Wacom has launched the Cintiq 12WX – the company's first hybrid product combining the advantages of a Cintiq interactive pen display with the portability and compact size of a traditional Intuos3 pen tablet.

Offering slimline dimensions (405-x-270-x-17mm) comparable to an Intuos3 A5 Wide, the Cintiq 12WX mixes a high quality, 12.1-inch TFT display 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.

Key to the Cintiq 12WX is its portable and attractive size and design -- and it weighs just 2kg. The display features a special thin design for comfortable and effortless handling. Like the Cintiq 21UX, users can work with the pressure sensitive pen directly on the high quality screen, which provides a resolution of 1,280-x-800 pixels with 24-bit colour depth and a wide viewing angle of 170-degrees.

The Cintiq 12WX comes with a stand, which is fully adjustable and 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. When placed flat on a desktop, it also rotates on a pivot to provide ergonomic positioning of the hand, according to Wacom.

The 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 can be used in a multi-monitor setup as a second or third monitor, for users working across displays. The Display Toggle function is designed for multiple monitor environments, allowing users to switch between screens or maximise 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 Grip Pen offers a 5,080dpi 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. In supported applications, all input devices offer Tool ID, where 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 basicolour. It can also be connected either by VGA or DVI-I for added convenience. The Cintiq 12WX is bundled with Corel Painter Essentials.

The Cintiq 12WX will be available from November 2007 in the UK from Computers Unlimited and is priced at £706 plus VAT.