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Wacom Cintiq 12WX 12-Inch Pen Display
List Price: $999.99

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Product Description

All over the world, creative professionals use sketchbooks to express their first ideas. This is why the Cintiq 12WX was developed as if it was a sketchbook: With a smooth, flat surface. And with a light weight that enables you to use it on your knees and to show it around to others. As you would do with paper ? digital paper.No matter whether the Cintiq 12WX is on your desk or in your lap ? just plug in and visualize your thoughts immediately with Wacom's patented pen technology on a high-resolution LCD monitor. Which can be part of a multi-monitor environment, too.Tap the full potential of your creativity: slim, light and durable, the Cintiq 12WX enables you to work wherever you feel inspired. It fits into everyday laptop bags. So just choose your favorite working environment ? all you need is a Mac or PC and power. And discover the broad variety of creative opportunities.

  • Box Contents - Cintiq 12WX Pen Display, Video Control Unit, Grip Pen, Pen Stand, Five replacement Nibs
  • 12.1 diagonal WXGA (1280 x 800) Widescreen Display
  • 1,024,000 pixels
  • 16.7 million colors
  • 0.204mm x 0.204mm Pixel pitch

Customer Reviews:

  • Increible
    He sido usuario de Wacom desde que saco su serie de tabletas ARTZ y es increible la evolucion de su tecnologia. Esta cintiq es una maravilla, en parte por su tama?o que la hace muy comoda de usar (a diferencia de la primera cintiq), y por los niveles de presion que tiene. Yo me dedico a la ilustracion digital y coloreo de comic, y en verdad que mejor herramienta no me pude haber encontrado....more info
  • Too flawed to be great
    There are good things, many people have listed them. But for $1000, it should be much better. Here are a list of the shortcomings that are not excusable for this price:

    -Poor viewing angles. Wacom says you should use the color profiles that come with the display as it has been properly calibrated at the factory. And yes, color is perfect. At least Hue and Saturation. Verified with ColorSync advanced setup. But if the brightness and contrast changes if you move your head, well, it isn't accurate, is it? I assumed that this 12.1" display was going to be higher quality than the crappy displays you get in a MacBook or thin Windows Laptop. Wrong. Same horrible viewing angles and hot spots. Basically a cheep laptop monitor in a Wacom case.

    -Poor tracking. Wacom is the standard. Supposedly this is based on an Intuos pad. But Wacom gives 2 points of calibration. That's right, 2 points. Upper left, lower right. That means that if you move the pen along the line drawn between those points, it's calibrated. But not in the lower left of upper right. Not at all. Any professional product should have at minimum 5 points of calibration. 4 corners and center. 2 is what my GameBoy DS has, and frankly, it tracks better and faster. Wacom needs to improve their driver and they could accomplish this. And of course since you can't touch the bottom 5 pixels of the screen, good luck if you had your dock hidden down there (Mac only). I have to have the dock squished to the side, which makes it harder to use, especially with a dual monitor setup.

    -Lots of cables and the brick. It works well, but still. With all that cabling and hardware, you'd think they could provide a DVI/VGA passthrough port.

    -1st grader pen. The grip pen is just not logical. No artists tools I use have that shape. Pencils, pens, brushes, all are thinner. I am used to sketching with Colorase and drafting pencils, so I won't be using this grip pen. Can I get used to it? Sure, probably, but then it will be more awkward to switch back and forth between the Cintiq and real paper and pencil. I ordered the classic pen, which should arrive in a few days. But that's another $50 to spend, when it should have either been the default pen provided, or BOTH pens should have been provided.

    -Software. They have been downgrading the bundles over time with their tablets, but at $1000, we should get more than Painter Light and Photoshop Light, since the vast, vast VAST majority of Cintiq customers already own Photoshop. I mean, you don't spend $1000 on a Cintiq without already owning a full version of Photoshop, so what value is Elements to anyone? Dump it and provide more brush plugins and the Classic pen instead. And a full version of Painter would be nice.

