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Wack'em Sinteeeeek 13HD Review

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 10, 2013, 2:37 AM





Hiya Ryceballs. As some of you know, I was askin for opinions a few journals back about the Wacom Cintiq, you lovely people gave me some great advice and tips and one even went as far as to find me an Australian website with a cheaper price. And she saved me $200, so special thanks to KokoroKanon for doing that. So yes I have been using the Wacom for more than a week now, I didn't wanna write a review until I get the SmudgeGuard, a SmudgeGuard is pretty much looks like a glove cut in half, it looks like a futuristic glove in Minority Report, the reason I wanted a SmudgeGuard is because I tend to get sweaty hands so I did not wanna dirty the Cintiq screen at all, it costed me around $20 to get that. An alternative is just buy a cheap glove and cut off the top three fingers.... you can then use the cut off three fingers glove and put it on your head so you can pretend to be chicken.

OK so was the Cintiq what I expected? Well pretty much yea. Its a nice little screen that you can draw on, did it increase my drawing speed like I wanted? I would say so, because now instead of doing a few lines until it looks right, I can get the line pretty much right straight away, making art, especially line art, much much faster and easiers. As for the coloring I feel its around the same, as my coloring are quite rough anyway so it wasn't like I need to be really accurate. One thing I found thats nice as well is that now I can draw in bed without burning my crotch. In the past when I drew in bed I used to rest my laptop on my lap causing me great fire damage to my little pidgey (Sorry I mean big), but now instead of the heavy laptop, I can just rest my Cintiq there, its light and doesn't burn and it feels like you are just drawing on a notepad.

Alright so thats all the pros, what about the cons? Well I found out that the screen is a bit too bright, I mean thats a good thing if your room is really bright, but for me I like to draw in the dark with shades down and door closed like a creepy Adams Family person. I haven't figured out a way to lower the brightness and I don't really think you can.... Another thing is that I didn't know till I bought it, that it uses a HDMI cable (Well that would explain the HD title in the 13HD....) and my MacBook pro didn't have a HDMI hole, so I had to go out and get a HDMI converter thing and that cost me $30. So yes you need to plug in the HDMI cable as well as a USB cable, and also make sure you got a spare power socket cos you'll need it for the Cintiq, quite a lot of cables. I also sometimes unplug the cables when Im moving the laptop around, then when I plug it back in sometimes the screen resolution for my laptop would go a bit nuts, not to mention the Cintiq's calibration goes a bit off due to the resolution going wild. Well I didn't need to recalibrate it again or anything, I just had to go to settings and change the resolution to something else then change it back and it'll work again. Its very odd.

OK THATS ABOUT IT, Im very happy with my purchase, please get one if you can afford it, I know its not cheap, but if you can find a cheap one, go for it. And please enjoy the photos below.


Cintiq sitting nicely next to his MacBook bro


Here's a little size comparison. Also note that you can adjust the tilt of the Cintiq, I initially thought I would be most comfortable having it just flat like I am drawing on paper, but turns out I like it slightly tilted, it also wasn't that hard to get used to drawing it that way too.


I also realise that you can use the Cintuq as a lightbox! Have an image on screen then on top you trace what you have on paper. OR EVEN do it the other way round, put your paper with a picture on top, and draw over it on your Cintiq.


The screen is so bright I drew with sunglasses on.


Me wearing the SmudgeGuard.


Another picture of me using the SmudgeGuard.

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FelicityIzumi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Artist
You look epic ^.^
I came across this by accident C: Looks cool :D
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Shpuggy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks in part to tablet envy, after seeing this, I just went and got the same one :D But I can't use it until my hdmi adapter arrives, so grr.. It was pretty much a matter of time. I remember back in school, which was a few years back, where I was talking with a dude about tablets and stuff, and I said it would be cool to have one with a screen. But he was all like, "But those would cost thousands." It's expensive, but at least it's not thousand's'.
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Lightdasher360 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Glad that you're enjoying your new Cintiq, t'is great that you were able to save $200. SmudgeGuards seem stylish and practical.. perhaps I should look into them.
Also, the last pic.. is that Super Ry?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes that is super Ry.
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Panduhmonium Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the review! I have had the 12WX since 2008 and have been eyeing this one since it came out. Not sure I am ready to spend another $1,000 yet though. XD
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fishburger Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Now this looks amazing. :D
By the way, I have a question - Since you don't use an HDMI cable but an adapter, how good is the image quality on the Cintiq?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
actually i DO use the HDMI. i just had to use an adapter to convert the HDMI plug to a plug that fits into the mac. so its still HD quality
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kakashi-narutorules Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

HDMI Cable? Nice!

 

And your MacBook is soooo behind....my HP laptop has a HDMI cable, my brother's laptop does too.....//tsk

 

You could just connect to the TV as well....now that would be awesome!

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BlueMaroon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
There are buttons on the back of the cintiq to adjust the brightness and colours behind the top power button! (at least on my 21" there is) I can't tell where the power button on yours is but I'm sure you know. Either way check the back haha

After further investigation on the interwebs, apparently the cintiq 13HD has a internal display changer program called Wacom Display Settings. It should have been installed with your driver :)
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i just checked. i see nnothing :(
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BlueMaroon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
No program on your computer either :(
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no.........
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jinsuke04 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so cooool! Thanks for the Review Ry! ^^
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Dscapades Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Another picture of me using the SmudgeGuard"
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mmishee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's great to hear you're happy with your purchase, thats actually a huge saving on it too! I might have to grab the website name you got it from and keep in mind for later, I'm always a bit wary of buying stuff that expensive off the net.

