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    Graphics Tablet Advice, Looking To Buy.

    Hi,

    I am looking for a graphics tablet for a Christmas present for my uncle. I dont know much about them for looking for some advice. What do you recommend? I am looking for something good but not break the bank.

    I would like it to be both compatible with Mac & Windows

    I would preferably like a USB powered one preferably but not essential. Reason being he lives in Australia and a powered one will be a UK plug. Unless there is one with lots of adapters including an oz one. Put im sure we can manage with a British plug.

    Anyway what do you recommend?

    I am open for suppliers to make me offers.
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    In my (admittedly fairly limited) experience graphics tablets fall into two categories - Wacom ones and Not-Wacom ones. Wacom ones are far far superior to anything else however they are much more expensive as well. I bought a cheap one first and when I found myself using it a lot I invested in a Wacom Bamboo Fun and I never regretted it. The build quality was so much better and it felt much smoother and more natural using it.

    You shouldn't have any problem with plugs - I'm sure most now power thru USB, the thing to look out for is if the pens need batteries or not. In my cheap one the pen needed a couple of AA batteries which made it heavy and unwieldy.

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    How much are we looking at please?

    Thanks

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    Cheapy non Wacom ones about 20-40 quid for A5 size, A Wacom Bamboo One is about £40, it's smaller than A5 tho. As they get bigger they get pricier, my bamboo was about £120 and it's just slightly larger than A5. If it was me I'd go for a small wacom over a larger cheap one, they come packaged nicely, it makes a nice gift. We gave a Bamboo One away as a prize for a competition last year and the winner was very chuffed. Guess it depends how much you like your uncle

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    Budget - Wacom Bamboo £40.00 - £70.00

    Midway - Wacom Intuos4 £170.00 - £600.00 depending on size

    Top End - Wacom Cintiq £850 - £1500.00 depending on size

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    hi,

    Just looking at these:

    Wacom Intuos4 Small Graphics Tablet - £162
    Device Type Small Graphics Tablet
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 39 cm x 28 cm x 11.5 cm
    Dimensions (WxD) - Active Area 15.7 cm x 9.9 cm
    Connectivity Technology USB
    Pressure levels 2,048
    Tilt range +/- 50 degrees
    Accuracy (Pen) +/- 0.25 mm
    Accuracy (lens cursor) +/- 0.15 mm
    Movement Resolution 5080 dpi
    Maximum report rate 200 points per second
    Reading Height 10 mm
    Touch Ring 1
    OS Required Microsoft® XP™ (SP2) and Microsoft® Vista™ as
    well as Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher
    ExpressKeys™ 6
    Weight 800 g

    and

    Bamboo Pen & Touch - £81
    Weight: approx.360 grams
    Dimensions: 248 x 176 x 8.5 mm
    Active Area: 147 x 92 mm
    Guarantee: 24 months
    Software: Bamboo Dock
    Bamboo Minis
    Bamboo Space
    Bamboo Services
    Tools: Pen
    Touch
    Resolution: 2540 dpi (1000 lines/cm)
    Abs. accuracy: ± 0.25 mm
    Pressure Levels: 1024
    Max. distance: 16 mm
    Max. pen tilt: n.a.
    Tilt Accuracy: n.a.
    SampleRate: 133 points/sec.
    PenStand: No
    Interface: USB
    CableLength: 1.5 metres


    There is not a huge difference in the active area.

    What would you go for?

    Thanks

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    Intuos4 would be my choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    Intuos4 would be my choice
    Can i ask why please?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    Intuos4 would be my choice
    Thanks for all the advice this is the one i went for in the end. Arrived yesterday



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