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1. Wacom Intuos3 6X8 USB Tablet -
$379.99 $369.99 list($469.99)
2. Wacom Intuos3 9X12 USB Tablet
$199.49 list($219.99)
3. Wacom Intuos3 4X5 USB Tablet -
$161.49 list($199.00)
4. Logitech io2 Digital Writing System
$161.49 list($199.95)
5. Wacom Graphire3 6x8 USB Tablet
$80.74 list($99.95)
6. Wacom Graphire3 4X5 USB Tablet
$159.88 list($199.95)
7. Wacom Graphire36X8 USB Tablet
$80.74 $79.88 list($99.95)
8. Wacom Graphire3 4X5 USB Tablet
$80.74 list($99.95)
9. Wacom Graphire3 4 x 5 USB Tablet
$97.99 list($99.99)
10. ACECAD DigiMemo A501 Digital Notepad
$161.49 $159.88 list($199.95)
11. Wacom Graphire3 6X8 USB Tablet
$217.54 $211.27 list()
12. Graphire Bluetooth 6X8 Tablet
$40.84 $33.50 list($54.95)
13. Microsoft Fingerprint Reader
$396.38
14. Wacom Intuos2 9x12 USB Tablet
$427.49 list($569.99)
15. Wacom Intuos2 12x12 USB Tablet
$626.99 list($819.99)
16. Wacom Intuos2 12x18 USB Tablet
$373.33 list($509.99)
17. Wacom Intuos2 9x12 Serial Tablet
$449.99 list($569.99)
18. Wacom Intuos2 12x12 Serial Tablet
$159.00 list($209.99)
19. Wacom Intuos2 4x5 USB Tablet (XD45USB)
$47.49 list($84.95)
20. Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse

1. Wacom Intuos3 6X8 USB Tablet - Metallic Gray (PTZ630)
by Wacom
list price: $349.99
our price: $284.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00030097G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 463
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuos.3 6x8 Digitizer Tablet ... Read more

Features

  • Thick, durable overlay
  • Limited Lifetime warranty
  • Pen tablet with USB connection
  • 1024 levels of pressure-sensitivity
  • Customizable menu shortcut buttons

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, Awesome Tool
Okay, this is obviously a big review but I want to help those who are being skeptical about this product. Why? Because i was one of those people too and I was almost going to not buy a great product not knowing what it would do with the executions of my designs and illustrations. Proceed if you're willing to learn more.

Where can I Start. The reviewers on the bottom pretty much explained many of the thing this tablet can offer. The driver can be updated by going to Wacom.com, so whatever issues people had can be easily fixed, unless no internet connection are available. But anyway, why am I reviewing this product? I am a student under Graphic Design major. I purchased this tablet a week ago and let me tell you: my work has improved significantly thanks to this tablet. Sure, the people who have already reviewed this tablet has given perhaps more than enough details on its features to be convincing, but allow me to share my experience. Painting an illustration, say using Corel's Painter IX, has never been easier and much more accurate as it is with the mouse. Creating layouts in Photoshop and Illustrator became easier, not to mention more comfortable since your hand wouldnt strain as it would with the mouse. Thus, my work has been significantly improved. Although it takes a little getting used to, once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to work faster, more comfortable, and more accurate. At first, i was being VERY skeptical about buying this pricey product and whether it was worth it or not. At the end I realized something very important. Sure the product can be over $300 bucks, but the work you'll be producing with the product is priceless. Think of it that way and I'm sure you'll feel the same afterwards. Okay, so it's a great tablet, now why did i choose the 6 x 8 size besides the cheaper 4 x 8 or the priciest 9 x 12? Well this is my opinion. 4 x 8 is a good choice, however, because of its small size, sometimes I would go off by mistake thinking I can still extand my arm a bit to draw and that is pretty annoying. I didn't see myself in that position. I know because I tried different sizes from different people's property. Now, 9x12 is the biggest. Sometimes the bigger the better, but for my case, this time it wasn't. I felt the tablet was so big I used to get lost everytime I stroked. 9x12 was too big for me, and i found the 6x8 to be the perfect balance between too small and too big. Keep in mind, 6x8 isnt the device's size. Only the part where you use your pen is. Saying that, the size of the equipment is about 14 x 10. Would you want anything on your lap bigger or smaller than that? Up to you.

Final thought: if you care about your work and the execution of your designs and illustrations, consider this product, It may be pricey, but like i said before, the work you'll be producing will be priceless and thus makes your work even better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Intuos3, great product, flawed software
Overall a great product.I thought I should mention something to anyone who may encounter the same problems I did.Firstly, do not use the driver version that ships with the tablet, go to Wacom.com and get the latest version.The version that shipped with mine left huge 'dead areas' in my tablet where it could not detect the pen (EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING) and caused occasional system hangs.

Even with the latest software, cccasionally when using Photoshop the tablet seems to lose its ability to detect pressure variation, this is resolved by restarting Photoshop, but it seems a problem that would be easily fixed in the software.

A simple pen test function would be nice to have in the configuration program (where you could paint in a little box and test pressure and sensitivity).The Graphire series had this feature and I wish it was built in to the Intuos software.

Quality of the product makes up for the few software flaws/inconveniences.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and an invaluable tool
I spend about 10 hours a day working in Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and other design related programs including 3D Studio Max. I've been using a Wacom tablet for about six years now, and I love it. It would be impossible for me to create the designs and illustrations that I do without my Wacom. As an artist and designer, I used traditional mediums for years, and then spent another couple of years trying to figure out how to use a mouse in a way that would permit me to create quality images and designs on the computer quickly and in a way that resembled traditional methods. The Wacom tablet has been my solution and the solution of dozens of my colleagues. I use the old Intuos at home, and I use the Intuos 3 at work. The new Intuos features a USB connection that permits hot-swappable, on-the-go design. Also, the new Intuos pens are much more comfortable to hold that the old plastic pens because of the rubber coated grip. The tip on the pen seem much more "springy" and responsive. The pressure sensitivity is amazing and allows me the complete control over the virtual medium that I am handling (airbrush, pencil, ink, paint, etc). Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash are all designed to work with the pressure sensitive pens, and the level of control is amazing. Photoshop's new custom brush palette, combined with the Wacom tablet, permit me to create custom brushes to simulate the appearance of color pencil, pastels, and chalk in such a realistic manner that it's difficult to discern what is real and what is digital. Both of the tablets I own have the 6x8 drawing surface, which I find to be an adequate size for me to accomplish all of my design-work and illustrations. It also is a convenient size to fit into my laptop bag (outer dimensions are about 10"x13"). I absolutely love my Wacom, and I'm ashamed that I didn't place a review for this superior product before now. Several of my coworkers and friends have purchased less expensive versions from competitors, but have regretted the purchase and have switched to Wacom. I was helping a coworker select a Wacom tablet for her desk this morning (as a replacement for another brand) when I decided to write this review for the Wacom tablet. Bottom line for the Wacom 6x8: convenient size, excellent pressure sensitivity, durable construction, excellent value for the price. I would consider this a must-have for any serious digital illustrator or designer.

4-0 out of 5 stars WOW!Cant wait to get it!
I already own the Intuos24x5 tablet and have had it for over 2 years, but need something bigger.I can say that without a doubt, Wacom tablets are the best out there.The one I own has NEVER failed me.It fits great in my laptop bag too.

