Wacom Graphire 4 CTE-640
- Bundled software is excellent, Easy to use, Simple and effective design
- Might be a little small, Lacks the precision required for professional users
A great introduction to the world of graphics tablets, the Graphire 4 from Wacom is an easy to use, inexpensive, yet still fully functional tablet.
Price$ 289.00 (AUD)
The bigger brother of the Wacom Graphire 4 CTE-440, the CTE-640 is essentially a 6x8" (A5) version of the smaller, 4x5" tablet, but comes with a few other interesting additions, as well. While the Graphire 4 range doesn't quite compare to the professional levels of performance boasted by Wacom's Intuos range, it does provide an inexpensive yet powerful option for those looking for a graphics tablet.
The tablet itself is a pleasant white, with a matching stylus and a 150cm USB cable attached to the top left corner. Measuring about 280mm x 260mm, with an active area of about 210mm x 150mm, and a height of 18mm, the tablet is a very manageable size, and quite lightweight. Two customisable buttons flank a scroll wheel at the top of the tablet, while four switches on the back allow the plastic cover to be removed, so photos or other images can be slipped underneath and traced. The stylus has a rubber grip upon which rest another two buttons, as well two separate tips (one is eraser by default, but this can be changed, depending on the software being used).
The software that comes bundled with this tablet is one of its biggest drawcards, and one of the major differences between it and the CTE-440. While both come with PenPlus and Corel Painter Essentials 2, the CTE-640 also comes with Ulead Photo Explorer 8 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. Photoshop Elements was especially good, and we were able to have a lot of fun playing with photos, and doing things that would have been a lot harder if just using a mouse.
Essentially though, that's what this tablet is, it's just a mouse. It takes a bit of getting used to, especially for users who have become accustomed to using mice over the years, but with some practice it can become an effective input for more than simple graphics work. What really distinguishes the two inputs, however, is the tablet's application in certain software, and its added dimension of input - pressure. While a mouse controls a cursor purely in two dimensional space, the tablet can, to a certain degree, detect a third dimension. Utilising a thin, electromagnetic field, the tablet can detect up to 512 levels of pressure, allowing users (with the included software) to control things such as thickness or solidity of brush strokes. More advanced tablets can even detect the angle at which the stylus is resting, and modify the image accordingly.
During our testing and usage of the tablet, we noticed very few problems at all. Response and detail were both very good, considering the tablet's price range; certainly not at a professional level, but enough to create a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the average user. The large hands of our reviewers meant that we did feel that it might have still been a little on the small side, but after using the 4x5" CTE-440 it felt like we had a football field worth of space.
The Graphire 4 range has so far been both simple and enjoyable to use, providing a fun and easy alternative to a mouse for both creating and editing digital art. The precision and response times don't quite match the more professional models out there, but amateur and beginner users will find themselves delighted with everything the CTE-640 has to offer.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Google Daydream VR headset
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® Portable SSD
Surface Pro 4
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- PC prices will continue to go up due to shortage of components
- Radeon Vega vs. GeForce GTX 1080 Ti? AMD, Nvidia announce dueling events at GDC 2017
- Toshiba's in chaos, but not quitting PCs -- yet
- Intel's 8th-gen 'Coffee Lake' chips reuse 14nm process as other Core CPUs ease into new tech
- Intel researches tech to prepare for a future beyond today's PCs
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)NSW
- CCIT Infrastructure ArchitectNSW
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerQLD
- CCIT Senior Business AnalystNSW
- TPBusiness Analyst AO7QLD
- TPDigital Strategist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- TPDesktop Support OfficerQLD
- FTSenior Functional Consultant - Data Analytics - TelcoVIC
- FTBid ManagerVIC
- TPICT Contracts Compliance ManagerWA
- CCBusiness AnalystSA
- CCSQL Server BI DeveloperQLD
- CCTransport Planner - GIS SpecialistNSW
- TPIT Project Manager - Office relocationVIC
- FTSupport and Operations Team LeadNSW
- FTDatabase DeveloperACT
- FTNetwork Solution ArchitectVIC
- CCTelecommunication Operations SpecialistTAS
- CCFront End DeveloperNSW
- FTProject / Implementation Coordinator (Junior-Mid Level) Sunshine Coast LocationQLD
- FTLead PMONSW
- TPOrganisational Change ManagerQLD
- FTDevelopment Manager - SaaSQLD
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)ACT
- FTSenior Business AnalystSA