Pen-On-Screen Tablet

Wacom Cintiq 12WXWhen I heard that Wacom was releasing a new, smaller Cintiq, I was immediately intrigued and at the same time a bit skeptical. All too often I’ve gotten excited about an upcoming product only to be disappointed in the end. This, however, is not the case with the Wacom Cintiq 12WX.

The newest model in the Cintiq line has completely won me over. First, the size is just right. Unlike the previous Cintiq models, this one isn’t much bigger than a regular Wacom tablet, which means it travels much easier. It actually fits in my laptop bag. Another plus is its versatility. You can prop up the tablet using the built-in easel stand or you can lay it flat on your desk. Not only that, but because it’s tethered by one long cable, you can easily place it in your lap, almost like you would hold a regular sketchbook. This is especially nice for those coming from a traditional artistic background.

The Cintiq 12WX comes complete with all the built-in features you’d expect, such as ExpressKeys and Touch Strips that are programmable to your most-used keystrokes and functions. The screen is at a widescreen ratio of 1280×800 and, of course, it comes with Wacom’s patented battery-free pen. (Quick tip: If you have an Intuos3 tablet, the pens are compatible. I have both and switch between them using the same pen.)—Corey Barker

PRICE: $999
FROM: Wacom Technology Corp.

HOT Smaller, more manageable size; portable