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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:51 am 
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Anyone use one? Which one's are good/bad/hideous? I've had a look on Amazon and there's a few cheaper ones with very mixed reviews, not looking to spend loads of money, just one that works properly!

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Wacom always used to be the ones to go for.


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To be honest I would only ever buy a Wacom, my current one is 10 years old and still much better than the cheap ones out there.

Intuos 4 or the newer 5 is the one to go for. Bamboo is their cheaper one but not as good or long lasting as an Intuos - An A5 working area is the best size to go for in my opinion, that equates to a medium in the new sizes, but if it is for taking out and about you may want the smaller size.


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Second hand is definately an option to look at if you don;t want to spend as much, any of the intuos range should be good enough for a beginner and all the latest drivers are online....


http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=w ... _PrefLoc=1


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i have a wacom bamboo and love it. i dont use illustrator or photoshop without it :) using a mouse just feels wrong with those programs now :)

edit: this one:

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I've tried a few:

WinTime Paintpal.
An older model Aiptek 12000 (Rebadged by many, Aldi, Lidl etc)
Wacom Volito A6
Wacom Graphire 4 (A5)
Intuos 3 A5

The Wacoms are the best by quite a way, so smooth and responsive. But, they are bloody expensive. It depends what you want to spend but I'd say the best value has been my Graphire XL, £25 off Ebay. It's damn smooth, not as smooth as the Intuos but not far off. And at the price of an Aldi Aiptek, I'd go for a Graphire 4.

It depends are your setup for the size, I use dual 4:3 monitors and sometimes have the tablet 1:1 on 1 screen only, or proportional over the 2 screen, 'wasting' an area of unused tablet. A wide screen ration tablet may help with my setup but to be fair I don't really notice and A5 covers 2x 21" 4:3 monitors with enough resolution.

My Aiptek has A4 working area and I just find it big. There's lots of arm movement on an A4, unless your slapping Painter art around maybe.


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If you are buying second hand make sure it is a USB tablet as a lot of the older ones had a power supply and a serial link.


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And my older Aiptek uses AAA battery in the pen, poo!
My A6 wintime is batteryless, serial connection and takes 5v from the PS2 KB/Mouse socket. Work OK with my old laptop, that said I don't use it anymore.


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Thanks guys, I don't want to spend masses so I'm probably looking at this

http://amzn.to/WW3ROT

or this

http://amzn.to/WW3ROT

I'll be using it for a little bit of graphics work and web design so I won't be looking for a huge investment, does anyone have any experience of the Trust product? The reviews don't seem to bad or is the Wacom definitely worth the extra?

Ta!


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Cant see the trust, at the time of writing both your links are identical and take you to the Wacom.

However I think by the way that every one has recommended wacom, it is probably the better bet.


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