forums2draw.netanother tablet question
nyao (Nov 9, 2003)
Well, i went and looked for the tablets, 6x8. And there's two companies, wamcom (sumthing like that) and airtek (or sumthing like that). The wacom is like $200 and the airtek is $100. Which one should i get?
(I heard that the wacom is much better, is it true?)
furyofroy (Nov 9, 2003)
Yes. The Wacom is better, and worth the price.
mazi (Nov 9, 2003)
i have a wacom graphire2 4x5. i have no complaints. though ive never tried any fancyassed ones, this ones fine for non-professional use. and it was like $100. though im sure if youre worried about cost you could always check out ebay.
nyao (Nov 11, 2003)
K! Thankz. ^^ Now the hard part is buggin' dad so he'll buy me it...
The_Chosen (Feb 3, 2004)
man thats alot for a tabby i know some one with one of the small ones that was like 60$ & she dose AWSOME stuf with it mine`s one of the expensive ones & it`s ben nuthin but problems the things got a bump on the pad too >:(
marcello (Feb 3, 2004)
Wtf chosen, that's impossible to read or understand.
Aunvi (edited Feb 3, 2004)
She said that the tablet cost a lot and she knows someone with a $60 tablet. That same person is really talented with the cheaper tablet and Chosen just has an expensive tablet that's a piece of junk.

Marcello: It's improbable to read or understand.
davincipoppalag (Feb 6, 2004)
ok..then here is a more specific question.... I have an Aiptek tablet.. I see people talking about how good the Wacom Graphire is, yet nobody ever explains why they say that. Whats the difference between them, and why does everyone say the Wacom is better. What are the advantages of one over the other? I'm interested in finding out..maybe I am missing something and should buy a Wacom? more question that just came to mind,, does anyone have a source where you can buy those little nylon point tips that insert into the stylus end ? Mine is worn to a very small nub and I can't find where to buy more.... (hoping I dont have to buy a whole new tablet to solve that problem... ) Anyway,I am enjoying the awesome artwork I see here!
marcello (Feb 7, 2004)
Well, the wacoms are very very durable and work very well, feature-wise, if you take a graphire, it is really not a whole lot better than an aiptek, the only surface difference is that the stylus and mouse do not use batteries.

Before I bought an intuos, I used an ArtPadII (4x5, and approximately equivalent of the 4x5 graphire now, with no mouse), and I used that for a good 5~6 years with no problems, and I only replaced the nib at the very end there when I got my new one (each wacom stylus comes with 2~5+ spare nibs).

An intuos2 is arguably better than all the other tablets as it supports tilt (which is not supported by any drawing applet at the moment, although JTablet supports it), higher resolution of pressure, has a menu strip (which I almost never use except for switching the pen pressure between soft/med/hard), and a lifetime warranty. But it also costs quite a bit more.

From what I have seen and heard, although I have never used an aiptek, everyone says that they break easily and have bad customer support. Although I have never had problems with my wacoms so I have never used wacom's customer support... that is a good sign, I think.
ky (Feb 7, 2004)
I had an Aiptek. For what I was doing, it was fine. But I suspect that small of a tablet wouldn't be worth the trouble. People like Wacoms because a lot of famous people use them, and through system, others find out. When experimenting, I found no difference. But that doesn't mean you have to think differently about a Wacom. I suggest buying whatever you can afford, first.
IkariIreuL (Oct 28, 2006)
hmmm here the only one that I saw was aipetek and genius ... anyone uses this genius ? o.0
solve (Oct 28, 2006)
I bought a Wacom graphire online (4x5) for 50 bucks (45 plus shipping and handle).
Axil62 (edited Oct 28, 2006)
I've had an Aiptek and I now have a Wacom. What I found with the aiptek was that it seem like you couldn't get as smooth an arc with the Aiptek, I don't know how they are built but I suspect there are "pick-ups" inside the tablet that "read' where the pen tip is, and it seemed the Aiptek didn't have as many (hence the lower price?) Anyway, the overall feel of the Wacom is just more fluid to me.

I got new pen nibs on E-bay, Dave. Before that though, I carved and sanded a piece if bamboo to the same size and shape as a pen nib and it worked good. It had a little more drag too, which was kinda cool. I think I wrote something about it awhile back. They have felt tip type nibs out there too. I've never tried one but I bet they'd be cool.
marcello (Oct 28, 2006)
if you're really curious
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