Wacom Technology Corp. 12WX

The Good Fluid operation; useful for many graphics and imaging tasks.

The Bad Bulky breakout box; hard to work near the edges of the screen; relatively expensive.

The Bottom Line A great input device if you do a lot of brush-based graphics, the Cintiq 12WX nonetheless has some awkward design aspects and a bit of a high price.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Wacom Technology Corp. 12WX

If you work with graphics or images, the concept behind the Wacom Cintiq series seems like a no-brainer: Combine a display with a pressure-sensitive tablet so that you can directly edit vector art, retouch images, paint, produce video special effects, and so on. True, tablets aren't for everyone. If you work with a tablet now, you'll probably find a Cintiq even more fluid and powerful. But unless you're backed by a deep pocket or generous business budget, the price will sting; for example, the Cintiq 12WX costs about 50 percent more than a 6x8-inch Intuous3 plus a typical 22-inch monitor.

The series comes in three sizes: the 12.1-inch 12WX, the 20.1-inch 20WSX, and the 21.3-inch 21UX. The "W" in the product names indicates "wide screen"; the 12WX and 20WSX both have 16:10 aspect ratios compared with the 21UX's 4:3.

I have to say, I found the initial setup sufficiently frustrating and time-consuming that I was convinced I was going to hate the Cintiq. Granted, I have a cluttered, cable-infested workspace. But behind the 12WX's sleek gray face lies a bulky AC adapter brick plus a relatively large breakout box. There's never a good place for either of these.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Wacom Technology Corp.
  • Compatibility Mac, PC
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP
  • Weight 4.41 lbs
  • Movement Resolution 5080 lpi
  • Type digitizer, stylus
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Movement Detection Technology electromagnetic
  • Diagonal Size 12.1 in
  • Image Brightness 180 cd/m2
  • Native Resolution 1280 x 800
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