View Full Version : Intuos 3 9 X 12 vs 12 X 12

04-05-2007, 01:46 AM
Hey Guys, I'm interested in purchasing an Intuos III tablet. Right now I'm runing a 21" lcd. It'll be my first tablet and I'd like the transition to be as smooth as possible. Thanks. Should I go 12 X 12 or 9 X 12?

Thanks in advance.

04-05-2007, 03:40 AM
When you say 21" LCD ... what is the pixel resolution/aspect ratio?

1680x1050? 16:10 8:5

1600x1200? 4:3

If 4:3, and you are NOT going to go dual display, I'd suggest a 9x12".

If 16:10, I'd suggest a 6x11".

04-05-2007, 04:24 AM
Hey Mark,

I have it set to 1024 X 1280.

04-05-2007, 02:13 PM
Hmmmn... Is that the native resolution (5:4 aspect)? If so then you might be better with a 12x12".

04-05-2007, 07:55 PM
That is the native rsolution. 12 X 12 might be better huh?

04-05-2007, 08:13 PM
LCD's have native resolutions. 21'ers are usually UXGA (1600x1200 px). Have you downresed your display?
As a user of a Intuos 1 12x12 and a I3 12x6, I'd say that if you plan to use the pen for drawing in proportional mode, then the upper or lower part of the 12x12 will be wasted.
Unless you plan to pivot your display 90*(if it does so) so you will lose a bit on the sides, but will be better than using a 9x12 sideways.

04-06-2007, 12:22 AM
Hey Guys, My mistake, the monitor is a Viewsonic VG191 19" lcd. The native resolutiuon is 1280 X 1024. Is the 12 X 12 still a good choice?

04-06-2007, 02:22 AM
Yeah, 12x12" is good for that 5:4 form factor.

04-06-2007, 03:43 AM
Well, I'd like to place my contribution here with my recent research on same subject...

Since you have never have wacom tablet before, I wish you have clear plan for, let's say, a couple of year from now on...
Since the tablet is not like other gadget will lose its value so quick, think it as that you are investing good money for long period of time while you own it.
I didn't get which software you are primarily use with tablet, and just assume you may use it for either photoshop or painter... That makes you may land on Dual monitor plan for increasing productivity. If you go for dual monitor setup, intuos 3 12x12, which is not so cheap will not the one you like to hold it since there are much better options for dual monitor setup (like 6x11 or 12x19...)
If you are not so much thinking of dual monitor setup, I'd like you to think of go for intuos 2 12x12, which has same levels of pressure sensitivity as Intuos 3. You may find some good deal over eBay or other sources...

Think of getting tablet is (sort of) going with chosing monitor (or monitor setup) you are using... If you are looking after "pixel-to-pixel" accuracy, you'd better go after size of tablet that are close enough to your monitor. Otherwise, bigger size of tablet just may burn your drawing arm faster than smaller tablet does. In addition, think of space you may place your tablet. I have custom-made (I made for myself) table which still not so big enough to hold 9x12 tablet, and I replaced it for 6x11, since I am getting dual monitor setup for now...

Hope this get you think another way around...


04-06-2007, 05:28 AM
I use an Intuos3 12x9 in a crt 21 (ibm p260) and also I use dual screen but I have my tablet drivers set for one monitor only, works like a charm, buy the 12x9 unless you have a ping pong table as a desk. by the way the 9x12 still is so big but I have a very long stoke.....no chance for me.....and Im glad.

final words:
dont think it any more get a wacom right now even if it is one of 1x1 if you havent expirienced one, every piece of software that you use will get a new dimension

like some one says.....If I have to have just one device pluged in to my computer, it would be a wacom tablet.

04-06-2007, 06:59 AM
Just got one yesterday and messed around in CS2 with it and I have to say I don't know what took me so long to get one- A MUST have for anyone creating CG.

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