If you are thinking about another brand, don't bother, you'll be greatly disappointed.I'm buying my Intos36x8right now... so should you! ... Read more


2. Wacom Intuos3 9X12 USB Tablet - Metallic Gray (PTZ930)
by Wacom
list price: $469.99
our price: $379.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0003009AI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 1157
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

For the serious photographer, designer, and artist...Intuos3 gives you the power to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and over 100 other leading software applications.Intuos3 tablets now put ExpressKeys and Touch Strips right at your fingertips for convenient keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, brush size control, and more.Wacom's Penabled technology gives you the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free tablet technology. You'll find that using an Intuos pen, mouse, and tablet gives you more control, comfort, and productivity.Alternating between the comfortable Grip Pen and the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse reduces repetitive motion. It's an easy and natural way to work.Using a pen tablet is easy: It's easy to use a pen tablet because every point on the tablet has a matching point on the screen. When you move your pen over the tablet the cursor moves in precisely the same way on the screen. Where you touch your pen tip to the tablet is where you click.Pressure sensitivity: The Intuos3 Grip Pen gives you the power of pressure-sensitive control. Pressure sensitivity lets you control your software tools by changing how hard you press the pen tip to the tablet surface. Using pressure sensitivity you can dynamically control things like brush size, opacity, and more. ... Read more

Features

  • Thick, durable overlay
  • Limited Lifetime warranty
  • Pen tablet with USB connection
  • 1024 levels of pressure-sensitivity
  • Customizable menu shortcut buttons

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy if you want to trace hand drawings
I called Wacom and was told to buy this product and I could put the picture under a clear sheet and trace my drawing. There is no clear sheet. I have emailed Wacom several times and they said; "In regards to tracing a picture, what we recommend is scanning the picture and open it in Photoshop, create a layer then you can trace the picture from there and you should be able to get the results you want. This method is much easier, more user-friendly and much more accurate." It is NOT much easier.I tried that and it is very hard to do. I need something on the pad to have a line to follow and why I called Wacom before buying. It is very hard to draw with one hand and follow the line by eye. It is looking at one thing and moving your hand by what you see. Very Very hard to do. Forget about doing vectored art. I feel the product is a total waste of money. AND!! There is a flap you can raise to put picture under but it is to dark to see anything no matter how I light it. Makes me wonder if the messed up and make the flip to dark and not are trying to cover their mistake. I could be wrong but why else would a flap be there? I was lied by sales and now have a product I can't use for what I need. Plus I don't use Photoshop, I use Corel Draw. I guess they expect me to buy all new software.If all you want to is paint or touch up photos then this would be a great product for you. For me it is a waste of money.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars BUT...
What's with that shiny surface? It doesn't show on ANY of the product photography that I have seen. I am a retoucher carefully designing my home studio with a minimum of distracting colors and shiny surfaces. I have used the Intuos2 at my work studio, both the platinum and the dark grey versions, for many years and they've both been perfect.

I JUST opened my new Intuos3 and I initially thought it looked cool. Then I put it down in front of my monitor and all I could see was a bright reflection shining up from the almost mirror-like, shiny plastic of the rim. That's a no no in a retouching studio. I didn't even plug it in.

I'm going to sleep on it, but I'll probably send it back and try to get an Intuos2 on eBay. Or maybe I can use sandpaper to matte down the distracting shine. Would that void the warranty. Probably. Would it destroy the resale value? Definitely. Am I overreacting? Maybe. Maybe I could get used to it, but I have to think about clients too. Nahh, I'm sending it back.

Also, from the photos I thought the buttons would be great, but now that I see them, they look like spill magnets. I would rather have solid-state buttons like on the intuos2, but in the position of the intuos3.

If you are considering a graphics tablet, get a Wacom, don't even bother with another brand. If you are considering an Intuos 3 AND you have a color-critical workflow, wait till Wacom comes out with a matte version of the Intuos3 or get a used Intuos2.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful
I recieved this Wacom Tablet as an early Christmas Present, not really knowing what to expect. Its a wonderful tool for any industrious person that wishes to create high-quality pieces of Art. The programs are excellent, and the Tablet itself is durable and build to last with a generous amount of working space. Also -- The pen that comes with this Wacom Tablet is easy-to-use and has a very nice feature allowing you to adjust the pressure sensitivity to control just how you want things to turn out. This item is truely worth your money. ... Read more


3. Wacom Intuos3 4X5 USB Tablet - Metallic Gray (PTZ430)
by Wacom
list price: $219.99
our price: $199.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0003009BC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 1651
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuos3 4x5 Digitizer Tablet, USB ... Read more

Features

  • Limited Lifetime warranty
  • Pen tablet with USB connection
  • 1024 levels of pressure-sensitivity
  • Customizable menu shortcut buttons
  • Thick, durable overlay

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for graphic arts
I'll start by saying that I am a programmer/web designer/graphic artist/student. I have been designing graphics and web applications for years... with a MOUSE. Frustrated with the innacuracy of a mouse (even optical ones have a tendancy to jump around), I finally decided to give the tablet a try when someone reccomended the Wacom products to me.

I will NEVER go back! Let me explain why:

1) Being a USB device I can install the drivers on any machine I use and just plug it in and use it when I need it (which allows me to use it on the machines at school). Also, being a USB device it does not interfere with use of a PS2 mouse, so I can go between the tablet pen and mouse and my usual mouse without issue.

2) Much more accurate when drawing, pointing, ... anything! I had thought about getting a larger tablet, or a less expensive one, but I feel that this is the perfect match. With over 5000 lpi, it's extremely accurate despite the size.

3) Tons of programmable buttons and settings. There are two different "mapping modes": mouse and pen. Pen makes every area on the tablet correspond to an area on the screen so that you use the whole tablet. Mouse is as we are used to using for standard mice. You can set the pen and mouse to different settings, and even different settings for different applications. There's also a whole bunch of other options to program the buttons, sensitivity, etc. I can't think of anything else they could've added. They also made the menus very intuitive and easy to understand. I was able to figure them out and set everything I needed without even resorting to the tutorials they included on the CD.

4) Decent software bundle. While I admit I haven't used it much (I have Photoshop CS and other software I prefer.), for the price of the tablet I think that the bundle is a VERY nice deal.

5) Perfect size! While a larger surface area obviously offers more lines resulting in greater accuracy, I don't feel it's necessary for graphics applications. I could see the use of a larger one for CAD applications, though this could still work if you set the settings properly.
This size makes the tablet very portable. It's total size (including inactive areas) is barely larger than the size of a standard mouse pad, so it'll fit into your workspace perfectly. If you still aren't sure how large of tablet you want, cosider how much space you are using right now.

While a standard mouse pad is certainly larger than 4"x5", odds are you aren't using the entire thing. Of course how much you use is mostly determined by your current mouse sensitivity and you can easily figure it out.
Put your cursor at the very top right corner of you screen. Now take note of where the mouse is located (mark it if you wish), and move the cursor to the very bottom left corner of your screen and notice the area displaced by the mouse. Take note of how large (or small, rather) of an area you really need!
Now take a standard 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of paper that's near your desk (you know you have a few...), and fold it into fourths. The active area of this tablet is roughly that size. Compare it to the area you are actually using with your current mouse.
Notice something?!

Unless you're using CAD programs or have any other legitimate reason that requires a larger pad, I'd certainly reccomend at least trying the 4"x5" size. Odds are you'll find it's just right and be glad you saved your money.

With the outstanding resolution of over 5000lpi you get with this tablet there's no longer any real reason to get anything bigger.

5-0 out of 5 stars may ultimately save my career
i'm not a graphic designer, but a programmer.i cannot attest to the intuos3's use as a drawing implement, but i spend enough time typing and mousing to take ergonomics and input devices very seriously.

in short, i think this intuos tablet is the perfect device for my needs.for a long time i used standard mice and trackballs.my wrists would hurt with standard mice, and after using a logitech thumb-controlled trackball for a few years, well, my right thumb would give me terrible pain.

i've been using the intuos3 for about a week and i'm confident after a few months of use, my thumb will start to feel a lot of relief.as for the size of the tablet, i'm very glad i didn't upgrade to the larger versions; it could very well help artists to have a larger space, but i find this size to be just about right for standard mousing.

yes, it's expensive, but again, if you spend 8 hrs+ on a computer every freaking day, it's almost impossible to avoid some type of strain on the hands, wrists, and fingers.if you're really strapped for money, one alternative i found useful is to switch input devices: use a mouse for a couple months, switch to a trackball, or switch hands with the mouse.i could never discipline myself enough, however.another possible alternative is this 3M joystick mouse i saw on amazon for only $60 or so.i've never tried it, but it looks like a novel device.

also consider other ergonomic devices.i use the microsoft natural keyboard which is very good.kenesis also makes a MS-styles natural keyboard on crack.and having a good chair helps also (e.g., aeron).good luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I owned the Intous2 Platinum 6x8 tablet first and didn't use it much because I have a small work area but it is great. Now I own this Intous3 4x5 tablet and it actually got better. The touch strip and keys are much better and the different pen nibs are great. I thought it may be too small but its not. I draw and paint with it & it works out well. If I had the space, I'd get the bigger ones but since I really don't have any complaints. Bigger would be nice but its definitely not needed. ... Read more


4. Logitech io2 Digital Writing System
by Logitech
list price: $199.00
our price: $161.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00064FXH0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1778
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Go directly from ink to the software you use most often. Eliminate re-keying and slash your paperwork time. Back up and quickly retrieve handwritten documents on your PC. It's all possible with the Logitech io2 Digital Writing System.

