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Group test: what's the best graphics tablet?

The best input tablets for designers

PC Advisor reviews the best graphic tablets you can buy in the UK right now.

5. Bamboo Fun

Bamboo Fun tablets bring the benefits of pen and tablet computing to a consumer audience. It may take a while to get accustomed to using a tablet; but if you stick with it, you’ll find that the Bamboo offers a natural approach to drawing, photo retouching, handwriting, and navigating that boosts comfort, creativity, and efficiency. Odds are you won’t go back to using a traditional mouse.

4. VisTablet Mini

Unless size is an issue the bigger, better Original VisTablet offers more space and comfort for your money, although both offer similar solid if not outstanding performance. Competition drives innovation so let's hope VisTablet takes the Mac market seriously and develops a tablet that best complements your desktop or laptop.

3. Genius G-Pen M712

Size and value for money are key plusses here, let down by some less than responsive drivers and a look of showy overkill. The Genius G-Pen M712 shows strong potential.

2. Intuos4

  • Reviewed on: 26 March 09
  • RRP: Small (Intuos4 S: £199), medium (Intuos4 M: £329), large (Intuos4 L: £429) and extra large (Intuos4 XL: £699), all prices inc VAT
  • Best Price: Find The Best Intuos4 Deals
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Put that old Wacom tablet on eBay or pass it on, the Wacom Intuos4 really is a giant step in pen tablet technology. The simply stunning make-over is only half the story, though, equally impressive is a wonderfully responsive new pen and comprehensive software drivers.

1. Wacom Cintiq 21UX

Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display is a dream tool for electronic artists looking to expand their digital palettes. But with a £1,250 inc VAT price tag and a weight of nearly 11kg, many will find it too costly or too bulky to meet their needs.

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