Well, mostly hardware comparison since my Graphire doesn’t work properly (unless one long line drawing is your thing) and it isn’t recommended that you have two Wacom drivers on the same computer…so only the Bamboo can be active.
So I got a new graphics tablet for Christmas since my old one doesn’t really work properly anymore (well it works okay if you never want your line to end or as a mousepad). My tablet started spazzing out in 2008 since I have illustrations from 2008 that I finished with a mouse. (And most of the stuff I did in 2009 was from drawing did earlier but recoloured….).
Unlike some who are going from a older and/or smaller version of Bamboo to a Bamboo Create, I’m going from a Graphire 3 medium to a Bamboo Create. 10 years has passed since I got my first pen tablet. The list price is/was the same for both tablets (about $200. A smaller version can be had for half the price or less but it does not have an eraser anymore.) They are roughly 3-5 generations apart (Graphire 3, Graphire 4, Bamboo, Bamboo 2nd Gen, Bamboo 3rd Gen)…well, there’s 3 generations between them and within the same category (Wacom’s consumer pen tablets). What has changed? Is it better? Have I gotten any better at drawing since I was 13? Ha! Since 2003, I’ve been through quite a few computers (at least 2-3 I think), my monitor is now a widescreen flat panel and I’m now using Windows 7.
||Graphire 3 6×8
||10.8 x 10.1 x 0.71 in (physical)
8.22 x 5.94 inches (active area)
|13.8 x 8.2 x 0.4 in (physical)
8.5 x 5.4 inches (active area)
||2 on pen, 0 on tablet
||2 on pen, 4 express keys on tablet
||Wireless mouse (two buttons + scroll wheel)
||Smooth (plastic…unless you dirty it)
|Included software (all full versions)
|| Adobe Photoshop Elements 1 or 2?? (I think) & Corel Painter Classic (?). I really don’t remember anymore…
||Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, Corel Painter Essentials 4 & Autodesk Sketchbook Express
Some of the other specs on the Graphire3 are now hard to find and I don’t think I have the box anymore.
The Graphire3 also has an hard to pry “photo frame” cover which is can be used for tracing if you want (I rarely did that). All mine has is the instructions for said photo frame shoved in.
Note: at the time of the Graphire 3, the Intuos professional tablet had 1024 pressure levels. As of Intuos 4, it has doubled.
Enough of the specs, let’s see the two tablets!