    Everything I list is fixable after the fact except for the LCD quality. Bundle can be improved, driver can be upgraded to fix the tracking issues, classic pen can be included. And a "rev B" could include a higher quality LCD screen with a professional viewing angle, at least vertically. Or, if they don't want to fix these problems, cut the price by $400 and it's less offensive... ;)

    All that said, there's still nothing like drawing directly on the screen with a pressure sensitive, high resolution pen. It's a great concept and a decent product that could be great....more info
  • A wonderful tool for an animator
    It was a hard decision for me when it came to buy this. I originally wanted the 21ux but found out that they made a 12x as well. I am very ecstatic and fell in love with this when I received it. There are many things that I love about the 12x, one of them being that it is more portable then the 21ux. The only thing that is hard to get used to is all the wires. I have two that are jacked into my laptop or desktop depending on which one you'll use. The one other thing that I found difficult was to get the duel monitor feature working. I first thought it was the drivers but you have to manually go in and tweak your settings in the graphics options before it will work properly. After getting it to where I liked the settings it is a blast and cuts down on my time producing animated films....more info
  • cintiq 12wx delivers, period (I have bought 3 so far...)
    I have worked with any WACOM you can think: OSX, WIN,
    5x4, 9x12, 12x12, 6x8, serial, USB, ADB, oldones, newones,
    you name it. Therefore, I have a broad range of tablet
    experiences and a good idea of the technology progress.

    I also worked with a feature loaded tabletPC (512 levels),
    it really helped a lot when sketching, just because of
    drawing straight on the screen, the worst weakness there
    might be the distance between the cover and the actual screen,
    it makes working on the borders something you want to avoid.
    At the same time, I also had an 8x6 INTUOS3, and 1024 levels
    are FAR better when it comes to paint and details, and
    of course the INTUOS' PEN is wonderful (I hated small light
    pens since college).

    On the Cintiq12wx I got myself a 12wx for the office, that is 965dls
    worth every penny, the best I bought so far. The 1024 levels and
    the best of working on the screen. Not perfect on the cover/screen gap
    but overall great. The best for the budget. A friend has a 21U (4:3)
    at the office, I tried it and liked it, later I am gonna get myself
    a 21UX (16:9) for myself at home :)

    Bottom line: If you can afford one of 'em, and gonna make money
    out of it... YOU MUST BUY ONE.

    I am an art school graduate, with 15 years of experience on design,
    illustration and animation. I do both PC and Mac, and have tested
    my cintiq with PAINTER X, photoshop CS3, sketchbook PRO, with both
    WACOM regular GRIP PEN and 6D PEN.

    Hope this helps ;)

    PS/ about the cables the little box and the 2 point calibration
    thing... well that is the dark side of the 12wx, but it ain't
    that bad.

    BUY IT !!!...more info
  • For those of you who have doubts.
    Let me start by saying that i'm not surprised by the some of the negative reviews this tablet has received. I am very well aware that this tablet is not perfect. I went in knowing that but decided to take the plunge anyway. Do I regret it? Not a single bit.

    A tale of an artist's sorrow.

    As an artist I have struggled for the past 6 or so years trying to find a balance between traditional and digital artwork. During college I had a chance to work in both mediums, and when I started making money I decided to take it another level buy hardware and software to meet my needs. It wasn't a tough decision. It was either that or a $1000 set of copic markers. So Two and a half years ago I bought an Imac and a Wacom 6x8 bluetooth tablet shortly thereafter. I was happy with my Mac(and still am) but hardly ever used the tablet. I just couldn't get used to it. I knew the size was small but I couldn't afford anything better. So the tablet just sat there only to be used every couple of months. A couple months ago when I decided to tough it out and struggle with the tablet....until I tried to turn it and couldn't. I had to cancel a project I was working on because of this. What was the point of doing art if you can't keep up with the digital era or can't afford an abundant amount of cumbersome art supplies.

    Then came the cintiq and I thought to myself, this is great! This could be the end of my struggle. But wait. 1000 dollars?! I may as well wait for the macbook touch thats been rumored for the past few years. However, time will not stand still for me. I mean, it's a thousand bucks but hey, you have to invest in bettering yourself sometimes. So I did the research , checked various prices and finally decided it was time to get one. And with that being said, my 6 year drout has officially ended.

    I have a large drawing table and an 11x17 scanner which I might never have to use again. The Wacom Cintiq is my canvas. You can listen to the reviewers here talk about all the minor technical issues, hotspots and preference in digital pens. As an artist and not a computer nerd, I can tell you that the cintiq is worth the money if you keep in mind that that it's not perfect just like any computer or device. And thats the reason i'm giving it 4 starts instead of 5.

