Graphics tablets, is it worth getting a more expensive model

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Flare Volkanian, Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:25 pm

I'm looking at getting a graphics tablet and I'm wondering is it going to be better to get a cheaper model with less features or go for a more expensive model with more features?

Either way I can afford it but I don't know if I could justify getting a costlier device for only doing hobby art.

Any input you have would be appreciated.

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esp, Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:05 pm

If you're only doing hobby art something like the Bamboo range is probably the best way to go. Anything higher (and more pricey) is aimed at people who use it for a living.

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Dread-Fox, Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:59 pm

I dunno, my tablet has no extra features whatsoever and I get by pretty well.

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Flare Volkanian, Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:07 pm

What about pressure sensitivity, it sounds like a good feature but is it used much? And is about $140 a good price?

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esp, Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:25 pm

What about pressure sensitivity, it sounds like a good feature but is it used much? And is about $140 a good price?[/quote]

They all have a awesome sense of pressure (just make sure you've installed the drivers properly). $140's a decent price for one of the Bamboo series.

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Flare Volkanian, Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:14 pm

They all have a awesome sense of pressure (just make sure you've installed the drivers properly). $140's a decent price for one of the Bamboo series.[/quote]

Ok, cool I think I've found the one I want on eBay for $100, thanks for the help.

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Fuzzyball, Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:25 am

As long as it's a Wacom it doesn't really matter.
All Wacom tablets are great. The more expensive ones tend to have larger active areas and more levels of pressure sensitivity, but even the cheapest Wacom tablet is miles above any other brand.
I used a Wacom Graphire 2 for many years. It was the smallest and cheapest of the range back then but it served me very well.

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Raven, Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:40 am

As long as it's a Wacom it doesn't really matter.
All Wacom tablets are great. The more expensive ones tend to have larger active areas and more levels of pressure sensitivity, but even the cheapest Wacom tablet is miles above any other brand.
I used a Wacom Graphire 2 for many years. It was the smallest and cheapest of the range back then but it served me very well.[/quote]

I endorse this quote. Go for Wacom, it fantastic, using one seems familiar to having a slay-ride pulled across Siberia by leprechauns. But yeah, if you get a student discount and your after one, go for the Wacom =D

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Flare Volkanian, Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:26 am

I've bought a CTL-470 off eBay, it looks pretty good and should be perfect for what I want.

Really looking forward to that sleigh ride :D

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Fuzzyball, Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:39 pm

I've bought a CTL-470 off eBay, it looks pretty good and should be perfect for what I want.

Really looking forward to that sleigh ride :D[/quote]
Ah, one of the small Bamboo models. Sounds good!

You should post some art here that you do with it once you've got the hang of it.


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