Cintiq Companion Review #2 : Unpacking the beast. The packaging is beautiful. Everything is well cushioned although I was surprised to see the screen facing upwards in the box.
It’s pretty weighty in hand but as I was handed the box I had thought it quite light compared to my expectations. So far I have no problem with the weight and carrying it around in the super soft and fluffy case provided is a pleasure.
The most important thing to note on the day you receive your Cintiq Companion is that it is going to prompt you for a windows key code. I was completely confused by this and almost ended up purchasing a key before a google search revealed that the Windows product Key is on the Charger! I was flummoxed that I would have to purchase windows so this discovery was a huge relief! Strange place to put it but, no big deal - all up and running and fine.
It does state that you should not operate your Companion in extreme heat or cold conditions so traveling with it in the car for a road trip to Johannesburg over the weekend made me realize I may want to keep it inside the provided plush cover as well as inside a laptop bag. The screen brightness is adjustable so I was able to get some decent work done as a passenger in the car. No problem.
Next review I will go into the screen and sensitivity as well the keyboard and some shortcuts!
I have decided to do a short review on my new Cintiq companion. I will be posting my review and thoughts as I go and sharing my experience working on this new tool. I’m going to start with the basics because my experience shopping for it was a little underfed with product information.
So first off is : which one to buy? The Cintiq Companion Hybrid or the Cintiq Companion? Yeah… it’s confusing. They could have named them a little more markedly different as trying to write a letter deciphering stats between the two and constantly having to rewrite these long names because the only difference is the truncation… is annoying. So moving forward I will refer to the Cintiq Companion Hybrid as the CCH and the Cintiq Companion as the CC.
I found it a little confusing at first to get product specs that were clear enough for my base level of understanding. I’m an artist not a techno fundi. They really needed to spell it out for me that the Hybrid is basically a fancy tablet for sketching and only runs Android apps - so NO PHOTOSHOP, but can be plugged into your computer or laptop OS and used as a regular cintiq…. and the CC is a full on windows computer able to run photoshop but CAN NOT be used as a regular cintiq ( which you plug into your computer or laptop OS ).
At the end of the day I couldn’t live without photoshop. I need every aspect available to me while on the move. It would be redundant for my specific needs if I couldn’t access Photoshop or Painter to finish a job. Unfortunately the CC is only windows compatible for now. After doing some research amongst fellow artist friends I was able to find out that there was little hassle in transferring my files from my CC to Mac desktop. I set up a dropbox folder where I place all my transfer files. PS Mac and PS Windows are speaking to each other fine so far and I haven’t run into any problems.
So anyway, back to the purchase decision. Obviously I have decided on the CC as opposed to the CCH. It weighs in at a slightly more expensive price tag than the CCH but for me it’s worth it. In my humble opinion I can’t justify buying the CCH for that price tag if I am unable to finish a job on it. There are 4 models available. 2 CCH’s and 2 CC’s… the specs that differentiate them are related to storage. I have opted for the smaller of the 2 CC’s with storage of 256 ( as opposed to 512 GB ). I plan to keep it tidy by constantly transferring files through dropbox to my desktop.
So that’s it for now… next time I’ll let you know a little bit more about unpacking the device and getting your head around the shortcuts - which I am still figuring out.
In the mean time here is a link to Wacom’s site… Which one is for me the Hybrid or Companion?http://cintiqcompanion.wacom.com/en/?region&country=us&language=en
Manet Colour Study
Compositional study - Vermeer
BBC Great British Bake Off. Digital Painting.
A quick test I did a while ago
My Tortoise and Swan Acrylic painting on board completed at the Imaginism workshop. Just reformatted to portrait for dribbble.
It’s Friday! Here is my Dita :) Njoy!