Wacom tablet is only comparable with the day I discovered Photoshop, bought my first laptop, tested an Apple computer or I met my girlfriend for the first time – geek joke, honey. But, why are Wacom tablets so special? In this post we’ll review the advantages of these tablets.
In my opinion, it must be a Wacom tablet.
The most relevant technical specification is pressure sensitivity. The more, the better.
Smaller tablets are better, cheaper, easier to fit into your desktop, and they work just like the bigger ones. I would only choose the big model if you’re going to use it for CAD.
Think about the use you’ll give to your tablet. If you want if for painting, coloring and photo manipulation, it will be 100% useful. For drawing, only Cintiq models are really good, and for designing, you need no more than a mouse.
There are second hand markets or brand new old models. They are really worth checking.
Amateur Tablets (80-200USD)
If you’re not a professional designer or illustrator, but you’d like to go deeper into design without investing much money, the perfect choice is the Bamboo, available in 3 sizes with the same technical settings.
Professional Tablets (200-800USD)
If you’re a professional or want to be one, you have a tight budget but you want good quality, then I would go for Intuos models. Intuos 4 has 2048 pressure levels, and even Intuos 2 and 3 with 1024 pressure levels are perfect and easy to find on Ebay, brand new or second hand.
Tablets for Rockstar Designers (1000-2000USD)
If you’re already a set up professional and you want to increase your productivity, then you need the crown jewel, the Cintiq series. These are not tablets, but rather pressure sensitive monitors. You can draw directly on the screen.