That glove is bitchin. 
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
studentdiscounts.com.au
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mmishee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh cool thanks!
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Magicbird Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Your Macbook and Cintiq are bros?! 
HAVE YOU NAMED THEM?!
If not, you really should name them and grow emotionally attached to them. XD
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iingo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cintiq cool! I wanna get one of those one day

OMG...stop looking so cute :iconslashshine:
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turusai Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So over all would you say that you way prefer it over your old tablet, & feel it's well worth the money?

I'm going to borrow my friends cintiq when he goes away in Nov to see what it's like : )
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TheGhost2 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish I had the money for one of these. In the meantime, I think I'll stick to my Pen & Touch until it breaks on me.
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Gyrin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Your young crotch is very pleased about this purchase.
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frickkun Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
u look exactly like Tom cruise omg
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theSN3S Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I really need this in my life...
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Have anyone ever told you you look just like Tom Cruise? :iconawestruckplz: The resemblance is incredible!
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bladehawk949 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I like your last picture :P
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TheonknownKLAW Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
I wanted to get a cintiq but like I mentioned before, I feel no need for the higher resolution models and I would be pretty contempt with the 12WD version (or whatever the earlier smaller models were called), currently whenever i go to the electronic hub world of the city all i found is the mega HD versions that cost an arm and a leg. Sure the price is worth it, but I'm not even that pro an artist yet, still a student here so me getting a full on pro cintiq is kinda pointless, also considering that I don't make money off my art.

Well i guess that begs the question of why I wanted one, the answer being when i first started using a tablet (an old Manhattan one) i found the whole 'draw on one surface while looking at another' interface hard to work with, as at the time I was still drawing traditionally and scanning my stuff. So at the time a Cintiq seemed like the suitable segue into digital art.
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is just so fabulous, and I love your gloves to go with the Cintiq. I have a strong love for my Intuos4, but you and many of my other artist friends are making me want one so bad....specifically the 24HD one.

I mean I think it's called that.
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WendyLine Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I want to have one of these!
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Art-Eater Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Did you see the announcement for the Wacom Cintiq Companion??!
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i deeeed. but decided to just get the 13hd
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Art-Eater Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh man I can't wait till the Companion comes out.... Then I can read REAL reviews on it LOL. 

I'm glad you're happy with the 13hd though :) I gotta say I'm jealous... 
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Fuzzyhair Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013   General Artist
Those are 3D cinema galsses :bucktooth:

I don't draw a lot of Digital art so for the moment I'm good :P
I'll consider buying one sometime in the future though :O
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Destron23 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Huh it needs an HDMI cable? This I would have never known on my own. XD It also has a plug attached to it? So now we're up to having 3 cords running from the Cintiq? 0_0

 

Question: do the buttons on the side do anything special?

 

Thanks for the review Ry! :D

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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ah yes u have hdmi cable, the usb cable, and the power cable. but its all bundled into one thing that plugs on the side of the cintiq. The buttons do things... but when i got it i immediately changed it to things i would use. like increasing brush size, and zooming, just things i would use. so its customizable to watever u want i to be
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Golden-Claw Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah thats awesome! My dad just bought me a Bosto Kingtee 19ma off eBay so I'm waiting for it in the mail ^^ It's really similar to the Cintiq, including the screen. I hope it can help me improve my digital art.

Enjoy your Cintiq, Ry :3
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aylithe Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've actually come to a deal with my Dad that if I do well in the HSC next year, he'll buy me one of these *super determined to do well now* And I actually find that bike gloves work really well for me in the smudge department as I do most of my accidental smudging with my hand in regards to pencil work; it also leaves my fingers free so I can smudge with my fingertips when necessary o3o
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k-hots Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so... you were fully accessorized when you draw... : (
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zmote Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So fabulous.
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C0CHI Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
i definetly need a smudgeguard, seriosly. I have the "sweaty hands problem" and it's a pain in the a....I mean, reading a book, i have to dry my hands with a tissue often, because i could damage the cover (if it's a manga or a soft cover book) and the paper. 
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Tegz0rz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also, you have a whiteboard in the background, just like mine and Rory's! ^^
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Tegz0rz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHHHH I'M SO JELLY
I want one so bad. I find that I draw much better and more comfortable when I'm looking directly where my hand is. Also, it's very interesting seeing other people's set ups, idk why I just really like seeing it. (Like where people have their computer and all their stuffs) ahhh I want a cintiq so bad but... money... :iconcryforeverplz:
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Ikaax Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did a GREAT buy there!! I've bought a wacom Intuos5 a month ago and got the same glove as you, cuz i have sweety hands too (i know the feeling broooo :'() About the bright... well usually if you down the bright you loose the sense of colors so in a full bright screen you see the color as it meant to look like, guess that's the main reason xD

Anyway, how much it costed? :o
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Lucain24 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your hands must've had an orgasm. 
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
just one?
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Lucain24 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Many
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank u
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Lucain24 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed.
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