I have just gone from the Intuos to the Cintiq and back again.
Everything is adjustable, with either of them you can hover and click then drag the painting about.
I would say that if you cannot afford a big Cintiq then don't bother with them.
I have the basic model and needed a monitor to get an overall view. That sort of defeats the object. It is wonderful to have the paint appearing under the nib, but if. like me, you sometimes want make bold strokes and just go for it then it's not the ideal tool. Fashmir has the top of the range model at work and will be able to give his view on that.
The small Cintiq had a personality clash while using AR3 on my other machine, the Intuos worked like a dream. I don't know what the problem is yet. I suspect it may well be that PC rather then AR3.
When I get the opportunity to hook it up to my other, new, go-faster model and load AR3 it may be perfectly ok. No one else seems to have had the problem.
To sum up, I find the small Cintiq is like trying to decorate the hallway while standing outside and working through the letter box. The Intuos is smooth and simple to use.
Luck is infatuated with the efficient.