I'm conducting some research. . ..
I really really want a Cintiq, not the big one - the 12 will be just fine. I don't need one, but I want one. I really want one.
I'm not a big gadget guy, I've only had a cell phone for a little over a year. But, I've been kind of obsessing over the Cintiq. Its not that my regular tablets are bad - I have an Intuos 3 4x5 at home and at work I slum around with a really old Graphire 4x5. But both work well and to be honest I don't really see the Intuos as that much better than the venerable old Graphire. But, like I said - I want a Cintiq, its just too cool. See, I find that I get much more solid construction when sketching with pencil on paper than I do when sketching with the tablet. I think that the Cintiq may be the bridge between my better sketch results on paper and my rendering digitally. It would save time right? Leave out that pesky scanning of the pencil sketch? I'm trying to justify ;) ;)
So, I ask you my tens of regular visitors (yes, I realize that may be a bit high), of those of you who've used both (are there any?), is it worth the money?? I've read a lot of artists' posts that say yes, hands down the Cintiq is totally worth it. But, is it really?
Did I mention that I REALLY want one?
EDIT: I'm also open to hearing about some of the older ones as you can get a 15" old one on Ebay for pretty cheap - doesn't have the function keys on the sides but that may not be a big deal.