Price: $160 U.S.
Back in 2011 I reviewed the Wacom Inkling. The Inkling was a pen and a clip which when used together digitized anything you wrote with the pen. To transfer the images to your computer you would sync the device with an app on said computer. Recently, Wacom released a very similar product called the Bamboo Spark. The Spark, like the Inkling, works with a specialized pen, that when used with the Spark portfolio, will digitize your drawings or writing. However, this time it uses an iOS or Android app for the transfer. How does it work? Read on.
Cintiq 13HD Touch
I have owned at least a half a dozen drawing tablets though the years. Most of them have been made by Wacom and I have enjoyed drawing with all of them. Each one was better than the next. I have even had drawing tablets in my classrooms (elementary through high school). They have been the best, and most affordable, option for drawing on my iMac and mimicking actual drawing on paper or painting on a canvas, until I was asked to review a Cintiq by Wacom.
Wacom Intuos Tablet
Price: $99 for small/ $199 for medium
I have been a long time user of the Wacom drawing tablet line. I have been using the tablets all the way back to the Graphires and they have alway worked great. In the past there were two lines of tablets. Graphire, and most recently Bamboo, for the consumers/hobbyists, while the Intuos line was the line targeted at the pro market.
Recently, Wacom rebranded their tablets yet again using Intuos as the name in the entire line. The Intuos line is now the consumer line, replacing what was the Bamboo tablet line, and the pro market now gets the appropriately named Intuos Pro branding.
When I was offered the opportunity to try out the new Intuos tablet I jumped at the opportunity. The Wacom rep told me I would love the new form factor of the redesigned tablet, and he was right! The Intuos tablet has been completely redesigned for the better. It has a sleeker and more professional look to it. With a silver and black design, it looks like it was made to be used with a Mac. It is the nicest looking drawing tablet I have seen and definitely worthy of the Intuos name.
Bamboo Stylus pocket
Just like case for your iOS devices there are a growing number of styluses in the market too. A company really needs to do something different to set its stylus apart from the pack. With the pocket Wacom has done just that. They took one of the best styluses on the market and made it better.
Bamboo Stylus Duo
The Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo combines two products in one and is such a simple concept that you wonder why more companies aren’t doing it. It is just as the name implies. One side is a rubber stylus for the iPad and the other side is a ball point pen. Why carry a stylus and a pen when you can just carry both in one tool?
When I first saw the Wacom Inkling my reaction was “Wow!” I also thought it was too good to be true. Well, I am happy to report, after being sent a review unit by Wacom, that it is not too good to be true and the device is awesome! As an illustrator who has scanned sketches into my computer for years and redrawn those sketches in Illustrator the Inkling is exactly what I have been looking for. Not only will it save me time and allow me to skip the scanning process it will propel me to another level where I can do a lot more artwork on my computer.
When speaking about a pen based digital tablet, do the terms: beauty, symmetry, precision, and functionality seem out of place? When one considers the vast majority of tablets on the market, these terms are indeed out of place. If fact, most of the tablets on the market are the antithesis of the afore mentioned terms. What about the Wacom Intuos4? Is it possible that this descendant from a long and storied line of pen tablets could epitomize these lofty terms? Read on and discover the answer to this “dodging and burning” question.
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INTUOS4 – WIRELESS PEN TABLET Model PTK540WL
Wacom, the company well known for its pen tablets, introduced recently the Intuos 4 Wireless. This is basically the same as the Intuos 4 Medium size tablet with Bluetooth connectivity. We had the pleasure of testing it for you.
Wacom Intuos3 Tablet
Recently I reviewed, and loved, the Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. For those that want a more professional tablet, the Intuos is the model you want. I’ve been using the Graphire line of tablets for years and never new what I was missing until I tried the Intuos tablet.
The Intuos is available in several different sizes and models. There are three different Special Edition models which are available in three sizes starting at 6×8, followed by 6×11, and finally the 9×12. The Special Edition models come with a second pen, more pen nibs, and it has a nice looking black casing. I tried the standard model which ranges in sizes starting at 4×6 and going up to 12×19.
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$99 for small and $199 for medium
When I think drawing tablets, I think Wacom. I have been using the Graphire series of tablets for many years. This past fall Wacom replaced the Graphire tablet line with the Bamboo Fun line of tablets. (The Graphire BT, or Bluetooth, is still made). Before trying the Bamboo Fun tablet I expected the same user experience in a different package. I was wrong.
The Bamboo Fun has improved on the Graphire tablet line, and made it better. It is available in black, silver, white and blue. The 512 levels of pressure sensitivity allow for a drawing experience with the tablet is more natural and smooth. The pressure sensitivity is much better allowing for a better drawing experience. The drawing area itself is proportional to a widescreen format. I have also noticed the Bamboo Fun is a lot light then the Graphire tablets.
In addition to the drawing experience the tablet has four programable buttons, and a touch ring. The touch ring is really cool- or should I say fun? The touch resembles an iPod click wheel, and scrolling your finger around the wheel zooms in and out of an image in Photoshop, Painter, or whatever program you are working in There are also two buttons on the ring for scrolling up and down a page.