Wacom Graphire4 4x5
The sleek $99.95 Wacom Graphire4 4x5 is the ideal product for those considering a transition from just a mouse to a tablet set. The set is easy enough for beginners to use but has enough functionality for more advanced users. Digital-imaging enthusiasts, people suffering from repetitive strain injuries, or anyone who needs more control than a standard mouse affords will appreciate the charms of this small, well-priced set. Compared to the , the mouse and pen have improved usability and comfort, and the tablet now has a scrollwheel.
Installing the Graphire4 tablet is easy. Load the drivers and the software from the included CD. There's a short user guide, and after installation, a guide pops up on the screen and offers helpful tips on how to hold the pen and program the buttons. You can configure the buttons on the mouse, the pen, and the tablet via the control panel. You can adjust the pen's sensitivity, the mouse's tracking speed, and the scroll speeds of the mouse's scrollwheel and the scrollwheel at the top of the tablet. The interface is very easy to navigate. The accompanying software bundle is impressive; included is Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, Corel Painter Essentials 2.0, and Nik Color Effect Pro 2.0 GE. Wacom doesn't offer a less expensive hardware-only package.