Buying a Wacom tablet for my Mac - Difference between "Craft" and "Pen and Touch"?

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  1. Doju macrumors 68000

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    Hi, I'm looking to buy a graphics tablet and I want to choose between the Craft and the Pen and touch.

    Craft: http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/bamboo_craft.php
    Pen and Touch: http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/bamboo_pen_touch.php

    They both have the same levels of pressure, same resolution and the same size active area.

    Is the only difference software and some training programs? I use Adobe Illustrator so I don't exactly need to pay extra for software if that's all I'm getting (plus a silver look).
     
  2. cjhunter macrumors newbie

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    I'm pretty sure the only difference is the software bundle.

    That said, I played with these a little bit, and I went for the "Fun" model. The smaller tablet just felt limited in what i could do with it. It was sort of like having a pen on your trackpad, whereas the "fun" is closer to having a small screen-size tablet. For me, it was worth the $.
     
  3. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    good to see the response and see what others will say. Though I think I might be looking at an Intuous line.
     
  4. waynechriss macrumors regular

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    If you see the "whats inside" part of the Craft you see it includes:

    This was the same case with the Wacom Bamboo and Wacom Bamboo Fun as the latter came with software but costed more (I have a Bamboo, just pad, pen and installation disc).
     
  5. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Is anybody using these just as a trackpad replacement?
     
  6. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    How do you like it? I have an Intuos 4 medium size which I never used. I'll be selling it and replacing it with the Wacom Bamboo - either Craft or Fun. All I need is really to replace my MBP trackpad as MBP is on a stand. I'm presuming that the Craft model will suffice. Am I right? I know you chose the larger model, so I would be interested in your opinion. Thanks!
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have the Touch (the one without the pen at all)… it really sucks.

    It's difficult to use because clicking requires a lot of hand movement (or your other hand); tap to click is difficult to use and the sensitivity is more or less poor. Its also only 2 fingers, so no 3 finger gestures and such and you can't use the whole surface, just a designated rectangle.
     
  8. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I ordered the Bamboo Craft model. I've read some relatively decent reviews, so I'm crossing my fingers.... If that doesn't work as a trackpad replacement, I'll get either the Magic Mouse or a Logitech Performance MX mouse.
     
  9. mousouchop macrumors 6502a

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    The difference between the two is that the Craft has a smaller active area, and is smaller as a whole... otherwise, they are the same.

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  10. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, you're right. I actually ended up ordering it and I tried to use it instead of mouse, but it wasn't working too well. So I'm back to the Magic Mouse.
     
  11. mousouchop macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm. Good to know. My grandmother used to have a keyboard with a built in trackpad on her Windows PC years ago. Since she switched to Mac about 5 years ago, she hasn't been able to find a keyboard like this for Macs. I was going to suggest the Craft due to it's size and price... but I guess I will have to think of another suggestion for her. ><

    I personally am buying an Intuos4 Medium this weekend! :D
     
  12. chris7777 macrumors 6502

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    Do the intuos 4's have the plug in usb cords?

    My intuos 3 had my plug go bad And I had to switch back to my graphire.

    I had though about trying surgery, but I may just look in to getting a 4 because the design was what I have been wanting anyway.
     
  13. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Funny. I just sold mine last week. :)

    I hope you put yours to a good use. Mine was just lying around. They are beautiful tablets otherwise though.
     
  14. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Yes they do. They have the standard mini-USB port on them.
     
  15. chris7777 macrumors 6502

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    I wonder if I could Frankenstein my intuos with a new usb plug .

    I would have to cut mine though as its integrated.
     
  16. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Well, since yours went bad anyways, what have you got to lose? It would certainly be cheaper to try than buying a new tablet.
     
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  19. maddan macrumors regular

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    That's true... it can be a pain sometimes.
     
  20. chris7777 macrumors 6502

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    I would still like to try it, with one of those capacitive styluses. IT would be nice if it could work in a pinch. I really wish someone like apple would cut a deal with wacom and make something like that, heck I want a laptop with an external keyboard and a tablet in its place to be honest.
     

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