[OT] Wacom Tablet


    Apr 21 2008 | 2:31 pm
    Hi. My wrist always gets really tense when I use the track pad on my laptop. I saw that people were saying that using the Wacom tablet is way easier on the wrist but I looked them up and saw that they are basically like a drawing pad with a stylus. Is it really that much better on the wrist. My wrist always gets really tense when I'm writing. Thanks for your help.

    • Apr 21 2008 | 3:54 pm
      id say it probably feels more like painting than writing. you dont have to apply any real pressure (unless you want to for doing pressure sensitive stuff)
      i cant write for more than 2 minutes before my hand really hurts but i can use a wacom tablet all day without problems.
    • Apr 21 2008 | 4:25 pm
      Contrary to what a lot of people think, it is the mouse that causes more wrist problems than typing. What is even worse than a mouse is a trackpad (which only seems to get worse while making Max patches). I agree with MDK's input on painting vs. writing. Using a tablet you can focus on arm movements not wrist movements to lower strain (or something like that).
      But, unless you plan on bringing your tablet EVERYWHERE, I would really urge you to get a portable bluetooth mouse (USB is fine of course, but with wireless you have one less excuse not to use it) so you can say goodbye to your trackpad. I use both tablet and mouse at my desktop, but always carry a mouse with me to avoid using my trackpad as much as possible and this has made my wrists VERY HAPPY.
    • Apr 21 2008 | 4:29 pm
      have you had that checked out?? I remember one day I worked for like 4 days straight with no sleep and my hand and wrist started hurting so badly that I couldn't function.. I think it was carpel tunnel.
      anyways, I have a wacom and I use it religiously, I rarely use the track pad, and in fact I may upgrade to the new cintiq 12wx screen tablet, which would be a great way to intimately patch in a more analogue work flow, drawing patch chords right on the screen and adjusting sliders as if I was touching them. there only 1k, and well worth it by every review Ive read.
    • Apr 21 2008 | 10:29 pm
      On 21 Apr 2008, at 15:31, Theo wrote:
      > > Hi. My wrist always gets really tense when I use the track pad on my > laptop. I saw that people were saying that using the Wacom tablet is > way easier on the wrist but I looked them up and saw that they are > basically like a drawing pad with a stylus. Is it really that much > better on the wrist.
      When you use a track pad or mouse, your wrist is rotated too far inwards. A pen (depending on how you hold it) allows your wirst to be much closer to a non-rotated position, so no stress on the wrist muscles and tendons. Having said that, I do notice a bit of a tendency to grip much harder than I actually need to, especially when lining up all those connections. :-)
      I've often wondered what it would be like to use on of those specialist mice with the vertical grip. Your wrist would be in a totally optimal position with one of those. I'm not sure how good the fine control would be though.
      David
    • Apr 21 2008 | 10:33 pm
      The other thing about trackpads is that they don't work too well if your hands are at all sweaty. pretty rubbish in a performance situation! (I speak from experience of the time I took my wacom to a performance, but forgot the pen!)
      David
      On 21 Apr 2008, at 17:29, Nicholas C. Raftis III wrote: > > anyways, I have a wacom and I use it religiously, I rarely use the > track pad,
    • Apr 21 2008 | 11:02 pm
      On Apr 21, 2008, at 3:29 PM, David Stevens wrote: > I've often wondered what it would be like to use on of those > specialist mice with the vertical grip. Your wrist would be in a > totally optimal position with one of those. I'm not sure how good > the fine control would be though.
      The Evoluent vertical mouse is really great. http://www.evoluent.com/
      It still allows for fine control through your fingers, while allowing a more natural arm position.
      To map all three buttons, it needs something like USBOverdrive on the Mac, but it will work as a standard two button mouse with no driver.
      Chris Muir cbm@well.com http://www.xfade.com
    • Apr 21 2008 | 11:11 pm
      Quote: Axiom-Crux wrote on Mon, 21 April 2008 10:29 ---------------------------------------------------- > have you had that checked out?? I remember one day I worked for like 4 days straight with no sleep and my hand and wrist started hurting so badly that I couldn't function.. I think it was carpel tunnel. ----------------------------------------------------
      I did get it checked out. It's not carpel tunnel yet. I went to a physical therapist and she gave me some stretches and exercises to strengthen the muscles in my wrist but I would like to also eliminate the different sources that cause my wrist pain. I think based on peoples reccemondations I'll take a look at the Wacom and I'll research for any other alternatives. Thanks to all.
    • Apr 21 2008 | 11:17 pm
      Quote: Chris Muir wrote on Mon, 21 April 2008 17:02 ---------------------------------------------------- > The Evoluent vertical mouse is really great. http://www.evoluent.com/ > > It still allows for fine control through your fingers, while allowing > a more natural arm position. > > To map all three buttons, it needs something like USBOverdrive on the > Mac, but it will work as a standard two button mouse with no driver. > > Chris Muir > cbm@well.com > http://www.xfade.com ---------------------------------------------------- Hey that looks pretty nice. Although they are about the same price as the cheapest wacom tablet. But I'll check it out.
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    • May 01 2008 | 2:42 pm
      Hi. I just wanted to say thank you for everyones recommendations. I ended up going with the wacom bamboo and have to say that it has helped immensely. So thanks again to everyone.