Sleek, stylish, very smooth and easy to use. Premium digital graphics tablet with a premium price, but well worth it, assuming you know what you're doing with.
Now, if you just want to use a tablet as a mouse replacement, you might want to consider buying some of wacoms cheaper models, like the Bamboo MTE450KEN
, which costs about the sixth of the price of this. Now I've never used that one and can't tell you if it's good or not, but just something to keep in mind. If you're just using tablet as a mouse replacement, the 2048 different pressure levels this thing can measure, won't do you much good. But if you are looking for something a bit more serious, well then this might just be the thing for you.
I do have to admit, I quite like using my computer with this. It is very intuitive to use a pen to control the computer; I don't much use my mouse anymore these days. The tablet is more accurate, more natural, and I'll probably also avoid wrist injuries. It has a few tricks up its sleeve also (besides the customizable touch wheel and menus). The pen can also do what they call 'pen flicks', where you do a quick move on the pen to emulate a page up, or back or forward actions for example. These work really well when browsing for example.
I did have doubts about if I should get the bigger model, the A5 sounds so small, but actually the drawing area is slightly bigger than A5. If you put a A5 paper on the tablet vertically, the touch surface is the height of the A5, but much wider, as it is a wide screen tablet. I did however read a lot of comments before buying, saying that bigger isn't necessary better when it comes to graphics tablets, and this seems indeed to be true. It is very accurate, and if it was bigger you would be doing much bigger movements, and possibly tiring yourself while doing it. Yes for a very serious artist, painter or CAD professional the L or the XL model might make sense, but all in all the M size is pretty good.
The installation of the tablet is very easy. Just install the software from the bundled CD, attach the tablet via USB and you're all set. The installation software works like a charm. You can then configure the tablet to work differently with different applications, e.g. pressure sensitivity, double click delay etc. You can also customize the buttons, the wheel and the custom menus to be different for different applications. The configuration application does do it's job, but it took me a few extra minutes to figure out how it works. For the price I would've expected a little more effort put into that. The configuration software looks and feels like something from ten years ago, it doesn't have the cutting edge feeling to it which the tablet has otherwise. Well maybe that is a bit unfair, as the configuration is easy after you figure out the application.
You can also download one software from Wacoms site for free, there are three options (including Adobe photoshop elements), but you can only select one, and once you've made your choice, that is it. But yes, you do want a drawing software to get the full benefit from this, this is meant for drawing (sketching, drawing, inking, coloring etc). So that's what I'm learning currently (previously I've only drawn with pens and ink), so we'll see how that goes. I mean, how hard can it be.
The pen itself is very comfortable, sturdy, but not heavy. It slides effortlessly on the tablet without scratching. And did I mention how stylish the damn thing is? I need to upgrade my work space to suit around it better. It does feel like the premium product it should be. I can understand why this tablet is on every digital artists table.
Highly recommneded, assuming you know what to do with it.