Cintiq vs iPad Pro

Currently I use the Wacom Intuos Pro, but considering an upgrade to Cintiq, but alternative would be to upgrade my iPad to Pro with Apple 2 pen. Not in a hurry as Intuos is fine and can wait for the recently announced Sidecar to pan out. I did notice that Apple failed to include the heavy hitters - Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop /Lightroom -  as programs that work but not certain what the generic "Painter" is they listed as they were more with other specifications, such as Corel Draw as opposed to simply 'draw'. A Sidecar competitor, Astropad among others has been around for a while so hopefully someone has used an iPad with Painter via Astropad. Is the iPad via Astropad (or potentially Sidecar) a viable competitor to Cintiq? The Cintiq vs Ipad reviews I see online never compare them appropriately. Invariably, they will review the iPad in terms of iPad apps and whine about can't compete with the full blown computer programs, rather than compare as an input device for a Mac as the Cintiq is an input device for a PC or Mac. Would like to know what your impressions are as theoretically see significant advantages of the iPad but question the performance in the workflow operations.

  • Hi,

    I work with both Cintiq 22HD and Ipad Pro ,a shameless plug but I have video reviews on both iPad Pro 2017 and 2019.

    I find Artstudio Pro amazing on Ipad Pro gives me a lot of power with large canvas and brushes.My PC actually struggles to keep up.I'm actually looking at selling my Cintiq and change my setup to Imac with non screen tablet and iPad Pro.I have always built my own Windows machines,but now just want a quiet, smaller footprint for studio.I have been so happy with the Ipad Pro.

  • I personally enjoy using a XP-Pen Graphic tablet ( like wacom ) with Photoshop and Lightroom. I had the XP-Pen Artist 13.3 Pro ( )  . Works great for my needs.

    I have also enjoyed using Astropad with a Mac, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil but that's a bit of a niche setup. I just got the new iPad Pro 11” and downloaded Lightroom this past weekend to try it out. It’s actually pretty fantastic to use. It has the same feature set as Lightroom CC on desktop, so if you need some of the Lightroom CC Classic features, just be aware.

  • I use an ipad pro on the go (as an ipad, not with astropad or whatever), and a cintiq pro for desktop use. Both are extremely good. For ipad, procreate has come a long way, but i highly suggest checking out clip studio paint. It is a subscription on the ipad, and I *hate* that, but it's only $25 for a year. So it's pretty cheap and they constantly update it. Anyway, I've tried as many major art programs on ipad as I could get my hands on, and nothing (yes, not even procreate or art studio pro or whatever) comes close to the power that clip studio pro. For example, using my 2nd gen ipad pro, procreate was unable to do a 3 ft x 2 ft canvas size. I had to reduce it down by a few inches on either side, and it didn't handle well. I tried it in many apps, and the ONLY one that worked was clip studio. Further, it worked very well. Many many layers. Given that this is really stressing the ipad beyond what is should be able to do - I was happy to see it crashed only 1 or 2 times. Pretty cool! You can export CSP files to PSD, or keep them in CSP and transfer to the desktop version if you have that to work on with the cintiq.

    Having said all that, I wish they had corel painter on ipad pro, but it'd have to be very well done to compete. We need more "real media" programs on ipad pro that do not come with adobe subscriptions.