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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 7:26:02 AM
My old graphire drawing tablet is on its last legs, what do guys recommend as a replacement? I don't need anything fancy, just the basic stuff.
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 8:15:21 AM
When my ancient Intuos refused to work with Win7, I wasn't willing to spend a wad for a new one, but then I discovered Wacom's Bamboo (for "crafters"), bought it, and have been completely satisfied with it. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles on it that most people wouldn't ever use anyway.
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 8:57:06 AM
I have an old Bamboo tablet from Wacom that I have been using for probably around 15 years. I have only had to replace the stylus pens. My only regret is that I didn't get one with a bigger surface. It is frustrating to be working away and run off the edge of the tablet.
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 9:26:16 AM
waterart wrote:
My old graphire drawing tablet is on its last legs, what do guys recommend as a replacement? I don't need anything fancy, just the basic stuff.


Using Wacom tablets since 1994.
Have two, both are years old, just have to keep the drivers up-to-date with the various Mac OS.
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 9:27:52 AM
When I decided I wanted a new one I bought a Huion from their Amazon store- they are *very* inexpensive compared to Wacom, so I could get a quite large one at an extremely reasonable price.... It's a tiny overseas (probably Chinese) company, so I doubt their customer service is anything like Wacom's and their instruction sheets aren't so well translated - they can take some deciphering, but fortunately I didn't have any problems with drivers and such and the product works/ed fine without having to contact them.

The tablet works great - I really should use it more often.... I work in mainly vector, but want to expand my repertoire to more painterly items. I get it out and mess around everyone once in a while, but really should challenge myself to some 'painting' courses.
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 9:40:20 AM
randysgrandma wrote:
I have an old Bamboo tablet from Wacom that I have been using for probably around 15 years. I have only had to replace the stylus pens. My only regret is that I didn't get one with a bigger surface. It is frustrating to be working away and run off the edge of the tablet.

I went for the larger surface, knowing I wouldn't be happy after my larger Intuos. I'm so glad I did.

@Invincible: When I was checking on Amazon to see if the Bamboo was still made, I spotted the Huion and wondered about it, having never heard of the brand before. Did you simply take a leap of faith or did someone recommend it to you?
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 9:52:14 AM
I hadn't heard of them either before spotting them on Amazon. I did some internet detective work before I decided to take the plunge, but really the price was low enough that I figured it wasn't too much of a risk. I didn't get a super, super fancy one with an LED screen - just a really big (it's 13x8) tablet. If I'm remembering right it was less than $200, which at the time was quite a bit lower than a similar Wacom.

I really like the size. I had a little Wacom for a long time, until I just couldn't upgrade the driver anymore.... The active area felt like it was the size of an index card and I was forever going off the edge. I didn't like it very much.
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 11:34:58 AM
Invincible Penguin wrote:
I had a little Wacom for a long time, until I just couldn't upgrade the driver anymore.... The active area felt like it was the size of an index card and I was forever going off the edge. I didn't like it very much.

My Wacom suffered the same demise: Couldn't update the driver. I was ripping mad because the tablet itself was perfectly fine.
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 4:16:33 PM
Someday I'll be able to afford a drawing tablet.
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 4:25:42 PM
I had a monoprice large size tablet and it worked well for a couple of years. Then I couldn't find a replacement I decided to get a wacom intuos. I am so happy with it and it was less than 100 bucks at Walmart. I purchased the small thinking I would not be happy with it since I was used to the larger surface. I found I don't miss the space and I am able to work on all of my projects regardless of pixel size. I highly recommend. With the tablet came some free software to try and one full size non trial version of Corel Painter 7 essentials. Smile
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 7:23:59 AM
DreamEssence_Designs wrote:
I found I don't miss the space

I've actually thought at times that I would be better off with a slightly smaller surface area. (I have the large-area Bamboo.)
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 9:34:49 AM
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 10:09:45 AM
I checked on Amazon, and it seems to have decent reviews. A few people had problems with it, but that's true of absolutely all electronics equipment.
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 11:25:19 AM
waterart wrote:

Just an FYI: You can get the same one for $35 less via Amazon.

I have an old (originally released in 2004!) Wacom Intuos3 and still love it. It's the 6x8 size which is approx. the size of the one you are considering. I think the larger ones are over-rated as they require not just more desk space but more arm movement. The smaller ones you can rest your arm and just need wrist action, larger means more moving the arm & elbow around more.

Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 1:13:30 PM
Thanks much, on amazon.ca it's around $90 CAD. With a coupon it will cost around $80 CAD at staples.

Totally agree with you that there's less arm movement with the smaller tablets so more comfortable to use, that's one of the reasons I prefer to get the small one, and that it takes up less space on the desk is a big plus too.
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 1:29:10 PM
I have been ignoring this thread thinking it had nothing to do with me... then curiosity got me and I clicked the link and now I know what I want to spend my Christmas money on!

Idea
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 3:05:31 PM
Col's Creations┬ę wrote:
waterart wrote:

Just an FYI: You can get the same one for $35 less via Amazon.

I have an old (originally released in 2004!) Wacom Intuos3 and still love it. It's the 6x8 size which is approx. the size of the one you are considering. I think the larger ones are over-rated as they require not just more desk space but more arm movement. The smaller ones you can rest your arm and just need wrist action, larger means more moving the arm & elbow around more.


The one you are considering has a one year warranty.
Wherever you buy your Wacom tablet, a suggestion.
If you buy using Capitol One Visa, you can add an extra year of warranty.You just have to register your product with them.
Don't know if other credit card companies offer similar, but worth checking.

