I got a tablet. Played with it, was three thumbs. Decidied I am forever mouse and keyboard. I think a graphics tablet is suited to those starting with good to great hand drawing skills and want a way to translate that to the computer.
Decades of software development have been geared toward the mouse. Only recently have software geared toward true hand drawing skills started catching up. So if you are a talented person with hand drawing skills already, it is probably worthwhile. If you are not, I suggest sticking to the mouse and constructing graphics rather than drawing them.
I use wacom. I don't agree with dcbevins. You could use tablet in photoshop for years. And in Illustrator and bunch of other software. It is not all about drawing. I do vector stuff with it. And I do it much faster then with mouse. Not to mention my hand don't hurt me anymore. I was on a good way to get carpal tunnel syndrom. That was the reason I switched to wacom. I use wacom even for browsing... I have the one with touch thingy, so I browse with fingers.
User Ripcord uses trackball. So basicly mouse is not the only option. I know one thing though. I will never go back to mouse only. I use mouse from time to time if I wanna have break from wacom. But not for work, cause it's useless. For browsing or some gaming from time to time.
To each their own.
As a side note/ I was testing few years ago, when I had pains in my hand some software for voice control computer. Didn't work like I was hooping. Maybe now is better. -.-
I would like to say: Open new document and my Illustrator would open new document -.-
Regarding the Mobile Studio Pro, I would say that if you're planning to use it outside of a work center, then it's probably too big and heavy to be considered "mobile". If your idea of mobile is taking it from one room to another in a work center, and you don't want to buy a desktop sized Cintiq, then it's the best bet.
As for using tablets in general for art, I would recommend them regardless of your level of skill. If you can trace, then you can make magic with a stylus. As your skills grow, you can do amazing things even without amazing art skills. Things that you wouldn't dream of trying with a mouse.
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