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the remote’s control wheel to start working. Looking back
on a previous Cintiq review, I remember it was too easy to
accidentally hit the display’s hard keys and inadvertently
launch a tool. With the clean bezel on the 27QHD, that’s
no longer an issue. And, the bezel surrounding the screen
gives you a comfortable place to lean your hand when
working out to the edge of the display.
When the Remote is not in use, it can be placed on any
surface or, more conveniently, on the magnetized left or
right side of the bezel. It takes about two hours to charge
the Remote via one of the display’s USB ports and is
estimated to last 160 hours on a single charge.
Using gestures (which can be customized), the display
screen is responsive to touch. Keep in mind, though, that if
you have the pen on (or really close) to the display, touch
operation won’t work. At the top of the display, one of a trio
of controls turns the touch on and off. The other two activate
the on-screen keyboard or open the Wacom Desktop Center,
which offers a number of integral features including extensive
programming options for the Remote and on-screen controls.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
There isn’t much to dislike about the 27QHD other
than the obvious. It’s big, it’s bulky and it’s damn expensive.
A pair of pull out legs tilts the Cintiq, which makes it a little
easier to work on but most people will probably want more
than the 20-degree angle the integrated legs provide.
You’ll have to add $400 more for the 27QHD Ergo stand for
the ultimate flexibility. And that’s a lot of cash to lay out.
If you’re willing to give up resolution and active display
size, check out Wacom’s other Cintiqs such as the 22HD
Touch for around $2,000. But if you spend hours retouching
in the studio and want (or need) a bright, beautiful and
responsive touch display to work with, the Cintiq 27QHD is
worth the investment.
Theano Nikitas, a full-time freelance writer and
photographer, has been writing about photography for
more than 18 years. She’s written several books, pens
Rangefinder’s weekly Tech Tuesday blog posts and,
although she loves digital, she still has a darkroom and a
fridge filled with film, thanks to her long-time passion for
alternative processes and toy cameras.