Hello fellow ConceptArtists . Long time lurker, and just getting my feet in the water regarding digital art... So a simple question thread here.
As my thread title sort of suggest, I'm wondering if anyone has experience with both to do a comparison of the two.
Of course, I'll offer some more context:
Essentially, it boils down to: Which is a better choice in terms of usability and workflow? Obviously the M200 is already outdated spec-wise, however, I'm not expecting to do anything other than Painter/Photoshop/2D Digital Art (I know some people uses their tablet to do 3D work, but I don't see the advantage of that vs. a mouse) on it, so I don't think the semi-outdated specs will work against me, per se.
The disadvantage is that since the laptop itself is not upgradable (since most of the parts are either discontinued or simply extremely expensive to upgrade via eBay), should I need to do things with photoshop that pushes the laptop, it may work against me (i.e.: Very large brushes that take a lot of CPU time). Whereas the Wacom can be used on any computer for the duration of its life (I've seen working Intuos from a decade ago! So I'm quite confident in Wacom's product quality).
The M200 also doesn't have any tilt sensing in its pen, and it has only half of Intuos3's sensitivity (I currently own a first gen 4x5 Graphire, and the 512 levels of sensitivity doesn't seem to bother me, the jittering does, however; I'm wondering if this is present in the M200. I'm currently testing out the Intuos3 and from a usability and technical perspective, it's perfect; great sensitivity, no jittering whatsoever, everything you'd expect from a top of the line Wacom product).
What I'm trying to get at is: Is the M200, from a usability and technical perspective, good enough in itself (after all, you are drawing directly to the screen, that's a big bonus in my books) to be worth the purchase over a Intuos3? I have tried using tilt sensitivity, but I don't see how that helps in real-life situations. Is it helpful at all (as in, will it be a feature used often with many brushes)?
Also, how is the M200's secondary stylus? It seems that most of the eBay auctions do not sell the Main stylus (Lost over the years, I suppose), but instead only the secondary stylus that's "hidden" in the battery compartment. Does this still offer 512 levels of sensitivity?
A second hand M200 can be had for less than 300 via eBay, while Intuos3 goes for over 350. Now, price is not a factor for me, so I'm looking purely from a usability and workflow perspective.
I suppose that's most of the questions I can think up for now...
Thanks to anyone that can offer any insight to this dilemma!
EDIT: I'm now uncertain as to whether or not the M200's pen is 256 or 512 levels of pressure sensitivity... Different places seem to report different pressure sensitivity levels! If anyone can clear this up, greatly appreciated!