Yiynova MSP19U vs. Cintiq 13HD
There was a thread on here about the Wacom Inkling. After checking it out, I was researching more about the Cintiq and came across this product, the Yiynova MSP19U.
It has a 19" drawing surface, 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and a response time that's better than the Cintiq. Best thing of all--it costs about a third of a comparably sized Cintiq. $599 for a 19" Yiynova versus $1999 for a 22" Wacom.
Here's the review that sold me.
Since then, I've read up on several reviews and forums about the quality and performance of the Yiynova. There are some people that really hate on it, but they sound like Wacom fanboys. After watching Youtube videos and reading up on it as much as possible, I went ahead and ordered one on Amazon.
I've used Wacom products for 14 years and trust their quality and performance, but the Cintiq was always out of reach due to price. I do believe the Cintiq is a superior product, but for the price, the Yiynova seems like a great alternative.
I'll update this thread with my impressions once I get my Yiynova.
Update (July 13, 2013)
I need to come clean and disclose that I returned the Yiynova and purchased a Cintiq 13HD.
I purchased the Yiynova through Amazon, and was able to return it within the 30 day window. Customer service from Panda City, the US distributor of the Yiynova, was excellent. They understood that I wasn't completely satisfied with the product and gave me a full refund.
The Cintiq 13HD is small enough to slip into a laptop bag and has an all-in-one breakout cable and adapter, reducing the clutter. I've found that the Cintiq 13HD has no jitter in CS6. To be fair, I was experiencing jitter with the Yiynova on Adobe CS2. It could be that the issue doesn't exist in CS6. The Cintiq 13 HD's OSX drivers are also better, allowing users to calibrate the cursor. When properly calibrated, there's little to no cursor offset, except on the extreme edges of the screen.
The Cintiq 13HD is significantly dimmer than the Yiynova. At times it is hard to see the image on screen. The screen also has a matte finish. I like the higher resolution of the Cintiq 13HD and the stylus is much better, having the ability to change pen nibs. I use the hard felt nib, which gives great tactile feedback.
The design of the Cintiq 13HD is much better than the Yiynova, but doesn't affect the actual performance. The macro buttons and radial menu on the Cintiq 13HD are nice additions, but not something I would say are absolutely essential.
tl;dr - The Yiynova MSP19U is worth every penny and is a great alternative to the Cintiq. The new Cintiq 13 HD is an excellent product if you can justify the additional cost.
I could certainly live and work with the Yiynova, but overall, I have less frustration and greater peace of mind with the Cintiq 13HD. Buy once, cry once is the adage.