View Full Version : Looking for a New Tablet, any Recomendations?

11-05-2011, 07:22 PM
Hello everyone,

As I think I may have mentioned in my Critques Corner thread that I have Wacom's cheapest, smallest, non-pressure sensitvist's Bamboo tablet and I'm looking to get a new one, probably for Christmas. Does anyone have any recomendations?


11-05-2011, 09:57 PM
Wacom Intuos4, or, the grand-daddy of them all (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79SdxuA1WjY).

11-05-2011, 11:06 PM
If you have the money. Wacom Intuos 4.
If you don't. Wacom Bamboo Pen.

11-06-2011, 12:12 AM
well i have a wacom bamboo pen and touch and its pretty good

11-06-2011, 04:57 PM
If you already have a tablet and it's still working, I suggest using that still even if you bought a new one. Pressure sensitivity isn't really much of an issue when practicing drawing. Pressure sensitivity is only usable if you're actually doing linearts for top quality. But if you only intend to practice aspects of drawing, use the old one until it breaks. I'm using graphire 4, smallest size, and it's phased out already and I had this since 2007 when I began doing digital work and I don't experience anything that would merit any need for replacements.

Anyway, an Intuos 4 is good enough but not for a lefty afaik. Cintiq is pure vanity Dx

11-06-2011, 06:11 PM

12-05-2011, 09:18 PM
Would this be a good tablet? http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=hp+graphics+tablets&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=685&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=8424182112360312503&sa=X&ei=N1rdTvTSOYL6tge7zfzsAQ&ved=0CHkQ8wIwAA

12-06-2011, 06:14 AM
That tablet seems to be more oriented with business environments. If you plan on drawing, I don't think I'd go with that, considering the price, you could get a tablet by Wacom for much cheaper. Those are made with artists in mind first and foremost.

12-06-2011, 11:28 AM
My Intuos4 blows away the Bamboo I had. It's less stressful on the hands due to pressure sensitivity and pen shape.

Here's a quick size comparison of a large-sized tablet and regular printing paper:
This is just a quick reference to look at if you are considering sizing up.

12-06-2011, 01:10 PM
For some reason, I like my Bamboo Pen much better than I do my Intuos 4.

12-06-2011, 10:22 PM
I liked the surface of my Graphire4 better than the Intuous4. The Intuous takes greater pen pressure (no, I'm serious) to make a thick line, and the natural, paper-like feel on the surface that they market as a good thing was never a plus-point for me. I like the feeling of smooth plastic better, and the textured surface wears down the nibs. :/


XD But needless to say, I'm used to my Intuous4 now, and I like it. Like Mac vs PC, it's all a matter of preference.

12-06-2011, 10:32 PM
The intuos4 takes a HELLUVA lot of pressure for dark and thick lines, even if you set the tool to be like that.

12-07-2011, 02:35 AM
It hurt my hand at first. :/ But yeah, I turned the sensitivity up, and it was still really hard to get the thick lines. DX

12-07-2011, 11:00 AM
Interesting... I've never had issues making thick black lines on my Intuos4. Maybe I just naturally have a heavy hand. Compared to my ancient tablet (seriously... it was like 11 years old) I barely have to push. I actually had to turn down the sensitivity on it. :X Regardless, I would still recommend an Intuos over a Bamboo if you can afford it. If you're going to get the Bamboo at least get the $99 one since it comes with a pen that has two usable ends unlike the cheaper versions. It's annoying having to select eraser every time I want to erase something.

12-07-2011, 01:27 PM
(I don't even use the double ends. DX)

12-07-2011, 02:55 PM
Same. Though I think it's just me forgetting that there's an eraser on the other end! lol

12-10-2011, 02:07 AM
i prefer wacom

12-10-2011, 08:01 PM
What about Inkling?

/is looking into a new Tablet himself.