The new, smaller-sized Logitech io2 pen fits your hand like a premium pen, so you can write comfortably. Take notes or draw sketches in ink on the smart paper and a tiny camera captures your work, storing up to 40 pages at a time. Intelligent power management maximizes every battery charge.

The smart digital paper consists of a printed dot pattern which locates words and images on the page, and ensures they appear in the same place in digitized files. When you dock your digital pen, your text and sketches are automatically transferred to your PC where you can easily find them, use them, and share them.

Take direct action

New WriteSync™ technology integrates handwritten or typed text directly into Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Lotus Notes. The text opens in the applicationimmediately take action, save it, or send it. Custom applications are also available.

Convert handwriting to digital text

Includes FREE software that learns your handwriting to turn notesincluding tables, shapes and chartsinto digital text that you can edit and use in any application, just like text entered with the keyboard.

Search and organize files

Logitech io2 software helps you find what youve written. Enter any word into the io software search function and get a list of every handwritten file that contains that word. Never lose notes again!

Export graphics into the most popular formats

Easily use drawings and graphics in almost any application. You can export images up to 300 dpi in the most widely-used graphical formats, including BMP, JPEG, PNG, JIF, TIFF, and EMF.

... Read more

Reviews (11)

1-0 out of 5 stars Great idea...next year when the bugs are worked out!

I ordered this thinking it would speed up my record keeping from meetings. Great idea in theory.Not in practice.

I broke one of my cardinal rulers, tempted by technology....never be first in technology, or new cars. Wait for the second year of production.

Weeellll...it arrived, and I did everything by the book, and finally after it was charged, began the writing sample to "teach" the pen my writing style.I use block printed letters and numbers, no cursive.I could not, after multiple sampling sessions get the pen to OK my writing. So, I emailed Logitech, they had me do a couple of things:uninstall, then a clean install, you name it.We did this for three days!Turns out pen number 1 was defective, sent it back and Amazon replaced it.Pen 2 did the same thing, this time Logitech said my software was corrupted, so we did more of the same: uninstall, and do a clean install from their web site.MULTIPLE TIMES!!! Guess what. Nothing.This pen is on its way back to Amazon.Here's what they said in their email:

"Further, I am sorry that your replacement shipment was also problematic. As it seems that the problem with this item is more widespread than we originally thought, we are not able to send another replacement. We will investigate and remedy the situation with the item; however, I cannot guarantee when the error may be fixed."

Well, apparently Logitech rushed this one out to quickly.In theory, it will be great when they fix the problems.

I have never had luck with any Logitech product (mice, etc...), maybe it's just me...if you have a burning desire to try the technology, buy the Nokia instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid
When the Amazon box showed up at home, my wife was wondering what I was thinking.I have a Dell Latitude D800 and a PalmOne Treo 600 with a portable keyboard.My lifestyle screams mobility.She asked me - what do I want with a digital pen?

For one, it's a pain to take the Latitude to meetings.In my small town, bringing a notebook computer into a room has instantly branded you a complete geek (which may or may not be true).Two, I have tried taking meeting notes and reminders on the Treo.While I love my Treo, as I loved my Palm IIIc and my Axim X3, trying to thumb type notes and keep up with the meeting provided to be a bit much for me.So, I looked to an input device that could be unobtrusive but could still fit into my digital lifestyle.The io2 seemed to fit the bill.

For the most part, I made the right call.Sitting in meetings, nobody says much of anything about the oversized pen.I take my notes, dock my pen (and the download is not that slow), and usually import them into OneNote, which I am increasingly getting used to.Instead of notes all over the place, they are centralized and on my hard drive, ready for review.

Not everything is peachy with the io.I have struggled with the OCR software.My handwriting is pretty good, but it has a hard time picking up my rounded text.The digital paper is a pain in the fact you might not have it near you when you need it.And the whole system is not cheap, even though its a bargain over getting a Tablet PC.I anticipate that this will the same durability as my other Logitech products, which has been pretty good.

1-0 out of 5 stars So worthless I re-sold it
First off, it could not recognize my handwriting at all.I went to the "training" module and despite 5 tries (each try involved writing several pages of sentences, it would not even recognize enough pages to "learn".Even with very careful block printing, it would only recognize maybe 3-4words in 10.I re-sold it at a loss, but at least I recouped some of my money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not What You Expect, More Than You Imagine
The purpose of this pen seems to be converting handwriting to text. My opinion on that is it is breaking technology and the only consumer software I can find to do it is the software included with the pen. It requires

5-0 out of 5 stars Life saver for one who uses too many notebooks!
Yes, the pen is a bit "fat" - takes some getting used to, just like switching from an ink pen to a mechanical pencil, pressure and finger placement adjustments.Yes, you need "special paper", but I found the paper to be slightly more expensive than quality notebooks - the difference here is that I don't waste paper as I do with "generic notebook paper" - I don't doodle as much, I don't make the same notation several times, etc.However, the "fat pen" and the "expensive paper" are a far cry from detractors for me.As one who grabs one notebook after another dashing to this or that meeting only to return and toss it upon my desk, grab another notebook an hour later and so on, only to return to find I have to hunt through each notebook looking for the notes from a particular meeting.Instead, I now have about 3 digital notebooks handy - they all look the same, no way to confuse them with "generic paper" - and I know that when I return and dock the pen, my notes, no matter how hastily scribbled, will be uploaded and filed or e-mail or ready for editing within just a few minutes.

The time saved thus far has been hours, and I do mean hours, per day. What a treat to have notes already "transcribed" onto my computer program or folder - the "old fashioned note taking" usually meant the notes stayed in the notebook, until needed...if I could find them, if I could still make sense of them.

I bought a spare docking cradle so I can have one at work and one at my home office - thus I always have the option of charging the pen and/or uploading documents ( think the spare cradle is much more sound/solid - it's not the "portable" model, but seems more likely to survive many, many dockings).I've not encountered difficulties with any of the recognition software - the training was straightforward and both my printing and cursive were easily matched by the program.

I hope to see the surface of my desk by the end of the month - with only a few digital note pads here and there - well, I'd settle for seeing a corner of the desk!

No regrets, reasonable price - note: take a moment to order the ink refills...thus far, a bit tricky to find readily available. ... Read more


5. Wacom Graphire3 6x8 USB Tablet - Graphite (CTE630GR)
by Wacom
list price: $199.95
our price: $161.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C4DWQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 1802
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Graphire3 6x8 Graphite Gray Digitizer Tablet, USB ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated pen compartment and a separate pen stand for two great ways to keep your pen handy
  • Quickly and easily edit your digital photos
  • Create great looking artwork with the natural feel of your Graphire pen
  • USB connection for quick installation
  • Transparent photo frame for easy personalization with photos and artwork (fun samples and template included)

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long to buy this?
I have been using my tablet for six months and I could not be happier with it.I had no issues installing it on Windows XP/SP1 and the pen has not worn out with daily use.I do not use the cordless mouse.I purchased the tablet because my wrist hurt when I used a mouse for more that two minutes at a time-- now I can use my computer for hours without any pain!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
I'm a 16 year old female high school student and i just loved this tablet.After just an hour of expermenting with the pen i found it very easy to navigate and draw..heck my 7 year old sister has no problem using it.It comes with a pen and a wireless mouse plus three excellent programs - adobe phtoshop elements 2 - corel painter essentials 2 - nik color elex pro.The feel is nice...and just pressing lightly gives you a small light line while pressing down as far as you go gives a nice dark, thick, line.It's just great overall, you won't be wasting your money ^^

5-0 out of 5 stars SOOOOO PERFECT!!!!!
I'm a college student majoring in art and draw all day long. I didn't have a lot of money to spend but after hearing all the hype about wacom this sounded like a good one to start with, and was I right! I've only had my graphire 3 for a few days but am already using it like a pro! It's so smooth and sensitive, it's way more responsive than a pencil or brush.I can actually draw better with this! I would HIGHLY recommend this tool to anyone. It's fun and oh so easy!

