I´m a tablet user and have worked with the Intuos line for ages, but especially when it comes to finishing line-drawing or details, I found that I am not at 100% of my drawing abilities. It is "roughly visualized" like doing 90% when you know you could do 100% on a paper. The Cintiq investment was to fill the missing 10% potential and that is why I eagerly waited for it.
Many people grumped that 13" is too small and there is no VESA mount...Calm down, it is possible to mount without VESA and it is not too small, if you are into drawing you don´t need a larger space than A4 size or 13".
First off, the Cintiq 13HD is a mobile and lightweight tool, you can´t have it all, either portable or big and bulky.
My decision to go for it was due to the fact that I don´t want my entire desktop to be a monitor with additional heating function in the summer, a 22HD or 24HD was absolutely too huge and too expensive.
I kicked my secondary 26" monitor a year ago because most of the time I didn´t used all the space on the screen and I found that this is actually true when drawing. I use keyboard shortcuts all the time, so I don´t need fancy buttons on the tablet. A small A4 sized tablet is all I need and so far it did not disappoint in that regard!
*EDIT* Find my follow-up post with instructions on setting up the easel with the Ergotron arm and an anti-scratch-fix guide HERE, thanks for your attention!*EDIT END*
Below you find some images and some commentary - from unboxing to the final setup, let me know if you have some questions regarding this setup in a comment.
It will work with the easel only, everything else is additional craziness.
Last but not least, some facts that I find interesting or noteworthy and what my experiences are in around 24 hours after unboxing:
- The Pro-Pen is awesome, it works with Intuos 4 as well and both tablets go well with eachother without any hassle
- The Pro-Pen is new, it lets me draw totally different, much more natural than I ever thought was possible with a tablet, but that can be due to the fact that it is a pen-display
- It is possible to mount the tablet in any easel if you feel uncomfortable with the plastic-stand
- IT has true HD (1920x1080px which is around 170 Pixel per Inch) To comparison, the apple iPad has 264 Pixels per Inch so it is almost Retina -like and you really feel no pixel!
- It is instant on, no waiting time, no lag, just like a regular display.
- It doesn´t get warm. In the 5-6 hours I had worked with it I couldn´t find a hotspot or any sign of it getting warmer than my Intuos tablet, which means zero heat.
- The tablet is sturdy. I was at first annoyed by the cable that had to be plugged to the tablet and Wacom definitely has to do something that makes a 90 degree turn to align the cable along the tablet, but other than that it feels like an iPad even without an aluminium shell.
- The surface is very hard, I had tried different settings and found that it is not necessary to press hard and there are no signs of usage on the screen. The feel of the screen and also the display feels more like illustration board, which is quite good for drawing!
- The viewing angle is quite like the Multisync NEC monitor I´m used to work with, absolutely superior.
- The pressure sensitivity is awesome. It might be the new pen, but the pressure sensitivity feels now more present than on the Intuos tablet which also has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, however, I never found them more working accurately than on the Cintiq, it is also possible that Photoshop CS6 is more responsive on a Pen-Display, IDK.
- Another nice feature of regular multi-monitor setup´s in connection with Photoshop: It lets you work on the Cintiq in fullscreen-mode, while the other desktop is set to normal for palette and tools, this saves a lot space and distractions on the actual working screen, in combination with an Intuos=Awesomness!
Above: A little testpiece I did in 15 Minutes after seting up, drawing feels like drawing again!
My Personal Conclusion:
Many artists bother about the high pricing of the Cintiq line and this is entirely true for the large ones, this smaller version has all the features a big HD Cintiq has, plus it has the new Pro-Pen which you have to buy for the other tablets (except if you buy a new one) I think the Pen is the most important part and Wacom has produced a superior product here (and no I don´t get paid for writing that:). I´ve read many reviews about tablet PC´s, Pen-display, some from Yiynova had gotten some good reviews from Colleages as well, bute there you go - 1440x 900 resolution, a pen with batteries and a glossy surface and experimental drivers.
If you are here because you have to decide for a tablet but don´t know which one, I can give now the ultimate recommendation: Get an Intuos A6 tablet and the Cintiq 13HD and you don´t need anything else in your life ever!