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F117_Nighthawk 
13/1/08 5:21:44 PM
Overlord

hey,
im currently after a graphics tablet for under $250 for my friend, it will be mainly used for photoshop drawing, im currently looking at the Wacom Bamboo 6x9 but i have no idea whats good or not,
any ideas?
thanks

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superfireydave 
13/1/08 5:34:24 PM
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lol
Hopefully I post in the right thread this time >_>

Wacom is indisputably the leaders of tablets, the Intuos, the Cintiq, and now the Bamboo.

The Bamboo series is essentially a replacement of the Graphire series. The Intuos series is the one up from the Bamboo and the Graphire, but it's mainly for industry use [so very high quality etc] whereas the Bamboo is a consumer level.

Having said, the Bamboo is very, very good quality and is more the suited to the tasks you've covered. I've got an Intuos and I think that while nice, it's a little overkill QQ

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F117_Nighthawk 
13/1/08 5:39:54 PM
Overlord

ok awesome thanks, looks like i made the right choice then :P

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orcone 
15/1/08 12:09:28 AM
Guru

I picked up my Wacom tablet from a Co-op bookshop at a uni.

Chat up the old ladies who run the place and they'll give you a 30% discount. It's worth it.

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superfireydave 
16/1/08 12:22:14 AM
Guru

What type though? =P

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Charcoal 
20/1/08 5:13:34 PM
Hero
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The Bamboo is sweet.

I have just a "normal" Bamboo, black, no mouse and no pressure sensitivity on the eraser.
From where I got it for ~30 extra you can get the Bamboo fun, either white, silver or black, comes with a mouse (that you use the tablet as the mouse pad) and has pressure sensitivity on the eraser.

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caffeine_addict 
5/3/08 3:00:52 PM
Learner

I just got Mum a Bamboo Fun medium for her Birthday, it's the first tablet we've used, and I've tried it out and am rather impressed with it. Never having used any others I can't make a comparison, but we're happy with the Bamboo.

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Skulptur 
6/3/08 2:53:33 PM
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If your a multimedia student or work in the multimedia industry save your money and go all out on a 6x8 inch Intuos.
If you get anything less you will want to upgrade once you get used to it.

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pixelengine 
6/3/08 5:34:17 PM
Disciple

I've never used a template for any graphics work but I'm tempted to grab one.

For menial tasks such as clipping with the pen tool for example, does a tablet offer any great benefits?

I'll add that I get some pretty severe wrist/lower arm pain from time to time and wonder if breaking up my mousing with a tablet would be beneficial?

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devoid 
6/3/08 6:20:29 PM
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A graphics tablet should help elevate some of the RSI from mousing as it is used like a pen. I have found the pain is less on days when im drawing, jumping tasks.

Unless you get the mouse addon for the tablet it is no where near as accurate as a mouse for precise tasks, it is free flowing, thats its benefit, but say drawing a box or points, is like trying to connect the dots using a stick of butter on teflon.

I have been using mine for vectors lately, it is useable but I have to go back through and touch up a lot more then when I draw paths with the mouse.

Then again if you use it to create raster masks it kicks the mouses arse.

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fibrefood 
17/3/08 8:01:37 PM
Serf
depending on what he wants to do. If it's leisure I'd go for the bamboo, graphire series but if its mainly business go with the intuos and cinq. Be warned though, the intuos and cinq can be quite costly

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F117_Nighthawk 
28/3/08 12:07:20 AM
Champion

thanks, already purchased.
apparently the bamboo is great

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yoink! 
14/7/08 1:03:12 PM
Serf

Mine is also ordered thx for the info

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UserInterface 
18/7/08 3:52:06 PM
Apprentice

I used someones wacom once and found it a little frustrating because the pen does not need to make contact before it is applied on screen, is this how all tablets work? i am thinking of just getting this cheap one.
http://www.aldi.com.au/au/html/offers/2827_5506.htm

it is a re-badged Aiptek HyperPen 12000U i think.

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superfireydave 
18/7/08 4:21:57 PM
Titan

I'd assume so, and I'd hope so too.
It's nice to know where your cursor is =P
Wacom tablets don't click until you touch the pen to the tablet however. It's kind of like moving a mouse then clicking it?

Maybe you're just not used to it :|

What do you intend to use the tablet for? If it's just instead of a mouse then the Aldi one should be OK. Not great, but OK.

If it's anything more and you might want to use it for digital art or something, get a Bamboo.

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UserInterface 
18/7/08 7:20:43 PM
Apprentice

I have been given an old copy of photoshop so have been getting caught up in that, at the moment i am using it on my laptop and as u can imagine i am fast running out of patience with the touch pad..

I will only ever be using it for my own entertainment however, so never need commercial quality. But don't want to waste money on something that would get frustrating for anything other then painting brush stroke backgrounds?

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superfireydave 
18/7/08 7:38:08 PM
Titan

I don't understand why you find it annoying that the wacom tablets move when the pen is hovered over them.

If they only moved when you made contact with the pen, then you'd only be able to move while clicking (because the pen touching the tablet is the equivalent of a mouse click, or a pencil touching paper). To move like that would be stupid :|

If you've got a decent sized tablet, you can set the tablet to be absolutely referenced so that it refers to the whole screen. That's what I do. I'm not sure if that's what the tablet you used was set up for though, but if it was I can't see any issue at all with the pen still moving the cursor when it's not touching :|

The Bamboo is the consumer model, the Intuos is the industry model - hence I recommended the bamboo. It's almost infinitely better than aldi branded crap - even for general use.

But yeah, perhaps if you explained your issue a bit better I might understand? From what you seem to have mentioned, it sounds like you're complaining about the paradigm of tablet use as a whole, so perhaps a mouse is more suited for you?

edit: http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=87&bid=2&sid=26158 is the lowest model bamboo umart.com.au stocks. It's not much more expensive than the aldi one, but comes from an industry leader as opposed to being yum-cha. It's probably not likely to be big enough for absolute referencing though. Something like this would probably be better for that: http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=87&bid=2&sid=27370


Edited by superfireydave: 18/7/2008 7:40:50 PM

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Chaos.Lady 
18/8/08 8:31:07 PM
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Titan


My Aiptek HyperPen 12000U died recently and I'm looking at getting a bamboo fun.

I actually really liked the Aiptek. It was cheap but it did the job for me. It's fine for consumer level and a great cheap intro to tablet use.

But with the courses I'm taking at Uni now (design among them), a tablet is getting critical.

After looking through this thread I'm thinking the bamboo will probably be fine, as I still really can't see the justification in the intuos extra price.

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superfireydave 
18/8/08 9:46:56 PM
Titan

The Intuos is industry level. I have one, and it's sometimes too much for me even though I use it doing 3D modelling and drawing stuff.
For Uni level stuff, and even a lot of semi professional stuff a bamboo would be more than fine.
The only reason I'd look at an intuos is because the sizes are bigger =P

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Chaos.Lady 
19/8/08 6:35:50 AM
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Actually, I gotta say the Aiptek is still the cheapest around.

I can pick up a 12x9 Aiptek for $286 whereas a Bamboo Fun 6x9 will set me back somewhere around that same price.

That's a huge size difference. The 6x8 intuos is around the $450 mark.

For the size I'm seriously thinking I'd be better to stick with the aiptek given I know I didn't have a problem with it.

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