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Hello hello!

For those of you who have some experience with the 24" cintiq, any thoughts on it?  I've been debating getting it for the past few weeks and I can't find a whole lot of thorough reviews on the thing.  Is it worth it?
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BurenErdene Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there. I have cintiq 20 inch. I love it. It saves so much time.
It doesnt always heat up that badly. It only gets warm around the top edge.
Making the brightness and light setting at 50% each makes it just right to look at for a longer period of time. The calibration is no problem at all. It only loses precision when the pen gets near the lower edge. But we always have our pen at the center of the screen so that wont hinder the flow.
There are few downsides. One of them is that working directly on the hard plastic screen makes tiny scratches, After a while it makes these little cracks. In order to protect, should get a nice anti scratch cover to protect the screen. And use cloth gloves while drawing on it. Because the hand sweat gets dried over and it and becomes nuisance when moving the hand over/on the screen.
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Titania-Rose Feb 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Sorry I didn't see this journal sooner.
I have the Cintiq 24 HD and it's the best tablet ever!! Top tier art professionals use cintiqs. The intuos just doesn't compare to the brilliance of this thing. Everything about it makes art productivity increase and precision better and shortcut buttons at your fingertips. The only drawback is it is heavy. It's 80 lbs and it takes up ALOT of table space. The stand it comes with is awesome because you can now hang it off the desk and draw on it comfortably. The new Cintiq is a HUGE step of the old Cintiq. (I used the old one and it is chunky as hell. My back and shoulders would suffer.) I sold my Intuos 4 so I could get the Cintiq 24 HD and it's so worth it. I didn't have any trouble getting into it right away because I've used tablets for so long. I got mine from pictureline.com , a bit of a discount there.
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shut up and come to ny.
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sohlol Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use it at works, it's been about 2 months.
It's nice, but I still prefer the intuos over it. Might just be me, but I find my vision getting worse from being so close to the screen on the Cintiq vs looking at a monitor.

Speedwise, yeah I can see it speeding up work maybe but I haven't really timed myself and I still feel like I can output the same amount of work as I do on a tablet.

I can't get the mouse to match up exactly with the tip of the pen so I just look at the mouse anyway. Basically it's like an intuos where you have to stare at the mouse pointer but now I have to hold up my arm up more to draw on a vertically slanted screen.

Check out this thread for comments on the color accuracy. Personally, I hate the colors on the 24HD. Technically it's a good piece of hardware, just wish the screen colors didnt seem so dull. [link]
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reafu-fu Jan 23, 2012   Digital Artist
A couple of years ago, I managed to play around with one inside of a computer store. I'll admit it was pretty awesome, so I can only imagine what it's like working from the sketching/inking stage, up to a fully coloured image. From the 2 artists I know that have them, they've said it shaves hours off of the time it takes to complete something. Especially when it comes to digital inking. The only downside that I've heard is that calibrating it can be problematic and finding some kind of plastic overlay, to protect the screen. Either way, good luck!
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Beatrix-White Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really like my cintiq 21'', it's pretty cool. If i had the money to get a 24'' I would of. My only problem I've had with mine is that the screen heats up my hand sometimes, but it's not a major problem. I've had mine for at least 2 years and haven't seen one scratch at all on the screen. Hope that helps :la:
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jenmundy Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your reply! Yeah, I've heard of the 21" model heating up pretty bad... probably sucks in the summer months lol but might be nice in the winter, like a little space heater-- hahahaha!

Did you find that since using the cintiq your drawing speed has gone up significantly? :O
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Beatrix-White Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha space heater, that's gold.
The good thing is that it doesn't heat up straight away, it takes quite a while for it to start burning your hand.

Yes I have actually but that could also be attributed to getting better at drawing...
But it's most likely the tablet that's made me better. :P
I had a bamboo before the cintiq but my "skills" increased a lot when i upgraded.
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I have the Cintiq 21ux (1st generation) and it kicks all sorts of ass. I would recommend getting a screen protector for it, because the screen does scratch over time and it is not covered by the warranty apparently (lots of pissed off customers around the net due to that). I love my Cintiq and the screen is absolutely massive, so the 24 inch could possibly be overkill, unless you really want the most ginormous screen possible. But all in all, while it is a big expense, it is seriously worth it.

You may also consider going used if money is an issue, but assuming you are looking at a 24 inch model, I am assuming it is not. XP
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jenmundy Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh yeah, I believe the 24" model has double the pressure sensitivity (2048 to match the intuos4, which is what I currently use) so screen size aside, that's why I would be interested... Did you find that using the cintiq made a huge difference in your overall drawing speed?
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