    And for those thinking of getting a tablet PC, make sure that it is what you truly want. If you travel a lot I would recommend one because the cintiq is not as portable as one might think. But keep in mind that your making an investment in you as an artist and not on a computer. Most tablet PCs are known to have lag and generally aren't built specifically for digital art. Also, keep in mind the advancements in hardware. You can take the cintiq and connect it to any PC or Mac. You can't yank the screen out of your tablet PC and attach it elsewhere once the hardware becomes obsolete. At least not without the expertise.

    So before you think of the money you spend, the things that it can do in comparison to a tablet PC, or very minor technical issues, think of yourself as an artist. And if your one of those like me who had no canvas, rest assured that there is one waiting for you....more info
  • This tablet is awesome and perfect for portability
    I've been using an intuos tablet for years. I've always wanted a Cintiq but they were simply too large and lacked the portability I need. I work exclusively on a laptop and I need a tablet that I can easily bring to a coffee shop with me. This tablet is perfect! Don't be mislead by 12" though. It is much larger. It's about the size of a 17" laptop, but still definitely portable, especially when compared to the larger alternatives....more info
  • "Good" but not 5 stars
    I've had the 12" Cintiq for a few days now. I'm happy with the majority of the features and functions, but it simply is not a refined "5 star" product.

    - Pretty much *everything* anyone has to say that is positive about a Cintiq.
    - The single button to toggle between Cintiq screen and your regular monitor. Being able to use the pen on the Cintiq and then toggle to control the regular monitor is a huge time saver and allows for a great dual-monitor set-up. You can have your work on the Cintique and most of your palletes open on the main monitor.
    - 4.4 lbs is hard to beat. This feels about the same as my old Wacom tablet that didn't contain an LCD.
    - Bright, clear display
    - Small package

    - Display has a hot spot in one poor location. A small, roughly 4" round area immediately to the right of the "Wacom" logo gets warm/hot. I am right handed and this is the place where I rest my hand. It feels *very* awkward and uncomfortable to have my hand on a heating pad only to go sketching on a cold piece of glass.

    - Bottom ~8 pixels of screen is unusable. If you move the pen closer to, and then beyond the border of the top, left and right screen borders, the arrow icon simply goes to the edge and then stops. If you move the pen in the same way towards the bottom of the screen and then beyond the following happens: As the pen nears the bottom the arrow on screen slows, then stops and then reverses direction as you move further past the screen border. This *can* be worked around by avoiding the bottom 8-10 pixels of the screen, but it is **extremely** frustrating when you have to click on an icon in the bottom portion of the screen (i.e. create a new layer in Photoshop) or work on the lower portion of the screen in any way.

    - Cables! There are many more cables than you'd expect. There is one from the tablet to a black box and three from the black box... one to power and two to your computer (VGA/DVI and USB). They are obviously necessary but they kill the idea of taking this great tool to your local coffee shop for a a little sketching time.

    Overall this is a good product but it does not deserve 5 stars.
    ...more info
  • one of the best tool digital artist can have!
    I had my eye on Cintiq 21"UX for a long time, but just couldn't get it because of the price. After I found 12wx, I save some money and get it right away.

    The product is GREAT! works very well as I imagined, I been using intous3 for a long time, and I can say I adapt it and use it pretty well, but when Cintiq has arrive, it brought my working experience to a whole new level! it is much more accurate, faster, and natural to work with! The 12" is not big, but I'll say a good size, and the light weight design is very easy for you to move around, rotate and placement. I put it on my lap to work for a while, and put it on my desk (the stand on it is awesome) for a while, it is just so easy to move around and work. I use both standard wacom pen and 6D art pen and it works like a dream!

    There are some few drawbacks though, like everyone says, the video control box is kinda messy with all the cables connects to it, if they can make the box smaller than it'll be easier, and I don't understand why do they have to make another bulky AC adapter instead of just a power cable running out from the box.
    The other drawback is the monitor itself, it is not bad, the quality is similar to a macbook pro monitor (which imo is fine), but is it not as bright. I adjust and calibrate the color and that helps, but I also notice probably because it is matt finished screen, it won't be as bright and vibrant.
    Also, a pen holder on the tablet will be a plus.

