The Cintiq is "neat," but unless you really need a second monitor, I don't think it is any better than the Intuos. The one problem I have with the Cintiq is that the end of the pen and my fingers can sometimes get in the way of seeing what I'm doing. Of course, you can rotate the tablet to get around that, but it does get a little annoying.

Some of the button functions on the Cintiq are better than the Intuos II, but I think the Intuos III has the same button layout.