Hey everyone, I've been lurking these forums for a few weeks now but I'm deciding to post my build finally!
Me and my girlfriend's anniversary just came up, and her birthday is coming up, so I figured hell, why not combine them and make her a Cintiq. She is going to art college for animation and has ogled Cintiq's for years, in the same way that most people would ogle a Lamborghini. "I'd love one but it's WAY too expensive."
We also play a lot of PC games together and she's always been jealous over my huge monitor (she has a 15" one), so I decided to make it big. If she puts it on an Ergotron she can use it as both a gaming monitor and pull it closer when she draws.
So I got a used Intuos 2 12x18 on Amazon for $130. I was ogling lazy_mosquito's build with the 27" asus monitor, as I wanted something that had been proven not to provide jitter. However, the $375 used
price tag made me decide against it. All I know is that I want to try having the electronics away from the screen to reduce the chances of jitter, so I want an LED bigger than the active area.
Luckily I live right next to a Microcenter, so I tried out a cheaper AOC 24" LED for $129.
I obviously hadn't researched enough, because I didn't know how freaking fragile that brown tape on the LCD controller (or whatever it is) was. I stripped and mounted it on the tablet only to have it display nothing but black lines. No picture of any kind.
Bah, back to the store. Luckily Microcenter has a really great protection plan. It's $20, and they don't really check what went wrong with it, they just give you store credit for the original amount you spent.
So I lost $20 but got the rest of my money back by reassembling the monitor and returning it. I'm a bad person, okay?
While there, I found that they had a Samsung S27C750P 27" LED Ultra Slim monitor that was both refurbished and
open box. In fact they had 3 of them. This monitor is on Amazon and Newegg for around $300, and at the store I found it for $150, so I scooped that up quick as I could!
I brought it up and immediately started stripping it, much more carefully this time!
Man did I luck out!!! If you get a chance to use one of these monitors, DO IT. Not only is it Ultra Slim, but it has an EXTERNAL power supply!!!
It was really easy to take apart too.
Look at how long those cables are!!! I'm not sure if that's because it's refurbished or if those are the original cords, but that's gonna allow me to skip soldering completely. Woohoo!