    Overall, it is a wonderful product, and as a full time artist, it is the best tool I can invest!...more info
  • 5 stars all the way!
    As soon as you open the box, the Wacom Cintiq is ready to go, just plug and play. (Please note that this tablet is an actual monitor and needs a graphics card to work ). I have used Wacom before and am used to the quality, but this thing just blew me away. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to configure to your computer after you instal the drivers. You can configure/asign the buttons to each program individually, i spent another 30 to 60 minutes doing that, mostly testing if I liked this or that on Photoshop, Illustrator etc...
    I played around with it for hours to figure out if this was a hasty one thousand dollar decision for a grown up toy, or is it really usefull. The conclusion is that this is no toy, it seriously made my productivity go up about fifty percent, probably more once I get more familiar and used to it. The display is vibrant and the controls are perfect, but I do wish there were more shortcut buttons. Overall a must for designers and photographers alike... 5 stars all the way!...more info
  • Wait for the next version of "portable" 12WX
    I've had my 12WX for a month. I had also worked with 21UX for much longer period.

    What I really like about 12WX:

    Light (can put it on your lap)
    Better than any intuous3 tablet( for those who need to see the screen and the pen at the same time as they draw)
    Does everything the 21UX does (for 1/3 of the price), but not as accurate

    What I don't like about 12WX:

    Screen not as bright or colourful as a typical monitor.

    Screen is small and widescreen, so it is really tight area to draw.

    About 20% of the screen is unusable because of jitter and inaccuracy of pan calibration; this occurs on the 21UX too, but for only about 10% of the screen area, and nowhere near as bad. The bottom 5% of the 12WX seems to have the worst distortion effect, rendering lines predictably wobbly. To avoid this, one could stick to the middle area (A6).

    It is not portable, the number of wires one needs to carry around, the converter box, power supply and when all cables are plugged the 12WX becomes an octopus requiring a big table.

    I think the 12WX, being cheaper, has attracted more, new people to the Cintiq range, and they are discovering it is not what they expected from the glittering ads. Cintiqs are not as accurate as a piece of paper and a mechanical pencil. That said, the 21UX is much much more accurate than the 12WX. But perhaps the 12WX is less able by consequence of cramming everything into such a slim piece of kit? The 21UX is a behemoth in comparison.

    The bottom line is, if you can only have one Cintiq, and you're really serious about it, buy the 21UX, wait until Wacom resolves numerous technical issues with the first generation of "portable" version of 21UX....more info
  • Nice, but Not what I was hoping for
    First thing I noticed was all the cords and cables and how in the world could this be portable when all these connections must be toted about. This is really meant to stay at home, not like the commercials would have you believe that it can easily be mobile. Took me forever to figure out how to get the screen working as I did not see the details in the manual (you have go into the display dailog and move a white bar above 2 blue boxes(the 2 monitors) to choose the cintiq monitor)Also, you must buy a mini DVI to DVI plug for a mac. After finally getting it going I realized I was really bothered by the fact that my hand is on top of my work so drawing, say a pupil, is now more difficult than on a wacom because you have to look around your hand! I had forgotten how the wacom eliminates this obstacle! So, I decided to send it back to Antoline for a refund as it says that they have a 30 day refund if you are not satisfied, but they flatly refused because it was 'opened' even though it was still brand new and eveything comes in zip bags anyway so it was easy to put it all back together eactly as purchased. I ended up sellng this $200 below what I paid and bought another wacom.
    On a good note, it is cool that it can be held in your lap and does have a nice screen (but you have to scroll a LOT more than you would on a large monitor with a wacom.) Hope your experience is better!...more info
  • Great for work, even better for play.
    I know you are all looking for tons of details if you haven't had a chance to play with one yet. I love this product heres why:

    When you consider the quality build, the level of control and precision, this is a must have for many designers, artists and photographers out there.

    Who its for:

    PHOTOGRAPHERS of ANY LEVEL. Most photographers will not need more screen space for detail work on their photos.

    2D & PRINT DESIGNERS. Any commercial designers out there who need a tool that is not too large and can be added to their workstation stand to benefit from the efficiency you will gain in cropping and editing your assets or creating artwork.

