As any graphics professional or computer artist will tell you, a graphics tablet is as indispensable as the hand they use to draw with. Wacom's introduction of the Cintiq range and now, specifically, the introduction of the Cintiq 12WX, is the latest and most portable option in the line-up, balancing ease of use and portability, but maintaining the usefulness of the device.
The new, interactive pressure sensitive display tablet combines a high quality 12.1-inch TFT LCD colour screen with a more affordable sub-£1000 price tag. The slim line dimensions (405 x 270 x 17mm) compare well with the company's Intuos3 A5 wide graphics tablet and allows you to draw directly onto the display, taking away the sometimes disjointed feeling you get when using a more traditional graphics pad.
A 170-degree angle of view and its flip-out stand means it can be used on your lap or tilted at 25-degrees on a desk for a more impact-full display but without to many glitches as it is still usable at that angle. At around 2kg in weight, it's not overly heavy when on your lap either, making mobile/portable use an attractive prospect.
The Touch Strips meanwhile behave like a scroll bar meaning you can zoom in or out of an image in Photoshop or, for those more into video production, they can be used to scrub in, say, Final Cut Pro.
Looking at the price alone the Wacom Cintiq 12WX, it looks, well, kind of expensive. But once out of its box the quality of the display, build and the sheer usability of the thing, it quickly becomes an indispensable tool for any graphics professional on less generous budget or for those needing a portable solution to their graphics art production.
Wacom's Cintiq 12WX combines the best of its Intuos3 range of graphics tablets with interactive display technology in a portable format that is both flexible and great to use.