So I just bought my new (and first) Wacom graphics tablet, called the Bamboo Capture. [Wacom Bamboo Capture Pen and Touch Tablet (CTH470)] I mainly bought this to relieve myself of the heavy use my mouse has been going through doing Stereo and multi pass compositing, and a graphics tablet is a more ergonomic and efficient way to go about your business and navigating through your computer.
It really is phenomenal! After seeking advice from various artists on whether a Bamboo would be right for me - it just so happens that the Bamboo is Wacom's low-end line, mostly for non-business purposes but it is just as sturdy and usable as their more professional Intuos tabs.
I've been using for a while now (it's been almost a day since I bought it) and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. It is fast, easy to set up, and does more than just acts as a substitute for your mouse.
In fact, it's also capable of being used as a multi-gesture touch pad for your laptop.
It has 4 buttons that you can customize and point to various tasks on your comp - such as having shortcuts for programs that you use most often - all done through a very easy to use and intuitive control panel (comes on DVD). It also has 1024 levels of pressure, which I believe is twice that of the Bamboo Fun tablets they previously had. Wacom has gone ahead and upgraded their low-end line to meet the needs of 'the everyday artist/photographer'.
The tablet ships with a DVD with 3 programs - including Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, Autodesk Sketchbook Express and NIK Color Filters (for Photoshop Elements). A fellow artist told me the other day that "You're really paying for the tablet not the software it ships with so make wise decisions as your tablet will stick around for a long time. You're expected to replace your PC more than your tablet." And I think he was right because this is one durable device.
I think this is a great start to a meaningful relationship with my Bamboo. Looking forward to exploring more and more everyday and putting it to good use. In fact I'm using it right now to go through all these buttons on my dashboard! - Best $99 I've spent yet!