Wacom Cintiq 21UX: Touch a Screen for Instant Creativity

The flashiest upgrade for any computer is a big, beautiful LCD monitor. It’s something everyone will notice. But not everyone will catch on that the Wacom Cintiq is so much more than just a 21.3-inch looker-at least, not until they see that cordless stylus next to it. Then you can reveal the truth: It’s, an interactive, pressure-sensitive (to 1,024 levels), pen-driven display that you need for your art.

Upgrading is easy. Just plug the Cintiq into your DVI (Digital Visual Interface) port (or VGA port with the included adapter) and into an open USB port - it uses the latter for data communication with the computer. The stand lets you orient the Cintiq like any monitor, or place it almost flat on the desk for some serious work by hand, whether you’re using it as a tablet for writing or illustrating the next great Web comic. As with any drawing tablet, the harder you push with the stylus in a paint program like Adobe Illustrator, the darker the line. But with the Chitiq, your line appears right where you make it on the screen, separated only by a layer of glass between the pen nub and the screen pixels.

Cintiq is many a starving artist’s dream: infinitely desirable, because it’s an incredibly useful tool and the best possible way to integrate visual art and computers; inaccessible because, at $2,499, it costs a good bit more than Sharpie markers and a pad of paper- or just about any other tablet. For the same amount of money (or even less) you could get an entire tablet PC- but then, no tablet PC provides 21 inches of drawing space. When you raid your bank account, just remind yourself that the best equipment always comes at a cost.

Wacom Cintiq 21UX Short Reviews
Price range: $2,500

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