Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 vs Huion Kamvas Pro 24 (4K) Comparison & Review
February 11, 2024
If you’re a pro and do art on the computer, you need a drawing tablet with screen. But a small pen display feels cramped for drawing larger images, requiring a lot of zooming.
There is something really cool to having a giant display tablet to draw on, Which gives you a lot of drawing area to draw to your heart content.
If you have the budget, getting a 24-inch pen display would be terrific. Whether you draw with your wrist or with your arm, this drawing area is more than enough for you for the most part.
Far and away, the biggest name in the drawing tablet space is Wacom and the Cintiq Pro 24 is the Rolls-Royce of display drawing tablets.
Huion usually covers the budget-end of the graphics tablet market, and the Huion tablet that most closely competes with the Cintiq Pro 24 is the popular Kamvas Pro 24 which supports 4K.
Despite how the two device appears too similar, there are quite many differences between them.
One may be wondering whether getting the more affordable Kamvas Pro 24 is the best choice, or whether you will need or benefit from the more features Cintiq Pro 24 offers.
Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 vs Huion Kamvas Pro 24 Comparison: What are the main differences?
In this article, we did a detailed side by side analysis – comparing every single major and minor detail of the tablet. then you will know exactly which tablet is the best on your own.
We will look at the design, some of the specs & screen resolution, the pen, including pen pressure sensitivity, screen parallax, drivers, price and much more.
Design and Build Quality
When it comes to design both the tablet follows a minimalistic design, feels strong and sturdy. The tablet itself is all black quality plastic with a front glass screen.
The different thing is the overall size. The Wacom is bigger – it has a lot more bezel area around the screen. The one on the Huion is a lot smaller and looks more like a monitor.
After using both it is better to have that larger bezel area around the screen to rest your hand on when drawing near the edge.
On the tablet back you have two fold-out tablet legs, VESA mount as well as a number of ports for connectivity.
The main con of a Cintiq pro 24 or a Kamvas Pro 24 is its weight and bulk. Both devices are quite heavy and big —especially compared to smaller pen display, so less portable.
Screen Size and Resolution
With the Cintiq Pro 24 and Kamvas Pro 24 you’re getting a 24 inch diagonal screen at full 4K UHD (3840×2160-pixel) resolution.
At a whopping 188 pixels per inch, the pixels is small and densely packed and you won’t see individual pixels when you work (draw) up close to the screen.
If you’re using a 24-inch screen with 1080p resolution for detailed drawing then you’ll be distracted by how jaggedy your lines look.
In Comparison, having this 4K resolution does make a big difference, it’s much crisper and feels great to see your artwork.
Plus, 2160P screen has significantly more canvas space compared to 1080P, This is great for productivity. You can place a reference photo by the side and still have enough canvas space to draw with.
Screen Panel and Color Gamut
With IPS Panel, Cintiq pro 24 have excellent 99% Adobe RGB color gamut, 1000:1 contrast ratio, a billion colours, and the colors do look good right out of the box.
Kamvas Pro 24 uses the QLED technique to increase the color gamut to 102% Adobe RGB (140% sRGB), 1200:1 contrast ratio, 1.07 billion (10bit) colors for a more vibrant and saturated color on the display.
You may find that the colors on Kamvas Pro 24 are very oversaturated but not accurate, you should invest in a colorimeter to calibrate the screen. That said, the most accurate colors are not necessarily the most vivid.
Wacom Cintiq is designed to deliver the most accurate colors instead of over saturated vibrant ones so that when your work is viewed on other peoples’ screens, it looks similar to what you, the artist, intended.
Both the tablets come with the exact same laminated screen, which means less parallax while drawing.
To give you an idea on what that is, Laminated screen is the screen that’s made so that the top glass, digitizer, and the display are made of one flat piece.
This offers multiple advantages over non-laminated screens: preventing dust from getting under the screen glass, as well as having a thinner display. The most notable one is the reduced parallax.
Both Cintiq Pro 24 and Kamvas Pro 24 has an etched glass surface that gives the pen a slight tactility when drawing on it that would not be there if the screen were glossy.
You will also appreciated the glare reduction on the matte etched screen, which prevented the light from obstructing your vision.
In contrast, glossy screens reflect the world around them, which can be distracting and distort color accuracy unless you are working in a dark room.
The Cintiq Pro 24 comes in two variants – one with multitouch and one without it. You will have to pay extra for this feature.
The Huion Kamvas Pro 24, on the other hand, does not come with any touch support – whatsoever.
Being able to perform shortcuts such as zoom, pan, scroll and rotate using touch-based gestures can be very convenient.
