I tried out Richard’s Cintiq (21UX) today for a bit and doled something out fairly quickly. I didn’t get to color anything with it, but what immediately mattered to me was that I could sketch a lot faster since I had a much better sense of scale with the canvas. Inking was still a problem, but that’s just inking for me in general (need to slow down the strokes). But the most important thing was that I felt no immediate issues or problems while working on the Cintiq. People complain about the supposed lag, the heat, or calibration issues, but I was completely oblivious to anything like that.
I’m leaning pretty heavily now towards buying it, but 2500USD for a 24HD is still a pretty big investment. However, I’ve been using a tablet for almost nine or ten years at this point, and I’m not sure if I can get any more precise or efficient with it anymore (I probably can, though). Going back to work on traditional media from my classes did give me back the desire to have more control with my digital works, and my instructors and industry friends all say it’s a damn good investment to make as an artist.
I do realize that a Cintiq does not automatically make a better artist, and I think a lot of people have that misconception, too. I just strongly suggest to give it a test run before even thinking about buying it; I tried one few years ago and immediately hated the experience.