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    Cintiq Users: What are the pros and cons of using your cintiq?

    Im going to buy a cintiq later on this year, so i think it'd be best if I get an idea of what it'd be like first. so, what are the pros and cons of using your cintiq? *stare*
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    Although I got a Cintiq as a present, I actually had the money to buy it. It was also after years of practice because getting a Cintiq is a huge waste of money if you are not working on your foundations. and improving your art. You'll love it as a shiny toy but it will sit there if you don't really put the time into it because there's some expectation that it will really help out a lot more than it should. Doesn't mean that I find the experience of actually drawing on screen easier than a tablet which took some coordination ...but it is still a lot of work.

    I took some pictures of the 13HD which I was surprised how useful it was despite the smaller size. There is also a review in the link.

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    Using a tablet means you can put it in your lap or rest it on the desk to draw. If you get the bigger cintiqs (not the 13HD that QT mentioned) that are like second monitors, it can still be adjusted to lay horizontally, but if you keep it upright your arm can get tired while drawing. After awhile you get used to it Another is that you can't just move it to your lap or anything, so it's stuck on the desk. It also takes a bit to get used to moving the keyboard in front of the cintiq if you don't use the buttons on the side (I've known some professionals to completely disregard them). Otherwise it's nice to draw directly on the screen. I felt like it was comparable to drawing on paper and thought my drawings looked better, but this was also awhile ago when I had access to one. I don't have that anymore

    I guess letting us know which cintiq you plan on getting will help list the pros and cons?

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    what I'v seen people write;

    cons-
    I'v heard its very heavy, most artists I'v heard of put it on their desk on that table thing that keeps it at an angle, and it stays there. (its also huge, I'v seen it in person, whowa)
    -you can't take it anywhere, its essentially a monitor and needs a PC/laptop ,if you're interested in taking it with you or just have some mobility you'll be better of with a tablet laptop (Acer Aspire R7 comes to mind, but I'd chek out Conceptart.org iirc they had a post on this somewhere but that was a year back)

    pro's - I'v heard from a lot of friends they have issues with hand/eye coordination with a regular tablet, honestly the best fix of this is a citique (or its clone). This probably would make it more adapted to drawing long curves (even tho thers ways for that in most programs)
    -feels more natural
    honestly thats all I can think of but I do not own one.


    again not my personal experience. I have been looking into getting a Jijnova but I get sever neck pains looking down and I have no hand/eye coord problems at all, so its probably only gonna happen when I get tired of patching up my intuos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacerogue View Post
    cons-
    I'v heard its very heavy, most artists I'v heard of put it on their desk on that table thing that keeps it at an angle, and it stays there. (its also huge, I'v seen it in person, whowa)
    -you can't take it anywhere, its essentially a monitor and needs a PC/laptop ,if you're interested in taking it with you or just have some mobility you'll be better of with a tablet laptop (Acer Aspire R7 comes to mind, but I'd chek out Conceptart.org iirc they had a post on this somewhere but that was a year back)
    Your information is a bit behind, The Cintiq 13HD came out and lead the way to the Cintiq Companion and Hybrid.

    http://cintiqcompanion.wacom.com/Cin...nionHybrid/en/ The hybrid runs android. It does lose functionality when it runs as a tablet because it can't do rotation and other features found in the intuos, but once plugged in it can run as a regular Cintiq.

    http://cintiqcompanion.wacom.com/CintiqCompanion/en/ The companion runs as a Windows 8 tablet. Once again I believe it may lose some features when it is in tablet mode but still runs as a regular Cintiq plugged in.

    It depends on the size of the Cintiq, as I've seen the 24 Inch, yes it is very huge and heavy, about 60 lbs.
    The 22 inch is also pretty big but at least you can rotate it.

    The older ones are also on the heavy side.

    http://painterfactory.com/forums/t/5856.aspx

    The other problem is people like to crank up their monitors to really high settings, this is really bad if you're going to draw on a Cintiq. You are going to hurt your eyes. Turn down the brightness and take breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by insanejoker View Post
    Using a tablet means you can put it in your lap or rest it on the desk to draw. If you get the bigger cintiqs (not the 13HD that QT mentioned) that are like second monitors, it can still be adjusted to lay horizontally, but if you keep it upright your arm can get tired while drawing. After awhile you get used to it Another is that you can't just move it to your lap or anything, so it's stuck on the desk. It also takes a bit to get used to moving the keyboard in front of the cintiq if you don't use the buttons on the side (I've known some professionals to completely disregard them). Otherwise it's nice to draw directly on the screen. I felt like it was comparable to drawing on paper and thought my drawings looked better, but this was also awhile ago when I had access to one. I don't have that anymore

    I guess letting us know which cintiq you plan on getting will help list the pros and cons?
    ah sorry, I meant the Cintiq 12WX. I'll edit the Q.
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    The resolution on the 12WX is pretty low, you're better off saving up for one of the newer ones. It's heavier than the 13HD and heats up a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QT Melon View Post
    Your information is a bit behind, The Cintiq 13HD came out and lead the way to the Cintiq Companion and Hybrid.

    http://cintiqcompanion.wacom.com/Cin...nionHybrid/en/ The hybrid runs android. It does lose functionality when it runs as a tablet because it can't do rotation and other features found in the intuos, but once plugged in it can run as a regular Cintiq.

    http://cintiqcompanion.wacom.com/CintiqCompanion/en/ The companion runs as a Windows 8 tablet. Once again I believe it may lose some features when it is in tablet mode but still runs as a regular Cintiq plugged in.
    holydamn those are awesomeeeeee, didn't even know these existed >_>;;;

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    The color/brightness is also off on the cintiq 12wx, which can be quite irritaiting to work with.

 

 

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