Today I want to talk about my WACOM Cintiq 13HD Pen Display. I am not a Tech-Freak. So i only can talk about this thing as a professional user. And I can talk about using it in comparison to my old Intuos 3 A5 Wide.
There are many unboxing Videos of this thing and people using it. But there are no real informations about this thing in a real life workflow for example.
I am honest to you and i wasn´t that hardcore user of my old Intuos, but i thought If i had this thing all would be different. But…as always, you stick to your old patterns.
The biggest Problem is: I have now 3 Monitors (including the Cintiq). If you want to make a Quick Layout and Check eMails and then go to Photoshop and then Illustrator, like the workflow for a regular designer in a multi monitor system is. I can tell you, that you probably won´t use the Cintiq as a mouse. You use your mouse. And then the Cintiq becomes a really expensive 13″ HD Display. Of course you can change from Pen Display use to a Mouse like Tablet with one click. But it is still very inconvenient.
So you can stick to your old habits or change the way you work. In my case I changed (just a little bit). I put Photoshop on my Cintiq and used my mouse for the Layouts und Photoshop with my Cintiq. The big advantage i have is that i am a lefty. And I am a very unusual one. I only write with my left hand. I use my mouse with my right and have the Pen in my left. So i had the chance to speed up my workflow. I draw a quick sketch, make illustrations or just edit Photos with the Pen Display. A big positive effect on me was that i started doodling again. For my layout work i think i won´t change my workflow.
So what is my conclusion? I think If you can draw and love to do it also in the Digital World this thing is a very nice tool. For all other things or for Beginners the Wacom family has much cheaper tablets. My advice: Test it yourself.