I need one of these, pronto. I can take either the 12-inch 1,280 x 800-pixel Wacom Cintiq 12WX or the 20-inch Wacom Cintiq 20WSX, with it's glorious 1,680 x 1,050 pixels. Sure big is always better, as Russ Meyer would have agreed, but even the smaller model will allow me to speed up my cheapo Photochops by a factor of a lot. Or at least that's what I suppose, because Wacom doesn't allow me to test-drive one for the Giz. Too bad, because the specs look sweet:

QUICK FACTS - CINTIQ 20WSX

Overall Dimensions: 21.6"W x 14.5"H x 1.8"D without stand
Display Area: 17"W x 10.7"H
Screen Size: 20.1" diagonal
Native Resolution WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050)
Weight: 16.3 lbs without stand
20.0 lbs with stand
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pressure Levels: 1,024 on pen tip and eraser
Stand Adjustability: 10° to 65° incline
Rotation: +/- 180°
Warranty: 2 years

QUICK FACTS - CINTIQ 12WX

Overall Dimensions: 16" W x 10.5" H x .67" D
Display Area: 10.3" W x 6.4" H
Screen Size: 12.1" diagonal
Native Resolution WXGA (1280 x 800)
Weight: 4.4 lbs with video control unit
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pressure Levels: 1,024 on pen tip and eraser
Stand Adjustability: Flat on desktop, 25° to 60°
Rotation: 360° flat position on pivot
Warranty: 2 years

Unlike the prices. $1,999 for the 20-inch model and $999 for the 12-inch puts this out of most of digital artists aficionados. For professionals, however, they will pay themselves in no time. However, I'm curious about what normal users could do with this. [Wacom via MacNN]

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