Checked my specs for info on what I am using:
Wacom Tablet v6.3.15-3
<https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers>
(release date 12/21/15, works with mac OS 10.8-10.11)

I am using:
Wacom Intuos3 6x8
v6.3.15-3
Yosemite (Mac) OS 10.10.5
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 4:16:08 PM
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
I have been ignoring this thread thinking it had nothing to do with me... then curiosity got me and I clicked the link and now I know what I want to spend my Christmas money on!

Idea

You won't be sorry.

I replaced Word 2000 and Excel 97 with the 2010 versions, and now I'm suffering the consequences. They have too many bells and whistles.
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 6:50:44 PM
Colorwash wrote:
Invincible Penguin wrote:
I had a little Wacom for a long time, until I just couldn't upgrade the driver anymore.... The active area felt like it was the size of an index card and I was forever going off the edge. I didn't like it very much.

My Wacom suffered the same demise: Couldn't update the driver. I was ripping mad because the tablet itself was perfectly fine.


You're scaring me! I have a little Intuos 3 and am getting bothered by the cords, and the pen is literally held together with tape but I haven't had driver problems yet. I'm sure it's coming. I tried to purchase a new one recently - a Wacom Intuos around $100 - and the pen and surface feels so cheap and scratchy compared to the old one, so I ended up returning it.

I have my small old tablet sectioned off to really only track at about half the size available, so I assumed the small size of the new one would be no problem - but it lacked the extra free space to rest my wrist. So if (when) I am forced to take the plunge, I'd probably get a larger size simply because the new ones don't have the extra gray border around it.

So here I sit in a bundle of cords for the darn old tablet that I love...
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 6:52:57 PM
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
I have been ignoring this thread thinking it had nothing to do with me... then curiosity got me and I clicked the link and now I know what I want to spend my Christmas money on!

Idea


Once you go to the tablet pen, you never go back to the mouse or trackpad .... Smile
It also significantly decreased some elbow/maybe carpal tunnel type pain I was having too.
Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 6:59:35 PM
I originally bought a small wacom and used it for several years until the pen fell off a table and my dog ate it. I was just going to buy another pen on amazon, but got to looking around and decided to try the Huion medium size tablet and pen. I have had it for a year and love it! the nibs on the wacom wore out very quickly and I was always having to order more. The Hunion pen nib is as perfect today as the day I bought it. and I use it a LOT. I paid $29 for the Huion tablet and pen.
Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 4:46:27 AM
PaperGrape wrote:
It also significantly decreased some elbow/maybe carpal tunnel type pain I was having too.

I had a Wacom for Photoshop but rarely used it for anything else. Then when I got seriously into genealogy with all the clicking involved in it, I ended up in huge pain, having to wear a glove that immobilized, in particular, my thumb. The only way I could use the computer was with the Wacom. Since then, I've used the Wacom a whole lot more.

@Shelli: It takes a while to get used to the pen and tablet, particularly for those things like clicking links. You may end up doing what I do: Using both tablet and mouse. It will depend a lot on how much room you have.
Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 7:36:18 AM
I've had wacom driver issues too, I have a Cintiq 12WX (forget when I bought it).

I found this driver works (currently running with Win10). Search for "wacom driver 6.3.11-4a".



Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 7:41:04 AM
Thanks all!

I am seriously looking at the Huion bc of the reviews I have been reading.

and bc I use Windows 10 and they have a better record of compatibility
Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 9:09:56 AM
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Thanks all!

I am seriously looking at the Huion bc of the reviews I have been reading.

and bc I use Windows 10 and they have a better record of compatibility

Not to mention it's a whole lot cheaper. Why spend more when you can spend less?
Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 4:36:33 PM
I recently got an XP-PEN 15.6" - dang, it's huge, I'm loving it, and it was only around $400 as opposed to the ipad pro or Wacom I was originally looking at (my daughter let me play with her ipad at her wedding, I really preferred it, but I can't get internet where I live and my hotspot tablet is an android, so it would be a PITA to get the 2 to communicate properly). There's lots of good Wacom vs. xp-pen reviews on youtube, you should check it out.
Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 5:07:30 AM
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
I have been ignoring this thread thinking it had nothing to do with me... then curiosity got me and I clicked the link and now I know what I want to spend my Christmas money on!

Idea


lol, I was just thinking the same thing. First I've clicked on this thread also. Now my curiosity is piqued..... Happy Need to do some research.
Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 5:40:04 AM
Colorwash wrote:
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Thanks all!

I am seriously looking at the Huion bc of the reviews I have been reading.

and bc I use Windows 10 and they have a better record of compatibility

Not to mention it's a whole lot cheaper. Why spend more when you can spend less?


I will spend more for better product but the reviews are leaning toward Huion is better.

One in particular got me where the reviewer said that they work all day at their job creating 3d models on a Wacom but because of the Windows 10 issues they decided to get the Huion at home and try it out. They like it so much better and not only because it plays nice with Win 10. Said they can't wait to get home and use it. That review said a lot.

(Amazon review)
Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 6:45:49 AM
Shelli, that pretty much says it all. If I were in the market for a tablet right now, I'd buy a Huion.
Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 9:41:43 AM
Colorwash wrote:
Shelli, that pretty much says it all. If I were in the market for a tablet right now, I'd buy a Huion.


See and I am about as neutral a party as it gets having only just figured out that these gadgets even existed. lol
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