10percenter wrote:I have a Grapphire 2 I bought about 12 years ago. I like it, it suits me fine for the causal user I am.
Any opinions about this being a decent enough upgrade?
I upgraded from a Graphire 4, and I will tell you that if you are running Windows 7 or above, it's absolutely worth it. And these are the reasons:
1. Pressure sensitivity: P.S. went to pieces when I upgraded from WinXP to Win7. It's not that my tablet had changed, and I was able to download new Wacom drivers, I had an official copy of Photoshop, it just didn't work one day and would work the next. Sometimes even when I would close and restart the program. Since upgrading, I have had no problems, pressure sensitivity works 100% every time.
2. Form Factor: The active area is the same, but the buttons are better oriented on the left side of the tablet instead of the top (and it's flippable for you lefties out there). It's also about half as thick! Hellooo beautiful! I love love love how thin it is, I can pick it up with one hand and feel like I'm just holding a notebook. Biggest improvement over the old Graphires.
3. Surface: Ok, I changed my mind, this is the biggest improvement. I really like how the Capture's surface feels like paper. It's not rough, but it's textured. Like, um, well, like paper. I came from traditional drawing so I really am used to how my pencil feels on paper and so this is my favorite. Plus, in order to get the sensitivity levels I wanted on the Graphire 4, I had to make it sensitive enough that to draw a thin line I would have to barely barely touch pen to the surface, and with the smooth surface it was often hard to tell. Especially with the clear cover over the top, I was always mis-judging. So I love this surface.
4. Price: For a casual user, $50 is great for a Capture. I think I bought my used Graphire 4 for $50 when I first got it, and it wasn't even a refurb. I paid over $100 for my Capture new on a great sale last year.