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Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6 x 8-Inch Tablet
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- Ideal for designers and artists for precision work
- Works wirelessly up to 30 feet away
- Graphire pen with 512 levels of pressure-sensitivity for outstanding control of your applications
- Mouse features cordless, battery-free technology
- Includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, Painter Essentials 2 by Corel, and Color Efex Pro 2GE from nik multimedia
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|Item Dimensions||10.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 in||0.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 in||0.4 x 8.25 x 6.7 in||0.4 x 8.25 x 6.7 in||8.2 x 8.03 x 0.7 in||0.31 x 6.97 x 4.41 in|
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For a faster and easier way to work digitally: with the Graphire pen tablet from Wacom photos, videos and graphics can be edited more precisely than ever before. Add your signature to documents, make a creative drawing or use advanced programs with ease. Together with a high-performance software package, there's almost no limit to your imagination. Discover the world of digital image editing! This Graphire Bluetooth 6x8 Tablet comes with Graphire pen, mouse, and Painter Essentials 2 by Corel, Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 and Color Efex Pro 2 GE by nik multimedia.
If you're a designer or artist who demands greater control over your digital work than is possible with a mouse, or a computer user who suffers from repetitive strain injuries, the Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6x8 Tablet is here to save the day. With the alternate use of the extraordinarily accurate pen -- about the same size as an average ballpoint pen -- and mouse with three programmable buttons, you'll never be forced to rely solely on your mouse again. You'll greatly enhance your accuracy and significantly reduce the strain on your wrists.
The Wacom Graphire Tablet will also allow you to expand your creativity in leaps and bounds. Whether you're a professional designer or an aspiring artist, you'll be able to exact incredible control over your manipulation and editing of digital photos. Compatible with any software that your mouse works with, and both PC and Macintosh compatible, the Wacom Graphire Tablet works up to 30 feet away -- wirelessly from your computer. Draw, paint, create artwork for CDs/DVDs, sign your name, and annotate documents in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft PowerPoint -- whatever you can do with your standard mouse, you can do with far greater accuracy and creativity on the tablet. You can even write directly in Microsoft Office XP and with Apple Inkwell. With both the Wacom pen and mouse, you'll have the right tool for any task.
With this Tablet, along with the free included copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 and Color Efex Pro 2 GE software by nik multimedia, you'll be able to enhance your digital photos like never before. When it's time to try your hand at some free-hand drawing, the Graphire pen and the amazing capabilities of Painter Essentials 2 by Corel (also included) will be waiting for you. The Graphire pen is pressure-sensitive so you can control the amount of a software tool's effect by varying how firmly you press the pen tip to the tablet. Because every point on the tablet has a matching point on the screen, and featuring 512 levels of pressure-sensitivity for natural brush control, the pen couldn't be any easier to use. When you move it over the tablet, the cursor moves in precisely the same way on the screen, giving you unprecedented accuracy.
The Graphire Cordless Mouse features cordless, battery-free technology, which means it's 100 percent hassle-free. The scrolling finger wheel allows for easy navigation and also functions as a third programmable button. With no ball to gum up, you'll always be ensured of smooth, accurate tracking.
An included rechargeable Lithium Polymer tablet battery gives you up to 25 hours between charges, and a universal power adapter permits simultaneous tablet charging and comfortable use. Included with the tablet are Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, Painter Essentials 2 by Corel, and Color Efex Pro 2 GE from nik multimedia.
What's in the Box
Pen tablet, pen, pen stand, mouse, rechargeable tablet battery, universal power adapter, driver software, user manual, and software on CD-ROM.
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This model is just the right size if you want good precision control in Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements 3.0, included) and Premiere, and is about the size of most laptops, so it's easy to take along. The clear pen stand holds the pen handy, and fits into the top notch. Complaints about the pen's use for regular computing are reasonable, as it's not really suited for "point and click" computing. It's a pen. The included mouse takes over, but purchasers should be aware that this is NOT a Bluetooth mouse! The mouse and pen are battery-free, and work only with the tablet.
If the included pen feels light and insubstantial, chalk it up to being a portable tablet solution. Fortunately, the Graphire4 pen (available separately in blue, white, and silver) works with this tablet. Price for the Graphire4 pen starts at $30 depending on where you buy it. Likewise, Wacom sells a pen leash, carrying case (the Intuos3 6x8 carrying case), replacement nibs and extra stands, should you need some.