3-0 out of 5 stars Hobbyist tablet. Pen does not last
My experience is that this range (Graphire) is for hobbyists. As a professional illustrator and designer, I am currently looking around for better quality.

My old Calcomp Drawingslate had driver problems when I upgraded to a new PC with Win XP so I bought a Wacom Graphire 6X8 USB.I have used it for 3 months. The pen has given up the ghost already - after about 300 hours of use (I don't use the pen with all applications). Replacement pens are around $30 - which adds up to around $120 a year for pens. The problem is not that the nib wore out - the mechanism behind the nib gets jammed. I can see that I need a better quality device.

The pen life problem aside, I have experienced no problems with installation and use on Win XP without SP2. But I have read a few accounts of problems with this combination, so do your homework if you have XP and you installed the service pack.

The pen's handling feels good - very natural, although the reported 512 levels of pressure sensitivity yields no more variation than the 200 something levels of other tablets in this price range. In apps with great brush variations like Photoshop, Painter and Alias Sketchbook Pro you may be disappointed. It will be fine for vector drawing in CorelDraw and Freehand and with simple photo fixers like Photoshop Elements.

Hobbyists - by all means buy this product. Serious designers/artists will have to spend more money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Currently does not work well with Windows XP SP2
The hardware is good, the drivers are awful. There is a serious bug which renders the tablet useless for a second user in XP SP2. Unless the first user logs out totally, the whole tablet is dead for the second user.

This is not the first major driver bug Wacom has allowed to hit its users. (Also worth noting is that when I complained about this to Wacom, they told me to "calm down.") So if you like to be told that your inconvenience is no big deal, go ahead and spend your money. ... Read more


6. Wacom Graphire3 4X5 USB Tablet -Graphite Gray (CTE430GR)
by Wacom
list price: $99.95
our price: $80.74
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Asin: B0000C4DVX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 1963
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Graphire3 4x5 USB Tablet - Graphite Gray ... Read more

Features

  • Get the control, comfort and productivity of a Wacom Tablet
  • USB connection for quick installation
  • Transparetn photo frame for easy personalization with photos and artwork
  • Integrated pen compartment and a separate pen stand for two great ways to keep your pen handy

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful and well priced
I have three friends who already own Wacom Tablets, so I'd gotten a chance previously to try out the item.Personally, I found it a little bizarre, but I figured it was because I hadn't actually had enough practice to get used to the format and disconnect between pen and where your actual drawing ends up.

But I bought this with a specific purpose in mind.A had high resolution scans that I was trying to clean up.My mouse was fine, but I wanted something that could be a little more specific to quicken the process. Also, I planned on using the tablet for coloring in the future.Well, in regards to my original intentions, it was very helpful!The pen does give you a lot more accuracy and control as to where your brush/eraser marks end up and gives a far steadier line than I could ever make with a mouse.So it was very helpful in that regard.

I've been told that this particular tablet isn't aimed toward the "professional artist" but honestly, I wasn't looking for a lot of "extras" that might have been included with the others.I really wasn't even all that impressed with the whole pressure sensitivity since that wasn't important to my current project.Also, I have no clue what other perks are included in the pro artist-aimed tablets.

I have to admit the tablet is a little small, although this wouldn't even be that big of a deal if that tablet wasn't mapped directly to your computer screen (for example, the top right corner of your tablet is the top right corner of your computer screen).While you can adjust the size of this mapping, you really can't take it off... And that can be a little irritating since I generally find it awkward to work along the edges of the tablet as my hand rests in uncomfortable positions.With a mouse, you can just lift your hand, replace it, and continue on where you left off your work/line/whatever.With the tablet, your cursor will instantly reappear to whatever position is correlated to your tablet position onscreen.I have to say this is my biggest gripe because instead of adjusting my hand, I had to readjust where the window is if I end up getting toward an edge on my tablet.I really wish they didn't lock it in place, and if there's some way to take this off, I haven't found it.

But still, it's fun to use and it actually didn't take me too long to get over my mental disconnect of drawing and hand and pen as I thought.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool
Okay i don't know what was going on with some of the other people's computers... but i have tested one of these slick devices on several computers. After installing the simple drivers from the wacom website, i opened photoshop 7 and immediately it worked! I've tested it on mac os 10.1.5, fedora core 3 linux, and windows xp home. Each time, the same thing...
Install drivers, plug in, draw!

I'm not very good with pencil and paper for drawing, but i used to to colorize some artwrk for a school yearbook, and i've watched as a high school art teacher without much computer expeprience, be able to create masterpeices within minutes. You can set it to feel like any art tool immagineable. The pressure sensetivity works like a charm, producing barely visible lines that become heavy ink blots without picking up the pen. Which gets me to my next point.

The pen and mouse both amaze me, you can "hover them" within about an inch above the tablet to move the curser around. Pushing the pen on the pad works like clicking your mouse, and the buttons can be programmed to e whatever you want, such as an undo button. The nice thing about the pen and mouse is that there are NO batteries and they are extremely light. The pen is about the thickness of a semi-thick pen, like those large pencils kindergardeners use, and the erase on the end actually works (it is also pressure sensitive).

Tracing things by placing them under the pad works okay but not very well due to the small drawing area and thick plastic.But what i like to do is print out a screenshot of my desktop to know where my icons and start menu are, and for personalication. If you want to trace something, you'd be better off putting it on top of the tablet and drawing directly on it.

Okay now onto another subject: learning to use the tablet. After a few hours of practice you will get used to looking at the screen and not the tablet, much like you'd memorize your keyboard's layout. If your computer is not near your tablet, you might consider purchasing a usb extension cable, because of its relatively short cord (about 3 feet).

Pros:
Extremely good for the price
Easy Learning
Pressure sensetivity
Good compatability
Bundled Software
Durable
Many uses

Cons:
Most cons are a result of being a low-end model
Smaller active drawing area
Pen and pad need more buttons, which can be found on Intuos models
short cable

Bottom Line:
This is a great entry-level drawing tablet, from the company that makes the most-used tablets in the world. It's small, and lower end than some fo the other models, but don't let that fool you, it is extremely powerful. You probably won't notice the pressure-senitively difference in higher priced models. It works great for drawing, editing photos with pressure-sensitive precision, some gaming such as mmorpgs and strategy games, and almost any other application you can immagine.
So for easy, cool, and fun ways to do things for under $100, just go get one now and try it out!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ergonomic mouse replacement
Unfortunately Amazon has positioned the Graphire as a drawing tool, and as such it's disappointing some folks who should be getting one of Wacom's higher end tablets.

What the Graphire is fabulous for is reducing pain caused by traditional mice.I had recurring tendonitis and cysts with both mice and trackballs, but no problems since switching to my first Graphire about 5 years ago. The Wacom requires no shoulder motion, and very little hand or wrist. Clicking is done with an ultra-light stylus, and the thumb is used for a right/double click rocker switch on the side of the stylus. I use it with a 1280x1024 screen at home, and travel with another in my laptop case. Win2K and XP. Works for gaming too.

2-0 out of 5 stars Currently does not work well with Windows XP SP2
The hardware is good, the drivers are awful. There is a serious bug which renders the tablet useless for a second user in XP SP2. Unless the first user logs out totally, the whole tablet is dead for the second user.

This is not the first major driver bug Wacom has allowed to hit its users. (Also worth noting is that when I complained about this to Wacom, they told me to "calm down.") So if you like to be told that your inconvenience is no big deal, go ahead and spend your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Also Great for Wannabee...
Well I bought this item last month and was hoping to become a good graphic designer and this product didn't disappoint me. I dont know how to draw even a good drawing house but with this tablet i can't believe that i actually doing a good electronic graphic design. Thanks for this product and also Amazon for there good service and prodduct price and availability.

