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    Hi all,

    So my tablet gave a worrying hiccup this morning - not powering up when I plugged it into my laptop the first couple of times. Looks like I'll be buying a new one before too long... So I have a question.

    I've been using a Wacom Graphire4 - essentially the equivalent of the modern bamboo. If I were to considering upgrading, what benefits does an Intuous4 provide over the lower price tablets? It's 2 1/2 times more expensive, so it's got to be good!
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    The main advantage of the Intous is a higher accuracy. It has 2x-4x (depending on the Bamboo model) the pressure level sensitivity and also has double the movement resolution.

    It comes with a small array of different pen nibs stored in the pen stand. There are 5 standard replacement ones, a flex nib, a stroke nib, and three felt nibs.

    It also has those fancy programmable buttons and the programmable touch ring. Not really needed, but I like those because I got used to them. Some Bamboo models have express keys as well, though.

    All those things combined might be worth the high cost for some, while for others it's just unnecessary bells and whistles. It really depends on what's important to you, personally.

    You can certainly draw on both.

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    Does it also register angle of the pen? Or is that another line up?

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    Yes it does.

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    What size are you looking at?
    I know everyone has different ideas, but I get along just fine with the smaller tablets. Mine is an Intuos 3 and is 4x5 active area. I don't make many large arm movements when I work.

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    I'm using a little 4 by 6 graphire and that's quite large enough.

    How does the angle sensitivity work. Is is useful? How often do you use it and does it feel natural?

    I also saw that the new bamboo doubles as a mutli-touch track pad that works with your fingers. That's really cool. I guess the Intuous doesn't have this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevinNight View Post
    Mine is an Intuos 3 and is 4x5 active area. I don't make many large arm movements when I work.
    Quote Originally Posted by torstan View Post
    I'm using a little 4 by 6 graphire and that's quite large enough.
    Seconded (thirded?). Bigger is not always better. Mine is an 8.5 x 5.5 active area which is the absolute upper limit for me. I had a really big one before because I got it really cheap, but I rarely used it because it was so unwieldy.

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    How does the angle sensitivity work. Is is useful? How often do you use it and does it feel natural?
    It depends on your drawing style I guess. I heard some people really like the feature, especially when combined with the optional airbrush pen, but I never used that pen myself so I can't really comment on that.
    It works with the standard pen too, but for me personally it's nice to experiment with at best. I never used it for any serious work.

    Quote Originally Posted by torstan View Post
    I also saw that the new bamboo doubles as a mutli-touch track pad that works with your fingers. That's really cool. I guess the Intuous doesn't have this?
    Yes, the Bamboo Pen & Touch models do that, though I never tried it myself.
    The Intuos4 is pen only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torstan View Post
    I also saw that the new bamboo doubles as a mutli-touch track pad that works with your fingers. That's really cool. I guess the Intuous doesn't have this?
    One more thing. As I said, I didn't try any of those myself yet, so I'm not really qualified to comment, but if you consider buying, I would really recommend to give them a live try first.

    I imagine resting your hand on the surface and lifting up your pen to think for a minute can do all sorts of wondrous things if that thing suddenly switches into touch mode. Just a thought really. Wacom usually provides top-notch software, so I don't expect it to behave wonky, just saying.

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