Need help what wacom tablet should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ri0ku, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. ri0ku macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2009
    Hey guys (wasnt sure if I could post this here but i supose its a buyer question)

    Im in need of a tablet, Its going to be used mainly for mudbox sculpting (that pressure effect will come in handy where the ammount of pressure on the pen will change the ammount on sclupting tools)

    I will also use it in photoshop.

    However Im a uni student and we are of a skint kind... so im wanting a cheap one. I have found 2 cheap ones which i think might do but i dont know which one to get.

    1st up is this one from for £49.99

    2nd is this one I found on ebay

    The 2nd one has buttons to customise but I just dont have knowledge enough to know which will peform better. (I also dont know if the 2nd I have linked will give me that pressure sensative feature which will come in handy)

    Can anyone help me out? im clueless

    Thanks for your time
  2. bfChris macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007

    While there are several Bamboo tablets made by Wacom, all the pen-based models have pressure-sensitivity, usually 512 levels.

    I would recommend Wacom, as their tablets are well-made, good enough for professionals. Everyone I know who uses a tablet in their work uses a Wacom. :D

    Nope, I don't work for Wacom.
  3. BraveArts macrumors member


    Jan 9, 2008
    Madrid, Spain

    Hey ri0ku,

    Would second bfChris's assessment there. Go for the Wacom.
    I've used them for years and they have always performed superbly.:)
  4. ri0ku thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2009
    Thanks guys, but the problem is i dont know which to get in the 2 that i linked above.

    I think il go for the bamboo Pen since i believe its a newer model. Will be nice to sculpt in mudbox with a pen rather than a mouse... its like trying to draw with a brick using a mouse.
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The first one you linked is the latest revision.

    In other words, that would be the model I'd get out of the two.
  6. craig1410 macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2007

    I bought a Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch recently and it is really nice. There are two versions which are functionally the same but come in different colours and have different software bundles. They both have a 5.8 x 3.6 inch pen area and 4.9 x 3.4 inch touch area and both have 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity.
    This first one is the cheapest and comes in black. Not sure exactly what software comes with it but I believe it is less than the second device and might actually come without third party software.
    This is the one I bought and it comes with full feature copies of ArtRage, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6/7 for Mac/Windows and some other bits and pieces.

    I use mine with my iMac but I have also had it connected to my Windows laptop and everything works really well.

    Highly recommended if you can stretch a bit further on price than the ones you were looking at. CCL Computers are also highly recommended and amongst the cheapest suppliers of the Wacom gear. You can get special education discounts on Wacom gear if you look for it, and not just from Apple. Decent savings to be had if you qualify.

    Hope this helps,

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