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7. Wacom Graphire36X8 USB Tablet -Sapphire (CTE630SA)
by Wacom
list price: $199.95
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Asin: B0000C4DVY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 688
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Product Description

The right tool for any task! Graphire3 gives you the control you need to quickly and easily edit your digital photos. It works great with any software your mouse does and runs on both PCs and Macs. Draw, paint, create artwork for CDs/DVDs, sign your name, and annotate documents in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft PowerPoint.You can even write directly in Microsoft Office XP and with Apple Inkwell. With both a Wacom pen and mouse you'll have the right tool for any task. Using them alternately reduces repetitive motion. Join more than 2,000,000 satisfied Wacom tablet users and get the control, comfort, and productivity of Graphire today. Enhance.Quickly and easily edit your digital photos using the control of the Graphire pen and your free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 1.0. Selectively apply high-quality photographic effects using the included penPalette LE software by nik multimedia.Create great looking artwork with the natural feel of your Graphire pen and the amazing capabilities of Painter Classic by Corel (included). When used with a Wacom pen, Painter Classic looks and feels like just about any natural art tool your heart desires.The Graphire pen makes it easy to sketch and write notes in Microsoft Office XP and Apple Inkwell. Mark up documents in Microsoft Word, annotate presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, and even jot a note to friends and family.The Graphire pen is pressure-sensitive so you can control the amount of a s ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated pen compartment and a separate pen stand for two great ways to keep your pen handy
  • Quickly and easily edit your digital photos
  • Create great looking artwork with the natural feel of your Graphire pen
  • USB connection for quick installation
  • Transparent photo frame for easy personalization with photos and artwork (fun samples and template included)

8. Wacom Graphire3 4X5 USB Tablet -Sapphire Blue (CTE430SA)
by Wacom
list price: $99.95
our price: $80.74
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C4DWW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 1325
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Graphire3 4x5 USB Tablet - Sapphire Blue ... Read more

Features

  • Quickly and easily edit your digital photos using the control of the Graphire pen and your free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 1.0
  • 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
  • Create great looking artwork with the natural feel of your Graphire pen and the amazing capabilities of Painter Classic by Corel
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP, or Mac OS 9, OS 10.1.5 & higher

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works with WinGIMP perfectly!
Bought the Blue Graphire 3 from Amazon and it arrived in the mail yesterday. Set it up on a Windows XP machine today and started using it within five minutes of plugging it in.Even though XP recognizes it, I installed the driver that came on CD so that pressure sensitivity would be enabled.

I've been using GIMP for Windows (open source program similar to PhotoShop - free to install and use ... google for the terms 'GIMP' and 'Windows', and make sure you download for free off SourceForge) for about six months now, but always used the mouse for photo touchups, which is tedious.Upon Wacom installation and firing up the GIMP, GIMP 'saw' my Wacom pen, pressure sensitivity and all!

I didn't know how big a deal pressure sensitivty is until I was able to use it in action.After about an hour of fooling around with pencil sketching with the Wacom, I decided to try a calligraphy brush and a softer pressure setting.The first couple of Chinese characters I brushed on the canvas were absolute magic.It's just amazing to watch.I spent half an hour writing the same four characters over and over (deleting what you've written on 'electronic paper' is sooo cool), in awe of how you can 'see' how the brush strokes start and end thanks to that magical pressure sensitivity.

I'm not a hard core artist but did my fair share of comic doodling in high school, and the 4x5 size of the board seems fine by me.I don't drag my hand across the page when I write, I instead pick up my hand and move it to the new location. If you're a drag-your-hand kind of person, it's likely you'll care more.

4-0 out of 5 stars my new graphire
i needed a tablet for the stuff i do in photoshop.i'm satisfied with its performance and have recommended it to several other people. it takes some getting used to if you've only used a mouse.it's very easy to install and i haven't had any crashes or other hangups.i haven't tried any of the bundled software yet.

what kept me from giving it 5 stars?
1. the pen SERIOUSLY needs some kind of grip.it's very smooth and it slides about in my hand so i have to keep adjusting it.it gets old fast.i'll figure out something on my own for that.
2. i doubt that it would kill wacom to include a replacement nib or 2 with the tablet - i had an aiptek tablet that i hated but at least they included nibs and extra batteries.
3. wacom has no intention of updating the tablet drivers for xp sp2.i guess they'll save that for the new and improved graphire.

2-0 out of 5 stars Currently does not work well with Windows XP SP2
The hardware is good, the drivers are awful. There is a serious bug which renders the tablet useless for a second user in XP SP2. Unless the first user logs out totally, the whole tablet is dead for the second user.

This is not the first major driver bug Wacom has allowed to hit its users. (Also worth noting is that when I complained about this to Wacom, they told me to "calm down.") So if you like to be told that your inconvenience is no big deal, go ahead and spend your money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best for Beginners & Pro's
When i first used it, it didn't seems like hard to use the pen but when i get used to it my mouse didn't do much of a function to me. Eventhoug your not a graphic editing fanatic this device will fit to all your needs. From applications like MS Office to Games and graphics this device is best to it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not for serious graphics
I am not a professional graphics artist and mostly draw for pleasure. But still I find that the Graphire series is NOT for drawing purpose. I usually use Corel Painter to do my work and that Graphire series does not support tilt sensing(also limited sensitivity level compared to Intuos Series) puts major limitation to your artistic expression.

If you are going to use your tablet for photo editing or quick simple writing board for presentation purpose go with the Graphire. But if you are going to be drawing Intuos is the choice. I hadn't realized how important tilt sensivity is before using Corel Painter.

Concerning the size, 4X5 will work for a lot of purposes. But then again, if you are into serious drawing I would recommend 6X8. I own 4X5 Graphire tablet and the small size does not allow me to drawing straight from the computer. So I usually have to go through scanning. Take note that the area of 6X8 is actually twice that of 4X5. ... Read more


9. Wacom Graphire3 4 x 5 USB Tablet - Pearl White (CTE430PE)
by Wacom
list price: $99.95
our price: $80.74
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Asin: B0000C4DWX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 1745
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Product Description

Graphire3 4x5 USB Tablet - Pearl White ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated pen compartment and a separate pen stand for two great ways to keep your pen handy
  • Quickly and easily edit your digital photos
  • Create great looking artwork with the natural feel of your Graphire pen
  • USB connection for quick installation
  • Transparent photo frame for easy personalization with photos and artwork (fun samples and template included)

10. ACECAD DigiMemo A501 Digital Notepad with Memory ( Windows )
by ACE CAD
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0006NMR20
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ACE CAD
Sales Rank: 11480
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Product Description

Digitally Capture & Store Everything You WriteTransports Your Words from Paper and Ink Right into WindowsImagine having a notepad with the ability to transfer what you've written on paper directly into your Windows operating system? What a remarkable convenience that would be. ACECAD makes it all possible with this DigiMemo A501.! The A501 is a stand-alone device with storage capability that digitally captures and stores everything you write or draw with ink on ordinary paper, without the use of computer and special paper. Then you can easily view, edit, organize and share your handwritten notes in Windows. Imagine that. ... Read more

Features

  • The digital pad can be effortlessly held in one hand or on the lap and easily operated while you are standing, sitting or reclining; includes an ultra-thin & light digital pen with a regular and replaceable ink cartridge
  • Instantly & digitally record your notes, ideas, sketches, drawings and flowcharts, without scanning; any ordinary paper or notepad up to5.9 x 8.3 can be used
  • 8MB Built-in storage memory
  • Uses 4 AAA batteries (providing up to 100 hours use with alkaline batteries)
  • Expandable storage capacity by an optional CompactFlash (CF) memory card

11. Wacom Graphire3 6X8 USB Tablet - Pearl (CTE630PE)
by Wacom
list price: $199.95
our price: $161.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C4DWR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 5612
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Product Description

