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So for our design company, Dismantled, we decided our first big purchase would be a Cintiq 12wx for me. I of course had no objections to this since I've been wanting one since Wacom first unveiled them:D.

While i waited for it to arrive (it came about a week after we ordered it...the wait almost killed me) i browsed a few reviews. I was looking over the comments section of one of them, when i saw someone mention SmudgeGuard and how great a product it was. I Googled it and found this.

After looking over the site a bit i decided to buy one. The creator of the SmudgeGuard, Jeannie Lit, was incredibly nice and responded personally to the purchase. I received the guard in about 3 days which meant i had about 4 days to just wear it around the house and look cool before my Cintiq arrived.

When the Cintiq finally arrived i hooked it all up, put on my SmudgeGuard and decided to break it in with some sketching. Needless to say, it was incredible.

The size of 12wx is perfect for me. I haven't been spoiled by the bigger sized Cintiqs so the screen really didn't seem that small to me. Like all the reviews mention, it comes with a lot of cords but that wasn't really a big issue for me. I had the whole thing spread out on my bed with the Cintiq resting in my lap like a sketchbook and seriously it felt like i WAS drawing in a sketchbook. The texture of the screen is incredibly smooth and with the SmudgeGuard your hand just glides across it.

I don't know what other artists do, but i personally don't think i could work on the Cintiq without the SmudgeGuard, that's how great it is. It's incredibly comfortable and it keeps your screen free of the oils of your hand. This is a huge thing because any oil that gets on the screen creates a bit of resistance whenever the pen hits it. The guard also keeps your hand cool while it's resting on the screen (The Cintiq's screen gets a little warm while you use it...nothing serious but with the guard on you are never bothered by it).

The main thing i love about the Cintiq is how light and portable it is. Most of the reviews i read said how great it was for taking on business trips, but not to the coffee shop for some sketching. I totally disagree with that. I used a laptop backpack, arranged and stuffed the cords (gently) into the pockets, put the Cintiq in the main part, and threw in a tiny adapter that allows me to plug two cords into one outlet(so i didn't have to unlpug the lamp at Caribou).

When i got there i took out the Cintiq and my laptop (which i also got to fit in the bag and it still wasn't that heavy or squashed), unzipped a few of the pockets, plugged it into the wacom box, and the wall outlet, and was up and running in about 5 minutes. All of the cords were still tucked neatly in the backpack pockets the way i had it set up so there weren't cords all over the place. After a few hours, it took less than 5 minutes to pack it all up and leave.

Ok this is getting to be too long so i'll finish this up. If you are a professional artist/designer, find a way to get a 12wx. They are totally worth it and the time this thing saves is unbelievable. I can't imagine working without one now and i've only had it for a little over a week.
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soapdish Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Thanks for the info on the Smudgeguard. Owning a Cintiq (and being a lefty), I noticed there's definitely tons of smudging whenever I draw. Seems like the Smudgeguard is a viable solution.

I'm currently awaiting my laptop in the mail and you mentioned that you were able to transport your laptop and Cintiq in your backpack. If you don't mind my asking, what kind of backpack do you own or recommend? I'd like to find a backpack that can fit my 15.4" laptop + Cintiq.

Cheers!
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
I use a backpack my wife bought from Best Buy. It's one that's made for laptops. I think it was like $30 or something like that. I have a 15.4" as well and it fits well with it. It's snug with both of them in there and all the cords but not too bad actually.

Glad the review helped!
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whisperpntr Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Student General Artist
I've heard a lot about jitter problems and haven't had the chance to test one out (though I really want to). Do you notice any jitters on the edge of the screens? Oh and awesome art. Definitely watching you.
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
Thanks! And yeah there's a bit of a jitter near the edges. It's annoying but not too bad.
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harmonyrose Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
well put my friend, well put.......
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
:D
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
haha, the face of marco martin at the end of the clip. " :| " haha.
well, i have to stick to my postcardsized wacom.... bragging mofu, you :D hehe

(one thing you can tell me in say 2 months is if it wears off on the surface like it´s doing it by the tabletts)
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Haha well see i need it to make me look good since i don't have your skills:D

And i'll let know if it does that after a few months.
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
haha. thanks dude. please turn for me from time to time to your colleagues like marco martin did into the camera :D
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Haha will do!
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
this was an interesting journal, I never knew about cintaq's or them having screens. I have a bamboo, maybe this one ahs a screen too, i just thought it was a cool technical surface that I'd never understand=] Have you ever had a tablet before that one? I had an intuos before, and really the only difference is the surface is textured so the nib of the pen needs replacing, but it took me almost 6 months before I needed to. Wacom's are cool=]
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Well the bamboo and intous are different. With them you have to look at the computer screen while you draw. With a Cintiq, the part you draw on is a computer screen so it's basically like a digital piece of paper.

I have an Intuos 3. I really loved it but now it can't hold a candle to the Cintiq:)
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
wow, that is amazing! No wonder you like it! i was thinking about that smudgeguard and when you mentioned the heat, it made it seem really interesting. You are pretty lucky=]
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
The smudgeguard is great, and working directly on the screen is amazing.

Yeah i was happy it turned out this way so i was able to get one. :)
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JeffStokely Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional
How much is the 12x???
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
$999.00 which is a lot less then the other Cintiqs.
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JeffStokely Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional
12wx sorry ha!
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WuL Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
I don't wan a smudgeguard I want a CINTIQ, hehehehe.. CONGRATS for having a CINTIQ....
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Haha thanks. The guards work great with regular graphics tablets too like the Intuos.
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marron Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, I WANT a Cintiq so much. Until I win the lottery or hit it big in the casino, however, it's an Intuos for me. I'll keep your suggestion about the smudge guard in mind, though, for the day I finally do get to buy a Cintiq.

Also? My doctor's office uses Cintiqs for patients to sign in and to update their info, sign out, and sign for payment, etc. I am SO jealous of them. They don't even know what they have or how amazing it is, stupid doctor's office staff!
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Haha oh man...they need to give you one of those! Doctors don't need Cintiqs!
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marron Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I know, right? Silly doctors!
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KadeWolfe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
guess what i'm using right now

a cintiq 12wx and a SmudgeGuard i thought Jennie was nice to personally respond did you get yours in a gray envelope too? well ya you explain things in a way i hope people get these two things. by the way you can also use the smudgGuard for pencil drawing it helps you so you don't smudge the drawing. anyway glad you like it.
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MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Awesome:D I think mine came in a yellow envelope.

I'm definitely going to try out some pencil drawing with the SmudgeGuard. I'm sure it works great for that and i absolutely HATE when i smear my pencils.
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KadeWolfe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
im glad to hear that good luck
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