OK, bought one of these from Amazon recently for my son to use.
Firstly, it turned up in no extra packaging or protection: mailing labels were stuck to the dented retail box. No big deal maybe, but something to consider if you're considering this for a gift.
The tablet itself is fine: a bit small, but works well enough. The pen is slim and light(almost a bit too light for me). The surface feel of the tab is slight roughened and feels OK too. Note that there are LOTS of people with bamboo tablets who complain about the high rate of nib wear on these, and although you get a few spare in the box, the high cost of replacements should be considered. Some clever types make their own nibs from cheap garden strimmer/weed whacker line (1.65mm) cut to size. The Wacom nibs are straight, and I can see no reason why it shouldn't work perfectly without scratching.
The little fabric tab at the edge of tablet is a loop and is their to stop your stylus getting lost. There is no desktop holder as such.
The "free" copy of Artrage is a download from Wacom after you've done the registration dance and the process was a bit of a pain to be completely honest.
All in all, it's fine, but I'm at a loss to understand how this pad commands such a high price (usually), or why alternatives are shunned.
Anyone considering one of these should take a look at the Huion, Turcom or Monoprice 10x6 tablets (they're all the same).
Examples:Huion Big Size 10*6 Inch Graphics Tablets with 8 Hot keys for Mac/Win H610
orTurcom 10 x 6.25 Inches Graphic Drawing Tablet with 8 Hot Key
These tablets have *great* reviews, have MUCH better specifications, are a nicer size and are good quality. They also have a detachable, replaceable standard USB cable.
Example review from a pro graphics artist:
Spare pens are available on Amazon or elsewhere cheaply (the pens are weightier than the Wacom, and feel nicer to me. YMMV). Finally, being concerned with replacement tips (several included with tab), I emailed Huion support in China who *within two hours* listed packets of ten nibs for £8.11 ($ converted) on Ebay. Impressive.