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An affordable tablet that ages better than Intuos?

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Old 05-22-2011, 06:03 PM
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Question An affordable tablet that ages better than Intuos?

Okay I canceled my order for an Intuos4 because of the pen wear issue which while it has been fixed created a new issue, the surface wear issue which i guess is even worse. Is there a good quality alternative? I like buying stuff that lasts because I don't have lots of money!
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:42 AM
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Re: An affordable tablet that ages better than Int

Buy cheap, buy twice. Unless you spend more time retouching than taking pix I wouldn't let the wear issue put you off buying Wacom. I have one on a proprietary system - 15 years hard use, one on a Mac - 6 years hard use and a little Bamboo for home use. If you need a tablet more than eight hours a day I'd quit photography and become a retoucher!
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:55 PM
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Re: An affordable tablet that ages better than Int

Intuos3. The plastic sheet is only held on with double sided tape. If you flip it over (like I did) the surface is smoother. I don't mind the other side, I like the smooth side for aesthetic reasons.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:31 AM
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Re: An affordable tablet that ages better than Int

intuos3's are cheap now. Pay attention to usb cable wear where it comes out of the tablet. Wacom has the best drivers and stuff but none of these things are constructed as well as they deserve to be any longer. The older ones felt practically immortal. Anyone else recall back when they used to use serial port connections?
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:12 AM
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Re: An affordable tablet that ages better than Int

to save on the wear problem use the supplied mouse for all tasks except ones that require pen pressure or creating paths. I was destroying pen nibs and the plastic cover until I switched up my pen use to mouse.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:48 PM
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Re: An affordable tablet that ages better than Int

@kav - yeh, I have a serial wacom on my Paintbox - still going strong after 15 years. You may recall, also, when the stylus was attached to the tablet. When they first introduced the cordless pens it was a pain when an operator walked off site with it. Good tip about the usb cable on the intuos; I'll take out the kink in the cable!
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:36 PM
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Re: An affordable tablet that ages better than Int

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Good tip about the usb cable on the intuos; I'll take out the kink in the cable!
If your usb cable goes which it can it's about $80 to repair + shipping and their turnaround is absolutely terrible. This can happen within a few years especially on newer models. The old ones definitely seemed sturdier. I can remember seeing the non wireless pens but this was before I ever used one.
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Re: An affordable tablet that ages better than Int

I usually go through 1 Wacom a year. Sometimes more. The newer ones seem to last longer. They wear out! Suck it up! It is a tool.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:30 PM
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Hehe so you actually completely destroy at least one every 12 months? That's pretty insane.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:37 PM
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Yeah.... I am pretty tough on them.... I remember the first ones back in 1989.... The stylus was attached via a cable to the tablet! At least you did not keep loosing the stylus!
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