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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
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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