But Multitouch support on the Cintiq Pro 24 is pretty terrible. Its palm rejection is bad and the overall touch experience feels laggy and unreliable.
Most artists simple choose the tablet without the multitouch or just stop using it after a while.
Wacom Pro Pen 2 vs Huion PW517 Stylus
Both the Cintiq Pro 24 and Kamvas Pro 24 comes with a very comparable stylus. They have two buttons on the side and a soft rubber grip at the front half.
But Wacom Pro pen 2 has an eraser at the back whereas Huion PW517 stylus doesn’t have an eraser at the back.
They are battery-free, comes with 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, 60 degrees of tilt recognition, fast response time and accurate tracking that provide an equally good drawing experience.
However, The Huion PW517 pen has a higher Initial Activation Force than Wacom pro pen 2. It require you to press down ever so slightly more to get it to register.
In addition, The tilt of Huion stylus can cause the cursor to move a little when you don’t want it to and it can be really annoying.
Overall Huion stylus is good, but the Wacom Pen is the best.
Tablet Stand & VESA Mount
The fold-out feet of both tablets can only prop up the pen display at a fixed angle of 20°, If you want a comfortable angle to work with for drawing, then you will need a proper stand.
The back of the Kamvas Pro 24 comes with a 100 x 100mm standard VESA mounting holes, it’s compatible with a wide variety of arms, stands, and brackets.
Unfortunately, Cintiq Pro 24 can’t be mounted with VESA mount, as it has a weird 80x495mm hole pattern, which only supports Wacom’s own stand.
The Huion ST100A multi-adjustable stand is an extra-cost option ($49.99)—highly recommended.
Wacom has two options with the Ergo Stand and the Wacom Flex Arm, with both compatible with the Cintiq Pro 24.
Wacom’s stands are a bit expensive for some artist, the Ergo stand retails for $479.58 alone, and the Wacom Flex Arm retails for $379.95.
Wacom Expresskey Remote vs Huion Keydial Mini K20
Neither display comes with built-in express keys, and instead including their handy express key remote.
Both will magnetically stick to either side of the display keeping it handy at all times. This is more flexible, allowing you to freely place it on the screen or the desktop.
Wacom’s Expresskey remote has a total of 17 buttons and a touch ring. It connects wirelessly via 2.4GHz Wifi to the computer.
The Huion’s mini keydial K20 remote has a similar design to the Wacom with 18 buttons on the bottom, and a circular button on the top. But It connects wirelessly via bluetooth to the computer.
All the buttons on both Expresskey remotes can be assigned to any shortcut of your choice, making the workflow more fluid. It works across all the drawing, editing and modeling programs.
The Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 has a pen stand that holds 10 extra pen nibs (they do wear down with use, 6 standard, 4 felt). There’s also an extra pen holder that snaps to the top of the display.
As for Huion, The doughnut-shaped pen holder is a secure place to keep the pencil when not in use, and it contains ten extra pen nibs, of which five are felt nibs intended to simulate drawing on paper.
Compatibility and Connectivity
Both Cintiq pro 24 and Kamvas pro 24 are compatible with various operating systems, including MacOS, Windows and Linux. They also works with a range of software including programs from Adobe, Autodesk, Affinity, Corel and more.
Cintiq Pro 24’s Connectivity is excellent. You’ll find twin USB-A ports on its right and left sides, plus a standard 3.5mm audio jack and full-sized SD card slot. Round the back is USB-C port plus HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors.
Several connectivity options are lined up on the back of the Kamvas Pro 24, such as USB-C, Display Port, and HDMI. It also equipped with two USB-A ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
You can connect both devices to a PC/Mac using the DisplayPort, USB Type-C sockets, or HDMI. There are two cables: one for power, and one USB-C/HDMI cable for video data.
Once you’ve got everything plugged in you’ll need to download the latest drivers from the Wacom or Huion official website.
Whilst you’re in the settings menus of wacom driver software you’ll notice there’s an enormous amount of customisation available to you.
As well as setting shortcut keys on the Remote, you can even set your own pressure sensitivity curves and click thresholds.
Each application can have its own settings, and you can save your custom settings as different profiles, for almost limitless flexibility.
Huion has less fully featured driver software as Wacom’s, for example, You can’t set application-specific settings.
Huion’s driver work fine, except for some occasional crashing and minor issues.
There is a fan on Cintiq Pro 24, which keeps the display from ever getting really hot. But many users were not fond of the level of noise that the Cintiq Pro fans make when running.
There are no fans with Huion kamvas Pro 24 so no fan noise. And the unit doesn’t get hot at all, the thermals are pretty decent.