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Wacom Graphire2

Type of Equipment: Graphics Tablet
Supported Platforms: Win9x/NT/W2K/MAC
Company Name: Wacom Technologies
Version: Graphire2
Price: $99.95

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The Wacom Graphire2 Graphics Tablet (using a USB Port) is one of many choices that you have when choosing your next tablet. The Graphire2 is a great drawing aide when using software applications that support a tablet. With so many software applications now supporting pressure sensitive devices such as tablets, the Graphire2 will fit into many budgets.

So what all is included with the Graphire2 package? For starters you get the pad itself, which is perfect for smaller work areas. Its active measuring area is 4x5 with a transparent overlay that gives you greater ease in tracing. It has a detachable pen with 512 levels of pressure, has a reversible end to double as an eraser, along with a stand to hold the pen when not in use. Also included is a mouse with a programmable wheel and perhaps the best in its type is the fact that it is completely "cordless," runs on "no" batteries and has no ball that gums up! A perfect combination!

So if you need a graphics tablet to do your work more efficiently, the Graphire2 may be your answer. Use it to touch up all your photos (PhotoShop LE is also included as well as Painter Classic). Write and sign your name to be included in email signatures, or simply use it to do basic or in-depth drawing and painting. I found it to be very useful in conjunction with the powerful Toon Boom Studio software program that I reviewed elsewhere on this site.

This package may not be suited to do large CAD drawings but then again; it was never intended to do so. Although it really does not accommodate the use of customized Templates, with the Graphire2 you can use its software program and reprogram the pad to fit just about any software application! The Graphire2 Tablet is perfectly suited for small work areas, gives you a wireless mouse and reversible pen to draw or touch up artwork. For users with a decorative touch the Graphire2 comes in three colors and it is sure to fit within many budgets!

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Reviewed by Robert Hall

Purchases can be made online from their Web site.


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