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    I want tablet....

    Well, I thinks it's time for yet another "Tell me what tablet I should get" thread. I never thought I'd have the honour of creating such a topic...

    Anyhoo, I'm really interested in getting a wacom tablet, I currently have my eyes on an 'academic' Intuos3 4X5 USB tablet with pen and mouse that includes free software, you know, the standard package. The 'academic' I guess means that only students can purchase one, being a more cheaply priced product.

    So, here's a few questions

    - Is $231.00 canadian a good price?
    - Do I only need the pen and tablet? If so, is it possible to buy seperately (the site I'm looking at doesn't seem to sell it seperately...)
    - Is 4X5 enough space? I drew it out and it seems quite tiny...

    So, throw tomatoes at me for being indecisive, but since I know next to nothing about these things (except for how incredibly useful they seem to be) I thought I'd ask around.


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    for an intuos, a 4x5 seems a bit small. If you're going to get one, go balls out with the 9 x 12, I say.
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    Oh, and did I mention that money is a faktohr?

    The 6X8 is about 330 canadian I think, better deal, oui, non?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Interceptor
    If you're going to get one, go balls out with the 9 x 12, I say.
    I just got one, and I agree.

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    long term investment. save and get the 9x12.

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    I thought there would be a sticky tablet thred by now.

    I went from an A4 intous3 to a 15cm by 11cm.
    it's like an inferior lover.
    go big!

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    yes, save for the 9x12 inch one.. you wont regret it. my friend has one & i'm jealous of him.
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    Damn all of you and your non-impulsive advice

    O well, I suppose I'll wait and get a 9X12, maybe a 6X8.

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    I went from a Graphire 4x5 to a Intuous2 9x12 and I have to say it was quite a workout when I got the bigger tablet. I've gotten use to the size by now but at first my arm got really tired after a while of drawing.

    If you don't have the cash for the 9x12, I'd recommend getting the Intuous3 6x8. I do notice the different in pressure levels from my graphire (I still use it when I have access to a laptop) to the Intuous2.

    Speaking of mobiliity, the 9x12 isn't the most mobile of products. If you have a laptop and want to use it on the couch, it's going to be akward. The 9x12 takes up a lot of realestate on your desk too. I wasn't totally prepared for that.

    With all the negatives I've said, I have to say I love my 9x12. The bigger size means I can make wider arcs with my arm instead of short tiny strokes with my fingers or wrist. In the long run I think that's healthy for repetitive stress disorder.

    Good luck with your choice.

    If you're buying from Canada, have you looked at NCIX? They have a 9x12 Intuous3 for $485. I remember paying around $700 for my Intuous at the time. Here's the link.

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    thanks for that link, rogfa! I'll do some comparasins, but I can already tell that's a decent deal - I could blow my income tax cheque on it and still have moolah left over.

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    Well, I think 9X12 is a little big (size and price wise) I think I'm gonna go with the 6X8. A hundered dollars less and still a decent size. My strokes are never big enough for a 9X12 anyhoo. PLus, I'm just learning colour anyways, it's not like I need to make professional work RIGHT AWAY. I'm still in design college and my work is nowhere near prof. quality.

    Well, thanks all for the input.

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    that's a sad defeatist attitude.

    look at the quality of the work of some of the guys here that're still in/JUST graduated from college -> jason chan.

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    I meant that I don't plan on actually TRYING to sell my work until AFTER I get a decent design company/job set up, where I actually have something keeping me ALIVE.

    Right now I'm a designer first, an artist second. Design is my area of study and (soon to be) bread and butter. Drawing is my passion, but also just a hobby.

    If I'm only going to be making sketches/paintings on the comp as practice for the next FIVE years, why should I go balls out and get a 9X12 that sets me back 150 bucks more than a 6X8?

    I'd like a 9X12, the same way I'd like a new computer; would make things a bit easier, but it's hard on the wallet.

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    you should try buyin stuff on EBAY, i once found 9x12 wacoms at initial bids of 250 dollars!
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    nah man, a true WACOM like this:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Wacom-Intuos2-9x...QQcmdZViewItem

    go for it!

    later,
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    Quote Originally Posted by GriNGoLoCo
    nah man, a true WACOM like this:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Wacom-Intuos2-9x...QQcmdZViewItem

    go for it!

    later,
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    Thanks!

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    I have a Intuos 2 6x8, couldn't be happier. It really depends on your stroke size, but the 6 x 8 is plenty big. Never tried 9 x 12 so I can't really comment (they cost too much here in aus)

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