by Rob Williams on July 24, 2006 in Peripherals
Have you ever been tempted to give a pen tablet a try, but were worried about the cost or the fact of getting used to the new control? I am taking a fresh look at the Graphire4, which is easy to do since this is the first time I’ve used one.
After using the pen for a bit, I figured “Hey, I wonder how well I can do things in PS with a mouse now”. So that’s exactly what I did. I created two 500*500px images and scribbled in the first one with the pen, and the second with the mouse.
I think the difference is clear… the 512 levels of sensitivity are clear with the pen, while the mouse has.. 1. As you can see, I didn’t even bother trying to draw the face :-)
After using the Graphire4 for about a week, I have to admit I am much more impressed with it than I thought I would be. If you are hesitant to purchase one due to the fact you are not sure you can get used to the difference, scrap that mind set. It took a good two hours to fully get used to it, and now it’s like second nature. I still prefer to use a mouse for regular desktop work, just because it’s faster. However, for Photoshop work and the like, it’s a dream to use.
With the retail package, you get a tablet, pen, mouse, software and pen stand. All of this includes a 1 year warranty. The SRP is $200, but as you can see by our advertising, some stores sell for much less. I have to say, even at $200, the Graphire 4 is worth the cash without a doubt. Whether you are a hobbyist or an artist who wants some creative freedom, you will not go wrong with a purchase. I am awarding the Graphire 4 6*8 a well deserved 9 out of 10 and our Editors Choice award.
- Right price @ $200
- Plenty of drawing area
- Everything is battery free
- 512 levels of sensitivity
- Great software package
- Quick learning curve
- Pen buttons can be awkward to push
- Mouse could be better
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