ah, since im a reseller wacom itself, i tell you what the difference
Bamboo vs. Intuos4/5
Generally speaking, the Intuos tablets are Wacoms professional line, while the Bamboo line is more geared to home users. This doesnt mean that the Bamboo models are unfit for professional use. Ive used a Graphire, the precursor to the Bamboo, for lots of years without any problem.
Two key differences separate Intuos4 and Bamboo lines: performance and customization. Wacom Intuos4 models have better resolution and sensitivity, and can recognize the pen tilt angle, unlike the Bamboo. The Intuos can also be customized in more ways, with eight express key buttons and illuminated labels that can be mapped to application-specific profiles. For example, I have one of the tablet buttons mapped to the new tab command when Im browsing the internet.
On top of that, the professional line is better built and should last longer under intense usage.
Intuos4 advantages are:
* Better resolution5,080 lpi vs. 2,540 lpi. * More pressure levels2048 vs. 1024. * Intuos4 pens are tilt sensitive. * Precision mode, unavailable on the Bamboo, lowers the pen sensitivity momentarily, making it easier to draw fine lines and detailed selections. * More programmable express keys and more comprehensive customization options. * Customizable illuminated displays for each express key. * Slightly slimmer profile. * Available in larger sizes. * Optional wireless mouse support.
Intuos4 wired USB vs. wireless
In terms of functionality, both Bluetooth wireless and wired USB Intuos4 tablets are the same. The main external difference is that the wireless tablet has an internal battery that should be recharged periodically by plugging it into a USB port.
Performance wise, the two should be exactly the same when connected via USB, except that the wireless model doesnt support the optional Wacom mouse. When in wireless mode, Bluetooth will always have more latency and lag than a wired connection. Theres also the issue of freezing when switching between applications with specific tablet configurations. This was acknowledged by Wacom on their support forum and happens due to the limited bandwidth of the Bluetooth protocol. Every time an application with a customized tablet control profile is in the foreground, the computer has to send the tablet that specific configuration, and this takes a noticeable time over wireless. During this process, the tablet freezes for one or two seconds.
Most users would be totally satisfied with the wired model. It has better performance and easier configuration. If you are an illustrator and have the habit of drawing with your canvas on your lap, consider the wireless model. Its a safe bet, since the price difference between the two is only US$ 50 and you could always use it wired if youre not satisfied with the wireless performance.
Wacom Cintiq vs. Intuos
The Cintiq family combines a pressure sensitive tablet with a slim LCD display, enabling users to interact directly on the surface of the screen and in a much more natural way. There are three models available: the top of the line Cintiq 24HD, the 21.3" Cintiq 21UX and the 12.1" Cintiq 12WX. All three can be used as main or secondary displays. The 24HD and 21UX models have very high quality LCD panels and can be suitably calibrated for color critical use.
The smaller model is not so well reviewed. Some users complain of jittery cursor response near the screen edges and inadequate display performance and viewing angles, an indication of a TN LCD panel in use, which is not recommended for applications where color accuracy is indispensable. Based on this feedback, wed recommend the 12WX only as a secondary display.
For photography, graphic design, web design, illustration, and video editing, up to 30" LCD size: Wacom Intuos4 Medium , Wacom Intuos4 Large
For less demanding creative work, general usage, and web surfing, up to 24" display size: Bamboo Create / bamboo fun medium pen n touch (CTH670 model).
in my opinion it doesn't matter which wacom you'll buy but i prefer intuos or cintiq for better pressure (but pressure is something you can set in the program).. in the end skill do the thing just believe in your hands
I bought a Bamboo Manga (similar to Bamboo Pen and Touch, just with a fancy name and box art) for $200 SG Dollars (bought it in Singapore). It's cheap (well, cheaper than Intuos and Cintiq), and does its job really well. Pressure sensitivity, responsiveness, smoothness, tablet texture, all are perfect.
haha, it does involve numerous sleep deprived nights after work to finish the contest entry though *grin i think the shop's logo was red, and it's a large one, near the topmost floor. there are a couple of large shops up there. the one i think you should try out is the one where you have to put your bags in a locker before u enter. forgot the name orz.
One of the major differences between the Bamboo and the Intuos are the pressure levels of the tablet. The higher the level, the more responsive and natural it feels to use the tablet. I would highly suggest getting any of the Bamboo line tablets. 3 out of 4 are $100 dollars or less and work great. I use the Bamboo Connect and I love it.
I am going to school for art, though, so I'll definitely be upgrading to an Intuos when I can afford it, haha.
P.S. The Cintiq has a pressure senstiive LCD screen to allow drawing directly on the canvas. This is the best way to draw, but at over $1,000 it's really only for professional artists.
I own a Wacom Bamboo Pen. It's cheap and it's easy to use. You should only get more expensive ones if you want to make professional work or for advance art related for school. If so, Cintiq are really nice. Any Wacom products works.
Thanks for the suggestion Yeap, Cintiq is nice but since I do drawing just for hobby and I have a budget, guess probably not. But still... looking at it; I feel like want to own one. Although I can't anyway.