The right tool for any task! Graphire3 gives you the control you need to quickly and easily edit your digital photos. It works great with any software your mouse does and runs on both PCs and Macs. Draw, paint, create artwork for CDs/DVDs, sign your name, and annotate documents in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft PowerPoint.You can even write directly in Microsoft Office XP and with Apple Inkwell. With both a Wacom pen and mouse you'll have the right tool for any task. Using them alternately reduces repetitive motion. Join more than 2,000,000 satisfied Wacom tablet users and get the control, comfort, and productivity of Graphire today. Enhance.Quickly and easily edit your digital photos using the control of the Graphire pen and your free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 1.0. Selectively apply high-quality photographic effects using the included penPalette LE software by nik multimedia.Create great looking artwork with the natural feel of your Graphire pen and the amazing capabilities of Painter Classic by Corel (included). When used with a Wacom pen, Painter Classic looks and feels like just about any natural art tool your heart desires.The Graphire pen makes it easy to sketch and write notes in Microsoft Office XP and Apple Inkwell. Mark up documents in Microsoft Word, annotate presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, and even jot a note to friends and family.The Graphire pen is pressure-sensitive so you can control the amount of a s ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated pen compartment and a separate pen stand for two great ways to keep your pen handy
  • Quickly and easily edit your digital photos
  • Create great looking artwork with the natural feel of your Graphire pen
  • USB connection for quick installation
  • Transparent photo frame for easy personalization with photos and artwork (fun samples and template included)

12. Graphire Bluetooth 6X8 Tablet
by Wacom

our price: $217.54
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Asin: B0009DG7KK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 9822
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Product Description

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13. Microsoft Fingerprint Reader
by Microsoft Input
list price: $54.95
our price: $40.84
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Asin: B0002WPSB2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft Input
Sales Rank: 1611
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Say goodbye to password hassles. Now you can log on to your computer and your favorite Web sites with the touch of your finger, without having to remember all those passwords - simply place your finger on the receiver whenever a password or username is required.Easy-to-use software makes replacing passwords with your fingerprint a breeze. The Registration Wizard helps you register fingerprints for each user. When you first visit a site that requires a password, just touch the Fingerprint Reader with your registered finger, enter your data, and then click OK. When you browse back to that Web site, you can simply log on with your fingerprint. You can also use the Fingerprint Reader to quickly switch between Windows user accounts without closing programs and files - and each user's personal content stays personal.

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Features

  • Durable and reliable
  • Fingerprint reader for accessing websites and other features
  • Smoothly integrates with Microsoft and other software
  • Very simple to install and use
  • Eliminates sign-in hassles

Reviews (23)

1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage Software
Pros:
- The hardware itself is very slick.It is actually much slimmer and more stylish than in the pictures you see on the internet.
- Fingerprint registration is straightforward and seemless.
- Logging into websites is very very easy once setup.

Cons:
-Only works with IE
-WILL NOT work with active directory
-DigitalPersona Password Manager (included) is complete garbage.Almost a complete scam IMHO
-Digital Persona has awesome biotmetric software that is more expensive than the average PC.

This product is shipped to you with basically no software whatsoever.It can fill in usernames and passwords very very well on websites but that's about it.

You are NOT able to log into Windows XP, you are NOT able unlock your PC.You are NOT able to do pretty much anything except log into websites.Most of which support cookies and remember you anyway.

Without any real software the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader is a very expensive and very useless toy.

The good news is that you can purchase the software from Digital Persona, the company that actually produces the MFR.

The bad news is that the software costs more than the device, more than Windows XP, and quite possibly more than your PC.

Borderline scam if IMHO.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worked Perfect . . But It has Little problems
This is really good fingerprint reader, it is fast and it reads from the first time when you put your finger on the reader, it has 3 problems, let me explain in details,

Problem #1: Any change in web address will require to put the username and password again so you will be able to access it with your fingerprint.
Example:
http://mail.yahoo.com/?.intl=us
http://mail.yahoo.com/
Problem #2: If you have like 2 email address on yahoo, hotmail or email server. The device won't know which email do you want to access.
Problem #3: If you format your computer you have to do again assinging usernames and passwords there is no BACKUP for what you have assigned.

Hope this review will be usefull for you

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice Concept/ But dont buy Microsoft
I bought this thing thinking that it would be perfect for at home security from family members and freinds.It is really good at recognizing individual print and logging into Windows.However, Microsoft has done it again.The device is made by Digital Persona.

Microsoft stuck their name on this edition and made it so it is only good for use of Microsoft products.In example, I use Mozilla FireFox and my roommate uses Opera.The device does not work for either browser.I thought it was broken.My friend suggested using it on Internet Explorer and low and behold it worked like a charm.

In conclusion, if you like IE, it works good.If you like security, don't buy it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Entry level capability for an entry device
Microsoft Fingerprint Reader (DG2-00002) this product was developed by Digital Persona web site - http://www.digitalpersona.com/. They won't support the Microsoft labeled device.
My experience is that it works approximately 80-85 percent of the time on the first touch, the second touch raises the reliability to 95 percent (once it did not work at all --I had to reset my computer possibly because of other Windows software conflicts, then it worked).
In all I believe that the reliability for this inexpensive device is good.

The problems are:
The passwords you enter in with it are locked - you have no way to access your passwords for future use on another computer or if you reset-up windows (every 6 month for me).
The LED lights are always on (allows ready use) but it drains battery life on a notebook computer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Useless
This product basically is used for home users.Things it does well:
1. Pretty accurate at reading your finger.
2. Easy to install
3. Keeps track of passwords for websites (Just what we need :( another password manager)

Things it doesn't do:
1. If you are a business and want to use this as another authentication to logging in, forget it. Cant login to a domain attached computer.
2. Doens't provide any extra security, which you would think it would.
3. the LED that is used to read your finger is ALWAYS on and it's pretty annoying. You have to turn it over when you are not using it, especially in a dark environment.

For a company that is supposed to be more security aware this product from microsoft is a complete failure. ... Read more


14. Wacom Intuos2 9x12 USB Tablet -Platinum (XD912USBPLAT)
by Wacom

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Asin: B00009WO1G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 21443
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wacom XD912USBPLAT Intuos2 9x12 USB Tablet ... Read more

Features

  • Unique patented batteryless, cordless technology
  • Has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Features menu strip buttons above the active area of the tablet for easy access to your favorite shortcuts
  • Includes Intuos2 Grip Pen and Intuos2 4-D Mouse
  • Software includes Painter Classic by Corel, Wacom Brushes 1.0, and penPalette by nik multimedia

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice device (when it works)
I received my tablet a day after I ordered from Amazon at no extra delivery charge, so great service from these folks, BUT, the tablet has a problem with my OS, WinXP. The tablet's driver doesn't work with a file in the Xp's stand by mode, so whenever my laptop goes into it, the system crashes. It happens daily. Another problem with Wacoms driver is that it fails to load too often. The tablet is great when it works, but right now, with the current Wacom driver I would have to discourage anyone from buying it. The people at Wacom are cordial, but they have NOT fixed the problem, even after I theatened them with posting a negative review here, at Amazon. So, now go and think before you buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Concerning Wacoms
I've been using the Intuos 6 x 8 for 4 years now and it has been good. It draws cartoons in Flash well (if I zoom it to at least 200%), and lately I'd been thinking of upgrading to a larger wacom and I've found it really difficult to find a good review anywhere so here is my take on wacoms.

I'd always been under the impression that I couldn't draw as well on a 6 x 8 compared to a 9 x 12, but that was purely psychological. The truth is if you zoom in 200% and draw at 200% then the accuracy is just as good as a 9 x 12 wacom at 100% zoom. Only thing is I like to see the whole canvas at one time. I've upgraded now to an Intuos 2 9 x 12 and it works like a dream! Logically it should be no different from a '6 x 8 working at 200% zoom', but somehow the feel of the pen is wonderful, and it draws beautifully and more easily! (or it may just be psychological). For those with 6 x 8 wacoms I found a neat tip that makes them just as good as 9 x 12s (except that the feel is different, or that may just be psychological) and that is, if you change it to the mouse setting, and make the speed to the slowest one possible (turtle), then you should get the same accuracy as a 9 x 12 working at 100% zoom. However because the space is small you'd need to lift the pen when you run out of space. But that doesn't really matter. Actually maybe because my 9 x 12 is an Intuos2 instead of an Intuos (and I don't know the difference between the two), maybe that's why I feel that I like it better. It's hard judging these things. I'd say it's best to find out what works for you.

(...)to see an example of a picture I did using the Intuos2 9 x 12.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yeah, it is that great
I bought my Wacom 9x12 Intuos2 tablet last year, and it is a great product. What can I say that has not been said before? So, yes, it is great. But even greatness has flaws.

