The Cintiq Alternative
Following my previous post on Tablet PCs which are in fact alternatives to a Cintiq, I though of sharing some interesting findings I’ve had lately. To start of, there are two models of Cintiq by Wacom. The Cintiq 12WX and the 21UX at 1000 and 2000 Euros respectively. No doubt, those products are of exceptional quality and everyone loves them including me although I’ve had the chance to use a 21UX just for a while. Worth of note is that once there was a Cintiq 15x model that is now discontinued. You can still find this model at ebay for as low as 250 Euro. So that’s the first alternative. Well, not a Cintiq alternative since it’s still a Cintiq, but a cheap one nontheless.
Now on the other hand there are some real Cintiq alternatives out there. The first one I’ve found is from p-Active, named XPC and there exist two XPC models, one at 17” while the other at 19”display.The price is quite good at 1000 Euro for the 19” and 816 Euro for the 17”. Both models support 1024 pressure points, 16mil colors, 140 degrees viewing angle and +/- 0.5mm pen accuracy. Good or not, it’s still an alternative option
Next comes the alternative from Hanvon which is a company like Wacom that makes graphics tablets and in fact they have a wide range of graphics tablets to choose. Their latest model being SenTIP. SenTIP supports 2048 pressure points, 262k colors, 170 degree viewing angle and +/- 0.4mm accuracy while it’s screen size is 12” diagonal, much like Cintiq 12WX only a bit cheaper at about 700 Euro.
So far so good, but the best alternative I’ve found so far is this.
The Do-It-Yourself Cintiq. Attaching an LCD on a Wacom tablet, enclosing and calibrating it. If you already own a graphics tablet the construction of a DIY Cintiq will cost no more than 400 Euro and some hours to have something very comparable to Wacom Cintiq. For extensive info on building it go to Bongofish.co.uk. Also TabletMod provides enclosures for the DIY Cintiq project and has videos on how-to construct it. Still Bongofish is a very nice read!
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I will definitely going to build my own as soon as I am finished with that joke called “army”. If you are going to build one please write on the comments to tell us your thoughts.