- QHD 2560x1440 resolution
- 27 inch screen
- Nearly identical shape and appearance
- Has a magnetic remote
- Has a pen that supports pen pressure
- Has tiny legs that allow the tablet to lie flat or be raised at a slight incline
- Is a display-only and requires a computer and software to be functional
- Dell Canvas is thinner and likely lighter than the Cintiq 27 - +1 Dell
- Dell Canvas only works with Windows 10 and is not compatible with Mac. Cintiq 27 works with Windows 10, 8 and 7 and IS compatible with Mac OS and Linux. - +1 Wacom
- No eraser on Dell Canvas pen - +1 Wacom
- Does it have glare reduction?
- Does it have a grainy tooth texture that grips the pen while letting your hand glide without too much resistance?
- Is it as bright or brighter than the Cintiq 27?
- Does it support 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut and does it support 10 bit color?
- Is the resolution the same as the Cintiq 27: 5080 lpi?
- Does it have a native color management accessory?
*UPDATE 2/19/2018: The Dell Canvas 27 screen has been confirmed to be Wacom technology. The screen technology being used in the Dell Canvas is technically superior to the Cintiq 27 which has slightly more parallax. However, most folks probably wouldn't notice a difference between the two screens if they were side by side. Another key difference between the two screens is that the Dell Canvas 27 supports 20 touch points rather than only 10 for the Cintiq 27 QHD. Unless you can grow an extra pair of arms, this feature probably isn't adding much value.
- How many pen pressure levels does the pen have? Is it 2,048 like the Cintiq 27, or will it be 8,192 like the most recent Wacom tablets are?
- Will the pen support pen tilt?
- Does the pen require a battery or charging? Wacom pens do not.
- Does the pen have 2 customizable barrel buttons?
- Does the pen feel comfortable and is it weighted to suit artists who draw often and for long periods of time?
- Are the nibs replaceable and how much do they cost?
- Can you use other styles of pens and nibs like you can with Cintiqs?
*UPDATE 2/19/2018: The Dell Canvas 27 pen is confirmed to be Wacom EMR pen technology. The pen is very similar to the Cintiq 27 QHD, but with a few differences. For example, the eraser is missing from the Dell Canvas pen and it is a bit thiner and lighter than a Wacom pen. I don't believe you can use other Wacom pens on the Dell Canvas 27, but there are an assortment of 3 different nibs you can switch between. You get two of each for a total of 6 replacement nibs.
I've also read stories of the Dell Canvas 27 pen pressure sensitivity being a little off compared to how it feels to draw on a Cintiq. This is most noticeable when drawing slowly because the lines appear wobbly. Many art apps can compensate for wobbly lines by enabling brush smoothing, but that also creates stroke lag. There's also an issue with the pen that creates unwanted variations in opacity. This is most noticeable when trying to draw a smooth gradient while controlling the brush opacity with pen pressure.
Unfortunately, the Dell Canvas 27 control panel does not offer much in the way of customizing your pen pressure compared to Wacom's control panel.
- Are the ports USB 3.0 and how many are there? The Cintiq 27 QHD has 5 USB ports (or 4 if you use a port for the EK Remote dongle).
- Does it have touch buttons on the top right to turn touch on an off quickly and invoke the on-screen keyboard?
- What display connections does it support? - The Cintiq 27 offers DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D & Mini-Display Port
- Does it come with the same cables Display Port and HDMI and adapters as the Cintiq 27? (DVI-D TO HDMI, Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort)
*UPDATE 2/19/2018: The Dell Canvas 27 has a minor advantage over the Cintiq 27 QHD because it features USB-C ports. The Dell Canvas also features a combination audio jack for headphones and microphones. Otherwise, the same connection types are supported for both devices and the necessary cables are included.
Dell Canvas 27 Inputs:
- 1 x USB Type-C Connector (Upstream)
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort Connector
- 1 x Mini HDMI Connector
- 1 x Combo-Audio Connector
- 1 x USB Type-C Connector (Downstream)
- 2 x USB 3.0 Connectors
- Legs look thinner and perhaps flimsier. Even though it's supporting less weight, if corners were cut to lower the price point, it may not be worth the savings to have a leg snap off during an intense drawing session.
- Honestly, anyone who is serious about either of these tablets will get a stand or an Ergotron LX. That's something to keep in mind because it's an added cost of a hundred or so dollars. Plus you may need to purchase a VESA adapter.
- Does the Dell Canvas 27 have the same rubber grips on the bottom-back of the tablet to help it grip the edge of a desk while in vertical orientation? This is essential to keep the tablet from sliding side-to-side while using the display attached to an Ergotron arm.
*UPDATE 2/19/2018: The Dell Canvas 27 is thinner and lighter than the Cintiq 27QHD, but cannot utilize an Ergotron arm without some modification. A proprietary VESA mount can be purchased separately from Dell for around $100 which will enable you to mount the Dell Canvas to an Ergotron arm. And on top of that, you'll have to purchase the Ergotron Arm.
- Will the drivers be Wacom Drivers or Dell drivers?
- Will the drivers be updated regularly and will they be as reliable as Wacom drivers?
- Does it have the same compatibility with art software as far as pen and touch support?
*UPDATE 2/19/2018: The Dell Canvas 27 requires drivers from the Dell website. Drivers seem to be updated often.