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In the market for a tablet...
show user profile  LionDebt
As the title suggests... But I really have no idea where to begin, and if I'm truly honest Wacom is the only brand name I'm vaguely aware of. Having had a browse of their e-store, a quick glance at Bamboo and then their Intuos 4 ranges... I simply can't afford a Cintiq or anything on their PL series (unless it's fallen off of a truck and you can get me a phone number...)

I'm a bit hesitant since even the Intuos 4 aren't cheap and I'm concerned I'm going to hate drawing, while looking at the screen? Sounds stupid to say that, as I touch type... doh... I simply am beginning to hate using my mouse in MudBox, especially now that I'm playing with paint etc.

Anyways, thoughts? Other brands? Buy direct from Wacom? Second or first hand? 'Refurbished' models off e-bay? Massive jump between S or M? Got one you're selling? What do you have? Is it amazing, or just hype? Help me out!
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1/23/2012 6:36:41 AM (last edit: 1/23/2012 6:36:41 AM)
show user profile  K-tonne
take a couple of hours to get into it- buy the most expensive one you can afford
wacom rule the tablet world
biggest isn't always best- i have an a4 and an a5- i don't go near the a4- just too much effort
bamboo's are pretty cheap but very good still and it just gets better from there depending on how much you have to spend

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1/23/2012 6:52:42 AM (last edit: 1/23/2012 6:52:42 AM)
show user profile  Garp
I had the same concerns before buying mine (an Intuos 3).
Don't worry about drawing on the tablet and seeing it on the screen. You'll forget about it after a few minutes. It's like typing or navigating the viewports, your brain makes the connection pretty fast.
Size-wise, I'm with K-tonne. The A4 is way too big to be comfortable. A5 (model M now) is enough.
As for prices, I'd recommend a second-hand Intuos 3 (plenty on ebay) over a brand new Bamboo.

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1/23/2012 7:44:19 AM (last edit: 1/23/2012 7:44:19 AM)
show user profile  gogodr
since you are not specifying budget I'm going to point out some wide options

for 40$ you can get a genius Gpen4500 ( it was my first tablet )
it is better than any Bamboo tablet for less money but the problem is that it is a small tablet and when being in comparison with the intuos series the intuos series are supperior by far.

my current tablet is a Intuos4 Large which did cost me around 500$ of course there is smaller ones in the intuos series and buying one second handed is an option.

if you hate to much to look at the screen instead of the tablet you could get a second handed Intuos 3 L + a DIY cintiq kit to have a screen tablet for a little less than 900$

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1/23/2012 9:13:45 AM (last edit: 1/23/2012 9:13:45 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984
Definitely consider 2nd hand or older models (Im only really talking about intuos)

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1/23/2012 11:49:30 AM (last edit: 1/23/2012 11:49:30 AM)
show user profile  bonzepeet
Yeah, second hand intuos 3's are a good bet I'd think, there's always a few on ebay and the like. I love the intuos 4 and much prefer the feel of the drawing surface but the build quality doesn't seem so hot anymore on wacom's newer stuff - we've had buttons flying off pens, threads wearing so thin you can't screw the ends on the pens anymore, nibs grinding down spectacularly fast, etc.

Older bamboos are good too, the first gen had a much more solid feel and nicer drawing surface - the newer ones are getting a bit flimsier again.

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1/23/2012 12:17:49 PM (last edit: 1/23/2012 12:17:49 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
I have a 2 at home, and 4 at work, 4 is much nicer really!

Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
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1/23/2012 12:21:40 PM (last edit: 1/23/2012 12:21:40 PM)
show user profile  Pil
I got a bamboos stylus for my ipad which is really great. But maybe not what you're looking for.

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1/23/2012 1:06:10 PM (last edit: 1/23/2012 1:06:10 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Thanks for all the replies folks!

My money situation very much depends on how a few personal investments and projects turn out over the next few weeks... If it all goes tits up I'll be waiting a bit longer... But fingers crossed :)

Ahh, yea I remember the DIY Cintiq video that made its way into the spam thread a while back... looking into that again!

I think I'll be going for an Intuos 4, L. With the hopes to one day DIY-kitbash a nice enclosure and LCD fitting for it. Thanks again.

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1/23/2012 4:49:21 PM (last edit: 1/23/2012 4:49:21 PM)
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