The run time of the included LiPoly battery is claimed to reach 25 hours on a charge, and I've clocked close to that. Connection is simple, but you should know that if you connect it to ONE computer, if you take it to use with ANOTHER computer, you have to perform the initial connection routine with the first computer again later. Takes all of about a minute or two.
The tablet has a removable clear frame so you can customize it with your own photos. The CD includes sample JPEG backing sheets, and blank templates in JPEG and Photoshop .PSD format, so you can easily create your own custom tablet decoration in any illustration program, and drop your art into the Photoshop template. The included PDF manual is superb.
You have to bear in mind that if you're not buying an Intuos3, you're buying one of Wacom's entry level, consumer tablets - don't expect a Aston Martin when you're paying Acura prices. In all, if you want to invest a little bit in your digital art capabilities, not deal with USB or serial connection, then this tablet is a very good entry level addition. See my photos for further illustration of the Graphire Bluetooth in action.
In practical use, I found that from time to time there's an appreciable delay in the response of this tablet. Enough so that it could be quite annoying in Photoshop, so I resorted to using wireless (or wired) mouses. I've also found from time to time, the cursor onscreen starts to wander by itself, react unpredictably from my stylus movement, and I have to turn the tablet off and then on again to re-connect. In ordinary computing, this can be annoying. In Photoshop, it became outright disruptive. I downgraded this product to THREE (3) STARS. Wacom should stick with wired tablets.
As much as I'd like this work with my Android 4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" phone, the version of Bluetooth seems incompatible. I can't speak for a Mac or iPhone or iPad. I still enjoy using this with my Thinkpad as an easy way to control it without using a bluetooth mouse.
Now that you know where I'm coming from, I'm not an artist. If you need this for super accurate pen strokes, then I could see how one of the more expensive tablets would serve you better.
For my purpose though, it works great. It's wireless, so I can walk around the classroom and use it. I can assign the two buttons at the top for left and right arrows, allowing me to navigate within PowerPoint. Using it with Vista is a dream. I can use Windows Journal to quickly go over math problems, or ink in PowerPoint 2007. In Vista it even puts a battery indicator at the bottom telling you how much charge is left on the tablet. I've used it for over a week, and I've only charged it once.
The pen is a little "light" I guess...but it isn't hindering my ability to write at all. I like that you can put a picture under the plastic surface. The pen holder built into the tablet is AWESOME to have too. The tabletop one is a joke.
Only problem I've had is that the little rubber feet are falling off easily when I put it in my laptop bag. I plan on putting a drop of superglue under each one before I lose any of them. I also found using the clicker on the side difficult, because it was hard to hover and press the button at the same time. In Vista it is much easier to just press and hold for a right click.
Finally, I was originally worried about the hover distance, and that I had to hold the pen too close to register...but it works great. There is definitely a learning curve to using this. Use it for several hours, over several days before you make a judgement call. I love mine, and it has seriously changed my teaching.
Update: I've been using this now for over 3 months, and it's great. I'm now using it with Windows 7, and it's fine.
The only problem I've had was the eraser portion of the pen died, but Wacom replaced it quickly. They even sent it to me for free and simply asked that I send the broken one back so they could figure out why it broke.
If I have any warnings, it's to make sure your hardware and software will do what you want. A friend tried one of these on a 5 year old MacBook using a usb/bluetooth adapter...and it was terrible. So I recommend a newer machine with good bluetooth.
Anyway, I searched on-line for a tablet "replacement" and stumbled on this device. It has been a lifesaver in class and at work. It's bluetooth, so I'm able to use it easily, whether I'm at my MacBook (where I can see the screen while drawing) or somewhere else within the room (where it's a tougher and I have to use my imagination to figure out where I'm writing/drawing). I find that I can use it either in OS X or in Windows 7 (where I'm using Parallels 5 to run Win7 in Crystal Mode). The handwriting recognition in OS X totally blows so I'm mostly in OneNote to take my notes and get handwriting recognition, while I'm mostly in OS X to do any of the fancy drawing and picture type work. In both cases, I can use the tablet's pen to get everything done. If I get tired of the pen and just want to surf the web and goof off, I can use the included mouse on the tablet's pad like a regular USB mouse.
I've even found that the tablet is the perfect size to fit on top of my MacBook's keyboard -- it's almost like I'm using my IBM tablet PC. Highly recommended if you do any kind of pen-type work!
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