    ILLUSTRATORS. This could be best described as the "sketchbook" of Cintiq monitors. Extremely useful for sketches and small to medium sized projects. Very useful for pencil and ink work in Painter X.

    Who it might not be for:

    3D DESIGNERS. This may be a limiting format (small widescreen) for most 3D designers working on medium sized models and up. I think for a designer that uses a Cintiq as their main display should look into the 20+ inch Cintiq models.

    There is no other product like it.
    Very portable (but definately not pickup and go because of the attached display control box)
    Sensativity. Wacoms is simply the best at feel, hands down.
    Build Quality. This is a well built, sturdy product made with quality glass, metal and high grade plastics. The finish on the face is tactile and very nice to hold.
    Blue Lights. Always nice, love em in VWs, love em on electronics. Very classy.
    Format. This is a product who size is just right.
    Egronomics, feels comfortable no matter how you hold it. Kudos to Wacom on this, better than any of their other designs in this respect.

    Improvements Wacom could make (even great products can get better).
    The power brick and external display box brings the total cables in the setup to 4 (power, video, usb... and single cable from box to display). My suggestion is if you want it more portable, go out and immediately pick up a DVI&USB KVM cable so that you have a little less clutter on the road. This should not be a detourant from purchasing this great product though. Also, while I like the stand on the back, it could be improved with a pressure lock to hold it in your desired position more firmly.

    The day they make a 15 wide with 1680x1050 resolution I will have my perfect size display for my desk and my work.

    For me this was a must have product and I am very happy with my purchase. I would buy this again in an instant and highly recommend it for work or as one of the best toys for your 999....more info
  • Good not Great
    As a graphic artist, longtime Wacom user, and Cintiq 21x early-adopter, I was waiting anxiously for the portable version of the Cintiq and bought it immediately.

    Well it is portable and usable, so they get points for that. But you can forget about using this on the plane. Not only does it require an AC plug-in (a big thick cord with a large-ish power supply), there's also an additional brick about the size of a thick paperback book for the video card. And the instructions emphatically warn against connecting or disconnecting while the computer is on, so it's not hot-swapable either. The screen size is a bit small given the tablet size. Also, like the Wacom tablet, they are still using a hardwired cord which can tend to get bent when you're packing it in luggage. I've never had one break, but it's a design flaw.

    So it is a functional, portable Cintiq. Check. But if you're not in a hurry, it feels like this will be a little better in a year or two....more info
  • Fantastic (but with caveats)
    I've owned Wacom tablets for many years, and I've generally found them handy for basic level Photoshop work. For more complex work such as sketching and digital painting, I always had a hard time getting over the disconnect between the tablet and the screen.

    The Cintiq, quite simply, is a revelation for me. Sketching and painting is completely immersive and intuitve. Several times I've actually tried to smudge a pencil stroke with my finger, or wipe away imagined eraser dust. Simply put, there's no way I can ever go back to my old Wacom Tablet.

    That said, this definately feels like a first generation product. It lacks portability. It would be much better if the calibration was quicker and easier to access since if you reposition yourself you'll also need to adjust the calibration to line up your new viewpoint. I am constantly zooming in and out accidentally because I tend to hold the tablet on the edge with the scroller bar (I have to break this habit).

    I have also had a mysterious error related to the color profile in Vista 64 for which Wacom has no solution but might also be unique to my system. I ended up just discarding the profile and calibrating by eye.

    And, yeah, the price tag is steep.

    But, darn it, I love this thing. If you're a working artist or designer, it's certainly something to consider unless you're already perfectly comfortable with your existing Wacom tablet. If you're a hobbyist it's a bit of a harder sell because of the pricepoint.

    Frankly, Wacom tablets have always seemed a bit finiky to me, and this one doesn't change that. However, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages for me. This is the most exciting computer product I've purchased in maybe the last 15 years.
    ...more info
  • Hopefully 2nd generation will improve a lot
    At first glance, it's an amazing product. It's a great size, it's thin, bright, with nice buttons and a nice pen.
    I just got mine and am using it to work with as a normal tablet (to control the cursor on my main screen), and also to work directly on and draw/paint.
    I use a 21" Cintiq at work and also have a 6x8 Intuos 3 tablet that I used before getting this new 12" Cintiq.

