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03/18/2015 03:30:09 PM · #1
Bamboo or Intuos Pen and Touch S?
- The Bamboo is half the price of the Intuos.
- There is a wireless Bamboo available for about 60% of the price of the Intuos
- Sizewize they are about the same, with the Intuos being slightly larger (~A5).
- The Intuos is supposed to have pen angle sensitivity (maybe, not confirmed).
- Additional pens, nibs and accessories (airbrush) seems to be available for the Intuos series.
- Intuos series are supposed to have higher pressure sensitivity.
- Pressure levels: 512 - Bamboo; 1024 - Intuos

Is the Intuos worth the extra cash? Are there any features in the Intuos that might justify the higher price?

Intended usage is, of course, mainly photo editing and some drawing/illustration.

ETA: More feature comparisons from the Internet.

Message edited by author 2015-03-18 19:11:50.
03/18/2015 06:03:18 PM · #2
I've used Wacom tablets since 1995 (still using the same ones in fact) ... unless you are doing a LOT of retouching or painting I'd say start with the less expensive one and upgrade if you find it doesn't do what you need it to. For basic retouching and masking either should be an improvement over your current input device.
03/18/2015 09:56:24 PM · #3
There's another player in that market now, the Huion
I just purchased one (Pro1600) but have not set it up, so no experience yet. The price was $90 so I figured it would be worth a try.
03/19/2015 02:01:11 AM · #4
For a typical user, evaluating what SIZE to get is probably a bigger concern. The small ones are hard to use, as are the large ones (for me). It's important to note that the size of the tablet is literally mapped to your screen, so if you work on a 27 inch monitor but work on a small tablet, it might be a bit awkward. I use an older Intuos 3 6X8, and find that just the right size. It's got a large number of hotkeys and adequate space to work. The large would've been too big for my needs, while the small too small. So, consider your display, as well.
03/19/2015 04:04:00 AM · #5
Good luck. Just purchased a Wacom medium pen and touch to replace an ageing Aiptech. Wacom engineering is very good but let down by poor software. I cannot get the tablet driver to start automatically and it needs to be started manually each time I boot up via the services.mrc menu. Wacom support is useless and pretend that the problem does not exist, but search online for "tablet driver not running" and you will see the extent of this problem for Wacom tablets is widespread. I've tried everything suggested so far without success. I'm running Windows 7.

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03/19/2015 04:32:56 AM · #6
Didn't knew that monitor size matters here. My default screen is 22" widescreen (1920x1200).

Huion devices are not available in Macedonia, but i see some Genius pen tablets on the market. Any experiences?

06/15/2015 06:36:18 AM · #7
21_F.gif sfalice your thoughts on the Huion graphics tablet

I'm considering getting the Huion H610pro.
Seems to have good reviews.
How have you found yours?

Thanks
06/15/2015 10:57:26 AM · #8
Originally posted by RamblinR:

21_F.gif sfalice your thoughts on the Huion graphics tablet

I'm considering getting the Huion H610pro.
Seems to have good reviews.
How have you found yours?

Thanks

Leave it on the shelf!

Mine still does not work. It came with non-working parts and several emails for assistance have been unhelpful.
I plugged their supplied USB cord in and up came a message from my computer screen saying that the port would be useless if the lead was left in there.

The last email from those folks asked for my invoice and a video of the problem.

Oh, yes. it comes with a rudimentary set of instructions, and a note saying that Customs would not let them provide the promised software disc.

Absolutely, leave this thing alone.

Message edited by author 2015-06-15 11:02:47.
06/15/2015 04:36:08 PM · #9
double posted on edit

Message edited by author 2015-06-15 16:58:11.
06/15/2015 04:57:25 PM · #10
To my mind which tablet is better, or at least the most value for the dollar spent has to so with how you will be using it. The joy of the Intuos line is their pressure sensitivity, and the way the rougher surface acts like good paper when you draw or paint on it. A water color brush without pressure sensitivity is horrible. Those are key for drawing, not for the way I edit in PS. I ended up sanding down the rough surface of mine to lighten the synthetic tooth, and keep it from eating the overpriced nibs as quickly.

I used to have an old Bamboo Sapphire and it was perfect until they quit updating the software and it would not work with my latest system, so I got the middle sized Intuos (at Fry's for cheap-returned item-repackaged, about the same price as a new boxed Bamboo), and it works no better for PS than the cheap old version.

As far as mapping to the whole screen I don't find it an issue since I usually am zoomed way in on fussy selections, and for general editing on dodge and burns or soft masking the 6x9 isn't much better than the 3x5.

