There’s been talk at times in the forum about touch screen laptops to be used for drawing but I’ve always had some reservations about purchasing one. Some reasons not to get a touch screen laptop include the possibility of the screen scratching up over time, less pressure sensitivity, non-portability between one computer to another like a drawing tablet, and a computer which may become obsolete in two to three years time. Recently, though, I just found out about Wacom’s LCD touch-sensitive Cintiq “tablet monitors”.
“Tablet moniter”? What does that mean? That means that you can draw right on the tablet and create your artwork as if you were drawing on paper!
There are currently two Cintiq types: Cintiq 21UX and Cintiq 12WX. The former is a large 21.3″ screen with a hefty $1999USD price tag and the latter is a smaller 12.2″ screen with half the price of the 21UX. Aside from the larger screen, the 21UX also has more features including the capability to rotate 180° and more incline ranges. Both are compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP (SP2) as well as Mac OS X 10+. For more information on Cintiq, drop by the Wacom site.
As a special bonus, as of tomorrow, I will be posting up some pretty cool videos of some Japanese manga-ka using the Cintiq 21UX each day. Enjoy!