moopdrea replied to your post: pros and cons for getting…
Dude I’d get a lenovo x230. It’s a convertible laptop with a pressure-sensitive tablet screen. It’s a bit more convenient than a cintiq in my opinion.
I’ve gotten lots of suggestions for alternative tablets over the months, so I’d…
Having used my Cintiq Companion for just over a month now, I might as well throw my 2 cents into this conversation.
I absolutely love the thing.
It’s got me to draw more in the last month than probably the last 6 months combined. I’ve got a folder full of in progress pictures that I want to finish, but got sidetracked by new ideas.
It’s fun to use and has a very nice feel to it. It’s only held back by how infuriating windows 8 is to use. But even that is rather a bonus. Because instead of getting side tracked by other things, I tend to stay in my actual drawing program more, doing actual work instead of goofing off.
It needs to have a screen protector though, because the surface has the classic wacom paper texture, which eats nibs, and causes any speck of dirt that gets under the eraser to try to scratch the screen. This changes how it feels, but I much prefer not worrying about the screen when I’m drawing.
There are a few problems with sensitivity of the stylus around the edges of the screen, which causes it to drift away from the intended target especially around the close/minimize buttons, but for the most part while actually drawing you don’t notice this. I’ve taken to putting tool bars either side just to keep anything I use out of the problem areas.
The battery life of this thing is also phenomenal, I’ve used it for the entire night, looked down, and realized it still had a few hours left. Which makes it really quite portable, and it’s nice to not have to be tethered to a cord all the time.
The two things about the companion that I find confounding are the placement of the cameras and the power button, but maybe those were made for left handed people instead of right handers like myself. After I turned it off about three times while repositioning it, I set the power button to do nothing when pressed, since It was right where I put my hand. One camera is positioned directly under where my arm goes while I’m drawing, and the other is half under the cover/stand, which makes it a hassle to take pictures with.
But really, it’s an awesome piece of equipment, and it really makes drawing on a screen pleasurable. And I for one wouldn’t even bother with a drawing tablet that didn’t have built in shortcut buttons, because really, I hit undo every other action, and it’s a waste of time if I have to hit an icon for that when I could just use my thumb.
Now I just need to keep drawing stuff so that such a fancy thing isn’t wasted on me…