Both will be handy enough to be carried with you, nonetheless at least for the hybrid - which has the function to work on your PC like the regular 13HD as well - it makes sense to have the ergotron arm solution at home or your studio.
DIY-Easel-Ergotron Arm Solution
Since I havn't explained how to set up the ergotron arm with an easel to hold your Cintiq or whatever tablet/pen display in the post mentioned above, here's more information about that part:
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What you need:
Small easel (see image above for type) - $8 -$20
6 Wood screws, small, not longer than 8mm. - $2
LANSA handle bar from Ikea or something similar - $7
2 rubber hose clips $2
Total - $19-$31 (Without color, add your favorite brand $7-$15 for the coat)
I noticed that there can be problems with some kind of easels, so if you can - get a Daler Rowney table easel, or a Reeves Rutland easel the VESA mount should fit exactly at the back of the easel at least to fit the first row of screws in.
Here´s a link to the easel that I have used
A commenter has recommended another one from Dickblick that should fit as well: http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-mini-tabletop-easel/ at $8 pretty affordable.
Nonetheless, if you are unsure, make a VESA template from cardboard before you go in the shop for the exact measurements of your mount and see if it fits to any other easel as well. If they don´t have the Daler and Rowney make sure it looks at least sturdy, just don´t grab the cheapest easel around. If necessary go for the $15-$25 ones, there are parts that are glued and it doesn´t help you if the piece breaks in two parts when you dismantle the thing.
A $9 version with only the easel mounted to the arm is possible as well, see Victor Ha´s blog about it.
*Update Nov. 2013*
Due to a request for the stand I use in the video for additional stability (it is an telescopic staff from an unused notebook stand) but since I don´t know where to get that notebook stand I developed a better solution.
The good news is, it is more versatile and stable, the bad news is, it is expensive - but there´s even a solution for that, read on:
The images below show the stand I used to mount on the back of the easel it is a "Twelve South iPad stand". The stand is absolutely unusable as a stand for the Ipad as it always turns over but it does a perfect job being added to this arm solution because the stand spreads and gives grip to any surface, first you need to get rid of the rubber cap and open the srew to remove the back stand.
My suggestion is that you find or have a friend who owns such a stand - ask them what they think of it - I promise, they will say it will always turn over and it sucks, then make an offer that you´ll find a use, let´s say as book stand or something else and offer $10-15 for it. The prices on Amazon and ebay are ridiculous for this piece of crap.
A Few Months in ReviewNow on to some personal experience a review of 4 Month of using the Cintiq 13HD.
What can I say, I´m still very happy with the setup, I really like to work with the Cintiq and the Ergotron arm makes it even more versatile. I´m still waiting on my replacement cable to have it fixed on my desktop and be able to have the other cable to carry with me and the notebook.
But other than that it is a charm, the drawing makes a lot of fun, I had no issues so far as to be expected with the quality of Wacom products. The pen display doesn´t get hot on a warm day it might get a little hand-warm, but that is all. It is bright enough to work even on sunny days and so far I havn´t missed the touch strip that came with other tablets or Cintiqs.
And most importantly: no lags. I have worked in a variety of documents, software and sizes and I had not once experienced a lag.
What I found useful while working with the cintiq is the option to switch displays. I know this option comes with newer intuos tablets and drivers as well, but I havn´t used it, with the Cintiq however, this makes pretty much sense.
The only drawback was the scratch-sensitive display for which I had found a personal solution, maybe it helps others as well.
Another update on September 2014: The Cintiq and Ergotron arm are still a perfect team. My desktop changed quite a bit, but every arrangement works with the 13HD tablet as it fits nearly in everywhere.
DIY Cintiq Anti Scratch SolutionGot scratches?
The only real drawback that I´ve experienced with the Cintiq is its sensitive display surface.
For that I have found the following solution:
I used an A4 sized glass from an unused frame and mounted it with tar-tape and fixtape on the Cintiq. It feels even better, just like working on the iPad with a stylus and palm-rejection! The good thing when doing this is that it totally protects the surface from scratches, I just got one scratch and had to do something about it. Another great pluspoint is that I don´t need a glove as I hate using a glove while drawing. The reason scratches occur is not because of not wearing a glove, but because of the nibs. The only ddisadvantage of using glass is that the flex-nibs do squeak.
Don´t do this with Plexiglass as it scratches also, using real glass just causes the tablet to gain more weight which is no problem for the Ergotron LX arm, however if you have another arm, check if it is capable of handling the weight. Also, be sure that between the tablet and the glass is no dust!
Questions and AnswersNow going through some questions in regard to my other blog post and from mails related to this topic:
- Q: Are there ready-made or off the shelf alternatives?A: Actually there are some (google tablet cradle Ergotron) but the main problem are they are built often for iPads and have limits in size and weight-limitations, or they are ridiculously overpriced.
If you find a solution cheaper than $19 I´m really eager to post that here as an alternative.
- Q:What can you say about the pressure sensitivity fail? (link A: Actually I had it in the beginning once a week, but after the recent driver update I experienced nothing like this anymore. The bug happened with my Intuos as well, but I felt it happened there more often than on the Cintiq but I guess with the most recent driver update this is totally fixed.
- Q:Would you recommend the regular Cintiq13 or rahter to go with the Companion?
A: I´d say this is totally depending on what you want to do, but having made the experience with the scratch-sensitive display I imagine haveing a portble version to be more easily damaged if you don´t wan´t the glass solution to carry with you and for that it is already too expensive.
- Q: Have you noticed any slippage with it or is it really secure?
A: It´s absolutely secure, I can pull on the tablet to move the arm but I´ve use the handle for that most of the time and the Cintiq it is abolutely stuck in its position.
- Is the scratch fix with glass dangerous (as for cutting)?
A: So farI havn´t experienced anything like this, if you are uber-careful, you can get a custom glass with rounded corners as well and while you are at it, I´d recommend getting some polarzed glass as well and if that doesn´t suite you, security glass can do the trick but don´t mind the cost and additional weight.
- Q:Does the Cintiq has any disadvantage when painting through additional glass?
A: There is no disadvantage, any material up to 5mm thickness will be supported, I guess there´s even more thickness possible, but I never tried that.
If any more questions occur, even on the other blog-post, I´ll add my answers here.
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