12-11-2011, 01:47 AM
Try a VisTablet. It's what I use, it's large, cheap, and has more pressure sensitivity than the Wacom Bamboo Pen. It's really great, and comfy too. :3

12-11-2011, 02:30 AM
Is it better then an Intuos4? Because I think between Christmas and savings I can buy the Small if not the Medium...

12-11-2011, 02:32 AM
Never used an Intuos4 so I can't say. But if you can, buy the Vistablet for size now and save up for a Cintiq model later, the best being the 24HD, which is what Jaittaceti is outfitting itself with once we set off to college.

12-11-2011, 03:14 AM
I actually prefer smaller sized tablets, because I'd prefer to use a finer motor range of movement. My arms are too clumsy for all that giant tablet business. XD

12-11-2011, 09:40 AM
I am not buying a $1000+ tablet unless I know I'm going to be a professional artist later in life. xD

I suppose I'll be doing some heavy comparisons between the two now though. Vista VS Intuos4, I mean.

12-11-2011, 03:24 PM
Er, yeah, my dad asked me about a Cintiq, and I was like "Naaaaw, bruuuuuh. KEEP THE MONEYS."

12-11-2011, 04:13 PM
I woulda took it...the money that is.

12-11-2011, 06:13 PM
Yall wack. Yo Gunz have you ever sculpted on a Cintiq? They had a tech demo and hands-on at my Best Buy and they were running Sculptris. It was only the 12wx but it felt great - image that on a screen about 6 times the size.

12-11-2011, 06:15 PM
Yea that'd be pretty cool, but I don't know. That's a helluva lot of money.

12-11-2011, 06:18 PM
Yeah but I mean if you're going to make video games or concept art for a living, for the rest of your life, it's worth the big bucks before you get into the industry big time.

12-11-2011, 06:32 PM
Keyword there is "if" Sy.

12-11-2011, 06:45 PM
I spent enough on my Intuos4, I'm fine for now. The industry standard isn't the Cintique anyway. In most cases you see them used at conferences or conventions.

12-11-2011, 07:31 PM
Do I get the Intuos 4 or the Bamboo Create?


12-11-2011, 07:36 PM
To be honest, the Intuos4 has the quick-buttons and the quick adjust brush size, so I would really go with it.

12-11-2011, 07:39 PM
Yep, get the Intuos4. Although the small I4 lacks some features the medium and large ones have; mainly the LED displays telling you what the quickbuttons do, and, well...size.

12-11-2011, 08:46 PM
I can't get the Medium, I'll just get nothing else for Christmas. xD

12-11-2011, 08:52 PM
The features that the small I4 lacks are really nothing but cosmetics. It comes with a small wireless mouse that can only be used on the tablet surface, two usb cables, a paperweight that holds your pen, and also a bunch of cool little nibs. Oh yea, and a disc with some random free program you'll probably never use.

12-12-2011, 12:52 AM
I ... Made a typo. I can get the Medium, I just wont get anything else for Christmas... I'll also probably have to pitch in some of my own money as well. xD

*cough* Do you find the Small to have adequate space?

12-12-2011, 02:59 PM
It's a personal preference, sometimes bigger isn't better, you know. I got the small because my room is cluttered as fk, and I don't have much...eh, breathing room. So basically, smaller=more space, small drawing space. Bigger=less space, bigger drawing space.
But the small has a nice drawing area, so does the Bamboo Pen.
You don't really notice it once you map the active area to the screen size.

12-14-2011, 01:56 PM
I have a small as well. The only real issue that I have with it is that it's very hard to draw straight lines free hand because it's too small a surface to really use your entire arm. It is also is difficult to do extremely fine detail work while zoomed out. Given the choice, I probably would have gotten a Medium over the Small, but I still love my Small Intuos4. It's especially nice since I can bring it along with my laptop almost anywhere.

12-14-2011, 05:01 PM
If you really want a straight line, there's a line tool for that. I mean, the same principle applies in traditional art. No matter how big/small the surface you're working on is, you'll never get a straight line without a ruler, right?