The Best Wacom Cintiq Alternatives

Cintiq alternatives have come a long way over the last few years. This year I’ve been trying to review some of them and there are some really good ones out there.

Cintiq Pro 13

Wacom Cintiq Pro 13″ and 16″

The 13 and 16 inch Cintiq’s are the top of the line graphic tablets out there right now. What makes them special are the screens, especially on the 16 inch. They have reduced the space between the glass and the screen reducing parallax and making drawing much more accurate in the process. That and the general quality of the pen are what separates Wacom from all the imitators.

Price: $999.99 + See it on Amazon
Cintiq Pro 24

Cintiq Pro 24 and 32

These are Wacom's top of the line displays. They have the price tag to prove it. I reviewed the 24 and absolutely loved it the only real downside was that the touch was a little flaky and I ended up turning it off.

Price: $1699.99 + See it on Amazon

Favorite 13" and 12" I’ve Tested

the xp-pen artist 12

1. XP-Pen Artist 13.3 and 12 Pro

Both of these are quite good for the price. The addition of a laminated screen is a nice addition and really reduces parallax. The latest version of the pen XP is using is also really good and jitter free.

Price for the 12: $249.99 - $299.99 See the 13.3 on Amazon
See the 12 on Amazon

2. Huion Kamvas 13 (2020)

The Kamvas 13 is an update wi what Huion already does well. this time they have added new colors and also Android support.

Price: $250.00 See it on Amazon
Huion Kamvas Pro 12

3. Huion Kamvas Pro 12

Like the larger 13 this has a great laminated screen at a great price and the pen has tilt support. Huion recently fixed the wavy lines I talk about in my review and it's much much better now. The only catch is that you can only update the firmware on Windows so if you're a Mac user I would still recommend looking at the other options.

Price: $279.99 See it on Amazon
the xp-pen artist 12

4. XP-Pen Artist 12

Really good price and really great pen. The only real drawback for me is I prefer a less glossy screen but the pen feels so good it trumps everything else.

Price: $199.99 See it on Amazon
Artisul d13

5. Artisul D13

I reviewed this tablet well over a year ago but it still really stands up. The initial activation force was better than some of the other tablets on this list and overall one of the better built alternatives out there.

Price: $249.99 See it on Amazon

6. Parblo Coast 13

I was pleasantly surprised by the Coast 13. It's one of the better 13" pen displays out there. It does everything really well. A really well rounded drawing device.

Price: $345.00 See it on Amazon

Favorite 15.6" I’ve Tested

Gaomon PD1560

TIE 1. Huion Kamvas Pro 16 4k (2021)

This is the Huion's first 4k display and it comes in 2 flavors. The Plus and the non-plus. The only difference between the two is the color gambit.

Price: $829.00 See it on Huion
Gaomon PD1560

2. Huion Kamvas 16 (2020)

Now with a laminated screen this is one one of the best 16" tablets out there. If you are trying to decide between this and the XP-Pen, it's a tie, they are both very very good.

Price: $399.00 See it on Amazon
Gaomon PD1560

3. XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 TP (2021)

What makes this special is the inclusion of multi touch. This feature doesn't come without a price. Overall I'm placing this Under the Huion's above it because the pen isn't quite as good even though it does have the bells and whistles the others don't.

Price: $899.00 See it on Xp-Pen
Gaomon PD1560

3. XP-Pen Innovator 16 (2020)

The pen is really really good and it has a laminated display (no or at least very little parallax) and the price is more than the Huion which is why you might want to go with that instead. The drawing experience is almost as good as the Wacom 16 plus it has shortcut keys along the side.

Price: $499.99 See it on Amazon
XP-Pen Artist 16 Pro

4. Wacom Cintiq 16 (2019)

What's this doing on a Cintiq alternative list? It is a Cintiq!?! It deserves to be here because of it's low price point. If what you need is the best best pen with no compromises this is it. The downsides are that this does not have a laminated display so you have some parallax and there are also no shortcut keys on the device.

Price: $649.99 See it on Amazon
Gaomon PD1560

5. Gaomon PD1560

This is neck and neck with the XP-Pen Artist 16 (see below). The reason this edges it out is that the colors are better out of the ox and the pen is smoother on angled lines. It’s also about $70 less. It really exceeded my expectations. There arn’t many downsides. I did have to fiddle with the drivers a bit to get it all working well but that may have just been me. Also the build quality doesn’t feel as firm. The screen protector feels cheap and the buttons wiggle.

Price: $359.99 See it on Amazon

6. Veikk VK1560

This is a pretty good first entry. The pen lines have a little jitter to them but the colors are really good and is generally a nice pen display at a good price.

Price: $329.00 See it on Amazon

7. XP-Pen Artist 15.6

I liked the Artisul D16 better, but this is significantly cheaper. The pen has a little wobble and the screen seems to scratch easily but the 15.6 is all around a really good drawing experience.

Price: $299.00 See it on Amazon

Favorite Large Screens I’ve Tested

XP-Pen Artist 24 Pro (2020)

The XP Pen 24 has a 2k screen which is a big upgrade. This is almost identical to the Huion 24 Pro. I like the colors on the screen a little better on this one and the USB-C connection. But you can't go wrong with either this or Huion

Price: $900.00 See it on Amazon

Huion KAMVAS 24 Pro (2020)

The 2k screen is a great upgrade. This and the XP-Pen are so close. The only real difference is that this one connects vie an hdmi port not USB-C

Price: $900.00 See it on Amazon

Huion KAMVAS 22 Plus (2020)

More budget friendly than some of the other displays of this size. it keeps the price down with no shortcut keys but otherwise keeps the very good Huion drawing experience.

Price: $549.00 See it on Amazon

XP-Pen Artist 22 (2nd Gen)

This new version of this display has fixed many of the problems that last year's model had. The initial activation rate has improved. The pressure curve has improved. It now has the matte screen pre-applied. I had a hard time getting it applied last year. The only downside is that fast strokes now have some fishhooking going on. Overall I really like the changes XP-Pen has made and they have even reduced the price.

Price: $499.99 See it on Amazon

Huion KAMVAS GT-191

Really nice screen. There are some minor drawbacks to this tablet, but they are all minor. It cuts the price by not having shortcut buttons on the tablet’s face like some of the others on this list. For some folks that’s no problem, it doesn’t fit well into my workflow because of that but if you don’t need the shortcut buttons it’s a good way to save some money and get a good tablet.

Price: $449.99 See it on Amazon

Artisul D22

Good on Windows, not so much on the Mac, as much as I love the stand and how it sit on my desk the line quality just wasn't good enough on the Mac, if you're using Windows this might be worth checking out.

Price: $649.99 See it on Amazon

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