I should add that even when a finished work is going to be fairly large, I tend to do my rough sketches in an area that is the size of an index card; I do fussy little drawings. So if you tend to like to work things out with bigger strokes the bigger format may make more sense for you. I just found the big size too bulky for my laptop bag, and ate too much space on the table top when editing, since I never really used the custom function buttons. Why would you when you have a keyboard right next to the tablet?

Message edited by author 2015-06-15 16:57:48.
06/15/2015 05:00:14 PM · #11
21_F.gif Sfalice i understand from reading reviews that you have to remove all graphics tablet drivers from your computer and then download the driver from their site. Disconnect your computer from the internet. Load the driver. Then plug in the tablet. Once the tablet connects using the downloaded driver you can then turn the internet on. Has this not worked for you?

Message edited by author 2015-06-15 17:01:01.
06/15/2015 05:09:07 PM · #12
Originally posted by RamblinR:

21_F.gif Sfalice i understand from reading reviews that you have to remove all graphics tablet drivers from your computer and then download the driver from their site. Disconnect your computer from the internet. Load the driver. Then plug in the tablet. Once the tablet connects using the downloaded driver you can then turn the internet on. Has this not worked for you?

No where in their instructions do they say to do that, 21_F.gif RamblinR. I did download and install their drivers from their site(since the promised disc did not arrive) but did not remove any other drivers already on my computer. However, that dos not negate the fact that their USB cord will not work with any of my ports.
I dunno, it's only $100, if you want to play with it, but I found it a dud.
06/15/2015 05:22:23 PM · #13
As someone said, for me biggest challange was to decide the size.
i've been in this route a couple of month ago.

I was using an NGS tablet (still am in one pc). It's a rudimentar one, in functions probably like the bamboo.

I've went for the Wacom Intuos pen&touch medium, as I was afraid the small would be too small. Just for photo retouching I don't find the differences from th epro level tablet worht the difference in price.

Mine is working fine, much smoother movement than the NGS one.
06/15/2015 07:55:30 PM · #14
Hey... Thanks for posting this thread... Right before I torched my Mac last year, I had bought one of these...

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I finally bought my new MacBook Pro last month. Thanks to this thread, I remembered I had, still in the box... I'll give it a go later :)

06/16/2015 09:50:49 AM · #15
The Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Medium Tablet; size about 14 inches x 9 inches should work well. Large size need larger clean and tidy table. Various sizes can be found at //www.amazon.com/Wacom-Intuos-Medium-Tablet-PTH651/dp/B00EN27SHY/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1434462222&sr=1-3&keywords=wacom
06/16/2015 06:21:32 PM · #16
//cameratico.com/guides/how-to-choose-wacom-pen-tablet/

Found this site and thought it might be useful for anyone looking at purchasing a tablet.

Message edited by author 2015-06-16 18:23:01.
06/16/2015 06:48:02 PM · #17
My 2 cents, FWIW.

I've owned 4 Wacom Intuos tablets. I've had the Intuos 2 & 3. Currently own 2 of the Intuos 3, have not felt any need to upgrade at all. I use the Wacom almost exclusively even in other programs...its like part of my hand. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Intuos tablet. I am nearly completely unable to edit properly without it.

I tried a Bamboo for a very short time...it felt and "acted" like it was more of a toy than an editing tool, though I do know a few people who use it regularly. I did not like it at all, but attribute that to being a die-hard Intuos user.

I've also used the large & medium Wacom tablets, and have finally settled on the 6 x 8 tablet. It is absolutely perfect. I have one for home and one in my laptop bag for travel. The 12 inch one was WAY too big...too big for my desk, too big for travel, and too big for editing...for ME anyway.

My advice, if budget is an issue, is look for an older Intuos 3 or 4, medium size...I've seen them on Ebay in like new condition for $40.
06/29/2015 05:32:29 AM · #18
Just to advise that I ended up going with the Wacom Intuos Medium.
Was having trouble deciding between this and the Intuos Pro Medium but I walked into a store and they happened to have one Wacom Intuos Medium on the shelf at a ridiculously good price so my mind was quickly made up.
Got some free software with it including Elements 11 which is handy as I only have Elements 10.
Currently downloading free software.

Only got it late today but already like the touch feature like a trackpad for the iMac, might finally be able to put that damn Magic Mouse away as it keeps having trouble disconnecting from the computer even with new batteries (grrrr).
06/29/2015 10:05:11 AM · #19
Congratulations on your new tablet! I think you will love it. If you're talking about the mouse that comes with the tablet, you probably don't even need it...I don't even know where mine is...have never used it. Happy Editing!

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