What Graphics Tablet ?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Dr Hackenbush, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Looking to buy a tablet and would like some recommendations.
    Budget doesnt run to a Wacom, so i was looking at the TRUST 400, Medion,
    and also saw Aiptek.
    The Trust is looking good at the moment, can get a new one del. for £44,
    wonder if you have any views, or suggestions

    Thanks
     
    Dr Hackenbush, Jan 25, 2005
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    Hecate Guest

    Save up for a Wacom Graphire. All the other will work but have,
    comparatively, terrible build quality and you'll find they won't last
    too long before you have to buy another one.
     
    Hecate, Jan 26, 2005
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    SpaceGirl Guest

    I have a couple of "Wacom Intuos" (mark 1) tablets and I have NEVER
    regreted the investment. They are superb. I really want to upgrade to an
    Intuos 3 soon as I have saved some money!

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    SpaceGirl, Jan 26, 2005
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  4. Dr Hackenbush

    Ryadia Guest

    When you buy a pencil, if you buy a cheap one, you can't get consistent
    results and your drawings will suffer because the lead often keeps
    breaking for no reason because it was smaller to make it cheaper.

    When you buy a Wacom tablet you get the choice of size to lower the
    price. There is no lesser quality, just smaller work area. If on the
    other hand you buy a larger (non Wacom) tablet, you still may not have
    the functionality of the Wacom and you will have spent some of the money
    you should be saving until you get enough for the Wacom!

    Oh, did I mention you should beg, borrow or steal a Wacom tablet if you
    can't buy one? It's true. Third time lucky. We can't all be wrong.

    Doug
     
    Ryadia, Jan 26, 2005
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  5. I appreciate all your comments, and believe me i know how good Wacoms are ,
    i used to work for a big uk newspaper group and all the graphics peeps had
    them, but i just cant justify the expense at the moment, family, house, etc
    all taking 1st place in the queue for my hard earned drinks vouchers !.

    Its not ideal i know , but i was looking to get a cheaper one to just get
    buy until i can get a Wacom. Even 2nd hand on ebay they are still bloody
    expensive.
     
    Dr Hackenbush, Jan 26, 2005
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    Hunt Guest

    Though someone recently posted a positive review of their Aiptek, most users
    of "other" tablets either quit using them, or finally go to Wacom. Have you
    looked at the Wacom "refurb" tablets on www.wacom.com? I agree with Hecate,
    that the Wacom is the way to go. Why not buy your last tablet first? I
    understand budgets, but is it good fiscal practice to buy up to what you "
    really" need?

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jan 26, 2005
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    John Malcolm Guest

    I got a Medion tablet from an ALDI store in the UK for £25.99. I already
    have an older Wacom tablet with a A6 drawing area that cost me £80 some
    years ago. The Medion tablet has a drawing area of A4+ (30cm x 24cm)

    It's definately not as responsive as the Wacom one, but the size alone makes
    it much easier to draw on. I can actually move my arm in sweeping motions
    instead of making tiny finger movements. In an ideal world I'd love a Wacom
    unit that size, but I'm not made of money.
     
    John Malcolm, Jan 26, 2005
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    Tom Ellliott Guest

    If I am not in error, you can get a 4x5 Wacom for under $100.00 USD. When I
    first got mine it was worth giving up the ale/pints. The Wacom permitted me
    to make more money in the long run so I could get something for my honey who
    is also my CFO.
    Yours,
    Tom
     
    Tom Ellliott, Jan 26, 2005
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    Stephan Guest

    Not sure of the exchange rates theses days but since if the $ is still
    worth close to crap, this should be cheap for rich Europeans:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=83-100-011&depa=0
    (newegg is a very reliable company)

    Stephan
     
    Stephan, Jan 27, 2005
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  10. Dr Hackenbush

    Hecate Guest

    The problem with buying from the US, unless you actually go there and
    buy it, is you pay import duty and VAT which often kills any savings
    made from buying from the US. I want to buy a Canon 20D, but the only
    way to avoid the import duty is to actually go to the US and buy it.
    Then, it makes economic sense and the cost of flying to the US is much
    less than the saving made by buying the camera.

    Yes, it's crazy :)
     
    Hecate, Jan 27, 2005
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    The Magician Guest

    That's what I was gonna suggest.
    I don't know anything about the other tablets mentioned, but...yeah...dat's da one I got.
    Works great.
    Can't get any cheaper than that I don't think. If ya can...it must be a toy.
    Only thing is mine is a Graphire from a few yrs. ago, and it came in different colors.
    Do they only come in blue with those sickeningly happy people's faces on them now...?
     
    The Magician, Jan 27, 2005
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    Plugger Guest

     
    Plugger, Jan 27, 2005
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  13. I support Hunt's view

    If you can go wacom even if it takes a while longer before owning it go
    wacom

    On some things buying budget merely defers (IMHO) buying good kit

    You may be able to optimise your spend - say wacom and apps depending on
    what offers are on at the time

    Hint: academic

    Aerticeus
     
    Aerticulean Effort, Jan 27, 2005
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    Ryadia Guest

    Hey Hecate...
    I just bought some gear in the US. I had a friend buy it and post it to
    me as a 'present'. Sure I'm in Australia but the saving was about 20% in
    including the saving of 10% on GST. What about the VAT? Can you avoid it
    for a gift? I can buy a 20D in Australia for $2460 AUD. Do your sums, if
    you can see buying it here and getting it as a gift, is cheaper than
    buying it in the UK... My company has the facilities to buy one for you
    and 'give' it to you.

    Doug
     
    Ryadia, Jan 28, 2005
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    Dave Guest


    Hey Hecate...
    It is very obvious that your post does not past via the South African
    postal 'services'. You would have bought the 'present' for a
    postal worker if that was the case:-(((
    (not saying that he would have known wat it is)


    Dave
     
    Dave, Jan 28, 2005
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    Stephan Guest

    Don't you have family or friends in the US?
    The way to go is to have the body alone sent to you and the accessories
    and documents in a separate package.This way it doesn't appear like it
    is brand new, coming right out of the store.

    Stephan
     
    Stephan, Jan 28, 2005
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    Hecate Guest

    LOL! The problem is the VAT at 17.5%. It can't be avoided and is
    charged on all goods entering the EU.

    Thank you very much for your kind offer though. I'll take it under
    consideration, but I think I'd likely get descended upon by our
    Customs who are very keen on squeezing every last penny out of
    law-abiding citizens whilst not having the time to check out the
    latest terrorist arrvig9ing through the airport with a bag load of
    Semtex. :)
     
    Hecate, Jan 29, 2005
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  18. Dr Hackenbush

    Hecate Guest

    LOL! Our Customs is basically a money-making exercise for whomever
    are the current idiots in power. :)
     
    Hecate, Jan 29, 2005
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  19. Dr Hackenbush

    Hecate Guest

    Hmmm. Now I hadn't thought it quite through. We do have a friend in
    the US, living in Boston.
     
    Hecate, Jan 29, 2005
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  20. So if I understand you correctly, they should be allowed to take their
    Semtex into the country as long as they pay VAT and import duty on it?
    ;-)
     
    Johan W. Elzenga, Jan 29, 2005
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