Whats the best drawing tablet to use for drawing?
Surface Pro 4, Vaio Z Canvas or Cintiq?
This is the type of post that originally got the tablet ban on /ic. When the shit post muh tablet is better than yur tablet begins, I wish you well(not really) when the rules are enforced.
I love my graphics tablet. It's a cheap little monoprice, but god fucking damn is it a pain in the ass. The drivers are fucking insanely difficult to get working, and I'm pretty sure mine's broke. I won't recommend it, considering I myself don't know how to fix it once it's not working.
The Surface Pro 1 and 2 use Wacom Technology for the pen.
The new Pro 3 and the soon-to-be released 4 use N-trig pens which uses a single battery and the performance isn't good. Diagonal lines are apparently hard to do. The Surface Pro 3 is not worth getting at all since it overheats to the point of uselessness (throttles badly). Additionally the 3 and 4 use a weird aspect ratio. All of them are light. Pen pressure sensitivity is 1024 for the 4 and 256 for the 3.
The Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 is overpriced (what isn't these days). It's battery life is utter wank but it's capable of being a portable studio given you're near a power point every few hours. Funnily enough I've heard that out of all the Cintiqs it has the best colour quality. The stand that comes with the Companion 2 is piss poor. Also it uses a standard Wacom pen. It weighs quite a bit and the fans are a little loud. It can be put into portrait or landscape with two fans pulling area at different sides. There have been issues with backlight bleeding and a couple of other things but nothing major. Pen pressure is standard for a Wacom.
Bit of a run on sentences hope this helps.
Tried the Surface Pro 4 on Saturday. It seems like the jitter is pretty shitty if you use paint (no software smoothing at all) but I tried it with whatever win10 paint program they were demo-ing with and it had better diagonals than the Yiynova MVP22Uv3 I'm using right now.
It's not perfect but it's good enough for me. And the usability of the device and the form factor as a normal tablet/portable machine makes it much more enticing than the much more expensive cintiqs companions.
The Surface Pro 2 is pretty cool, but a bit small really.
16:9 is not a deal breaker, but makes it a bit restrictive in portrait mode. The 3:2 aspect ratio of Surface Pro 3 & 4 and iPad Pro makes them more like a sheet of paper.
Jitter is an issue with active pens, but is supposedly eliminated with stabilisation software (e.g. Manga Studio, lazy nezumi etc). Surface Pro 4's pen has improved performance, and some other benefits over Wacom like less parallax, better edge accuracy etc. Battery life is supposedly a year.
Yes I've heard the new Cintiq Companion has bad battery life and loud fans. I don't know if there's a fix for that. Perhaps updating to Windows 10, turning down TDP etc.
Bottom line; I think the CC is a bit too expensive given the flaws it has. Surface Pro is pushing the budget but if I see demonstrated good performance in manga studio/photoshop then I'll consider the i5 model. If not, I might consider the iPad Pro with Pencil and Procreate.
Those videos aren't that great at demonstrating the technical details. They don't showcase anything that current monitor tablets don't already do with a mixture of software based line smoothing. It's the stuff like edge cases, slow diagonal line tests, parallax effect that really determines how good it is, and those videos don't show any of that.
I pre-ordered it (no money down or CC info required). Going to go back this weekend to do a more thorough test. I saw a review where they talked about downloading paint tool SAI v2 on it (no installation required) and testing via that. I'll try to do some digital inking and see how well it works. I was pretty pleased with my initial tests (basic lines, jitter test, etc).