I have been using a Graphire tablet, which I find to be too small. I've looked around for Intuos tablets for good prices and have come across the Intuos3 6x8 and the Intuos4 Medium. I've heard good and bad things about the Intuos4. I hear the nibs wear down quickly and that USB ports are loose. I've heard less bad things about the Intuos3; nearly none, in fact.
So, if you were to upgrade from the Graphire to an Intuos, which would you choose? Why so?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
The Intuos 3 is hell to use with Windows 7 64-bits as the drivers won't work and it fucks up pen pressure, so I'm unable to use it at all now that I upgraded my OS. Before that though, it worked flawlessly. Hopefully Wacom will figure this bs out and give us a new driver, but until then, I'm stuck without a working tablet.
Haven't tried the intuos4, so can't say anything about that one.
Did you update your drivers recently?...
Intuos 3 is pretty much a perfect piece of hardware, there's not as much difference between 1024 and 2048 levels of pressure (as opposed to 512/1024 levels upgrade)
The only downside of purchasing intuos 3 - you'd better order an extra pen and extra cover surface or two, since they probably will go out of production at some point.
Those are two parts that you will eventually have to replace (pens may be broken, and the surface gets scratched quite a lot if you use it for a few years, or scratch it with your watch, or smthg)
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I'm still using a Intuos 1 on my PC, don't really have issues with drivers on win7 64. As for Intuos 3 or 4, Intuos 3 with the classic pen is great and cheaper than buying a new I4.
I'd highly recommend the Intuos 3. It's an older model, but it's nearly identical to the Intuos 4. There's no difference betwen 1024 and 2048 pressure levels. Also, since many people are discarding the Intuos 3 for the upgrade, you can find them at discounted prices.
I just bought my first Intuos last week. I got it off craigslist for $200. An 9x12. It's... AMAZING.
As for cover sheets. I just taped a large sheet of paper over the intuos. It gives it more of a natural, I'm-drawing-on-a-real-sketchbook-feel. Larger 9x12 Intuos 3 is much better to work than a smaller, 8x6 Intuos 4.
I'm using Win7 64 bit and have no issues whatsoever. I wouldn't even trade it for a Cintiq. I'm very satisified with the Intuos 3.
I haven't seen the "hell to use with Windows 64 bit" from people, I have a roommate using his fine. I haven an intuos4 that works fine as well as my own intuos 3 that works fine.
The only part where it gets touchy is Photoshop where sometimes the pressure sensitivity drops, but that affects all Windows Platforms.
I'm guessing the benefit's of Intuos 3 is that it last longer? you don't have to replace the pen thing's lol as often as intos 4? I'm just speculating lol.
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I've had a friend run into trouble with the Intuos4 because of its removable cable. Apparently it's a bit flimsy and when he tried to take it to our local distributor (we live in the Philippines) he was told that he'd broken the tablet and so the warranty was void. We cleared it up but that's a hassle I'd like to avoid.
I'm looking at getting a 3 to update from my aging Intuos2 when I visit Japan. Hoping to score some used tablets or even boxed ones for a lower price since wacom is based in Japan. We'll see how that works out for me.
@slowdaddle I'm so jealous of your $200 Intuos3! I got my 2 at about the same price when they were tryign to get rid of old Intuos2 stock a year or so after launching the 3.
The Intuos 4's seem more expensive than they used to be. I would try and search out an Intuos 3. I love mine (6x11 size), although I really like the look and design of the Intuos 4 line. Ultimately though, you could probably get a larger surface for half the money.
Money to burn? get the sleek intuos 4 with the fancy Tron disc...Otherwise go on Ebay and get a used Intuos3 9x12...Your artwork won't look any different.