Wacom releases Cintiq 13HD 13-inch compact pen display for $999


Graphics tablet maker Wacom has announced the Cintiq 13HD, a 13-inch compact interactive graphics tablet that features a 1920 x 1080 LED monitor capable of displaying 16.7 million colors. Combined with the company’s latest Pro Pen the Cintiq 13HD offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for graphic design and retouching. The Cintiq 13HD is the smallest model in the Cintiq lineup and the most affordable, too. It will start shipping from April 2013, at a cost of $999.99/ £749.99.

Press Release:

Wacom’s Cintiq line draws attention once again with its slim, new 13-inch interactive pen display

March 19, 2013: Boasting high quality HD resolution with advanced control and comfort, the new Cintiq provides an immersive experience consistent with Wacom’s family of interactive pen displays

Wacom, the industry leader of pen tablets for professional designers, today boosts its lineup of Cintiq interactive pen displays with the addition of the Cintiq 13HD. Aimed at creative professionals working in areas such as design, art and image editing, it combines a 13” HD screen, slim and compact design, simple setup, an adjustable stand and an improved pen for creating directly on the screen. Easily integrated into any environment, the Cintiq 13HD is the ideal tool to support creativity and enhance productivity, offering a natural and immersive experience.

Key to the Cintiq 13HD is its compact, slim design and easy setup with both Macs and PCs. For complete comfort, the Cintiq 13HD’s stand is optimised for use in a choice of four settings – flat, 22°, 35° and 50° and is detachable too.

Superior screen in HD quality

The Wacom Cintiq 13HD is a new 13-inch interactive pen display. Aimed at creative professionals working in areas such as design, art and image editing, the Cintiq 13 HD combines a 13” HD screen, slim and compact design, simple setup, an adjustable stand and an improved pen for creating directly on the screen. The new Wacom Cintiq 13HD will be available for £749.99 (incl. VAT) / $999.99 from April 2013 onwards.Perfect for professionals such as artists, graphic designers and photographers, the Cintiq 13HD’s best-in-class screen displays 16.7m colours to ensure life-like colour quality. In addition, the wide-format HD LED display offers a wide viewing angle of 178° and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels that is particularly beneficial for handling intricate graphics.

The full Cintiq experience
As with all Wacom interactive pen displays, the Cintiq 13HD enables users to create directly on the screen for an immersive and seamless process that feels natural and saves time.

The new and improved cordless and battery-free Pro Pen offers advanced pen performance, superior comfort, precision and control. With 2,048 levels of pressure and tilt sensitivity, it is perfect for precision work and is ergonomically designed. The Cintiq 13HD comes with a convenient case to securely store the Pro Pen and everything else an artist needs at their fingertips including spare nibs.

To further improve workflow and productivity, frequently used shortcut commands are available at the user’s fingertips through four customisable and application-specific ExpressKeys and Rocker Ring. Making use of these shortcuts can save valuable time by minimising keyboard dependency.

With the existing 22HD, 24HD and 24HD touch, there is a Cintiq interactive pen display to suit anyone’s workflow requirements and budget.

Guido Möller, product manager creative products, at Wacom Europe says: ‘We’ve gained valuable customer feedback in developing our latest Cintiq which will support professionals and help them spur creativity on the 13” high resolution screen. Not only that, it also enhances productivity and saves creator time with new features. As with our entire Cintiq range, the new Cintiq 13HD provides a completely immersive and ergonomic pen-on-screen experience that adapts seamlessly to all working environments and practices.’

Pricing and availability
The new Cintiq 13HD will be available for £749.99 (incl. VAT) from April 2013 onwards at Wacom’s eStore and other retailers.

Inspiration from the ‘Pioneers of Now’
For further information on what can be achieved with a Wacom Cintiq, check out Wacom’s ‘Pioneers of Now’. The ‘Pioneers’ are inspiring because they have vision, talent, perseverance and stamina. But above all, they have the tools to make their new worlds a reality.

Have a look at the product video on Wacom Europe′s YouTube Channel:  http://youtu.be/fclqizIc7Jo



I watched a 2 minute promo video which didn’t show the device being used. What is WRONG with marketers these days? I can only assume the product is not fit for actual use.

Francis Carver

Wow, one thousand dollars for THIS 8-bit color fidelity little display? Wacom seems to be in denial, not wanting to recognize products from Apple and the host of tablets and touchscreen maker offerings. Predatory pricing in this product segment is over once and for all, I believe.


Spoken like someone who’s never touched a Cintiq display. Apple makes nothing like this. (Don’t say “iPad + (crappy) stylus”–your credibility can’t take the hit.) Maybe some of the new Windows 8 tablets with Wacom digitizers approach the Cintiq experience somewhat, but last I heard, CS6 applications still don’t have pressure sensitivity with the Surface pro. Seriously, it’s a steal of a deal for this tool, and for how it’d best be used the size is awesome.


I don’t think you understand what this “little display” is. It’s a digitizer tablet that you can draw on with a Wacom pen. In other words, a major upgrade from a typical digitizer tablet that you can draw on and doesn’t have display. This is not even in the same ballpark as the iPad or any of the other tablets you’re thinking about, and used for a very different purpose. It’s a tool for professional artists, not a toy for you 6-year-old like the iPad. $999 is a great price. Normally these cost about $3,000 (though they’re typically larger).


Yes I have to agree with you, I-pads and surface pros can’t even compare to the unbelievable pen-to-screen interactive and intuitive nature of the Cintiqs. I was able to try one for a really good amount of time like 2 years ago and I was blown away, can’t wait to try this new one out. I mean almost every major animation studio has them , and they use it for character, landscape and architectural drawings, from pencil drawings to color, from concept to final. I am drooling… this is like the perfect size to go on location and field work… dang WACOM

Francis Carver

@ Mira: just how would YOU KNOW who touched and who did not touch a Wacom Cintiq tablet before, huh? Still waiting….

Now, maybe YOU will absolutely must have that full array of 2048 different pressure sensitivity capability with the Wacom, but please understand that not everyone out there does. On the other hand, I can see that for around 50 cents per sensitivity level, this may not be such a raw deal from Wacom, after all.

@ ilikefood: “understanding” a Wacom Cintiq is really not rocket science any more, you know.

@ bgshutter: there is nothing inherently “wrong” with a Cintiq tablet. There is something wrong with its small 13-inch size, lowly 8-bit color — and associated US$1,000 price — is all I was saying before.

I tell you, I certainly would not be the one making a full-length 3D animation flick using a 13-inch diagonal sized, 8-bit color depth interactive panel, that’s for sure. The 18-inch tablet Dell will soon bring out will dwarf this baby 13-incher Cintiq.

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