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Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6 x 8-Inch Tablet
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Product Description

For a faster and easier way to work digitally: with the Graphire pen tablet from Wacom photos, videos and graphics can be edited more precisely than ever before. Add your signature to documents, make a creative drawing or use advanced programs with ease. Together with a high-performance software package, there's almost no limit to your imagination. Discover the world of digital image editing! This Graphire Bluetooth 6x8 Tablet comes with Graphire pen, mouse, and Painter Essentials 2 by Corel, Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 and Color Efex Pro 2 GE by nik multimedia.

If you're a designer or artist who demands greater control over your digital work than is possible with a mouse, or a computer user who suffers from repetitive strain injuries, the Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6x8 Tablet is here to save the day. With the alternate use of the extraordinarily accurate pen -- about the same size as an average ballpoint pen -- and mouse with three programmable buttons, you'll never be forced to rely solely on your mouse again. You'll greatly enhance your accuracy and significantly reduce the strain on your wrists.

The Wacom Graphire Tablet will also allow you to expand your creativity in leaps and bounds. Whether you're a professional designer or an aspiring artist, you'll be able to exact incredible control over your manipulation and editing of digital photos. Compatible with any software that your mouse works with, and both PC and Macintosh compatible, the Wacom Graphire Tablet works up to 30 feet away -- wirelessly from your computer. Draw, paint, create artwork for CDs/DVDs, sign your name, and annotate documents in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft PowerPoint -- whatever you can do with your standard mouse, you can do with far greater accuracy and creativity on the tablet. You can even write directly in Microsoft Office XP and with Apple Inkwell. With both the Wacom pen and mouse, you'll have the right tool for any task.

With this Tablet, along with the free included copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 and Color Efex Pro 2 GE software by nik multimedia, you'll be able to enhance your digital photos like never before. When it's time to try your hand at some free-hand drawing, the Graphire pen and the amazing capabilities of Painter Essentials 2 by Corel (also included) will be waiting for you. The Graphire pen is pressure-sensitive so you can control the amount of a software tool's effect by varying how firmly you press the pen tip to the tablet. Because every point on the tablet has a matching point on the screen, and featuring 512 levels of pressure-sensitivity for natural brush control, the pen couldn't be any easier to use. When you move it over the tablet, the cursor moves in precisely the same way on the screen, giving you unprecedented accuracy.

The Graphire Cordless Mouse features cordless, battery-free technology, which means it's 100 percent hassle-free. The scrolling finger wheel allows for easy navigation and also functions as a third programmable button. With no ball to gum up, you'll always be ensured of smooth, accurate tracking.

An included rechargeable Lithium Polymer tablet battery gives you up to 25 hours between charges, and a universal power adapter permits simultaneous tablet charging and comfortable use. Included with the tablet are Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, Painter Essentials 2 by Corel, and Color Efex Pro 2 GE from nik multimedia.

What's in the Box
Pen tablet, pen, pen stand, mouse, rechargeable tablet battery, universal power adapter, driver software, user manual, and software on CD-ROM.

Features:
  • Ideal for designers and artists for precision work
  • Works wirelessly up to 30 feet away
  • Graphire pen with 512 levels of pressure-sensitivity for outstanding control of your applications
  • Mouse features cordless, battery-free technology
  • Includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, Painter Essentials 2 by Corel, and Color Efex Pro 2GE from nik multimedia

Customer Reviews:

  • Graphire vs. Intuos
    I own both the Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6x8 and the Wacom Intuos 9x12 tablets. I've noticed some reviewers were disappointed with the Graphire so I thought I'd shed some light on the differences and what to expect.

    The Graphire Bluetooth is the only wireless tablet from Wacom. If you really want wireless then it's your only choice. I was a bit skeptical that the wireless tablet would be as sensitive or responsive as the wired tablets. After quite a bit of experimentation, I really find it's very hard to tell the difference. As long as the host computer is fast, the bluetooth tablet works extremely well. It'll be responsive, sensitive, etc. and you wont notice any lag. If you do notice lag -- it's probably your computer that's having trouble keeping up... not the tablet.

