Wacom Graphire Bluetooth Tablet (6x8) review: Wacom Graphire Bluetooth Tablet (6x8)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.8
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Offers Bluetooth connectivity; includes comprehensive software package; intuitive and easy to use; two configurable buttons.

The Bad Bluetooth is tricky to set up; expensive.

The Bottom Line Although a nearly $250 price tag accompanies this tablet, it lets anyone draw accurately on a computer, and its software package rocks.

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Wacom Graphire Bluetooth tablet

The Graphire Bluetooth Tablet marks the first time Wacom has added Bluetooth connectivity to a tablet. The Graphire set includes a digital pen, a mouse, and a tablet designed for artists and graphic designers who need a degree of control unattainable with a standard mouse. Regular computer users who suffer from repetitive strain injuries--heck, anyone interested in a different way to work--will also appreciate its ease of use. However, at a price of nearly $250, only serious artists and designers will shell out for the Graphire.

Installing the Graphire Bluetooth tablet is easy and includes installing the drivers and the software from an included CD. The Bluetooth setup, however, is a bit more problematic--it took us a few attempts to connect using the Bluetooth Setup Wizard on our PC. After the initial setup, the computer's Bluetooth consistently recognized the tablet if it was in range--within approximately 30 feet. The Graphire's start-up guide offers instructions on how to set up on both Macs and Windows machines, but it gives little Bluetooth troubleshooting advice. A more detailed user manual is included on the installation CD.

Once the Graphire's battery is fully charged, you can use it without the limitations of cords, and it comes with no wired hook-ups, so if you don't have Bluetooth, this isn't the tablet set for you. And, unlike some other sets, such as the Adesso CyberTablet 8600, neither the pen nor the mouse requires batteries of their own.

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Wacom Graphire Bluetooth Tablet (6x8)

Part Number: CTE630BT Released: Apr 15, 2005
MSRP: $249.95 Low Price: $239.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr 15, 2005
  • Color gray
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or later
    Microsoft Windows 2000
    Microsoft Windows XP
  • Type digitizer
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Compatibility Mac