Wacom’s desk-straddling Cintiq 27QHD is most artist and designers’ dream creative surface, but its price has kept it out of reach for many. Now Dell has launched a lower-cost competitor that matches the Cintiq feature-for-feature – except for one. Read: Wacom Cintiq 27QHD review

The Dell Canvas was announced at the CES 2017 show back in January, where the company also launched upgrades to its Precision pro-level laptops – including a new version of the Precision 5510, which is currently the best laptop on the market for designers and artists – an pro iMac-like all-in-one and its first 8K monitor. Read: Dell launches first 8K monitor

The Canvas was supposed to ship in April to coincide with Microsoft releasing Creators Update to Windows 10 – which the Canvas's controller requires. However, Dell has now told us that its release has been pushed back until August, when more key applications will support it.

The Dell Canvas will cost $1,799 in the US (around £1,380). UK pricing won’t be announced until it ships. Currently the Cintiq 27QHD Touch will set you back £2,099 on Amazon, or $2,545 in the US. You can get a version of the Cintiq 27QHD without multi-touch support – so you can draw on it with the pen, but you can’t use gestures such as pinch-to-zoom – for £1,799/$2,099.

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