need help with tablet decision

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by gobi, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. gobi

    gobi Guest

    My son (16) has started learning Photoshop 7 and he seems to be really
    interested. I want to buy a tablet for him but I have no experience with
    such devices. I made a research on Internet and I've found that WACOM is the
    leader. I guess that I should not invest too much and buy too big format
    because he's a beginner. I guess I should by A6 or A5 (right?). However, I
    have to decide between Graphire3 and Intuos2 models. I would very appreciate
    any advices related to the following questions:

    1) Money wise, which investment would be better:
    a) change from Graphire3 to Intuos2 when the format is constant
    b) change from A6 to A5 when the device type is constant

    2) Is the format A6 really usable or is it too small and I should buy a
    larger one?

    3) How useful is the tilt sensitivity feature in Photoshop 7? Is it a good
    reason for change from Graphire3 to Intuos2?

    4) Is it a good idea to go a risky-way with cheaper (much cheaper) device
    like Aiptek HyperPen 12000U?

    Thanks a lot for any tips in advance.
    Gobi
     
    gobi, Oct 22, 2003
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    Eliska Guest


    All I can give you is my experience. I bought the Graphire small size
    and it is enough room for me. Less distance for my hand to move in
    order to cover the screen.

    I think it's a good starting point for him - if he sticks with
    Photoshop and wants more bells and whistles, then consider the more
    expensive model.

    Every time this thread appears the vote is unanimous to pop for at
    least the graphire and not cheaper brands.
     
    Eliska, Oct 22, 2003
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    Stephan Guest

    I use a triple display and my little graphire never, ever, feels to small.
    I love this tablet.One swing of the wrist and I go from the left of he left
    monitor to the right of the right monitor.
    On a larger tablet I would probably have a painful shoulder at the end of
    the day!
    A friend bought an Aiptek not long ago and returned it because he found it
    awful.
     
    Stephan, Oct 23, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    Especially as he's learning the Graphire is an excellent choice. I
    bought the predecessor to that, the ArtPad II years ago and I'm still
    using it. It's well built and I think the only reason I'm going to
    have to upgrade is that I finally think I need A5 rather than A6 and
    anyway, it;s going to be increasingly difficult to get a computer with
    a serial port ;-)
    No, no, and thrice no ;--)

    Unfortunately this is one market where (Although they are overpriced)
    you get what you pay for. The reason Wacom can charge what they do is
    that they are the only make worth having.
    Glad to help. :)
     
    Hecate, Oct 23, 2003
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  5. gobi

    Not so quick Guest

    I would buy the graphite and Intuos and return
    the Intuos if he isn't thrilled with it. Having a really
    good tablet might give him the tools he needs to
    be really good an keep interested. As far as size
    is concerned, I used to have an 8x10 MAC pad,
    and now I'm much happier with 4x6 approx working
    area and I don't use nearly all of it. The new Graphire
    is much improved over the old, so much that I wish
    I had tried an Intuos to see if is as much better over
    the new Graphire. Good luck.
    : -)
     
    Not so quick, Oct 23, 2003
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    gobi Guest

    Thank you very much to everybody for real help.

    We decided to start with Graphire3. There is not so bad price on
    www.amazon.de (only 89 euro for Classic) and the device seems to be
    improved comparing to Graphire2.

    Gobi
     
    gobi, Oct 24, 2003
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