    The 12" Cintiq has a lot of flaws - so much so that I think I may have to return it, which is really disappointing.
    First. Though it's a "12-inch" screen, I'd say it's more like a 10". Why? Because when you move the cursor to the edges of the screen - a little over an inch away from each border, the cursor starts to shake tremendously. This simply doesn't fly when you're trying to keep a steady hand and get a good line while drawing or painting. It's also very annoying when you're just trying to click on something in the menu bar at the top of the screen. The cursor looks like it's spazzing out and it's really hard to live with.
    I think part of the reason for this may be because of the limited 2-point calibration, as someone else who reviewed on here talked about. The calibration is just nowhere near refined enough.
    Like I said, I also have a 21" Cintiq and I don't have this problem with that. They just didn't do a good job with the 12".

    Second. The excessive cables. They really need to figure out how to slim this down and simply it - and I think they could. Before you buy look at the manual online and see all that you have to do to get this thing working. If you're thinking about taking it with you on the go with your laptop, forget it. There's so much to have to deal with. I don't see why they can't just make a simple cable like Apple's Cinema displays - it plugs into the DVI port, a usb port for the pen to work, and then a power brick, which then plugs into the wall. That'd be so much simpler. The cintiq itself is very thin - so it lends itself to portability, but when you have to consider all the extra cables and connections you have to make, it doesn't work out so well.

    Third. The quality of the screen. It is cheap. When I first plugged it in I wasn't disappointed - I saw my desktop background on this small 12" screen and it looked nice and bright. But then I started working with it. When you're actually drawing in Photoshop the line doesn't look nearly as crisp as on my Apple Cinema display. Text also suffers. Just reading through web pages it's quite noticeable. I think another review said that they just used a cheap laptop screen, and after working with it for a couple days, I think that person was right.

    There are nice things about it. The design is nice and like I said before, it's nice and thin so it sits nicely on my desk (a problem I have with the bigger ones is that they are SO bulky).
    It's easy to pick up and put in your lap. And the stand is nice too.
    I really wish that it didn't have the problems that it does because I'd love it to work well.
    My main problem has to be the cursor jumping around and shaking - it's really awful and I don't think I can stand it. It's worst at the edges of the screen, but you can't even click and drag to scroll down a web page without the cursor shaking. It's not only annoying, it's almost unusable. I'm used to using my Intous 3 and my goodness - what a difference. That one is SO much better at tracking your pin movement.

    Worth $1000? Not at all. Hopefully they'll come out with a better updated one sometime soon - then it may be worth the price....more info
  • Great for painting but bad screen res and brightness.
    I am a digitail painter and comic artist so i was extremely excited to buy this. I've owned it for a few months now and technilogically speaking there is no fault in the product. It works like a charm. The side buttons that you can program with general and software specific commands. That and the direct screen work space, have boosted my productivity greatly. HOWEVER, i was greatly dissapointed at the screen brightness and screen resolution. Being in the art field, which is why most of you will buy this, those two dissapointments are HUGE to me. but i do say that it is STILL worth the money, my fiance threw a fit when i told her how much it was but i'm glad i bought it....more info
    Great tablet for portability with a video display. Just like any other cintiq except smaller and lighter. Only problem is all the extra wires and converters you have to carry around. So although its portable, its not completely the "on the go" tablet....more info
  • This Tablet Really Delivers
    This is the fourth Wacom tablet I've had over past 10 years. The first three sat in the corner of my studio and rarely got used. I'm just one of those people who couldn't look at the screen and draw on a tablet. I spent hours trying to get comfortable with it and every time I gave up. I kept telling myself that with each new model that this would be the one. Well, I can finally say, THIS IS THE ONE! I've had this for a little over a week and I've drawn on it every day. I've worked with it on my Macintosh Desktop as well as my Mac Book Pro. I can lean back, set it in my lap and draw on it like a sketch book. It truly feels like a non-digital experience. I even noticed myself attempting to wipe away eraser dust after removing a line! This is the tablet I've dreamed of.

    For anyone whose had the same problems that I've had trying to get used to the standard tablet, this is the way to go. The only thing that could replace this for me would be a true Macintosh Tablet PC. This one gets a bit cumbersome with the connector box and multiple cables, but that's a small issue to endure to get such great results....more info