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Hello OCN.

This seems like the correct category for that.

I'm looking for the best option of a drawing tablet for under 200$ (As the title mildly suggests)

Do you have any ideas?
I've looked into 2 interesting ones, first one is this:

Peritab tablet (Amazon)

And this:

Wacom Bamboo

Please give me your opinion.

Thanks,
Angelo.
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The bamboo drivers are not as good as the more professional intuous range
you can only set the settings for the whole system and not per application as in the intuous drivers
that and better buttons are the reason for the diff in prices in Wacom range
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post #3 of 12
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I cannot fully understand what you are saying tuffarts.

Could you rephrase that?
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" The bamboo drivers are not as good as the more professional intuous range
you can only set the settings for the whole system and not per application as in the intuous drivers
that and better buttons are the reason for the diff in prices in Wacom range"

He means,

The Wacom Bamboo's drivers don't enable flexible per-application tablet settings like the Wacom Intuos (Their more professional line-up) can. The Bamboo is basic while the Intuos can set per-application settings for your tablet, which is huge to some people.


So...
You can pick up a Wacom Intuos 3 for under $200 but not the Wacom Intuos 4. I'm not familiar with these peripherals so good luck. Just google Bamboo vs Intuos and Intuos3 vs Intuos4.

Good luck! Rep me if I was able to help.

If you're lucky you can buy an Intuos4 off someone on craigslist. That would be my best bet if you have a budget of $200 and have no desire to spend less.
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" The bamboo drivers are not as good as the more professional intuous range
you can only set the settings for the whole system and not per application as in the intuous drivers
that and better buttons are the reason for the diff in prices in Wacom range"
He means,
The Wacom Bamboo's drivers don't enable flexible per-application tablet settings like the Wacom Intuos (Their more professional line-up) can. The Bamboo is basic while the Intuos can set per-application settings for your tablet, which is huge to some people.
So...
You can pick up a Wacom Intuos 3 for under $200 but not the Wacom Intuos 4. I'm not familiar with these peripherals so good luck. Just google Bamboo vs Intuos and Intuos3 vs Intuos4.
Good luck! Rep me if I was able to help.
If you're lucky you can buy an Intuos4 off someone on craigslist. That would be my best bet if you have a budget of $200 and have no desire to spend less.

Thank you. Asking for REP is against the rules my friend. If you help, you will be REP'd without asking for it.
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Any other OCN members have an opinion about a good tablet for the price?

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post #7 of 12
^^ like he said ^^
The pro range is a lot easier to handle ie button placement scroll wheels etc.
you get what you pay for with this stuff. some tablets will have resolutions approaching the wacom stuff but will lack the versatility of it features like buttons on stylus, buttons under your fingers, eraser on the end of stylus etc
These features are invaluable when using a tablet for drawing. Changing tools and navigating the work-space are much easier .
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post #8 of 12
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^^ like he said ^^
The pro range is a lot easier to handle ie button placement scroll wheels etc.
you get what you pay for with this stuff. some tablets will have resolutions approaching the wacom stuff but will lack the versatility of it features like buttons on stylus, buttons under your fingers, eraser on the end of stylus etc
These features are invaluable when using a tablet for drawing. Changing tools and navigating the work-space are much easier .

Yeah, but I can't affort the pro range, so I don't get why we are comparing them.
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most features are on the bamboo, so it is a good entry level thing but if you use it enough you could buy a pro model later
just saying that the pro range is more fun to use especially if you use more than 1 drawing program.
as for wacom over other choices I would go with Wacom as the features they offer are very handy in real world situations. and the build quality and support are excellent
I have an old bamboo I use with my lap top and it still has Win7 drivers after 7-8 yrs and drivers are important it will work without drivers as a normal pointing device but drivers add the functionality that you really need to keep a good workflow.

Bamboo is a good choice if you need it now or is all you can afford.
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post #10 of 12
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I guess I should go with the Bamboo..I wish I had more choice though.
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