When I chose to re-join the artistic community a few months ago as a Art Director behind the Trese Brother's Software's creative vision, I was faced with a steep learning curve. I had never used a tablet before, and had only junior experience and exposure to digital painting, Photoshop, and the whole lot.
Obviously, to start, I new that I needed a Wacom tablet. The brand name seems synonymous with a digital artist's workspace, and the only brand I knew. Everyone has one--I should get one too! They are not prohibitively expensive, but they do run into the hundreds of dollars.
As a constant traveler, I knew I needed something small. As a constant traveler, I needed something durable. And since few computer parts are truly durable, and I had never used Wacom before, I wanted something cheap. Because, I knew I was pretty likely break it within 6 months of buying it, I choose the Bamboo tablet from Wacom. Its small, has a very limited feature set, supports a limited amount of sensitivity, and generally does not stack up to the other tablets.
However, I would highly recommend the Bamboo to myself. Because of my travel, because of my hard demands on hardware, and because of my burgeoning level artistic talent, it was perfect for me. The tablet has been all across the US, to Europe and back, has scars and scratches around its edges, and is still as good as new.
So, in summary:
- Its tough
- Its cheap
- Its tiny (and portable)
- It gets the job done, even if it doesn't have all the extra features and power