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Alternatives to Pro Pen 2 on Cintiq Pro 13?

Cintiq and Cintiq Pro
Leif99
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Alternatives to Pro Pen 2 on Cintiq Pro 13?

Postby Leif99 » Sun 12. May 2019, 23:01

Just bought a Cintiq Pro 13, and it's working great, except friction with the supplied Pro Pen 2 is far less than what I need. Two kinds of nibs come with the pen: regular and felt. Both of these are much too slippery for me. I need a "rubbery" feel.

I would like to use Flex nibs. I use these successfully on other devices (Samsung Note 4, Samsung Series 7 Slate), with an Axiotron stylus (AXT-MB100-0S01), which unfortunately does not work on my Cintiq Pro 13.

Searching for hours, I cannot find any Flex nibs compatible with the Pro Pen 2.

So, I am hoping to buy an "older generation" stylus that will (1) work with my Cintiq Pro 13 and (2) also be able to take Flex nibs like ACK20004, for that "rubbery" feel that I depend on. Is that possible? I cannot find a list anywhere that indicates what styluses are compatible with the Cintiq Pro 13.

wacom5
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Re: Alternatives to Pro Pen 2 on Cintiq Pro 13?

Postby wacom5 » Mon 13. May 2019, 14:47

Hello.
There are compatible pens like the Grip Pen or the Pro Pen 1 that can use the Flex nib but I wouldn't recommend them to be used on any Wacom Cintiq display. These nibs can grab debris and you run the risk of scratching the display. If this happens, it's not covered by warranty.

Leif99
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Re: Alternatives to Pro Pen 2 on Cintiq Pro 13?

Postby Leif99 » Mon 13. May 2019, 15:28

Thanks. Is there a screen protector that you can recommend, then? Hopefully something that has a "matte" or "textured" quality which will apply friction to the flex nibs as well as the etched glass does.

wacom5
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Re: Alternatives to Pro Pen 2 on Cintiq Pro 13?

Postby wacom5 » Tue 14. May 2019, 08:05

Sorry. We don't recommend or endorse any screen protectors.

Leif99
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Re: Alternatives to Pro Pen 2 on Cintiq Pro 13?

Postby Leif99 » Fri 28. Jun 2019, 17:45

Thanks. For the benefit of other users, here's an update. I purchased a Pro Pen and Flex Nibs and the result is much improved friction. It's several times better than the felt nibs. If you are a person like me who draws, as I do, where pressure and friction play a key role in producing smooth, controlled lines, then I highly recommend this. I cannot detect any deficiency in the Pro Pen relative to the Pro Pen 2.

My digital art experience for the past decade has revolved around this issue of friction. My prior/other devices are various Samsung devices, all have slippery screen, and after many hours experimenting, ordering online, visiting obscure plastics shops, etc., I eventually found that cheap, plastic shelf liner from hardware store provides the best surface, although it does wear out and needs occasional changing. In all cases, I applied first a screen protector, and on top of that, the shelf liner, which is sticky. Visually, you get some air bubbles which I don't mind -- it's for drawing, not public display. Stylus and finger input works perfectly with that setup.

Since I actually bought the Cintiq in part due to reviews stating it has a nice etched glass surface for better friction,I am not interested in giving that up simply to protect the screen. So, I am using it "naked", without any plastics added. After 6 weeks of moderate use, always with the flex nibs (ca. 1-2 hours use/day), I see no sign of scratches. If they do appear, I anticipate it won't bother me, as I long ago got used to an imperfect display in my other devices.

My main issue now is how to clean the surface. I do have one or two spots that have become "oily" despite my best efforts (always wash hands before use, and use paper under my hand to minimize contact; also, I found touch input was problematic anyway so I turned it off). Online, I am told the only recommended way to clean is with distilled water. It seems unlikely that will be fully effective, but I will try it, and in future might experiment with weak detergents.

wacom5
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Re: Alternatives to Pro Pen 2 on Cintiq Pro 13?

Postby wacom5 » Mon 1. Jul 2019, 08:25

Thank you for sharing your experience so far. Hopefully this will also be useful to other users.

As for cleaning, I would only recommend you to check the "Care for your device" section of the manual: http://101.wacom.com/UserHelp/en/TOC/DTH-1620.html

LogicBrain
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Re: Alternatives to Pro Pen 2 on Cintiq Pro 13?

Postby LogicBrain » Mon 22. Jul 2019, 00:27

use WD40 Works like a Charm. Oh also simple Window Cleaner works great to. ( My own risk ) No Problems Yet.. as for a Stand Bought a cheep 20$ IKEA Shoe Rack and It works Great. Just a Hint for people who like to have the Wacom High without breaking the PiggyBank for a Heavy Stand that is just in the way all the time. One can Even Store Folders and Books behind the Rack. Works like a Charm #NoToCheeseGrater


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