    The Graphire is designed for a different market. The Graphire was Wacom's low-end line. The Graphire Bluetooth was the high-end of the Graphire series. It's a little more substantial than the old (now discontinued) Graphire "wired" versions of the tablet. It's quality is higher. The Graphire "wired" tablets were replaced by the "Bamboo" series -- which is the new low-end tablet. These tablets are designed for home use -- basically people who will only just occasionally want to use a tablet and don't want to spend a lot of money.

    The Graphire tablet comes with one stylus (pen). It has a few replacement nibs (the tips) which will wear out over time... although if you're an occasional user they'll probably never wear out unless you're really hard on them. It also comes with a wireless 3-button mouse (middle button is a scroll-wheel). The tablet itself has two user-definable buttons at the top-middle.

    Bigger is definitely better when it comes to graphics tablets. It's harder to have precise control on a tiny tablet (e.g. 3x5 or 4x6). This is especially true if you're using the tablet with drawing/painting type applications where you want to make expressive strokes -- it's hard to be expressive in a crammed & confined area. If you're using the tablet for non-drawing or painting type apps (e.g. photo-editing apps such as Photoshop) then you tend to not need to do expressive gestures and the smaller space isn't such a big deal.

    If you want a tablet for occasional or moderate use and you think you'd mostly just use it with apps such as Photoshop then then this is probably a good choice. The tablet itself has an area that's probably no larger than most laptops -- that means it'll fit nicely into a bag for travel use.

    If, on the other hand, you think you'll be more into the 'heavy' use category or you're the sort of artist that likes to sketch, draw, paint, or do other forms of art that rely on using your hands for more expressive strokes, etc. then Graphire probably wont offer you the level of control that you want.

    The Intuos tablets are the more professional line and come in both larger and smaller sizes. I would only recommend a 'small' size tablet to someone if they told me they _needed_ a tablet for travel purposes. If you aren't traveling then buy a larger size.

    Intuos tablets are angle & direction aware. The tablet can sense if the stylus is being held straight up & down or if if you're holding the stylus at an angle (leaning it to a side) and it knows how much the stylus is leaning. It also knows the direction of the lean. Not every application cares. Photoshop doesn't take advantage of angle & direction sensitivity. But drawing & paint applications do! Most artists tools that the tablet & painting application are trying to mimmic will have shaped tips (e.g. calligraphy pens, chisel or flat tipped brushes, etc.) The angle of a paintbrush tip and the direction it's held when you make a brush stroke will make a difference when working with a real brush & canvas and the tablet & stylus need to be able to mimmic that. The Intuos can do this... the Graphire series cannot.

    The Intuos styluses don't just come with replacement nibs (tips), they come with different types of nibs. For example the nylon nib (the default) feels like writing with a smooth rollerball pen. If you insert the firm felt tip then it "feels" more like writing with a pencil on paper (there's a bit of friction/drag as you write with it.) The functionality doesn't change -- just the feel.

    The Intuos tablet will include just one stylus, but you can buy extras. Each stylus has a unique "pen ID." This means if you buy multiple styluses the tablet will recognize each of them uniquely. Whatever type of artist tool, brush type, size, color, blend effect, etc. you last defined when holding that stylus will be remembered. If you own multiple styluses then you don't need to navigate menus to switch among effects, you just put one pen down and pick up another -- much like you'd do if they were real paint brushes or chalks or pencils, etc. The Graphire stylus doesn't have a unique "pen ID". With the Graphire, you can buy a replacement stylus should you manage to lose or break one, but owning multiple pens or styluses doesn't buy you any functionality.

    The Intuos standard stylus has a more comfortable grip and feels better in your hand. You can also buy different types of styluses... for example there's one that looks and feels a bit like an airbrush.

    The mouse on the Intuos tablet is a 5-button mouse with scroll wheel. The Graphire is a 3-button mouse with scroll wheel.

