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Old 16-03-2014, 06:51 AM   #1
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Question laptop or tablet?

I have just started doing some digital painting with photoshop with my laptop. However, using the mouse is a pain in the neck (very hard to sketch and no pen control effects). But the tablet is too expensive (I saw tha asus vivotab is something about 700 bucks).
Are there ways to get some pen control without buying a tablet? (e.g. I borrow my friend's apple tablet and somehow use it for photoshop?)
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i have a macbook air and I use a bamboo tablet $150 dollars there are cheaper tablets you can use until you can get a more affordable tablet.
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Old 16-03-2014, 07:39 PM   #3
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Both of you, welcome to the forums.

OP: if you're interested in buying tablets, I *highly* recommend any product from Wacom.

They've got reasonably priced tablets for Hobbyists and up and pretty darn good quality.

If you're looking for a professional grade tablet, you could search on eBay or alike sites for used models, I still have an intuos3 myself and I am in no hurry to change. They're really durable products too so, so buying a used model shouldn't be risky.

But, if you're actually referring to where you paint directly on the screen, you're gonna have to up the budget. I would actually also advice against that. The hardware in such Windows based tablets PCs isn't up to snuff imho, and you can't upgrade them so their lifetimes are a bit too short. Stay clear from Android or iPad tablets when considering. They're maybe good enough to use for scribbling and dabbling, but not for something serious.

Much rather recommend buying a regular Wacom tablet (used intuos3 and up.. but of course if money allows, out of the box new latest model), and a good computer (hand eye coordination takes a bit of time.. but no more than a week tops).

The hardware in even the greatest Tablet PCs is lackluster and won't do you no good 2-3 years down the road. I bought my intuos in 2006-2007 (honestly don't remember) and it's still as good as new, I have had a Bamboo also and its quality and working with it was great. I've used intuos4 and they're awesome. But I've also been put to test Brand X tablets, and have always found them inaccurate and sluggish.

My two cents.
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Old 17-03-2014, 05:57 AM   #4
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Thank you!
I have just visited the Wacom website. The Intuos looks really cool. (by the way, 80 bucks is way better than 700)
Wow I feel like buying that now. But I'm really noob in digital painting. Do you think that could be a waste?

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Old 17-03-2014, 06:31 AM   #5
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Dude, everybody starts at the beginning. It's more of a waste if you don't try.

I would buy medium or bigger. The small models are way too small to get good lines or have any decent room for movement.
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Old 17-03-2014, 06:47 AM   #6
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Thank you for the help.

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Np dude.
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