Hey guys, I need some advice on how to go about this, but I'll keep it as short and comprehensive as possible. I primarily use: - Corel Painter - Photoshop Dabbling in: - Rebelle - Krita - Clip Studio Type of artist: - On the go a lot, do a lot of my work at cafes and such. Hate being home, too many distractions. - Lot of variable line work, pressure sensitivity critical, initial pressure activation MORE critical. No jitter even when slow, N-trig & Wacom AES out of the question. Budget: - Currently have $700 saved up, can only save $50 each week, very tight right now. The issue: - Hand-eye disconnect slowly getting to me, slowing my workflow overall. - Laptop only has HDMI output, no DisplayPort. - Would like advice on Cintiq 13HD and Cintiq Pro, or other machines. In more detail: *warning: wall of text, skip to end of break if tl;dr for you* ------------------------------------------ My primary machine, the 1st-gen Companion I sold hoping to get a Companion 2, but family emergency happened forcing me to give that hope up. Getting back into commissions but with very limited budget, I got a $500 laptop with a $300 Intuos Pro M in order to get work done. But I'm stating to feel the limitations of the Intuos. The hand-eye disconnect isn't so bad, once I'm in the zone, I'm in the zone, regardless. But I'm finding myself using the tools, such as Rotate, Zoom, and Canvas view flips a LOT more often than I would like. I thought it was just my traditional biases telling my feelings that I was being a baby about the way I work, but I measured myself doing a lineart, one on paper, and one on the Intuos. To make the playing field as even as possible, I started on paper first, because I knew I would be doing the most critical thinking with a fresh sketch which required more time. Then I emulated the same process on the Intuos in Painter with comparable brushes, and found that I just took longer for some damn reason, even though I knew exactly what to sketch this time around just for the same (or at least comparable) results. (Sorry, no video or pics.) Even by mapping the Express keys and touch ring to speed up my work flow, coupled with using keyboard, I still find myself working slower than if I was directly hand to screen. Some ppl at some cafes have commented that I work pretty damn fast with the Intuos with very fluid strokes, but to me, I'm on average undoing 2-3 strokes for the 1 stroke I could be doing perfectly hand-to-screen. It all adds up pretty quickly. I utilize tilt. It's not that big a deal to not have it, but I'd rather have that option than not. More critical to me is pressure activation. If I press down ever- so-slightly, I expect a mark to be made. I can deal with pressure curves in the software. I'd love me some MobileStudio Pro, but they're not gonna happen for me with my budget. I looked into the Cintiq Pros, but dammit, not everyone has a USB-C machine Wacom!! And since my machine only outputs HDMI, I couldn't even get the Wacom Link to use it if I wanted to. The 13HD seems the next cheapest option, but I'm not the biggest fan of the parallax, and I'm suspicious of the 75% Adobe RGB gamut. I'm working on a project that will eventually make its way to print, so color is fairly important to me. I bought a ColorMunki Photo for the sole purpose of building color profiles for myself and any printer I work with. So I'm wondering if my Adobe RGB fears are a little unfounded if I already own a spectrophotometer that might help with the 75% compared to the 87% on Pro13 and the 94% on the Pro16. ------------------------------------------ So I guess what I'm asking is for experiences with the 13HD and maybe other alternatives. Should I buy a new machine that has DisplayPort or the not-even-ubiquitous USB-C just to spend money on a Pro13 and a Wacom Link? Should I get a 13HD knowing its limitations? Or should I just bite the bullet and just deal with what I've got for now? Are there any other alternatives? Thx and sorry for the wall of text.