Originally Posted by Artbot
Seriously, can we put this myth to rest? Industry and corporations have been saying this for the past hundred years, and no one has more leisure time. What they have is time to do more work, which is now mandated by the fact that the guy down the street can also do more work, and you have to compete with him.
If you're managing your own time then you absolutely can have more leisure time. If you're working for a corporation that pays you to work a set number of hours in the day then yes, the chances are you will fill that time with more work.
I think it's a bit of a disservice to focus only on speed as an improvement, personally I find the whole experience much more satisfying. I enjoy
using the Cintiq more than I do a standard graphics tablet and much, much more than I ever did using a mouse. Part of that is due to an increase in speed but that's really a by-product of it making retouching/Zbrushing (for me) a freer, more creative process.
I realise I am biased - I own and use a Cintiq and have found it to be a great investment but there are plenty of others who have tried them and don't get along with them at all. As you say, Wacom's products cater to a niche market and the negative voices are just as prominent as the positive, which I think is only a good thing.