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Offline Suzy

Finding The Right Tablet
«: June 30, 2009, 10:07:43 PM»
(I hope this is in the right place.)

After a lot of research, I decided to compile the things I found about tablets for other people to use. I think it would be great to have a list like this of good tablets for the right price. ;) I hope other people find this useful, and suggestions are more than welcome. I am in no way an expert, I just though it might be useful to start putting something like this together.

I'll try and update this list often. For now, let's organize the list by brand.

I will provide links to the product at the brand's website, but it may be cheaper to search for them from places like Amazon or eBay. However, buying direct is nice because it often times comes with a warranty.

This brand is definitely the first one you would think of when considering buying a new tablet. They're known for their quality, so if you're willing to spend a few extra bucks, it's worth it.

Bamboo: This is one of their cheaper products. It is often suggested for beginners. It has a few hot keys, if you like those. Also available in Bamboo Fun, which comes with software and more color choices. It's a little more expensive.

Graphire: Not quite as professional as Intuos or Cintiq, but the Graphire line of tablets will open more doors for artists with experience with digital art. It comes with some software.

Intuos: This is one of the higher quality products that Wacom provides. Experienced artists can gather the full quality from this tablet. If money is no object, this is a great tablet to consider.

Cintiq: This is their most insane product. This is a direct pen-to-screen tablet. Be prepared to empty your pockets for it.
12WX: http://www.wacom.com/cintiq/cintiq-12wx.php
21UX: http://www.wacom.com/cintiq/cintiq-21ux.php

A lesser known brand, they provide tablets that some would call cheaply made, but others would call a great deal. It is a cheaper brand, but don't turn your nose; the quality is better than you may think.

Product List: http://www.aiptek.com/Products/

Slim Tablet: The surface area dwarfs the price. With a 10" x 6.25" active area, you're definitely getting a bang for your buck. This area is more natural to work with. Some reviews, mostly on Amazon, say it is cheaply made. Others deny this. Just don't treat it like crap and you'll be getting a good deal.

HyperPen: 12000U and 8000U Pro are the ones listed on their product list. The 12000U features an ever larger active area than the Slim Tablet at a lesser price. However, I get the impression that these tablets were not made for extreme quality.

My first tablet was their extremely cheap MousePen 8 x 6. It was a surprisingly good tablet for its price, but anybody with experience will probably not be satisfied with that particular product. I haven't done enough research to say much about the rest of their tablets, but it may be worth taking a look.


If anybody has any input or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. You might want to check out this thread, which is what started this one: http://www.furcartzone.com/index.php?topic=7954.0


Offline binkari

Re: Finding The Right Tablet
«Reply #1: July 11, 2009, 11:06:45 AM»
If you paint a lot, my advice is to buy the biggest decent tablet you can afford and fit in a comfortable position on your desk (or lap). In the end, it saves your wrists and fingers from making itty bitty strokes that actually span across the entire canvas. Tablet size isn't as big of a deal for people who do mainly pixel work or photo editing.

Also, pay attention to the aspect ratio of the tablet-- with wide screen monitors becoming the norm, it would probably be prudent to buy a tablet in a 16:9 aspect ratio to match. Standard tablets still work, but you either have to distort the absolute coordinates to force the proportions, or turn off part of the active space, which artificially lowers your active space.

I get the feeling that most people overrate pressure levels-- most hobbyists will be more than happy with 512 levels. Recently, I made the jump from 512 to 2048 levels and aside from being able to make really light strokes, there isn't much difference in the mid-range pressure levels. Even then, you can manually adjust brush opacity and width to mimic extremely low pressures. If anything, increased pressure sensitivity helps speed things along because you can spend more time painting than tweaking brushes.
« Last Edit: July 30, 2009, 01:24:29 PM by binkari »

Offline Suzy

Re: Finding The Right Tablet
«Reply #2: July 11, 2009, 01:26:05 PM»
Thank you, that really helps! :D