Yeah, if you have the scratch and are serious about making art digitally; a tablet is a great investment, creating digital art with a mouse is really difficult for most. I haven't had any real hands on time with other lines of tablets, but the old Wacom Garphire 3 that I have had for quite a few years still functions perfectly and my Wacom Penabled Tablet PC has been great.
If you look around on auction sites you might find a better deal than Wacom's own prices.
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