Wacom Graphire4 6*8 Pen Tablet

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.

Page 5 – Pen vs. Mouse, Conclusion

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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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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