Summary: I bought it, and it works great (after the 30 driver fixes I did). BUT DO NOT BUY IT. IT IS NOW OUTDATED. The 13hd is coming out and is better in every imaginable way. Wait for it; I wish I had.
Summary: This is a huge upgrade for me. I have gone from the lower end Wacom tablets (Graphire, Bamboo...) to this. I am not a die-hard serious artist, but I do commissions from time to time and overall want to improve my work and the speed of my workflow. My goal is to work on compiling coloring books at some point, so I really wanted to get serious without completely breaking the bank.
Summary: I picked a high rating because I'm having a lot of fun with it now - but if I were to base this purely on when I first got it, I'd have put one star, if at all. Here's why - and a warning to anyone with average to below-average technology skills like myself! First, I got it and didn't realize I needed an adaptor for it to work with my MacBook Pro. This required another Amazon purchase of $10 - not a big problem, but still annoying.
Summary: First off want to state that I'm a seriously enthusiastic amateur/concept painter in training. My previous tablet was a Bamboo, so the review may be a little tainted by my enthusiasm. I'm by no means an expert, but then this is only the base model of the Cintiq range. Where to start? Probably the best and most obvious thing about the Cintiq tablets is that you're drawing directly on your drawing. How old fashioned! How Archaic! How delightfully relieving!
Summary: I've had the 12WX for just over 2 months, I'm a professional digital artist, and this is the bottom line from a digital art perspective: General Bottom Line: - It get's the job done but is a little pricey, it's got Intuos 3 tech inside (1024 levels of pressure), which is perfect, and the grip pen is better in my opinion than the Intuos 4 pen. - The S-IPS display (1280x800) has great viewing angles, but the colour on it is difficult to calibrate, and may frustrate you.
Summary: Pros: 1. It's a tablet + monitor 2. Display colors with accuracy 3. Can use it as a regular tablet Cons: 1. Simply too small (1200x800 resolution) 2. Weird separate video-input/power connector box from the tablet. resulting additional cables. 3. It uses the same tablet pens as Intuos 3 series, unlike its bigger brothers using intuos 4 or 5 series pens. Other Thoughts: 1. Pen calibration is absolutely necessary. Otherwise it wouldn't work correctly around screen edges.
Summary: I see a number of other people have left very detailed and insightful reviews about this tablet's issues, so I'll keep this short. I got this tablet after a year and a half of doing paid illustration work that my clients expected to have done digitally. Using a Bamboo tablet to trace a scan of my paper-and-pencil sketches was not only time-consuming, but the frustration of having to re-draw nearly every line and still always end up with a final image that never looked...
Nice quality, does what it does well, although not as portable as I thought
4 July 2012
Summary: Works well, although the screen is a little small. But it is portable. Not quite as comfy as my 21 inch at the office, but it serves the purpose. The only issue I have with the Cintiq is the mass of cables necessary to hook it up. That reduces the portability somewhat. Would be nice if the thunderbolt port could incorporate input control along with the video on the one cable. Overall, I would recommend the Cintiq, although the cabling does limit the portability somewhat.
Summary: I got this tablet for a friend as a present. He's an artist and was still drawing webcomics by hand. This tablet was used and several years old, but it's durable and lets him significantly speed up his workflow. It was a good choice for him for the money.
Summary: This tablet works really well with a 13" MacBook Pro... You just need the Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (not sure if the DVI adapter works, I got the VGA to be safe) Both have a max resolution of 1280 x 800, so mirroring the screen works great. The only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 is that the cursor does, as other reviews stated, lose some precision towards the edges of the screen... but it's not that bad.