    The Intuos tablet has many more buttons and it also has sliders. The Graphire tablet has only the two center buttons and no sliders. The sliders are nice because you can define them to do things such as control zoom level, or control the size of your brush tip, etc. With more buttons you can define many commonly used commands and modifiers. This allows you to do more with the tablet without needing to switch to the keyboard or navigate application menus. The Intuos tablet driver is also application aware. So you can define what the controls are for each application that you use. As you switch among applications, the driver knows which application you're working in and automatically defines your tablet controls to match the needs of that application. The Graphire driver is more primitive. If you switch between applications with the Graphire, the buttons & controls do not automatically remap -- you'd have to re-define the controls manually each time you change applications.

    The Graphire Bluetooth is a great tablet. The quality is good. It is sensitive and responsive. If you need a tablet for occasional to moderate use and your use is more on the image-editing (Photoshop) side of things then you'll probably be very happy with it. If you need a tablet for heavier use or if your applications tend to be more on the sketching/drawing/painting side where you need it to more accurately mimmic the capabilities of physical artist tools (brushes, knives, etc. where the tips have shapes and how you hold them when you make a stroke will alter the effect) then the Graphire line is probably not going to meet your needs -- look to the Intuos line instead....more info
  • Great Service!
    Wacom Graphire Bluetooth 6 x 8-Inch Tablet My order was delivered promptly. However, I had a little trouble getting started with it. I contacted Wacom: THE CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT WAS GREAT!!!! Oh, and the tablet works perfectly. ...more info
  • Worthless!
    Never did work. The pen would only work in the upper left fourth part the drawing area in Photoshop and several other programs I tried it in. I will be packing this up and returning it. The mouse wouldn't work at all.

    The Wacom website is worthless too. No decent troubleshooting pages. I tried sending them an email.

    If there were an option for zero stars, that's what I'd give it!...more info
  • Haven't slept for a week :)
    From the minute I have installed my Wacom Graphire, I can't tear myself away. It's responsive and easy to use, simple to install, and the bluetooth connection means I'm not limited by a cable when I decide how to hold and use it. The size is easy to work with - small enough to hold comfortably, and big enough to be accurate as you work.
    Graphics programs such as photoshop and painter also utilize the pen nib pressure sensitivity, making lines thicker the harder you press - just like artists media in the real world. The fact that the back end is an eraser (!) is so intuitive and logical, the work flows naturally.
    It's also very good-looking .. and even comes with a template so you can customize your tablet.
    I would recommend every designer/artist get one of these toy/tools. ...more info
  • Free from wires, this is the next step to real drawing without spending 3K
    I received my Graphire3 Bluetooth 6x8 drawing tablet 3 days ago, and have to say that I am more than satisfied with my purchase. The bluetooth works excellent, even with other 2.4 GHz (bluetooth frequency) gadgets running. I have cordless phones, wireless internet, and bluetooth keyboard and mouse on my mac, and found no interference or slowdown when using them all at the same time, which was the one thing I was worried about. It behaves like a normal corded tablet, but for $40 more, you get freedom from wires, which only restrict the creative process. Now I can lean back in the chair or sit however is comfortable with the tablet on my lap, up to 30 feet away (not that it would be useful at that range). The resolution accuracy is excellent, even on my 1900x1200 resolution monitor, every pixel counts and registers on the computer, and the software (for mac at least) allows for precise configuration. It might have been a little cheaper if they didn't include the basic software with the unit, which anyone buying a tablet surely already has, but I'm not complaining. The battery life is great...i've been using it for 3 days and only charged it once when I got it, and the battery is easily replaceable (and at $40 it's not too expensive to replace). It offers a good range of accessories that are available for purchase, including an inking pen, and pen replacements. While it may not be as versatile as the Intous series, it is certainly sufficient for anyone using a tablet in a medium workload environment. The included 2-button plus scroll bar mouse is a plus for anyone who doesn't have a wireless mouse already, although I have no use for it personally. Overall, excellent product, and highly recommended!...more info