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Wacom Intuos3 A5 Tablet Pen and Mouse USB Mac/Win
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This is a pressure-sensative tablet that lets you work on graphic programmes with untethered pen and mouse -- both are cordless and battery-free. Use the pen for absolute positioning and pressure-sensitive control the mouse for a familiar navigation approach and static accuracy. Features: Tablet: Ergonomic design with sloping, contoured palm rest for comfort Multiple cord positions for greater workspace flexibility Eight-foot cable Enhanced electronics for twice the resolution (5,080 lpi) Manufacturer s limited lifetime warranty Grip Pen: 1,024 levels of tip and eraser pressure sensitivity for control Cushioned, contoured grip with programmable DuoSwitch for comfort and productivity Patented cordless, battery-free technology for a natural feel and superior performance Multi-position pen stand to keep your pen handy Three nib styles included for a variety of feels Tilt sensitivity for even more control Express Keys and Touch Strips Strategically placed programmable ExpressKeys and Touch Strip for convenience ExpressKeys are chordable and can be used for mouse clicks, modifier keys, and keyboard shortcuts Finger-sensitive Touch Strip for quick scrolling, zooming and more Five-button Mouse Ball-free and optics-free for smooth, accurate tracking Ambidextrous low-profile design Patented cordless, battery-free technology for superior performance and reliability Five programmable buttons with fingerwheel for flexibility and control Driver Software Intuitive interface for detailed control so you can work exactly the way you want Customizable pressure curves to personalize the way your pen feels Tablet and device settings can be application specific for maximum productivity Pop-up menu for easy access to your favorite keystroke combinations Flexible mapping options to optimize your work environment including multiple monitors Included Software Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 for digital photo editing and compositing
The new Intuos3 pen tablet system sets new standards in every way. With its breathtaking design and high quality materials, using Intuos3 is a visual, sensual experience. Intuos3 features a higher Resolution of 5080dpi and 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity for high precision picture retouching and more natural painting and drawing via the Grip Pen. Eight ExpressKeys can be programmed for frequently used menu commands and key combinations.
An Innovative Touch Strip functions as a touch-sensitive scrollbar, allowing the user to zoom in and pan out with just the movement of your finger. A more natural and paper-like pen to tablet feeling, with added pen tip resistance and smooth drawing action. The active area's special coating interacts with the pen in a whole new way, digital designers will not have experienced anything similar.See all Product description
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Notice that I downloaded the latest drivers from Wacom rather than installing from the supplied CD. I did this after reading advice on the web and it has been problem free for me.
The installation is quick and requires a reboot when finished, and I found (On two machines) that the first time I rebooted after driver installation it takes a little while for the tablet driver to load and be ready for the tablet. However, on subsequent reboots this does not seem to be the case and the driver is ready and waiting as soon as Windows has started.
The size of the tablet means that using the pen in place of a mouse is much easier to get used to (This wasn't the case on a tablet half the size). The included mouse worked first time and is just as good as my desktop mouse, although I find it counter-productive to pick it up and place it on the tablet when I want to use it.
I use the tablet only for artwork, so I am not replacing my mouse with it, although I can see no reason why you couldn't just use the table, it would certainly be easy enough to get used to.
The tablet itself is well made and sits very firmly where its placed, with no slipping and sliding, and the configurable buttons (Which can be set to accept any keystroke combination) make using it within applications a pleasure. The scroll/zoom sliders are easy to use and work very well, and can be set up so you can use the pen as well as a finger to activate them.
All in all this tablet is well worth the money.
The A5 size (6x8) is plenty big enough to work with. The entire tablet is pretty much exactly the same footprint as a laptop, so the two look good together. The active work space is sensibly sized (around 200mm x 150mm) and theres plenty of room to rest your wrist on the surround. The buttons are automatically mapped to your editing software, but can be tweaked I believe, plus theres a double set, one set on each side of the tablet should you happen to be a leftie.
The finish and quality of the tablet is exceptional - aesthetically its a terribly stylish item. The pen is a good size and weight and with a selection of nibs you can get a variety of 'drawing textures'.
Installation is simple. Pop the CD in, plug the tablet in and you're away. Job done if you're on XP, however if you're on Vista like me, you'll have to grab the latest tablet driver from the Wacom website (Around a 4mb download) to install it. Only really a problem if you're not on the internet, but not ideal really. The bundled software (Corel Painter Essentials) also seems to have a problem with Vista throwing up and error and demanding 'elevation' when you try to install. I presume its a non compatibility issue with Vista, but I'm not sure. Mildly irritating, but not a huge issue. The only other mild issue would be the location of the button on the pen (which acts as a right mouse click should you want it to). It feels slightly awkwardly placed, but again, nothing major here.
Overall, a wonderful bit of hardware. I use an old copy of Photoshop6 and the tablet works fine with this right out of the box (pressure sensitivity at last!). The price seems a little steep at £200, but after experiencing how this tablet works, its an absolute bargain. To gain this level of digital freedom is wonderfully liberating. Its changed my productivity, rekindled my enthusiasm and provided me with the means to actually create whats in my head.
There were no problems with the setup, everything installed perfectly, I then downloaded the latest drivers and after a quick restart was away in Photoshop. The tablet is brilliant for drawing masks, etc on photographs and is really almost too easy to use compared to struggling with a mouse for so long.
The supplied mouse with the tablet is excellent and I have actually packed my standadr mouse away for good!!!
I was worried that I may want the larger A4 sized tablet but I have found the drawing area on the A5 to be just right, still allowing you to use a fair bit of arm movement. The customisable buttons and scroll strips are a real treat to have. You need not go near the keyboard when using photoshop if you set them up properly.
The free corel software is ok but uses a lot of CPU overhead, plus if you already have photoshop it isn't in the same league.
I would buy this product again.
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