Imagine you had a 24-inch iPad which could be propped up to any angle. Imagine further that this iPad can be hooked up to your Mac and used as an external display, and that the color gamut of that display shows 97% of the Adobe RGB space. Now add in a pressure-sensitive pen along with the multi-touch goodness.
This is Wacom’s new 24HD.
The 24HD is a new, giant multi touch version of the Cintiq. It’s like the old Cintiq, only way, way better, mostly due to the addition of multi-touch which will let it work with gestures in many modern apps (including Photoshop). Hook this baby up to your Mac and you will have the best of everything: the fingers-on immediacy of the iPad, with the size and flexibility of Mac apps, plus the fine control of the 2048-level pressure-sensitive stylus.
This will of course come at a price. The new 24HD will cost $3,700 when it goes on sale in August. And it’s also heavy, weighing in at 62.9 pounds or 28.6 kilos with its stand.
One curious math fact: I couldn’t find a diagonal screen measurement on the site, just the horizontal and vertical dimensions (20.4 x 12.8 inches). So I lit some incense, performed a chant and summoned Pythagoras. My results, below, give us a 26-inch display, not 24.
√((20.4 ^2) x (12.8^2)) = 26.112
Any idea why?