Wacom has announced the launch of the Cintiq 24HD, a new tool aimed at designers, illustrators, animators and video editors.

Claiming to offer the ultimate digital pen-on-screen work surface, the Cintiq 24HD will come to the UK next month.

The 24in widescreen offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution and provides realistic colour for colour-critical work, according to Wacom. There is a counter-weighted stand that lets you adjust the incline and height of the Cintiq for multiple working postures and the frame around the screen is designed to be a resting place for the hands and arms.

Wacom said that the Cintiq 24HD incorporates its most realistic pen experience, featuring 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 40 degrees of tilt control.

“The Cintiq 24HD is a wonderful example of what can be done when expert design experience and quality engineering are intelligently combined with user feedback from the professional community,” said Guido Möller, product manager professional brands at Wacom Europe.

“All the right elements have been incorporated into our new flagship product to help expand its capabilities and to improve its appeal in such markets as animation, photography and video production where a wide format, colour-accurate, high-definition display is a crucial requirement,” Möller continued.

The Cintiq is compatible with popular colour calibration devices and Wacom claims that in many cases, the screen’s quality and size will remove the need for a second display.

The Cintiq 24HD pen uses Wacom’s proprietary Tip Sensor technology, offering users near-zero (one gram) starting pressure and virtually the same natural feel and feedback one would experience when working with traditional brushes or pens. When combined with pressure-sensitive software applications the Cintiq is capable of producing life-like artistic results, Wacom said.

The Cintiq 24HD will cost £1,999.99 inc VAT and will begin shipping in the UK in October.