I bought this to replace an old Intuos 2 pad that finally died. Price was my main consideration, and in that regard, this is a steal. The least expensive Wacom 8x6 pad is $200. You might find it for $180 if you shop, but it's still over twice as much.
The main question is how does this compare to the Wacom Bamboo, the least expensive equivalent? The most important consideration is accuracy, and surprisingly, it's an (almost) even contest. With over 1000 levels of pressure sensitivity, it's more than good enough for photo editing, which is my main use. The pen nibs are not quite as smooth to use but work well enough. Construction quality is not the same. The pad, itself seems more cheaply made, and the mouse is flimsy. The Wacom Bamboo, doesn't even need a mouse anymore, you can use finger gestures, which are a definite improvement. The Genius pen uses a battery, the Wacom doesn't need one. That's not a big deal for me, but worth noting.
For the extra money the Wacom Bamboo comes with full working copies of Corel Painter and Photoshop Elements. The Genius MousePen only has time limited demos. Elements is a version old but still an excellent program. There's also a set of Photoshop filters that are of good quality. If you don't have those programs, especially Elements, the Wacom becomes a bargain. I do, so didn't want to pay extra for duplicates.
The pad works with Macs, but doesn't have all the functionality that it does with Windows. Boo. You can automatically send handwritten notes to Outlook in Windows but not Mail with Macs. On the plus side there are two dozen customizable keys around the edges of the tablet compared to 4 on the Bamboo. That's a definite plus.
If you already own your graphics software, this is a bargain. If you are also looking for painting or photo editing software, consider the Wacom tablets.
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MousePen i608, 6-Inchx 8-Inch graphic tablet for creative painting. increase your productivity and fun with any professional publishing software and MousePen i608, where you can draw and illustrate effortlessly. The 6-Inch x 8-Inch working area with the cordless pen and mouse is great for Windows and MAC users to write, draw, sketch or sign emails. Just click the pen on any of the 29 programmable shortcut keys for instant access to Office and Internet functions. This pen features two buttons and 1024 level pressure sensitivity for thickness during drawing or writing. You can store the pen in the clip on the top and this makes it easy to take along with you. In addition, the cordless mouse with the sccroll wheel gives you more convenience when working on the tablet.