I’ve long admired Wacom’s Cintiq line of pressure-sensitive flat-panel monitors, and I’ve watched professional animators and retouchers really rock out on them. At 20"/$1999 and up, however, they’ve remained mostly in the league of dedicated pros. Whenever I’d see Wacom folks, I’d encourage them to find a way to make the technology more broadly accessible–only to get a knowing, "Patience, grasshopper," smile and wave.
That’s why I’m really happy to see the Cintiq 12WX debut. It’s built around a 12.1" LCD, and its $999 price should help make on-screen drawing a reality for many more artists. The tablet weighs 4.4lbs–roughly 2/3rds the weight of my MacBook Pro–and the 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution should make it useful as a secondary monitor.
PhotoshopSupport.com has more info, specs, and photos. On the whole it’s great to see this new option for digital artists.