|Wacom Cintiq 12WX|
Then there is the issue of size. I wanted to work larger, if I was going to purchase another monitor it would have to be at least a 19 inch screen.
After finishing a couple of illustration assignments I had some extra money to spend and I started seriously researching Cintiq alternatives. I spent days looking at YouTube reviews and reading reviews on different tablets that were in the running for an inexpensive quality alternative. The biggest obstacle was that most, if not all models had issues with installing the drivers and that those drivers did not work with all Graphic software. Also unlike the Cintiq their pens were either battery operated or had to be recharged. There were also issues with the screen on some models. Either the resolution was on the low end or the screen would appear unclear depending on the angle its viewed.
There were some models that seemed okay except that I would always have to deal with the challenge of the drivers and a rechargeable pen.
|Monoprice 22 inch HD Pen Display|
1- A large 22 inch HD screen. with no issues about angle of view or resolution.
2- There were no issues with the driver and it worked well with all the software I had- Sketchbook Pro, ArtRage, Manga Studio (Clip Studio), Mischief, Paint Tool Sai, Photoshop, Rebelle.
3- Even though the Amazon page said the pen was rechargeable the pen in fact did not need to be recharged. It worked just as well as the Wacom pen and was in fact similar in weight and size.
4- To top it off it was less than a third of the cost of a 22 inch Cintiq. The 22 inch HD Cintiq cost $1,799.95 and The Monoprice 22 inch HD cost $470.31 (you would of course have to figure out the tax but the shipping is free for items in this price range on Amazon). Even the 13 inch HD Cintiq cost more at $799.95!!!
When I finally got the display I set it up immediately and it worked as expected. Below is a YouTube video I made to demonstrate the monitor. I thought this was important to share for those who who wanted to buy a Cintiq but were put off by the price and especially to those who are used to working with traditional tools but would like to learn how to create art digitally. A tablet like this makes the transition much easier.