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WACOM Graphire Bluetooth Tablet

Graphics Card
27th July 2005
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Using a mouse may be second nature to you now but do you remember the first time you used one? If you were anything like me you overshot or stopped short of everything you wanted to click and it felt like you'd never get the hang of it.

The problem with using a mouse is it's simply not intuitive. From a couple of years old your brain has become conditioned to holding and using a pen and having its movements translated into an image in direct proportion to its movement and position. Compared to this the mouse is a really rather clumsy way of working.

Lack of precision from your mouse wasn't always an issue. With games limited to sideways-scrolling platform titles and resolutions so low that an icon filled way too much screen space, hitting the target with your cursor was hardly an exercise in manual dexterity. These days though things are very different.

The subject of today's review isn't really a mousing substitute for games, though you could use it for games if you wanted to, it's more for applications where the natural and instinctive way we use a pen is critical to getting good results. I'm thinking areas like drawing, digital imaging, handwriting recognition and so on.

Digital cameras are everywhere, but for some people the joys of digital photography comes from manipulating the captured images on the computer afterwards. There's a therapeutic satisfaction to cropping, combining and altering your photographs, but is the mouse really the right tool for the job?

For years I wanted a good graphics tablet. but the price was always prohibitive for the larger ones. The WACOM Graphire may not seem like too much of a bargain at around the £175 mark for an 8"x 6" tablet, but this isn't just any old graphics tablet as we'll soon discover.

Time for the specs:

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Pressure Sensitivity
  • Absolute positioning
  • Pressure-sensitive eraser
  • ExpressKeys
  • Transparent Photoframe
  • Pen Compartment
  • Active area approx. A5
  • Plug and Play
  • Active area: 208.8 x 150.8 mm
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 257 x 280 x 24.3 mm
  • Resolution: 2032 lpi (80 l/mm)
  • Precision: +/- 0.5 mm
  • Pressure levels (pen): 512
  • Maximum reading height: 5 mm
  • Interface: Bluetooth wireless technology using HID protocol
Package contents
  • Graphire Bluetooth Pen Tablet
  • Graphire Pen
  • Graphire Mouse
  • Graphire Pen Stand
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer-Battery
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Software included: Corel Painter Classic
  • Driver CD-ROM (driver, manual in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian)



  • Windows 2000 or XP
  • Bluetooth transceivers and Bluetooth stacks
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher
  • Bluetooth transceivers and Bluetooth stacks
  • CD-ROM drive


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