Wacom Cintiq 12WX

Wacom Cintiq 12WX

Wacom has launched a compact version of its Cintiq interactive pen display. The Cintiq 12WX combines the features of the full-size 21 inches model with compact dimensions similar to those of the Intuos3 A5 graphic tablet.

Wacom Cintiq 12WXThe new Cintiq 12WX will be available from November 2007 with a retial price of about 1,200 Euros (included taxes – Europe).

It combines the advantages of a Cintiq interactive pen display with the portability and compact size of a traditional Intuos3 pen tablet.

From the official Press Release:

Offering dimensions (405 x 270 x 17 mm) comparable to an Intuos3 A5 Wide, the Cintiq 12WX mixes a high quality, 12.1” TFT display (1280×800 pixels resolution) for direct pen-on-screen drawing, painting and sketching, with the advanced features and performance consistent with the Cintiq 21UX and Intuos3 range.

The new Cintiq 12WX is aimed at professional digital content creators undertaking tasks including storyboarding, finishing, retouching and compositing.

Wacom Cintiq 12WXKey to the Cintiq 12WX is its portable and attractive size and design. Its sleek dimensions and weight of just 2,000 g make it an ergonomic product ideal for flexible integration into existing workplaces and mobile use.

The display features a special thin design for comfortable and effortless handling. Combining the small size and flexibility of a normal pen tablet with the convenience of an interactive pen display, the Cintiq 12WX enables perfect hand-eye co-ordination.

Like the Cintiq 21UX, users can work with the pressure sensitive pen directly on the high quality screen, which provides a WXGA resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels with 24-bit colour depth and a wide viewing angle of 170°.

The Cintiq 12WX comes with a convenient stand, which is fully adjustable and completely integrates into the Cintiq’s body. It is optimised for using the display in three different orientations – at a 25-degree angle from horizontal, at a 65-degree angle for viewing and reviewing or flat on the desk or lap.

Due to its compact size, the Cintiq 12WX can be used in a similar way to a traditional analogue sketchpad, meaning that ideas and creative content can be shared in a digital format immediately and spontaneously. When placed flat on a desktop, it also rotates on a pivot to provide agreeable, ergonomic positioning of the hand.

Wacom Cintiq 12WX - pensThe Cintiq 12WX is suitable in a variety of computer arrangements, either as a primary monitor or alongside other displays in a multi-monitor environment. It is ideal for use in a multi-monitor setup as a second or third monitor, for users working across displays.

This can take place either at a workstation with a large-format display or with a laptop, providing the advantages of an interactive pen display in a classic workplace scenario, integrating seamlessly into existing workflows. The Display Toggle function is especially beneficial to those using the Cintiq 12WX in a multiple monitor environment allowing you to easily switch between screens or maximize pen control across different displays.

Cintiq 21UX and Intuos3 functionality is integrated into the Cintiq 12WX, which includes the ExpressKeys and Touch Strips.

The ExpressKeys are two freely programmable, five-button keypads that are preconfigured with frequently used modifier keys, such as CTRL, ALT, SHIFT, SPACE or to initiate functions such as the Display Toggle function.

The Touch Strip acts like a scroll bar with presets to allow zooming and scrolling in various applications. These features significantly improve workflow and productivity.

The ergonomically designed, cordless and battery-free Grip Pen is precise and provides advanced control and realistic results due to the 5,080lpi resolution and 1,024 pressure levels in both the pen tip and eraser.

Tilt functionality is supported, with angles of up to 60 degrees recognised, allowing natural-looking pen, brush and eraser strokes. The Cintiq 12WX supports all Intuos3 input devices.

All input devices offer Tool ID, where in supported applications, the tablet automatically recognises the relevant tool with its individual settings when the device is brought into contact with the tablet.

The display comes profiled out of the box and can be calibrated with most colour measurement solutions on the market from companies including Datacolor, X-Rite and basicolor. It can also be connected either by VGA or DVI-I for added convenience.

The bundled software supplied with the Cintiq 12WX includes Corel Painter Essentials – a special entry-level edition of the natural media drawing application Corel Painter.

Wacom Cintiq 12WX – Technical Specifications

System Requirements:

  • Windows: Vista / XP / 2000
  • Macintosh: OS X 10.3.9 or later
LCD Display
Display Panel 12.1″ a-Si Active Martix TFT LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Color Depth 16.77 million colors / 256 tones
Contrast Ratio 600:1
Luminance (cd/m2) 180 cd/m2
Viewing Angles 170°/170° (vertical /horizontal)
Rotation Rotate freely on center axis when laid flat
Incline from vertical 30° (viewing position)
65°, 90° (pen input positions)
Display Connection VGA, DVI-I, DVI-D
Tablet & Pen
Reading Technology Electromagnetic resonance technology
Pen & Eraser Pressure Sensitivity 1024 levels
Tablet Active Area 261.12 x 163.2 mm
Tablet Resolution 0.005 mm/point (5080 lpi)
Coordinate Accuracy ± 0.5 mm
Tablet Reading Height 5 mm or more from cover plate
Report Rate (Max) 136 points/sec
Tilt Sensitivity ± 60°
Interface USB
Dimensions (W x H x D) 405.2 x 269.7 x 17 mm
Weight 1.8 kg (including a stand)
Operating Condition 5°C to 35°C, Humidity: 20% to 80%
Storage Condition -10°C to 60°C, Humidity: 20% to 90%
Cables DVI-I, USB, Power cables
Adapters DVI-I to DVI-D, DVI-I to VGA adapters
Safety & Regulation Compliance FCC part 15 Class B & Subpart C, CE, VCCI Class B, EDID 1.3, C-tick, MIC, BSMI, CCC, RoHS, GOST-R, Industry Canada, ClassB
Power Supply
(external AC adaptor)
Input: 100-240 VAC 60/50 Hz,
Power Management VESA DPMS, Energy Star
Power Consumption
(with AC adaptor)
Normal Operation (Blue LED): < 29 W
Suspend / Stand-by Mode: < 2W
Off: < 1W

(Sources: Wacom)

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