I tweeted quickly about a deal on a Wacom tablet but I wanted to drill down on the subject.
FutureShop has the Wacom Bamboo 5.8″ x 3.6″ Pen & Touch Tablet for $89.99, that’s $40 dollars off the regular price. This model can use the pen as per usual but it’s also a touch pad and will accept multiple finger inputs much like an iPhone does. You can zoom, scroll and pan without losing time moving over to the mouse. Sale ends July 10th 2010.
If you’re a bit more budget conscious or touch is not a deal maker / breaker for you, Staples / Bureau En Gros has the pen only model for $20 dollars less@ $69.99. Sale ends June 15th 2010.
Both these tablets would more than adequate for the amateur graphic artist or even the pro who has monetary constraints.
Personally I’m very torn on the more features versus less money graph. Of course something has to replace my 10 years plus Wacom Pen Partner (that doesn’t work). It’s so old it connects via a serial and printer / com port. Then again maybe I’ll just wait a few more years for a clearance sale and get one really cheap.