A reviewer below said that you have a 50/50 chance of the driver booting at start-up. That is true. The driver does boot a lot of the time, but that doesn't bother me much. You just close it and that's that.

Second, one time in every twenty, the tablet won't recognize the pressure nor the eraser. Even if you just brush lightly your stylus in the tablet, it will render the thickest line you're working with. That can be fixed by closing the program and opening it again.

Aside from that, it works like a wonder. Those are the two bad points I can find for it, but the good far outweights the bad.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are a Graphic Designer, you need this
I had been using the Wacom 4*5 Graphite tablet for about 2 years. It helped my work a lot, I vowed never to go back to the mouse for graphics work again. Last week I brought the Wacom Intuos 9*12. What a step up, it has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivety, my old one only had twelve. I find my self having to change brush hardness and softness less often. The programmable buttons are a godsend. All of the PSCS commands I use the most, like zoom, file browser, full screen and tool show are all programmed. Best thing about that is that I can program the buttons differently for each program. Amazing! My only complaint is that you can't program it to use the Alt button. Alot of people say it fits on your desk top. Perhaps I am not the only one who thinks this, but if you use this thing on your desk, you have barely scrathed the surface of its power. Do your self a favor and put it on an easel, or sit it on an angle on your lap. It feels just like drawing. I can go on about teh power of this tablet forever. I finish with this, evry task that used to grate at me, like outlining people with paths and masking, now take at leats 50% less time.

5-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for...
After using this tool only a couple of hours I found myself wondering how in the heck I ever did without it. Complex masks in photoshop now take less than half the time. This tablet is a graphic designer / web designers dream. The learning curve for me personally was very short. I found that Amazon has the best price by far (and no, I'm not affiliated w/Amazon or Wacom). I just can't say enough about this tablet. I will say that I don't use the bundled 4D mouse...it just takes up too much active area for me. I found this pad to work great with both a medium and even a shorter stroke. Also, I bought my tablet using an Amazon Platinum Visa Card...since it was my first purchase they gave me an extra $30 off the price, plus I utilized the free shipping. When it was all said and done I only paid $383 for the 9x12 platinum Intuos 2 tablet...You simply can't beat it! My first two post Wacom design jobs will pay for the tablet. I really don't know how I ever did without it. I am saving a whole lot of time now, thanks to the WACOM Intuos 2 gear. ... Read more


15. Wacom Intuos2 12x12 USB Tablet & S/W with Intous2 Grip Pen & 4d Mouse (XD1212USB)
by Wacom
list price: $569.99
our price: $427.49
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Asin: B00006B6LR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 9866
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Turn on Photoshop's pressure sensitive power with Intuos2

With 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, nothing unlocks the power of Photoshop, Painter, Paint Shop Pro and other professional graphics applications like Intuos2.

The Intuos2 Grip Pen features Wacom's patented batteryless, cordless technology with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. This cushioned pen reduces your grip effort by up to 40% so that you can work comfortably with less stress. Customers tell us that being able to use a pen helps them alleviate mouse and trackball induced repetitive stress injuries.

All Intuos2 professional graphics tablets come with an highly accurate, cordless, ball-free mouse complete with scroll-wheel. The 4x5 and 6x8 sizes come with the three-button Intuos2 2D Mouse. The 9x12, 12x12, and 12x18 sizes come with the five-button Intuos2 4D Mouse.
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Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Graphics Tablet
It's been several years since I owned a drawing tablet and I must say that I am extremely impressed by this tablet. The pressure sensitivity is increadible (I used Photoshop, I don't know about other graphics programs). I love being able to flip the pen over and erase. The accuracy is very good with the pen and mouse. The mouse feels a little weird in my hand, not quite ergonomic for me. But since it's USB my old mouse works simultaneously. The top of the tablet also has shortcuts which can be reprogrammed, but the reprogramming is totally lost in the fact that you have to remember what number does what function. The on-screen display of these shortcuts is just a number even though it lets you name the function. The no-battery technology is great. I never have to replace batteries or worry about it. Installation was very easy. I just plugged the tablet in and it immediately started working even before I installed the drivers.

In summary, this is a great tablet for any graphic artist. ... Read more


16. Wacom Intuos2 12x18 USB Tablet & S/W with Intous2 Grip Pen & 4d Mouse (XD1218USB)
by Wacom
list price: $819.99
our price: $626.99
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Asin: B00006B6LP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 7144
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Wacom Tech Corp. (XD1218USB) Intuos2 12x18 USB tablet ... Read more


17. Wacom Intuos2 9x12 Serial Tablet with Intuos2 Grip Pen & 4D Mouse (XD912SER)
by Wacom
list price: $509.99
our price: $373.33
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Asin: B00006B6LU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 6051
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Product Description

This item is brand new and comes complete with all manufacturer supplied accessories.
It also comes with a USA warranty.

Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theWacom Tech XD912SER - XD912SER - INTUOS2 9X12 SERIAL TABLET & S/W W/GRIP PEN & 4D MOUSE PC ONLY and all other Wacom Tech Input Devices

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18. Wacom Intuos2 12x12 Serial Tablet with Intous2 Grip Pen & 4D Mouse (XD1212SER)
by Wacom
list price: $569.99
our price: $449.99
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Asin: B00006B6LS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 19931
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Product Description

The new and enhanced Intuos2 is the modular graphics tablet system for all branches and professions where digital contents are processed. Intuos2 is a completely expandable and flexible system. You can be sure that you'll find the correct combination of tablet and input device - for your own way of being creative, productive and successful with digital media applications.With 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, nothing unlocks the power of Photoshop, Painter, Paint Shop Pro and other professional graphics applications like Intuos2. The Intuos2 Grip Pen features Wacom's patented batteryless, cordless technology with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. This cushioned pen reduces your grip effort by up to 40% so that you can work comfortably with less stress. Customers tell that being able to use a pen helps them alleviate mouse and trackball induced repetitive stress injuries. ... Read more


19. Wacom Intuos2 4x5 USB Tablet (XD45USB)
by Wacom
list price: $209.99
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Asin: B000060PEU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wacom
Sales Rank: 24318
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Wacom XD45USB Intuos2 4x5 USB Tablet ... Read more

Features

  • Works on PC or Mac with USB connection
  • Graphics tablet and highly accurate, cordless, ball-free mouse complete with scroll-wheel
  • Grip pen features patented batteryless, cordless technology with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • May reduce repetitive stress injuries
  • Unlocks the power of Photoshop, Painter, Paint Shop Pro and other professional graphics applications

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars I've tried both the 4x5 and 6x8
It was really hard deciding between the Intuos2 4x5 and the 6x8. In the past I've used these tablets both at home and at work. I mainly do photo retouching in Photoshop. The 4x5 is pretty expensive for a little tablet and there is a great deal on the 6x8 Platinum (cheaper than the purple 6x8). At these prices I can only afford to get one tablet. I want it to be the right one. I picked both of them up at a local electronics store and have them side by side in front of me now for testing. I'm only using a single 19 inch monitor. The 4x5 is a little small. You have to be more accurate with it to select menus, click icons etc. This accuracy requires you to make very small and precise hand movements that I'm finding makes my hand a little stressed and tired. You have to remember that a pen is not like a mouse. With a mouse you can move over an icon and hold it there without clicking on it. With a pen you have to have the tip hover over the pad in that location. If you touch the pad it means you clicked something. Any little movement of the hovering pen causes the cursor to move around. You are much more steady with a mouse. The 6x8 tablet is physically twice as big as the 4x5 and thicker. It is a bigger commitment of desk space. I must say that it feels more comfortable than the 4x5. With the 4x5 my hand would have to go off the right edge when I wanted to select something all the way on the right side of the screen. With the 6x8 the cursor isn't as wobbly when hovering over a point. My hand movements are a little looser since the tablet's active area is bigger and my hand is not as stressed when trying to click a tiny button on the screen. If you ever want to go with dual monitors forget about the 4x5. It would be way too small. Don't even think about getting anything bigger than a 6x8 either. Many have forked out the dough for bigger tablet and live to regret it. I'm keeping the 6x8 and returning the 4x5. If you can afford it, get the 6x8. If you can't afford the extra cost, you can make due with the 4x5. Where I would recommend the 4x5 is for laptops.

