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The other day I was walking through the computer store and eyeballed one of those drawing tablets on display. I thought it would be neat to get one of those; at least it would be a huge upgrade from me drawing and scanning it in with an old hp printer. The one Im looking at is the Wacom Bamboo Splash tablet, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with that or if there are better ones out there. Budget preferably under $100. Thanks. thumb.gif
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anyone?
post #3 of 10
I've been thinking about the same thing.

So far my research lead me to various threads and reviews that the Splash was a nice starter tablet for people learning how to draw. But I've seen recommendations for the Bamboo Create/Capture line instead.

The difference between the 3 is software packages, active area, pen type and chassis. The Splash and Capture have the same active area, which some people mentioned that its murder on your wrist. They also have the same pen type.

The Splash has the smallest software package and isn't multitouch, all black and missing programmable buttons on the face. (I doubt that multitouch is necessary for drawing.)

The Create has double the active size and a pen with a digital eraser on the end which sounds handy but practically every drawing program has erase function. The Capture is $85 on Amazon. But I've seen sales on them from time to time.
The Create is about $150 which is probably out of your range. If it weren't for the Corel Essentials software package and the eraser pen, this would probably be a $100 tablet.

Then there's the Intuos5 line which is about $450 and higher but its double the pressure sensitivity and drawing area and the Cintiq line which is well, professionally expensive.


I also heard about Monoprice and its tablets but they probably don't have the compatibility of Wacom's drivers.

I have no experience with any of these, so my research continues.
post #4 of 10
http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10841

Check out the Monoprice tablets.

Cheap price but high in quality and features. I have the 8x6 inch one and it works EXCELLENTLY.

Drivers are VERY good and worked with all my programs seamlessly (Photoshop, Windows OS, etc). The software also has a TON of features and ways to set your tablet up. I was actually very surprised by how feature rich the software is. Easily just as feature packed if not more so than Wacoms offerings.

The pens are nice and comfortable, the tips last forever, and the tablets have a very nice drawing surface. I actually found my Monoprice tablet to be more accurate than my old Bamboo. 1024 levels of pressure and it captured the very smallest and slightest of movements.

And yes, the pen is battery powered, but it'll last you nearly forever. I haven't changed the battery since I got it a year ago. So don't worry about that as I wouldn't consider that a draw back in the slightest.

I have to say that, for the price, I'd easily recommend these tablets over a Wacom any day.

The ONLY drawbacks that I could see would be these tablets lack of different pens and styles. I know Monoprice has the nicer pen available but I found the ones that were supplied to be better. Again though, you only have those two choices. I know that the company that makes these (UC-Logic) makes different styles, but I haven't been able to find them anywhere.

Other than that the Monoprice tablets are a no brainer.
Edited by AndroidVageta - 3/26/13 at 2:02am
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thanks for the help guys i settled on the Bamboo Splash its taking some getting use to but very easy to install and use.
post #6 of 10
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thanks for the help guys i settled on the Bamboo Splash its taking some getting use to but very easy to install and use.
post #7 of 10
I just ordered the Monoprice 10x6xbuttons tablet after reading input from a professional Graphics Designer who made really nice pieces with it. It was $48 so I figured why not.
post #8 of 10
The Wacom Intuos models are pretty much the industry standard. They also make the bamboo line, which is a good intro tablet. If you do graphics of any sort, they are great, but bear in mind they take a little, or a lot, of getting used to. Once you get used to it though, they are great!

Other companies make them also, and are probably good. If you have the money, I personally would suggest going with a Wacom.
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I have a large Intuos 4. Its very cool to draw on but digital painting will take a lot of time to learn, even if you have a background in painting in traditional media.
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by BillOhio View Post

I have a large Intuos 4. Its very cool to draw on but digital painting will take a lot of time to learn, even if you have a background in painting in traditional media.
I considered the Intuos but I thought that spending so much on a device that I might not get use to is something I shouldnt do. Turns out though the splash is great easy to get use to. Much recommended guys.
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