Expect the Wacom Cintiq 12WX to be on the wishlist of most artists and designers this year. The 12-inch, 16:10 tablet has an LCD monitor underneath a pressure-sensitive layer that lets you actually draw right on the screen. And lest you think the 12WX is just a scaled down version of the larger 21UX, it also includes tilt and rotation sensitivity on input devices (not the screen), the better to emulate real-life pencils and brushes.
No batteries required—it’s all powered over USB. A convertor unit bridges the USB with a DVI or VGA connection.
What’s going to set this apart is the price—I think. There isn’t a price listed yet on Wacom Europe’s page, but if I had to take a wild stab at it, I’d say “less than one thousand dollars.” The 12WX seems like Wacom’s first step towards bringing the Cintiq line towards broad consumer adoption. More details should be forthcoming before its release next month.
Product Page [Wacom-Europe.com]