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Old 11-13-2009, 08:07 AM
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advice on buying 1st tablet please!

i'm currently scouring ebay for a 2nd hand tablet. obviously i'm looking for a good conditioned one.

now i have used a wacom before. way back in 1999... picked it up no probs and used it for a year. for one reason or another i've just been using a mouse for 10 years. but now i want to get back into higher end retouching and need a tablet.

my budget is limited... but i would like advice on whether to get an older A5 intuos2 for example... or an a6 intuos3? as these seem to be in my price range. i'm worried a6 is far too small.

also is the Aiptek Slim Tablet 600U any good? as these are cheaper.

i would prefer larger usage space on a tablet. please help... don't wanna waste my money.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:11 AM
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Re: advice on buying 1st tablet please!

I have been using the Aiptek HyperPen 12000U for about four years, generally happy with the purchase. It has worked ok when used with windows 2000, windows xp, Linux.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:23 AM
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Re: advice on buying 1st tablet please!

ahhh i'd be using Mac
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:21 PM
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Re: advice on buying 1st tablet please!

2 words: Wacom tablets!
I recommend you to get Intuos4, if you can't afford any of intuos model then go with Bamboo models, I don't know how much is your budget but i've got that Intuos4 small for about $200.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:17 PM
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ahhh i'd be using Mac
As far as I can see, they all have Mac drivers.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:29 PM
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Re: advice on buying 1st tablet please!

What's your budget and you said larger usage space, does that mean your looking for a larger tablet or widescreen (4x6) tablet?

I just got my Intuos3 4x6 factory refurbished with 1 year warranty on Amazon for about $107 shipped. It looks brand spankin' new!
I'm in love coming from my Bamboo Fun.
http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-PTZ431W-...8748936&sr=8-2
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:34 PM
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Re: advice on buying 1st tablet please!

I know the price seems high, but i would go for the intuous4 medium. You will easily get a good 3 years at least out of it, and the size is perfect. I've worked on a smaller sizes like a 4x6 and they are really just so much less comfortable. The bamboo series is a decent substitute, but the feel and pressures are noticeably different especially if you are getting into really high end retouching as you said.
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:16 PM
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Re: advice on buying 1st tablet please!

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I know the price seems high, but i would go for the intuous4 medium. You will easily get a good 3 years at least out of it, and the size is perfect. I've worked on a smaller sizes like a 4x6 and they are really just so much less comfortable. The bamboo series is a decent substitute, but the feel and pressures are noticeably different especially if you are getting into really high end retouching as you said.
I agree with the last comment about the Bamboo's. Seeing as I just transitioned from Bamboo to Intuos3. I realized my Bamboo "jumped" alot. I'm guessing due to the decreased levels in the pad itself. Same for the sensitivity of the pen. The Intuos is a much smoother transition in brush size as you apply pressure.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:38 AM
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Re: advice on buying 1st tablet please!

Do yourself a favour: Stay away from Intuos 4!!!!!!
Get a used Intuos 3 instead!

I own a Intuos 4 medium since 1 week now. (Before I worked on Intuos2 and 3 for several years)
Personally I can NOT recommend to buy Wacom Intuos 4 at the moment.
The reason is the following:
They have a much rougher surface for the sheet now.
That causes the pen nibs (all of the current ones) to be worn down estimated 50 x faster than with Intuos 2 and 3.
I spoke to Wacom Europe and they can not provide any solution but to buy spare nibs. No better material for the nibs and no other coversheet material.

So be aware that you have to buy lots and lots of pen nibs (what I did not have to with my other Intuos)

So Wacom is aware of the problem for months now, but there is no sign that wacom offers a fast solution.

Check the forums at Wacom and you see what I mean!
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:12 AM
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Re: advice on buying 1st tablet please!

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Do yourself a favour: Stay away from Intuos 4!!!!!!
Get a used Intuos 3 instead!

I own a Intuos 4 medium since 1 week now. (Before I worked on Intuos2 and 3 for several years)
Personally I can NOT recommend to buy Wacom Intuos 4 at the moment.
The reason is the following:
They have a much rougher surface for the sheet now.
That causes the pen nibs (all of the current ones) to be worn down estimated 50 x faster than with Intuos 2 and 3.
I spoke to Wacom Europe and they can not provide any solution but to buy spare nibs. No better material for the nibs and no other coversheet material.

So be aware that you have to buy lots and lots of pen nibs (what I did not have to with my other Intuos)

So Wacom is aware of the problem for months now, but there is no sign that wacom offers a fast solution.

Check the forums at Wacom and you see what I mean!
Can the sheet be removed? I was going to just remove my cover (Intuos3), but noticed when I pulled it off (just double sided tape) the opposite side is very smooth. I reattached it with double sided tape, smooth side up.
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