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Bigger or smaller active area? Wacom Graphics Tablet


#1
Hi All

I've been reading quite a few threads on here re graphics tablets but I still have one question please. By far most people prefer Wacom, however I have a rather small budget so I can only afford the Wacom New Intuos Pen and Touch Small (Size H210, W170, D10mm) That seems quite small so I'm wondering if I might struggle using it for example using the pen tool making curves where I might need a bigger surface (I am still fairly novice!) Do I rather save up for a the medium with a bigger active area or go for a different brand that might be just as good? Or will the small one be fine? Any opinions would be much appreciated!
 

Wardy

Well-Known Member
#2
If you are on a budget and it will be your first, I believe the Bamboo would be the best way to go. I hear they are excellent for the price, and know of professionals who use them.

I use an old Intuos Medium which gives an A5 working area, which is ample for me. I would find the Small too small, as I presume the working area is only A6.
 

Paul Murray

Moderator
Staff member
#3
A smaller surface shouldn't be too much of a problem as you can just zoom in on anchor points. I personally feel a better surface area makes for a better experience, but needs and budget should be the deciding factor.

For reference, I use this tablet – Wacom Bamboo Fun Small Graphics Tablet: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

It's a decent size, but a little on the expensive end for an entry model. I've used smaller, cheaper tablets in the past and found this one to be a much more comfortable experience.
 
#6
Thank you so much for all the replies. I am a bit confused about the Bamboo. I saw a YouTube video where the person said that the Bamboo was replaced by the Wacom Intuos. Is that true? If so I assume they are more or less the same but just re branded?
 
#7
They are different models of the same brand, Wacom. There is Bamboo, Intuos, Cintiq. There might be other models, I'm not sure.