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Drawing pad/tablet recommendation needed

by Wonder-Woman-1977 / January 5, 2016 3:35 AM PST


I am going to cross post this in both this forum and the Tablets & Mobile Devices forum. I am seeking some buying information about drawing tablets and pens. I would like to purchase an entry level wireless/wifi/Bluetooth (any variety of wireless is fine) drawing tablet and pen. I totally want the pen to have an eraser end which I have done some initial research and found out not all pens for drawing pads/tablets have an eraser end. I am not nor ever will be an artist or using this for business – it will only be for personal/hobby use. I plan on using it with basic programs like photo shop and maybe down the road illustrator if I can get comfortable enough with the programs. I want something inexpensive but again really want it to be wireless and the eraser end functionality is a must have. I would like to pay as far under $200 as possible. The research I have done has shown that the ones at a price point under $100 lack the eraser end is barely available (haven’t found one yet) and the wireless factor is available but not with a whole bunch of variety in models available. Important note is that I will be using it with a Windows 10 laptop. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.

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Don't do it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 5, 2016 8:09 AM PST

I've seen folk try this over and over and come back unsatisfied. With more and more touchscreen tablets and using a pen to draw folk seem to like that better.

As to the erase, I tap the color I want to draw with or tap the erase button and keep going. There is no reason to mandate an erase tip. Yes you want that. Get over this and open up to how it's moving today. Try a friends tablet with a pen.

Try one of the Samsungs with their SPEN.

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Don't understand your "Don't do it"
by Wonder-Woman-1977 / January 5, 2016 5:09 PM PST
In reply to: Don't do it.


I am The only one of my friends that is into computers so trying somebody else's tablet or any gadget is not an option. I do not understand the way you try to convey your opinion or knowledge or experience about the eraser tip can you try explaining it a different way because I'm not understanding your words.

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Why? Because I tried those over the years.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 5, 2016 5:29 PM PST

As to the eraser I think you are trying to push the idea of the physical world onto what is just another input device. That is, I've only been around computing since the 70's so why not get a Wacom and use it as intended?

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Don't want another gadget
by Wonder-Woman-1977 / February 13, 2016 12:42 AM PST
In reply to: Don't do it.


Thank you for your insightful opinion. While tablets are already being used I don't have the funds to buy a tablet that I don't need. I have an iPad 4 that I am still in love with and a 3 year old laptop that I just upgraded last year to add RAM and a second hard drive to and this unit still has a ton of living to do. Although the size of my laptop is large and clunky (17" screen - I chose it to be that large as that was what I wanted at the time and I'm still in love with it) I would rather not have to try to figure out how to transfer all my info and programs and what not to a tablet and I tend to think that many of the programs that I have would in fact NOT be capable of making the switch over for reasons that they came from shall we say "various sources".....I'll leave that open to your own interpretation on what that means.

I have consulted with the folks at Wacom and some other "from China" brand and I have been directed toward the Wacom Intuos line being a good starting point - not their Intuos Pro line but the basic Intuos line so I think I am finally getting an idea of what might be a good direction to start in. Do you have any opinions on the Wacom Intuos line?

Thank you,

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Folk seem to like the Wacom line.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 13, 2016 6:31 AM PST

My view is that once in a while I'll get a client that wants a specific solution. If they have the suitcase of green we might setup the engineering team to get it done but in this case I think you need to try out what there is in the here and now. Folk do like Wacom stuff.

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Googling is your friend. Embrace it, Love it, Live it.
by Artsy-Mike / January 24, 2016 4:51 AM PST

Although I agree with R.Proffitt that your wishes are a bit redundant.
To answer your question:

You have 3 choices:

Anything from the Intuos Pro series. ( the pen has an eraser) and you have to pay extra for a wireless set. (the pen is wireless but the tablet isn't if you want the latter to be wireless too you have to buy the kit that makes it wireless)

OR Anything newer from the Wacom family and buy a compatible stylus with an eraser .

OR Die crazy and alone in an asylum because you wanted something you could not have.

Googling for the win.
source: artfixed

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