Pressure Levels: 2048, both pen tip and eraser
Resolution: 4080 lpi, HD monitor
Tilt Sensitivity: +/- 60 levels
Warranty:  2 years
OS Compatibility: Windows and MAC
Touch Technology: Yes, rear mounted touch strips and touch toggle buttons
Overall Size:  25.6 X 15.7 inches
Active Area: 19.5 X 11.5 inches

 The Wacom Cintiq 22HD is one of the newer higher end graphics tablets on the market.  It is also one of the most expensive tablets as well, however most artists will stress it as a necessity for the serious designer and or illustrator. With the Cintiq series you can draw directly on the Cintiq monitor with your stylus pen.  This eliminates the awkard feeling of drawing on a tablet lying on your desk or lap while looking at the monitor. The design is aesthetically appealing and the screen resolution is better than previous Cintiq products.



 ExpressKeys and TouchRing

The expresskeys are programmable to replace keyboard and mouse commands. The expresskeys are also compatible with a wide range of Adobe products including Adobe Creative Cloud and Macintosh based products. The rear mounted touch strips and toggle buttons are finger sensitive and allow you to control up to four different programmable functions such as scrolling, zooming, brush size, etc.


Tablet Surface

The tablet surface itself is a monitor display.  Specification lists boasts of a clear and crisp HD display, but some users list glassy screen, plastic feeling sensitive surface due to the anti-glare and scratch coating. Nevertheless, this isn’t considered a deal breaker. It doesn’t prevent fluid lines or obstructs your workflow. The screen is a widescreen design and allows far more space than the Wacom Cintiq 12WX which allows for easy use in programs with extensive menus like Zbrush, Photoshop, Maya, etc.


Sensitivity and Responsiveness

Many users praise the pen pressure on all Wacoms. Wacom arguably has the best technology in this area, but the Wacom Cintiq 22HD receives high praises as well.  One user expressed this by saying, “….it’s like drawing on butter…” Utilizing a Cintiq gives you more control over finishing touches, strokes, and the overall feel of your design and or illustration.


  • Good on screen contrast and good colors
  • Great pen pressure
  • Extra programmable ExpressKeys, Touch Strips and toggle bottons
  • Sturdy build
  • Comfortable to work with a monitor arm, not too heavy


  • The protective coating can cause an unnecessary glare
  • Driver issues for some users
  • Lack of back lighting for the expresskeys
  • Touch options can be sometimes unresponsive and glitchy
  • Cintiqs manufactured circa September 2012 can make a great deal of noise due to capacitors emitting a loud sound
  • Expensive


The 22HD Cintiq is a great choice if you’re looking to mount it on a monitor arm for easy and comfortable use. Even without that option, it’s a professional step up from the Intous series. It’s sexy and in most cases pays for itself by assisting you in the production of quality artwork. You get to draw on a High Definition screen as if it was paper and from experience, Wacom has been the standard in the graphics tablet industry.  If you’re looking for a graphics tablet with the option to draw on screen and you’re in the Cintiq ballpark, but a 12WX or 13HD is too small and the 24HD too expensive, choose the Wacom Cintiq 22HD.