So I finally replaced my workhorse Wacom Intuos 9×12. While I’ll miss the old one, it was serial and the new office compy doesn’t have a serial port. So I got this sweet Intuos3 6×11 widescreen-capable goddess (essential for my dual-monitors) for $109 (effing crazy price) on eBay – it has twice the resolution of my old Intuos model and only a little less real estate (losing inches from the top and bottom doesn’t really affect my workstyle.)
BTW: If you’re interested in getting a similar deal, I recommend patience: I had been monitoring newly listed tablets for over a month before this unit graced me with its presence and price. I also recommend the use of Gixen eBay Sniper
Anyhoo – Wacom has come a long way with this new tablet – immediately noticeable is that the build quality is much more solid compared to Intuos1 and Intuos2 models. The grip-pen is a little beefier and feels much more controllable in my hand. Wacom has also included an array of 4 buttons and a scroll strip on both sides of the tablet that I can’t wait to put to use. The seller even included a felt nib in the cache of replacement nibs he sent – and I have to say: my world is effing changed.
I’m so excited about this thing that I resent the stinking pile of non-graphic work I have to do today…. I really needed it yesterday morning. *sigh*