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Hi everyone! I'm thinking about getting me one of those and I've been searching the forum for some advise, but there are quite a few threads about this topic and they're a little outdated. I have to say it would be my first digital tablet and that I want a basic one, but not the crappiest one :) So, from what I read here, it seems like everyone is recommending Wacom tablets and nobody is mentioning Genius tablets. I've been looking at features that they both offer and it seems Genius are offering bigger and cheaper tablets than Wacom. Also, Genius ones have more pressure levels than the ones from Wacom. What's all that about? What advantages do Wacom offer? Are Genius a bad digital tablet brand and so they're cheap? Since I'm a complete newbie on this area, I'm asking for your suggestions here. I have narrowed it down to these four, but I would gladly accept any other suggestions. Remember I'm far from being a pro, just want something to begin with. Genius G-PEN F610 Ultra slim graphic tablet Genius MousePen 8 x 6-Inch Graphic Tablet for Home and Office Bamboo (Small) Pen Tablet with Pen Only Bamboo Fun (Small) Black Tablet with Pen, Mouse & Graphics Software I show Amazon prices just to pick one shop in order to compare the different tablets, not that I will buy it on Amazon. Also, I don't know why the prices on the latter two. In Wacom website, it looks like Bamboo Fun model is the highest (more expensive) on the Bamboo line, the second best is Bamboo (just Bamboo). Well, in Amazon they're prices are the other way around... why is that? Thanks a lot for your help! Cheers! ;)

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I've never heard of Genius before. I've had a Wacom for several years now and haven't used anything other than a Wacom before.

There are really two big differences than those Genius tablets and the Wacom Bamboo series. The first is the actual pen technology. The Genius pens requires you to put a AAA battery into them, making them much more bulky. Wacom technology doesn't require a battery in your pen, so they are much more lighweight and ergonomic. Secondly is support. Wacom fairly frequently updates and improved their drivers. With Genius you're at the whim of a 2nd rate company.

My advice would be to go for a Wacom. You could even look for a good deal on a used Intuos3 or Graphire4.

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Thanks a lot zer0wolf, appreciate your opinion. I think I'm going to stick with a cheaper model, in the end I'm not sure I would take the advantage of buying an Intuos3 or Graphire4.

Thanks a lot! ;)

Any ideas about Genius anyone?

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I've got a bamboo fun and I don't make much use of the mouse that comes with it, but I make heavy use of the Corel Painter and Photoshop Elements that it comes with

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I've been using a Wacom for years now. But if you're gonna shell out money for it you should get a medium sized one. My friend has a very large one but at that cost you'd be better off with a cintiq (tablet on a computer screen). For the levels of pressure alone it is worth it, but you can also rig the buttons for just the right task.

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I needed to buy one earlier this year, and I sat down long and hard to look at the MousePen and the Bamboo. I mean, I literally read every review on the internet that I could find about both, and my Google skills are rather good. In the end I bought the Bamboo. There's a reason Wacom is considered the gold standard. The sheer precision and perfection in their tablets is unmatched.

Remember also that once you install the Wacom driver, the tablet's area represents the whole screen. When you get a bigger tablet, you gain more precision, but the cost is that you have to move a lot farther for the same strokes. It's not like a mousepad. What I decided was that even though it was smaller, the Bamboo was so precise that you'd be better off simply using the small size and it wouldn't be a problem. So I dropped the extra cash for the Bamboo, and you know what? No complaints, no regrets at all. The thing is a device of sheer brilliance -- and the packaging is worthy of Apple, for what that's worth.

Buy the Bamboo. Not the Bamboo Fun, unless you want the junk software for some reason.

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Thanks a million for your responses! :)

I think I'm going for Wacom, from what I get here it's the reference on digital tablets. And I wanted something cheap, but also something trustable.

I think I'll buy Bamboo and I don't know why but its price has been increased on the very same link I posted a few days ago. I think I saw it on a local store and it was cheaper than the one on Amazon.com. Although it seems strange to me. This kind of devices are usually cheaper on the US than in Europe. Is Wacom an European brand?

Well, again, thanks a lot for your help! I really appreciate it.

Cheers! ;)

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Sorry to bother you people again, but I've seen this one:

WACOM MTE450 Bamboo Pen Tablet with Pen & Graphics Software (Factory Refurbished)

Can anybody explain to me what can that "factory refurbished" mean? I'm asking beacause this is much cheaper than any other Bamboo I found. I would like to know if there's some "problem" with it :)

Well, thanks for your help again! ;)

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I'm just going to quote Wiki:

Quote:
Refurbishment (electronics)

Refurbishment is the process of maintenance or minor repair of an item, either aesthetically or mechanically.

"Refurbished," in reference to computers or laptops, means that the equipment was returned to the manufacturer either because the customer simply didn't want it or a minor problem was found. Before re-selling the equipment, manufacturers fix and certify the unit and sell it at a discount.

Refurbished products cannot be sold as new products in the US, which is why they are relabeled as refurbished or refreshed units even if they are good-as-new (if, for example, the unit was returned for some reason unrelated to the product itself, i.e., the customer changed his mind about the color). Refurbished items may or may not have scratches, dents or other forms of cosmetic damage which do not affect the performance of the unit.

Refurbished items can be sold at a cheap and affordable price.


The main difference is the products are retested and come under the same warranty that a new product would. If you are on a really limited budget, refurbished is a good way to go since you are just getting something that is "like new" at a much lower cost. There's not that much to really worry about with them, anything that can happen to them can just as easily happen to a new product. In fact, think of a refurbished product as something that already has a lot more testing in it.

On a side note, I have bought 3 refurbished computers from Geeks.com (for members of my family). Up until I had given it a try, I would have never bought a refurbished computer. However, I've not had a single problem with any of them and I saved a lot of money and got something that was just as good as a "new" computer. Don't be afraid of give it a try, at worst, it breaks and you send it back for a replacement if it's under warranty still (some products have limited exchange replacement limits though).

On another side note, in American culture, some people don't like the idea and would rather just buy new (usually uppder middle-upper class, people with money). Similar trends exist in fashion where people only buy the current trend of seasonal clothes and nothing else. Likewise with consumer products who have endorsements of their favorite celebs, actors, etc... Coke vs. Pepsi where some people only drink one and would never stay in a hotel that served the other (I'm not making these things up!) Last example pertains to cars. Some people would only drive new cars and trade them in each couple of years. Others would rather buy used not for the sake of saving money but for the sake it's proven the vehicle works. A lot of troubles arise from buying new cars as they are not "broken in yet", so that's another perspective on the new vs non-new topic.

There are many, many more examples, but I think you get the idea now [smile]

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I definitely get the idea and I thank you for this great explanation :)

I'm going to buy a refurbished one, as you say, same bad things could happen to a new one.

Thanks a lot Drew_Benton, and thanks everyone for your opinions! ;)

EDIT: oh sh**! Looks like this article cannot be shipped to my country after all, haha. Well, I'll see what I can do.

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