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jennifer megara
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Hi everyone!

I'm bouncing back and forth the idea of getting a Wacom Cintiq tablet monitor to work on..www.wacom.com but the cost is still really up there even after the price drop. Has anyone owned or used one of these to animate or illustrate with and if so, would you recommend?

Thanks so much for your help / advice! [bow]
-Jenn

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Jasen
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I have one of the "mother of all Wacoms" the Cintiq 18sx, I think it was about $3,600 got in some computer hole in the wall shop in Hollywood. This is the screen one that you draw on the monitor. I love it, the screen is very good, just as good as my Mitsubishi DiamondTron and you can draw much faster on it then the Intuos 2 Tablets. I thought it was worth the price, and that was a real roll of the dice for me to buy this thing.

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OFFBEAT
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Yeah.. it has half the sensitivity of the intuos2, but being able to see what you are drawing is well worth the difference. If you're strapped for cash, i'd say skip it, but if you have money burning a hole in your pocket.. it's awesome!
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jennifer megara
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AWESOME! I was hoping to hear good things- it'll be a nice tax write-off that's for sure, hehe
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MacM
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I was going to buy the Wacom, then I came across this: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=24-023-001&depa=0

I have had it a few weeks now and it works beautifully. There is a 17" model coming at the end of the month, as well. I looove it.

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Olve
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It looks really cool, but why I am having second thoughts buying this one is because of its LCD-screen.
Remember that you'll get the same problems with colors, contrasts, etc as on a normal LCD-flatscreen monitor. In other words not 100% correct.
Just something to have in the back of your head.
Perhaps it's not a big issue for you. If it isn't; go for it!

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Olve
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Btw; here's a nice page on LCD vs CRT.

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tstevens
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Yeah...

Olve's rite when it comes to the CRT vs LCD arguement.

Yesterday I actually had to help one of our 3D guys with lighting for a job. I went over to his house and we had to do the corrections on his LCD Trying to see anything accurately was a pain and at best and the viewing angle was pretty lousy. Even though a lot of the monitor companies claim that the newer LCD's have a better viewing angle and more accurate color I have yet to see one that truely had the color reproduction of a high end CRT.

I concur with Olve - if color, contrast and viewing area are concerns you may want to consider staying with standard Wacom.

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MacM
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I should have clarified a bit more.
I use it in a dual monitor setup: a CRT, handy for all the palette options, and the pen input LCD monitor.
I would recommend adding the pen input, not replacing the CRT.
The 'pros' far outweighed any 'cons' of using an LCD (for me, anyway) as it is easy enough to drag whatever you are working on to the other monitor for a 'second opinion'.

Frankly, I was surprised that the company did not market it as a 'cheaper Cintiq alternative' to artists/animators.

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Mr. Fun
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I'm using one right now, as I'm reading this post.

It's pretty good to animate with, and it sure beats the heck out of the regular Wacom tablet. However, the price tag is still (gasp!) (choke!) somewhat steep.

Luckily, the one I'm using belongs to a big evil studio you might have heard of.

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toonedbob
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Using one up here at the studio as well and love it - my output has almost doubled. I plan to buy one by the end of the year.
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jennifer megara
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Hey MacM-

I had NO IDEA there was another competing monitor out there (other than the sony vio system that's been discontinued). That price is awesome- I could get a dual setup for the price of one Cintiq. It's great to have other options out there!

Thanks again! [Cool]

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