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Ivyn
12-16-2003, 06:17 PM
I'm planning to be getting a graphics tablet soon. From the research I've done everyone seems to suggest Wacom is the way to go.

My main questions are:

- Is the Intuos line significantly better than the Graphire? I've never used a tablet, should I spend the extra money or can I make do?
- Is a size 4x5 too small for doing "professional" artwork?
- Is there a performance difference between the Serial and USB tablets?

Thanks a bunch, and if anyone knows of any good prices around please recommend. ;)

Ivyn
12-16-2003, 06:42 PM
Can anyone see anything wrong with either of these?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2772305427&category=3680

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2773664053&category=3680

Rabid pitbull
12-16-2003, 06:43 PM
Intuos has 2x resolution and it also recognises tilt which graphire does not. I think many people are like me and find any tablet better than a mose, and what you don't know you don't miss. Although I have heard some say that the graphire has a "dead" zone. I never noticed it in 21/2 years. The lack of tilt is my biggest featue loss.

Size is purely a personal issue. I have heard that people draw either using there arm to move the pen, or the wrist. If you like to draw in sweeping motion using more arm then wrist then a 4x5 pad may seem small.

I can't imagina any difference in performance between serial and usb. I don't know for sure though.

Rabid pitbull
12-16-2003, 06:47 PM
Originally posted by Ivyn
Can anyone see anything wrong with either of these?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2772305427&category=3680

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2773664053&category=3680

well shipping looks mighty steep, and lack of power cord sounds like a problem, the usb doesn't have a power cord so I wasn't aware of the serial device requiring cord. Might want to check and see if it is required. Also be aware that the pen tips and tablet overlay do wear out, so a used item may require these replacement parts. check Wacom for pricing.

Ivyn
12-16-2003, 07:24 PM
Thanks for your insight.

I find that I do tend to draw with my wrist so a smaller tablet would probably suit me fine.

well shipping looks mighty steep, and lack of power cord sounds like a problem, the usb doesn't have a power cord so I wasn't aware of the serial device requiring cord. Might want to check and see if it is required. Also be aware that the pen tips and tablet overlay do wear out, so a used item may require these replacement parts. check Wacom for pricing.
Yes I was rather suspicious of those shipping prices myself. After checking the Wacom site, the serial tablets do in fact require a power adapter which costs $25! Taking all this into account I'll have to evaluate how good of a deal this is all in all.

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