5-0 out of 5 stars I can't believe it's not paint.
I was put off by the price of these Intuos tablets.I assumed you'd need a larger-sized one if you wanted to do anything decent, and they are MAD expensive.And supposedly the Graphire, while much cheaper, is also vastly inferior - go figure.It seemed like an instance where you'd have to spend a chunk of change, which I didn't feel like doing - I wasn't convinced it was worth it.

This may have had something to do with the fact that I'd never used one!They had Intuos tablets at my skool, I knew about them, but I never really bothered with them, or with Painter.I always felt like it was simpler to paint with paint and scan it for illustration work.I was keepin it real.I figured Painter was for people who didn't want to get their hands dirty.And as far as Intuos compatibility with other programs like Illustrator, Photoshop, etc, I was used to using the mouse and OK with it, so again, why bother.

However, a couple friends from skool started using Intuos tablets with Painter.Once I saw prints of some of their paintings, and realized that they were totally digital, I had to admit I was impressed.Clearly Painter was developed by people who had a real understanding of the way paint acts, not to mention chalk, ink, pencil, airbrush, crayon, watercolor, etc.

The thing is, you definitely DO need a tablet and stylus to take advantage of it.I started using Painter with the mouse, and right away I realized the extent of that problem.Painter 7 and up includes mouse-compatibility technology that supposedly allows for variation in pressure, etc, but it's still an awkward and clunky way to go.You can make it work, but you're handicapped from the start, and your results will be limited.I can't imagine that anybody would want to work that way.You need the stylus.

I went ahead and bought a 4x5 Intuos.Well, first of all, the small size isn't that big of a deal.You technically only have the 4x5 space to work on, but the fact that you can zoom in and out and move your canvas around on the screen makes this a non-issue in practice.It would be nice to have a larger working space, but I suppose I'll live.

They talk about "1,024 degrees of pressure-sensitivity" (or whatever) all over the box.That means nothing to anybody, but using is believing.Once I got the knack of the tablet (which does take a while - it's not as intuitive as you might think, it's an acquired skill), I was amazed at how exquisite it really is.Different pressures, different angles, everything behaves as you would expect real media to behave; and it's (almost) as expressive, because you're using it the same way - your marks are simply being recorded digitally rather than by pushing matter across a surface.You also have the convenience (within Painter) of being able to change paint color, brush type and size, "paper" type and color, and practically every other variable conceivable to the artist, all "at the click of a button" (like a 50's TV spot).From the point of view of professional illustration, this sort of thing is invaluable.

All I've done so far is talk about Intuos with Painter, but to me that's it's main application.The other one that sticks out is Illustrator and/or Freehand, et al.As you may know, actual "drawing" with the mouse in this program can be mad retarded difficult.The stylus makes it more natural.Same thing in Flash, etc, and 3D apps like Maya, for the same reason.Oh, and of course Photoshop - in which I've used it mainly in making precise selections.

Anyway, here ends my valentine.I know I sound like I'm employed by Wacom, which I hate...lol...but I do really like this stylus/tablet thingy.

5-0 out of 5 stars This amateur loves it.
[[ WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT ]]

I have a very small desk, so the 4x5 dimensions of this tablet was just the right size for me. The installation tok 10 minutes to set up; it was easy. I really like the "omake" software that it came with. Painter Classic and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 make up a major part of the bundle. The former lets you create art that look like watercolours/oils, and the latter is great for final touchups.

The pen is light and small. I'm a woman, with a small hand; I really like how the pen fits in my hand.

[[ WHAT I DON'T LIKE ]]

The mouse is superfluous: since the mouse only registers when it touches the tablet--and since your tablet is only 4 x5 (about the size of a hard-cover book)--you are not left with much elbow space. I used the mouse once, and then put it back in the box.

I would recommend the official version, over the second-hand ones you can find on EBay. First of all, the sellers on eBay are greedy. The normal asking price is hardly less than the official version. Second, the official version comes with a lifetime guarantee.

BTW, I am NOT a professional graphics artist. I use my tablet to make desktop wallpapers for myself and my friends, to do some art, extract images on PSP 7, etc. For my purposes, I am quite happy with this tablet!

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent if you spend a lot of time in graphics apps
I bought the Wacom 4x5 Intuos2 tablet to use with a laptop. I was a little apprehensive about the smaller work area (my desktop tablet is an Aiptek 6x8), and wasn't sure the extra money over a similarly-sized Aiptek would prove worthwhile. It is!

After a little problem getting the driver to install (helpful hint: if you've previously installed any graphics tablet [in Windows, anyway], uninstall it or neither one will function), it was up and running like a dream. Wacom's tablet control application offers a lot of opportunities for tweaking tool settings (pen tip soft/hardness, pen tilt, click speed, etc.), assigning functions to the command buttons at the top of the tablet, and creating special settings "palettes" for individual programs. You can play with a lot of settings, but you don't have to; geeks will like the control, but non-geeks can just set up the basics, forget the rest of the options, and it will still work fine.

As for the construction and performance of the hardware, this is one slick tablet -- especially if used with applications that can take advantage of the pen pressure and pen tilt functionality (such as Photoshop 7). The tablet itself just feels *solid* and well-built; no flimsy, bendable tablet base here. Wacom calls the components' color "midnight," a very deep purple, with light gray accents. Very sleek, indeed.

The included pen is easy on the hand, with both an integrated soft grip as well as an additional soft grip sleeve if you need it. The pen's stylus glides over the work surface without the "grainy" feel some other tablets have, and makes for very accurate pen/brush strokes and selection tool work (especially the magnetic lasso in PS7 -- this tablet makes it work like a dream!). The pen buttons are a little awkward to use at first, but after using them for a while they feel quite natural. Also, a nice little touch is the eraser on the pen: just like a pencil, turn the pen over and the eraser activates the eraser tool in your graphics app. Also included is a pen stand; nice, but I'm sure I'll lose it. Too bad Wacom doesn't include an adhesive option (such as Velcro or double-stick tape) to attach it to a surface.

The included 2D mouse provides the functionality of the classic two-button scrolling mouse. The scroll wheel seems a little firm, but it may loosen with time and use. Even though it's sometimes convenient to use the tablet mouse, I still prefer to use my dedicated Microsoft wireless internet mouse for most mousing. Wacom does make a 4D tablet mouse that duplicates the extra functionality (two extra buttons which can be used, for example, as forward/back buttons in hypertext apps), but it would be an extra purchase.

Perhaps the best thing about both included tools is that they're battery-free. Yahoo! No more 2 a.m. trips to the all-night convenience store to but AAA batteries when the pen gives out during an all-night work session. It does seem to draw a bit more power from your USB port, though (the tablet is recognized when plugged directly into an on-machine USB port or as the sole device on a hub, but not when sharing a USB hub with other devices).

In summary, if you spend a lot of time using graphics/drawing applications, and especially those that fully support the advanced functionality of this tablet, I highly recommend it. If you can afford the extra cost for a bigger tablet work surface, I would recommend a bigger Wacom. If you're more of a casual user, you might look at the less expensive Aiptek tablets, or perhaps the Wacom Graphire2 tablets (no pen tilt support, fewer pen pressure levels, lower tablet resolution) -- but, really, you *do* get what you pay for. ... Read more


20. Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Fingerprint Reader
by Microsoft Input
list price: $84.95
our price: $47.49
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Asin: B0002IHP44
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft Input
Sales Rank: 6343
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Product Description

This stylish optical mouse offers the Fingerprint Reader to eliminate password hasslesnow you can log on to Web sites and your PC with the touch of a finger. Tilt Wheel Technology makes navigation easy, and extended battery life lets you work longer.

Features

Fingerprint Reader
Whenever your PC or a favorite Web site requires a password or username, simply log on with the touch of your finger.

Tilt Wheel Technology
The entire wheel tilts to deliver smooth, accurate performance as you scroll horizontally and vertically through documents and Web pages.

Three times the battery life
Work longer without interruption. New optical technology helps extend battery life to as much as three times that of competing products.

Wireless freedom
Experience the ease and convenience that wireless keyboards and mouse products offer, and say good-bye to tangled cords and clutter.

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