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Leslieann:
I've used both on screen and touchpad style, on screen is faaaaar better, however cost is an issue, but there's a handy trick to get them a lot cheaper.

Find a used laptop with a Wacom screen, you can often get these for a couple hundred bucks and are only a couple years old. Still plenty powerful to run Windows plus Photoshop, and don't be scared to go clear back to Intel 2nd gen Lenovo tablets, these are cheap and can handle 16gigs of ram and because they aren't U-series cpus they perform like a 4th or 5th gen U-series and you can upgrade them to something quite powerful. Beware some of the newer stuff because often these had limited ram upgradability.

Just be sure it's an actual Wacom screen, and not just a touch screen, some companies switched back and forth. Even if it's got more pressure sensitivity the glass can be quite far from the pixel causing accuracy issues if you aren't looking at it just right. Also, while older Wacoms had less sensitivity, even pros have a hard time telling the difference.

tp4tissue:
It depends on the workflow.  Tablet screens are better because they're designed for drawing work, they have color management options, and the stylus is now on a laminated screen so there's almost no parallax error.

old wacoms had alot of problems, i wouldn't go that route with these screens at $200 starting.

Kavik:
I had some Amazon rewards points, so I got the Wacom Intuos S (no screen) to see if this is something I'm even interested in. So far I've only used it with the free trial of Clip Studio Paint Pro. It's basically a big laptop touchpad with a big stylus, obviously with a few extra features.

I think I'll have some fun with it, but I'll definitely have to put in some practice to make anything worth looking at. I haven't done much regular sketching in a long time, so my overall skill is already low at the moment. My only real gripe with it is that there's a very small bit of lag between pen movement and on-screen cursor movement, but it is noticeable.

Lazesummerstone:
Ok ok ok maybe you have had enough recommendations etc to answer the questions since you posted way back in December. But if you havenít pulled the trigger on getting one yet Iíd ask you to consider this: get and iPad Pro. I have been a cintiq user for about 20 years making illustrations and comics, and I do love the cintiq. But since I bought a iPad I have just been blown away by how useful a product it has been. And with the program Procreate it can do pretty much everything photoshop can do. Also a lot of comic artists swear by clip studio pro which is also on iPad! The Apple Pencil works perfect and also the portability and the speed of iPads nowadays.
Anyone looking for a graphics interface tablet situation, I always now have to say to consider iPads even if youíre not an Apple user. (Which I am not)

Kavik:

--- Quote from: Lazesummerstone on Wed, 12 May 2021, 14:35:05 ---Ok ok ok maybe you have had enough recommendations etc to answer the questions since you posted way back in December. But if you havenít pulled the trigger on getting one yet Iíd ask you to consider this: get and iPad Pro. I have been a cintiq user for about 20 years making illustrations and comics, and I do love the cintiq. But since I bought a iPad I have just been blown away by how useful a product it has been. And with the program Procreate it can do pretty much everything photoshop can do. Also a lot of comic artists swear by clip studio pro which is also on iPad! The Apple Pencil works perfect and also the portability and the speed of iPads nowadays.
Anyone looking for a graphics interface tablet situation, I always now have to say to consider iPads even if youíre not an Apple user. (Which I am not)

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Hey, thanks for the recommendation. I had actually wondered if a regular tablet would be a better choice, and the lastest iPad is comparable in price to nicer Wacoms. I ended up getting the most basic Wacom (Intuos S) as a stop gap. I have only used it a few times, and I've found it difficult to draw anything free form; tracing pictures is not too bad though. The main thing I don't like about it is that I have to sit up straight at my computer and make sure everything is perfectly lined up and I have to disable any secondary or tertiary monitor. It would be nice to be able to sit down on the couch or go outside and draw as I would with a regular sketch pad.

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