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overture

I am planning on getting a graphics tablet and i cannot offord the really expensive ones like the highly respectable Wacom Tablets, so i was wondering which are the good not expensive but no inexpensive tablets out there, if anybody as a good one that works for them i would like to know. Thanks :)


kelp

What's your price range? I remember there's one that's a little smaller than the Wacoms but costs 50 dollars.


overture

i am thinking about £75.00 as my limit at the moment.


overture

Sorry about not replying i completely forgot about this topic. anyways. i have got one i got one called 'EasyPen G3' from NISIS, it cost me £30.00 (i am cheap :P). It is very good for what i use it for at the moment. You can get better ones the most commonly known is called a 'Wacom' it probably varies in price depending on which one you want. These are the best in the business and vary in size. They are FANTASTIC!


zandramas

I bought the Cool I-pad graphic tablet. It comes with wireless pen and wireless optical mouse.. I paid in canadian $75 dollars. I have enjoyed it very much and it works great. It has a USB plug to the tablet itself. Pen and mouse requires 1 triple "a" battery each :P


ChronicLoser

lol, it sounds cool...but I really don't mind the old-fashioned mouse on pad technique =Pbut its still amazing how far we're advancing in technology ^_^


MajesticTreeFrog

the wacom 'graphire' tablets (as opposed to the intuos tablets) are rather cheap, at $100 US for the 4x5" version. For anyone not doing a lot of hard core image editing, thats plenty. They too come with a pen and a mouse. the tablet connects via USB, but the cool thing is that the pen and mouse are wireless but do not need batteries or charging or anything like that. Also, for driver and program support, Wacom is king. Overall, its probably the best value, if you can afford the $100


sky1405241473

I agree that the Wacom tablets are the best out there. The site also has this cool matching program where you answer a bunch of questions (including price range and what you would use it for). It then gives you the tablet(s) that would be best suited to you. The tablets are also packaged with a wireless pen and a wireless mouse. I believe it also comes with Photoshop Elements (not the best thing out there, but it's included so yuo might as well use it). All of my friends who do graphic design use Wacom tablets.


whannagan

i found a graphics tablet that was really cheap about 50 pounds. ^_^:D


ndhill

I am planning on getting a graphics tablet and i cannot offord the really expensive ones like the highly respectable Wacom Tablets, so i was wondering which are the good not expensive but no inexpensive tablets out there, if anybody as a good one that works for them i would like to know. Thanks ;)

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Actually, you can find some really innexpensive intuos tablets on ebay. Some as low as 30 bucks. If you want a general meat-and-potatos tablet and don't want to buy something used, I suggest a graphire. You can find those at around $60. Personally, I'd go for the used Intuos. All the parts that may suffer from any type of wear can be easily replaced. You'll probably be all set just getting a cheap pack of those little plastic nibs.

avalon1405241471

They are inexpensive Wacom Tablets available as well but of course it is not very advance once. I had them when it first launch in the market. It cost about around US$70 each (small ones).


Silent Shadow1405241477

Aww..I want a tablet so bad! My mom said she was going to get one for me for Christmas but she coudn't find any.. :P Now I have to wait until my birthday. :P My friend has had his tablet for about a year and he's always telling me how much easier it is. I just want to kick him over and take his. :P Lol, just kidding. Anyway, his is a Wacom and he really likes it. So hopefully after my birthday, I can come on here and brag about my tablet. :P


ndhill

Seriously, I think the biggest problem is that there seems to be a very wide spread misconception that tablets are expensive and that only graphic design professionals have access to them. They may not be sold on Best Buy shelves next the the trackballs or fancy 3-button mice, but they're just as cheep. It's only a matter of figuring out what size you need and finding an affordable tablet. For beginners, I suggest a graphire. That's the 4X5 inch low-end model. It's actually what use to this day. Even though I'm at the point where I need to invest in a bigger one, I can't say that my old graphire hasn't been good to me.


MajesticTreeFrog

Seriously, I think the biggest problem is that there seems to be a very wide spread misconception that tablets are expensive and that only graphic design professionals have access to them. They may not be sold on Best Buy shelves next the the trackballs or fancy 3-button mice, but they're just as cheep. It's only a matter of figuring out what size you need and finding an affordable tablet. For beginners, I suggest a graphire. That's the 4X5 inch low-end model. It's actually what  use to this day. Even though I'm at the point where I need to invest in a bigger one, I can't say that my old graphire hasn't been good to me.

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The 6x8 tablet is a very good size. Bigger and its hard to use it to full effect, smaller can feel cramped.

 

Sadly, a good 6x8 tablet is $330, though its worth it. The new intuos 3 line is fantastic.


Soleq

I purchased a 6x8 Wacom Graphire3 for Christmas this year, and I'm very satisfied with it. I opted for the 6x8 simply because the 4x5 looked way too cramped to do much other than edit a very small portion of the screen. I find that the 6x8 suits my needs rather nicely.Being a graphics person, I never fully imagined how a tablet would change my workflow. The mouse used to be just the de facto standard, and now I'm realizing what I've been missing out on. The wireless pen and mouse are a great duo (though I'll admit, I don't use the mouse at all, in lieu of my other wireless mouse), but it's nice to know I have a backup when my primary mouse's batteries die (yes, the wireless Wacom mouse requires no batteries). The motion is fluid, the pressure sensitivity is awesome, and I find myself doodling in Illustrator or Sketchbook Pro more than actually editing my photos. Sure, the Intuos tablets are more professionally oriented, but the Graphire line is a great introduction. Hell, I didn't even know if I'd like a tablet when I paid the $200 for the Graphire. One of the best decisions I've made in a long time.


overture

Thanks all for the information. When i start my Graphics Design course in September in Uni (if i get accpeted) I will (well actually i already have started saving) be getting a Wacom, probably an A5 as i have an A6 tablet already(not Wacom). I know all of the features that the Wacoms have but i do not actually know anyone that can tell me performance wise why is is better than a £30 one i already have. They have 1024 pressure sensitivities which is twice the amount mine has.could someone tell me if they know. I have not come across anything which i have not been able to do with the one i have yet.Thanks.overture.


harriko

i found that are other cheap ones that have bigger sizes. but i dont know if you heard of "TRUST"? i tried and used their small versions and its really smooth but i dont think they have any pressure configuration on the device.


overture

I have heard of 'TRUST', but i know nothing about them really. If they did have any pressure sensitivity configuration then i guess it would only be around 512 levels or pressure sensitivity or less. i only have 512 levels myself on my cheap Graphics Tablet which i have given information about before. Wacom has a maximum of 1024 i believe which is still a heck of a lot better. :P


harriko

iam thinking of getting a graphic tablet to use on imageging softwares and 3d studio max. what does the pressure sensitivity really do? does it define how much "ink" you can use by the pressure you are using on it?


overture

OK. Think of the pressure sensitivity like this. When you are drawing with a pencil and you are barely using any pressure it comes out very lightly, but when you press really hard the link comes out darker and thicker. When you are using a tablet when you press very softly the line comes out very light and thin but when you press harder... you know the rest. You can tell how this works cos if you look at the nib of the pen (the plastic stick) you can see it become shorter as it is being pressed up into the bulk of the pen.you can use it to do really light sketches or outlines and so on.overture.



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