I'd say Bamboo as well. I don't know how much they cost but I was lucky enough to be given one by a friend as a hand-me-down. I'm not sure if it would be worth asking on these forums if anyone has an old one they don't use any more/upgraded from they would be happy to send to you for a reduced price/with you paying postage costs/something like that?
First ask your self, do I want to do this proffesionally, or just doodle for a living? Or am I beginner or advance? Ask alot of questions and try answering them.
It matters because if you get the intuos, you could get a good surface area, but you may not even use all the buttons. You like bamboo because its cheapest and afordable, but the surface area is small.
Generally, tablets don't matter too much, other then if its compatible with the program your using (which it probably is since from vista and onward, windows supports tablets anyway), sometimes hardware reliability, and most importantaly, if the resolution is about the same as the screen. Meaning, the surface, should proportionally as wide and talked the screen. Hardware reliability, means if the product has customer support, doesn't spazz like crazy, etc.
Wacom tend to be the standard since it has all three and comes in several sizes.
i would recommend AT LEAST intuos. bamboo is great but if you're serious about art, youll quickly outgrow it and realize all the functions (sensitivity!) you're missing that the intuos has to offer. at least that's what my friend's dad says. and he works at pixar, so i take it as fact.
Get the Intuos5 (size M, with or without the touch features) and you'll fall deep in love with it. This thing is so brilliant, so genious you can't really hold yourself from CREATING stuff with it. It's so responsive and precise (2k pressure levels baby) that you'll be blown away! The tablet itself is pure matte black, made of quality materials (looks like something you'd find from Batman's arsenal). It's a real monster of a tablet.
Definitely go with a Wacom Bamboo tablet. I got my first one years ago, and it only just broke the other day. Stick with something under 100 bucks--you don't necessarily need a large drawing surface. Intuos tablets are too expensive, no matter how professional you are.
Especially for beginners. I started with a Genius 8x6. I still have it but never use it, the pen sucks. I have been using a bamboo pen tablet for about 2 years. It has a few kinks but it's fine. Anything higher than this is for someone more advanced and for more detailed work.
i'd suggest any wacom tablet. they are undestroyable, awesome to draw with and well just awesome. everyone I know who once bought a wacom, doesn't want to have another tablet ever^^ I have my wacom bamboo fun pen & touch since over 3 years and I still love it. It works perfectly even after eating, sleeping on it, dropping it annd using it to carry things. undestroyable.
They are, but the cost of getting a new stylus is quite expensive. Granted, it's an amazingly sophisticated stylus, but it literally cost more than the Monoprice tablet that should be arriving tomorrow.
Yeah, but by the same token, I could replace it at least twice for what a similar Wacom would cost. And, if you haven't used a tablet before, it can be a real struggle to learn to use it. Better buy used or cheap and make sure that you actually use it.
I'd recommend getting an Intuos, only because it's the model I use and it's brilliant. But since I can pretty much assume you're new to tablets, I wouldn't go and splurge on a tablet so quickly..just get a cheaper Wacom/Bamboo model and you should be set- make sure to look at the specs and see if it suits what you're wanting to do.
Seeing as Wacom is generally up to date with their projects, it should definitely be compatible with Windows 8.
If you're on a budget, DigiPro tablets are the best to start out with. It's what I use. They're 40 bucks on Amazon, and they work just as well until you're ready to invest in a more expensive tablet. They're durable, and really great in my opinion.
If you're just starting out, the bamboo. Theyre cheap and if you dont like it much, no loss. But if you do begin to like it and want something more, I have the intuos 4 medium and its never given me a problem, I live it! I dont think theres a reason to pay for a 5 if you dont have the money, but if money is not a problem, then the 5 is great!
Any wacom tablet is the way to go, they have them in varying sizes and prices ranges from what the can do. I'd start by looking on the wacom site, pick on you like and find it cheap on amazon. I currently have a wacom splash that I love, and I've used the bamboo as well. Wonderful tablets!