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VinceDN
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:16 am     Reply with quote
Okay, after a year of postponing and pondering I think I've finally banked enough cash to buy me a decent digital drawing tablet. I haven't decided yet on brand or type, so I'm asking it here for advice from people who have experience with these things. I'll be having need of it excessively in running op to my end-year project (which involves a lot of digital work), so I believe it's time to take a pick.

I've already tried out the "blackscreens", and I find them awfull. Trying to draw under me while looking at the result on my own screen (in front of me) is a rather agonizing process, so I think I prefer tablets who have a display in them, so you can work directly from there.

I'm looking for something along these lines:
- A decent portable drawing tablet with display
- Around +-A4 working space, meaning A4 being the size of the part I can draw on. I've seen plenty of my fellow students here be tricked by advertisers into buying an 'A4' tablet, full of useless buttons and borders and with a working space about the format of a post-it.
- No specific preferences on pressure reading, because I'm not really sure how this works. Is it really nessecary to have a tablet with good pressure reading?
- A realistic price range. I know these things are rather expensive, so 'im thinking about alternatives: sharing the cost with a friend, buying secondhand, etc. So, if anyone is selling one of these, feel free to contact me

That's about it. Any help and advice would be welcome. Happy holidays!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:26 am     Reply with quote
What you are looking for is not just a tablet but a tablet PC Razz

Try searching for various reviews. I remember seeing some tablet PC-s reviewed by artists.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:11 pm     Reply with quote
http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/index.php all the reviews and discussion you will ever need.

Dont forget to go to a store to get the "feel" for them. Otherwise you might end up scanning your sketches. The wacom tablet take some time getting used to. But after a while you'll likely catch yourself "wacom drawing" with a normal pen and paper. Wink (then you can draw the dollar bills you have saved, and post it here!)
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VinceDN
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:35 am     Reply with quote
h2rra wrote:
What you are looking for is not just a tablet but a tablet PC Razz

Try searching for various reviews. I remember seeing some tablet PC-s reviewed by artists.


Well if I understand correctly tablet PC's are more like laptops, but with a rotatable touchscreen. I just want a tablet: something that does nothing else but be a device to draw on.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:40 am     Reply with quote
I'm not aware of any other display tablets than the Wacom Cintiqs. They have a 12" model and a 21" one. At Wacom.com they have a store of their own, they have showcase units on discount from time to time. You WILL be paying through the nose anyway, so unless you have a lot of loose cash you don't know what to do with, I'd recommend giving the regular, displayless tablets a chance. Most people feel uncomfortable with not looking where your hand is at first, but I haven't heard of anyone not being able to get used to it after a while.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:48 pm     Reply with quote
Yes, I second Affected. The only other option is cintiq and I don't think it's very portable and it is not exactly cheap.

Check out intuous3 A5, A5wide and A4, you can do amazing stuff with them, they are portable and cheap compared to tablet pc-s and cintiqs. Intuous3 is an excellent tablet and I bet you would get used to it if you threw your mouse away for a week.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:38 pm     Reply with quote
The Wacom Intuos are great. They are very sensitve and even the smallest model is responsive enough to do very high quality work easily with practice.

The stylus tips seem to have a good lifetime too.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:16 pm     Reply with quote
http://forums.sijun.com/viewtopic.php?t=42121
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:38 am     Reply with quote
I'm a student and i have an Intuos3 A4 tablet, i couldn't ask for more!
(apart from a cintiq maybe!) But, like Affected said, don't be put off by not looking at where you're drawing.

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Most people feel uncomfortable with not looking where your hand is at first, but I haven't heard of anyone not being able to get used to it after a while.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:20 pm     Reply with quote
If you're going for the real stuff go for Wacom.
I have the Intuos3 A4 tablet and it's pure magic Smile
It takes some time before you master the whole paint-beside-you-and-see-it-on-your-screen thing. If money isn't a problem then go for a Cintiq.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:05 am     Reply with quote
I think this site might be useful for you http://www.allgraphicdesign.com/graphicsblog/2008/12/22/which-graphics-tablet-or-digital-graphics-pen-display-should-graphic-designers-buy/.
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