I'm a novice in the field of designing and have been designing since the past 12-14 months, I would like to add a new dimension to my designing skills and would like to go in for a Wacom tablet, however, I'm not able to decide as to which Wacom tablet would suit me best. My criteria
- Should last long and I shouldn't be needing an upgrade soon(8-10 months)
- Budget is <$600
Please help me out here.
You will have to compare the products yourself and see what best suits you (sensitivity, size, etc). You can go directly on the wacom website or here is a comparison link: http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/aboutgraphics/tp/graphicstablets.htm
You should also make a trip out to Fry's and see and handle a few to see how you like the feel in your hands.
Wacom's last a long time so I wouldn't worry about the "needing an upgrade soon" concern.
You sound pretty serious about it, but you don't say exactly what and how you draw which is an important consideration.
If you want to experiment at a relatively low cost start off with a Wacom Bamboo ($99), http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/ and move up to a big Wacom later if you find it suits you.
The big difference in the models is pressure sensitivity which gets into how and what you draw. The $99 Bamboo has pressure sensitive pen, the cheaper ones (pen/touch) are not. You probably do want a pressure sensitive model. Later you could upgrade to a large Intous4 (<$600) or Cintiq (the later certainly being out of your price range for now).