The Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display provides the best-of-class pen experience for working directly on the screen
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly gorgeous 27 Nov 2007
By Martin Turner HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
What is the coolest screen you can possibly own? Maybe Apple's latest 23" (or more, by the time you read this) screen, with its wonderfully bright colours. Maybe something from LaCie with total colour calibration control. Or maybe it's this wonderful write on screen that instantly captivates everyone who sees it.
Seriously, if you are paying this much for a screen you almost certainly have a very practical, business-oriented purpose in mind. But it's still nice to have a piece of equipment which is still thrilling even after more than a year.
Basically, the Cintiq is a 21" (diagonally, useable area) LCD screen which is also a 21" Wacom Intuos pad. You can put it up like an artist's easel, or you can fold it down so it's flat on the table. You can even turn it round to make it a portrait rather than landscape screen. It's got some extra controls on the side which, even after a year, I haven't really bothered to learn how to use. And you can write directly on it with the Wacom pen.
Perhaps write is the wrong word. This is a screen designed for photo-retouchers and illustrators. It makes cutting out a picture in Photoshop a matter of moments not minutes. It makes free-hand drawing in Illustrator almost entire transparent (there is actually a little time lag, though that could be down to the fact that it's plugged into my G4 Powerbook, not something modern). It makes highly complex changes to Illustrator paths a breeze, and all the cloning and retouching you could ever want in Photoshop a snap. The pen is beautifully pressure sensitive, and for the first time you feel you are truly interacting with the page, not merely instructing it to do things.
That's it really. The colours aren't as good as the Apple or LaCie screens, and it isn't as easy to calibrate. Read more ›
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cintiq for you 12 Nov 2008
As mentioned by the previous reviewer this is a quality product from the market leaders wacom. At this moment in time there is nothing better, however microsoft and apple will have similar screen interfaces within the next couple of years.
The overall image quality when teamed with a good graphics card is exceptional, but would you expect anything less for over a thousand pounds? As with recent models it has the express keys and an improved calibration system. Due to lack of room I now use the screen as my main monitor which serves it's purpose, but the unwielding size of it makes it difficult to take off it's stand and use it on my lap. The large power cable in the centre of the back and a hefty weight make it less than ideal for long periods of time. The prefered way would be to angle it on a desk rather than hold.
I found it came into its own when trying to draw and paint with a free flowing motion, which was more laboured on the other models. However there is a cost for this freedom, the tendency to get arm ache after a prolonged session.
There are faults, future technological improvements would include an o.l.e.d screen that could actually be drawn on rather than the cover over the screen and the inclusion of smaller power cables.
The positives however invariably outweigh the negatives. Afterall this is the best tablet on the market and i would recommend it to a serious artist or a photo re-toucher with a large studio.
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